27/02/2014 16:10, Report by Nathan Thomas

Reds' respect for Sir Tom

Manchester United were well represented at the funeral of legendary England forward Sir Tom Finney today (Thursday).

Both David Moyes and Sir Bobby Charlton were present inside the Preston Minster as the Lancashire town came to a standstill to honour its most famous sporting son. Finney, who died on 14 February at the age of 91, scored 30 goals for England in 76 appearances. 

Sir Bobby, who counted the Prestonian as an international team-mate, spoke fondly of his fellow knight before the ceremony. "He was a lovely man. And I was really proud I played one match with him. I was really pleased. He was sensational and deserves all the credit that people are giving him."

The 'Preston Plumber', as Sir Tom was affectionately known, was a one-club man representing his home-town team Preston North End for 14 years. After his retirement from in 1960, Finney maintained links with PNE as club president and was in that honorary position when David Moyes was manager at Deepdale between 1998 and 2002.

Finney is Preston's record goalscorer after netting 210 times in his 472 matches. He once described his profession as "being paid for playing a game I would gladly play for nothing."

Quotes from BBC Sport.


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