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He became the seventh player to be voted the Footballer of the Year – in 1954 – and when he topped the poll again three years later, he was the first to win the award twice.
But Sir Tom will not just be remembered by football writers for those two honours – he will be remembered for ALWAYS treating our profession with the utmost respect and civility. For a while, he was even one of us.
Sir Tom developed friendships with many writers of his era and encouraged the younger journalists making their way.
He was forever polite, accessible and wonderful, humble company.
His civic funeral takes place on Thursday, February 27, at Preston Minster – and the world of football will stop to pay its respects to one of the greats.
Represented by chairman Andy Dunn, the Football Writers’ Association is honoured to be able to pay its own respects to a man who epitomises everything we value in a footballer.
Honour, skill, humility, brilliance.
RIP Sir Tom Finney.
Football pays its respects to Sir Tom Finney
RIP Sir Tom Finney