FIN­NEY FACTFILE:

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

1922: Born in a house just min­utes from Deep­dale.

1942: Signed up to the Royal Ar­moured Corps in

1942, fight­ing in Egypt and later as tank driver to help lib­er­ate Italy.

1946: Signed for North End – would have signed ear­lier but wanted to com­plete plumb­ing ap­pren­tice­ship to work in the fam­ily busi­ness, leading to the nick­name, the Pre­ston Plumber. Made Pre­ston de­but in Au­gust and 28 days later made his Eng­land de­but.

1950: Went to Brazil with Eng­land, first of his three World Cups.

1954: Named Foot­baller of the Year and made his only FA Cup fi­nal ap­pear­ance, in a 3-2 de­feat by West Brom.

1957: Named Foot­baller of the Year for a sec­ond time and the first to win it twice.

1958: Last Eng­land ap­pear­ance. Jointly held scor­ing record with Vi­vian Wood­ward and Nat Loft­house on 30 un­til they were over­taken by Bobby Charl­ton in 1963.

1960: Re­tired from play­ing be­cause of a groin prob­lem

1998: Had an OBE since 1961 but he was knighted at Buck­ing­ham Palace.

2004: Un­veiled statue The Splash out­side Deep­dale, de­pict­ing him beat­ing two de­fend­ers at a wa­ter­logged Stam­ford Bridge. PRE­STON

(1946-1960): League apps: 433 League goals: 187 FA Cup apps: 40 FA Cup goals: 23 HONOURS First Di­vi­sion: Run­ner­sup 1952-53, 1957-58 Sec­ond Di­vi­sion: Cham­pi­ons 1950-51 FA Cup: Run­ners-up

1954 Foot­ball Writ­ers' As­so­ci­a­tion Foot­baller of the Year: 1954, 1957 ENG­LAND

(1946-1958) Caps: 76 Goals: 30

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