Bill Shankly reckoned Sir Tom was one of if not the greatest player of his or any generation, even though I’m an owd codger I never saw him play but from the videos and stuff I’ve read about him he certainly is up with the best.
His one & only club is celebrating the great mans 90th birthday with special events as follows, mind you they haven’t got much to shout about languishing in sixteenth place in Div1 (Div3 in my day) just hovering over a relegation place.
“The next PNE Day takes place on Easter Saturday – get ready for Preston’s biggest birthday party!
The PNE v MK Dons npower League One fixture takes place on Easter Saturday, 7th April 2012, at 3pm, a date which falls just two days after the great Sir Tom Finney’s 90th birthday.
As such, the Prestonian hero’s big day will be at the centre of the celebrations, and fans will start to see an ever increasing presence of the ‘STF90’ logo (above) which has been designed by Preston-based Piranha Advertising & Marketing Solutions Ltd to help create an iconic symbol of the event.
The emblem will soon start to spring up all over the city as part of one of the longest promotional build-ups the club has ever dedicated to a single figure.
The key is to fill Deepdale as close to capacity as possible, with the initial target to ‘Fill The Finney’ and sell out the 7,893 seats in the stand named after the man at the heart of the event.
Supporters will be incentivised to sit in this area with giveaways galore on offer to those who sit in the Sir Tom Finney Stand. As part of the ’90’ theme, we’ll be asking 90 companies to each donate a minimum of 90 goodies in order to give everyone in the stand a ‘birthday present’ to take home with them, with surplus donations being spread out to supporters in other stands too.
The Sir Tom Finney Stand will be the best stand to take advantage with everything that takes place on the day, and as such, existing season ticket holders in other stands will be able to switch their seats to the Sir Tom Finney Stand for this game when a priority ‘transfer window’ opens prior to the tickets going on general sale in the new year – full details to follow.
As with the recent successful PNE Day, tickets will be priced at just £10 for adults, £5 for concessions, £2 for U16s and free for Mini Whites.
As part of the awareness drive for the fixture, the 90 theme continues with supporters and well-wishers being urged to back the Club’s bid to raise a minimum of £9,000 for a charity (or charities) close to Sir Tom’s heart in the months leading up to the game.
Sir Tom’s family are currently discussing who they wish this money to be passed to, and the beneficiaries will be invited to receive the proceeds on PNE Day.
If 90 supporters can each raise £100 or more via any means possible, the £9,000 target will soon be reached.”
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