The West Bromwich Albion Former Players Association is sad to announce the passing of the great Sir Tom Finney aged 91 years.

Sir Tom, was a one club man ‘legend’, making over 400 appearances for his home town club Preston North End between 1946 and 1960, scoring no less than 187 goals, and was possibly the clubs all- time greatest ever player. In addition to his fantastic club record, Sir Tom won 76 caps for England scoring 30 goals, placing him on the all-time scoring lists in 6th place alongside Alan Shearer and the late and equally great Nat Lofthouse.

West Bromwich Albion fans will of course remember him well from the 1954 F.A.Cup final, where he captained his team at Wembley, on what he always remembered as one of his saddest football memories with the defeat 3-2 at the hands of the Baggies. He was truly a giant of our game, winning the prestigious ‘Footballer of the year’ award on two occasions 1953-54 and 1956-57.

Will we ever see his like again, I think not. Rest easy Sir Tom, and thank-you for all those terrific memories.