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Tom Finney

Preston North End FC

76 appearances, 30 goals (one on debut)
three penalties scored, one missed

P 76 W 51 D 13 L 12 F 227: A 102
76% successful

1946-58

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
6816

Profile

Full name Sir Thomas Finney OBE
Born 5 April 1922 on St. Michael's Road in Deepdale, Preston, Lancashire [registered in Preston, June 1922]. One of six children to Alfred and Margaret. Margaret died in 1926.
Attended Deepdale County Primary and Modern Schools, while living at 20 Daisy Lane in the town.
Married to Elsie Noblett in Preston, March 1945 [registered in Preston, December 1945]. Reception held at St Judes Hall.  Elsie died in November 2004, she had suffered with Alzheimers Disease.
Died 14 February 2014 in Preston, aged 91 years 315 days [registered in Preston, February 2014].
Funeral held at Preson Minster on 27 February, led by the Vicar of Preston, Father Timothy Lipscomb.
Height/Weight 5' 7", 10st. 6lbs [1950].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Biographies Football Round the World - Tom Finney (Museum Press, March 1953)
Tom Finney: My Autobiography - Tom Finney
(Headline Book Publishing, London, 7 June 2004).
Tom Finney's Forgotten Season: The story of the 1959/60 season when Tom Finney captained Preston North End to the top of English Football for the last time - Joseph Paul Harrison (Lizlin Publishing Ltd, 1 March 2010).
Football Legend: The Authorised Biography of Tom Finney - Paul Agnew (Carnegie Press Ltd, 1989, reprinted by Milo Books Limited, in March 2002 and 24 May 2012).
 

x. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Club(s) Began his early schoolboy career playing with Holme Slack FC juniors, of the Preston & District League. He signed amateur forms with Preston North End FC, after turning down apprentice forms, he did however sign professional forms in January 1940, while he was serving with the Tanks Corp during WWII, during which he played with The Wanderers team in the Middle East, as well as the British Services XI. Finney remained with Preston North End FC for his entire career, making 433 league appearances, and scored 187 goals, retiring in April 1960.
Club honours Football League War Cup winners 1941; Football League Division One runners-up 1952-53, 1957-58; Division Two winners 1950-51; FA Cup runners-up 1953-54;
Individual honours Football League (seventeen appearances). Footballer of the Year 1953-54, 1956-57; Order of British Empire 1961; Knighthood  1998.
Distinctions: The West Stand in Deepdale Stadium was renamed as the Sir Tom Finney Stand in 1995, which adorns his image in the seating pattern. Sir Tom Finney Way (right) runs past Preston North End FC's Deepdale Stadium, renamed from part of Deepdale Road in 1998. His statue (left), sculpted by Peter Hodgkinson, stands outside Deepdale Stadium, and was unveiled on 31 July 2004. As does the Sir Tom Finney Community School in Moor Park, which opened in September 2008. The Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre opened in Preston in January 2011.

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of nine who became the 655th player (661) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside/centre-forward
First match No. 227, 28 September 1946, Ireland 2 England 7, a British Championship match at Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, aged 24 years 176 days.
Last match No. 327, 22 October 1958, England 5 USSR 0, a friendly match at the Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 36 years 200 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1950, 1954, 1958;
British Championships 1946-47, 1947-48, 1948-49, 1949-50, 1950-51, 1951-52, 1952-53, 1953-54, 1955-56, 1956-57, 1957-58, 1958-59.
Team honours British Championships winners 1946-47, 1947-48, 1949-50, 1953-54, 1956-57, shared 1951-52, 1952-53, 1955-56, 1957-58, 1958-59;
Individual honours England B (two appearances, 1947-48);
Distinctions England's top goalscorer from 1958, overtaking Vivian Woodward's 47 year-old record. Shared top spot with Nat Lofthouse until Bobby Charlton scored his 31st goal in October 1963.
Finney is the oldest England player to convert a penalty, against USSR in the 1958 World Cup Finals
, aged 36 years 58 days.
His first eight England appearances were victorious, in which he contributed eight goals. His first fifteen appearances were undefeated.

Beyond England

Left school to become an apprentice plumber with Pilkington's of Fulwood, turning down an apprenticeship with Preston North End FC to continue his plumbing training. Became vice-President at Preston North End FC from 1973. President during 1975-76. Head of a Preston plumbing firm and electrical contracting firm. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.97.

 

Tom Finney - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Pens Capt. Disc.
- 76 40 76 0 0 6816 30 227 min 12 3
1
none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Tom Finney - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 30 24 3 3 101 35 +66 1 10 3.367 1.167 85.0 +21
Away 40 26 8 6 116 55 +61 3 11 2.90 1.375 75.0 +20
Neutral 6 1 2 3 10 12 -2 2 1 1.667 2.00 33.3 -2
All 76 51 13 12 227 102 +125 6 22 2.987 1.342 75.7 +39

 

Tom Finney - Match Record - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White 71 47 13 12 213 94 +119 5 22 3.00 1.324 75.4 +35
Blue 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
Red 4 4 0 0 14 7 +7 0 0 3.50 1.75 100.0 +4
All 76 51 13 12 227 102 +125 6 22 2.987 1.342 75.7 +39

 

Tom Finney - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

9 8 1 0 37 11 +26 0 1 4.111 1.222 94.4 +8
WCF 7 2 2 3 12 12 =0 2 2 1.714 1.714 42.9 -1
World Cup 16 10 3 3 49 23 +26 2 3 3.063 1.438 71.9 +7
British Championship 29 20 6 3 88 36 +52 0 9 3.034 1.241 79.3 +17
Note that the 1949-50 and the 1953-54 records of the World Cup Preliminaries and British Championships are duplicated, and two sets are therefore deducted from the grand total.
Friendly 36 26 4 6 112 49 +20 4 11 3.111 1.361 77.8 +20
All 76 51 13 12 227 102 +125 6 22 2.987 1.342 75.7 +39

 

Tom Finney - Match Record - Tournament Matches
World Cup Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP/BC 1949-50 3 3 0 0 14 3 +11 0 1 4.667 1.00 100.0 +3
WCP/BC 1953-54 2 2 0 0 8 3 +5 0 0 4.00 1.50 100.0 +2
WCP 1956-58 4 3 1 0 15 5 +10 0 0 3.75 1.25 87.5 +3
WCP All 9 8 1 0 37 11 +26 0 1 4.111 1.222 94.4 +8
World Cup Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 1950 3 1 0 2 2 2 =0 2 1 0.667 0.667 33.3 -1
WCF 1954 3 1 1 1 8 8 =0 0 1 2.667 2.667 50.0 =0
WCF 1958 1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0
WCF All 7 2 2 3 12 12 =0 2 2 1.714 1.714 42.9 -1
World Cup
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC/BC 1949-50 6 4 0 2 16 5 +11 2 2 2.667 0.833 66.7 +2
WC/BC 1953-54 5 3 1 1 16 11 +5 0 1 3.20 2.20 70.0 +2
WC 1956-58 5 3 2 0 17 7 +10 0 0 3.40 1.40 80.0 +3
WC All 16 10 3 3 49 23 +26 2 3 3.063 1.438 71.9 +7
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1946-47 2 2 0 0 10 2 +8 0 1 5.00 1.00 100.0 +2
BC 1947-48 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 0 2 2.333 0.667 83.3 +2
BC 1948-49 3 2 0 1 8 5 +3 0 1 2.667 1.667 66.7 +1
BC/WCP 1949-50 3 3 0 0 14 3 +11 0 1 4.667 1.00 100.0 +3
BC 1950-51 2 1 0 1 6 5 +1 0 0 3.00 2.50 50.0 =0
BC 1951-52 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 0 1 1.667 0.667 83.3 +2
BC 1952-53 3 1 2 0 9 6 +3 0 0 3.00 2.00 66.7 +1
BC/WCP 1953-54 2 2 0 0 8 3 +5 0 0 4.00 1.50 100.0 +2
BC 1955-56 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2 0 1 1.667 1.00 50.0 =0
BC 1956-57 2 2 0 0 5 2 +3 0 0 2.50 1.00 100.0 +2
BC 1957-58 2 2 0 0 8 0 +8 0 2 4.00 0.00 100.0 +2
BC 1958-59 1 0 1 0 3 3 =0 0 0 3.00 3.00 50.0 =0
BC All 29 20 6 3 88 36 +52 0 9 3.034 1.241 79.3 +17
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 16 10 3 3 49 23 +26 2 3 3.063 1.438 71.9 +7
BC 29 20 6 3 88 36 +52 0 9 3.034 1.241 79.3 +17

Note that the 1949-50 and the 1953-54 records of the World Cup Preliminaries and British Championships are duplicated, and two sets are therefore deducted from the grand total.

All 40 25 9 6 115 53 +62 2 11 2.875 1.325 73.8 +19

 

Tom Finney - Match History
 Club: Preston North End F.C. - 76 full caps

Coach: Walter Winterbottom - 76 full capsx

Age 24
1 227 28 September 1946 - Ireland 2 England 7, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW Start 60 7
2 228 30 September 1946 - Ireland (Éire) 0 England 1, Dalymount Park, Dublin Fr AW Start 82 7
3 229 13 November 1946 - England 3 Wales 0, Maine Road, Manchester BC HW Start 7
4 230 27 November 1946 - England 8 Netherlands 2, Leeds Road, Huddersfield Fr HW Start 44 7
Age 25
- 231 12 April 1947 - England 1 Scotland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HD withdrew ?
5 232 3 May 1947 - England 3 France 0, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW Start 50 7
- 233 18 May 1947 - Switzerland 1 England 0, Hardturm Sportplatz, Zurich tour AL squad
/reserve
?
1 b 21 May 1947 - Switzerland 0 England 0, Genève AD Start 7
6 234 25 May 1947 - Portugal 0 England 10, Estadio Nacional, Lisboa AW Start 11
7 235 21 September 1947 - Belgium 2 England 5, Stade du Heysel, Bruxelles Fr AW Start 11
8 236 18 October 1947 - Wales 0 England 3, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AW Start 6 11
9 237 5 November 1947 - England 2 Ireland 2, Goodison Park, Liverpool HD Start 11
10 238 19 November 1947 - England 4 Sweden 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW Start 7
Age 26
11 239 10 April 1948 - Scotland 0 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AW Start 11
12 240 16 May 1948 - Italy 0 England 4, Stadio Comunale di Torino, Torino tour AW Start 11
2 b 19 May 1948 - Switzerland 1 England 5, Bellinzona AW Start 7
13 242 9 October 1948 - Ireland 2 England 6, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW Start 11
14 243 10 November 1948 - England 1 Wales 0, Villa Park, Birmingham HW Start 39 11
Age 27
15 245 9 April 1949 - England 1 Scotland 3, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HL Start 11
16 246 13 May 1949 - Sweden 3 England 1, Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna tour AL Start 67 7
- b 15 May 1949 - Finland A 0 England 4, Olympiastadion, Helsinki AW reserve
17 247 18 May 1949 - Norway 1 England 4, Ulleval Stadion, Oslo AW Start 7
- b 18 May 1949 - Netherlands A 1 England 4, Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam AW reserve
18 248 22 May 1949 - France 1 England 3, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris AW Start 7
19 249 21 September 1949 - England 0 Republic of Ireland 2, Goodison Park, Liverpool Fr HL Start 11
20 250 15 October 1949 - Wales 1 England 4, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC/
WCP
AW Start 7
21 251 16 November 1949 - England 9 Ireland 2, Maine Road, Manchester HW Start 7
22 252 30 November 1949 - England 2 Italy 0, White Hart Lane, Tottenham Fr HW Start 7
Age 28
23 253 15 April 1950 - Scotland 0 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC/
WCP
AW Start 7
24 254 14 May 1950 - Portugal 3 England 5, Estádio Nacional, Lisboa tour AW Start
11
25 255 18 May 1950 - Belgium 1 England 4, Stade du Heysel, Bruxelles AW Start 11
26 256 25 June 1950 - England 2 Chile 0, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Rio WCF NW Start 7
27 257 29 June 1950 - USA 1 England 0, Estádio Raimundo Sampaio, Belo Horizonte NL Start 7
28 258 2 July 1950 - Spain 1 England 0, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Rio NL Start 11
29 260 15 November 1950 - England 4 Wales 2, Roker Park, Sunderland BC HW Start 7
Age 29
30 262 14 April 1951 - England 2 Scotland 3, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HL Start 11
31 263 9 May 1951 - England 2 Argentina 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 7
32 264 19 May 1951 - England 5 Portugal 2, Goodison Park, Liverpool Fr HW Start 75 7
33 265 3 October 1951 - England 2 France 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HD Start 7
34 266 20 October 1951 - Wales 1 England 1, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AD Start 7
35 267 14 November 1951 - England 2 Ireland 0, Villa Park, Birmingham HW Start 7
Age 30
36 269 5 April 1952 - Scotland 1 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AW Start 7
37 270 18 May 1952 - Italy 1 England 1, Stadio Comunale di Firenze, Firenze tour AD Start 7
38 271 25 May 1952 - Austria 2 England 3, Praterstadion, Prater, Wien AW Start 7
39 272 28 May 1952 - Switzerland 0 England 3, Hardturm Sportplatz, Zurich AW Start 11
40 273 4 October 1952 - Ireland 2 England 2, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AD Start 7
41 274 12 November 1952 - England 5 Wales 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley HW Start 7
42 275 26 November 1952 - England 5 Belgium 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 7
Age 31
43 276 18 April 1953 - England 2 Scotland 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HD Start 7
44 277 17 May 1953 - Argentina 0 England 0, Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires - abandoned after 36 minutes tour AD Start 7
45 278 24 May 1953 - Chile 1 England 2, Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago AW Start 7
46 279 31 May 1953 - Uruguay 2 England 1, Estadio Centenario, Montevideo AL Start 7
47 280 8 June 1953 - USA 3 England 6, Yankee Stadium,New York AW Start 7
48 281 10 October 1953 - Wales 1 England 4, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC/
WCP
AW Start 7
49 285 3 April 1954 - Scotland 2 England 4, Hampden Park, Glasgow AW Start 7
Age 32
50 286 16 May 1954 - Yugoslavia 1 England 0, Stadion JNA, Beograd tour AL Start 7
51 287 23 May 1954 - Hungary 7 England 1, Népstadion, Budapest AL Start 11
52 288 17 June 1954 - Belgium 4 England 4, Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel WCF ND Start 11
53 289 20 June 1954 - England 2 Switzerland 0, Wankdorfstadion, Bern AW Start
54 290 26 June 1954 - Uruguay 4 England 2, Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel NL Start
55 293 1 December 1954 - England 3 West Germany 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 11
Age 33
56 298 2 October 1955 - Denmark 1 England 5, Idraetsparken, Kobenhavn Fr AW Start 11
57 299 22 October 1955 - Wales 2 England 1, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AL Start 11
58 300 2 November 1955 - England 3 Northern Ireland 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HW Start 88 7
59 301 30 November 1955 - England 4 Spain 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start
7 59
7
Age 34
60 302 14 April 1956 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AD Start 7
61 308 14 November 1956 - England 3 Wales 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HW Start 9
62 309 28 November 1956 - England 3 Yugoslavia 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 9
63 310 5 December 1956 - England 5 Denmark 2, Molineux, Wolverhampton WCP HW Start 11
Age 35
64 311 6 April 1957 - England 2 Scotland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HW Start 9
65 312 8 May 1957 - England 5 Republic of Ireland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley WCP HW Start 11
66 313 15 May 1957 - Denmark 1 England 4, Idrætsparken, København AW Start 11
67 314 19 May 1957 - Republic of Ireland 1 England 1, Dalymount Park, Dublin AD Start 7
68 315 19 October 1957 - Wales 0 England 4, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AW Start 11
69 317 27 November 1957 - England 4 France 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 11
Age 36
70 318 19 April 1958 - Scotland 0 England 4, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AW Start 11
71 319 7 May 1958 - England 2 Portugal 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 11
72 320 11 May 1958 - Yugoslavia 5 England 0, Stadion JNA, Beograd Fr AL Start 11
73 321 18 May 1958 - USSR 1 England 1, Lenin Stadium, Moskva Fr AD Start 11
74 322 8 June 1958 - England 2 USSR 2, Nya Ullevi Stadion, Göteborg WCF ND Start 11
- 323 11 June 1958 - Brazil 0 England 0, Nya Ullevi Stadion, Göteborg ND injured squad member
- 324 15 June 1958 - England 2 Austria 2, Ryavallen Stadion, Borås ND
- 325 17 June 1958 - USSR 1 England 0, Nya Ullevi Stadion, Göteborg NL
75 326 4 October 1958 - Northern Ireland 3 England 3, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AD Start 11
76 327 22 October 1958 - England 5 USSR 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 11

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