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18 February 2014

Gillingham FC to pay respect to England legend Sir Tom Finney with a minute's applause prior to midweek fixture

Gillingham Football Club will hold a minute's applause before our Sky Bet League One match with Sheffield United on Wednesday evening in memory of Sir Tom Finney who died last week.

The former Preston and England winger, who represented his country on 76 occasions between 1946 and 1958, passed away at the age of 91 on Friday evening.

Clubs up and down the country paid tribute to one of the all time England greats during their weekend matches, with many holding silences or wearing black armbands to mark his passing.

Finney, who played over 430 games for North End over a 14-year spell at Deepdale, was a one club man in every sense of the word and won the Footballer of the Year award on two separate occasions after some fantastic displays in the seasons of 53-54 and 56-57.

He scored 30 goals in 76 appearances for the full national team, including one on his debut in a 7-2 victory over Northern Ireland.

He was an FA Cup Finalist in 1954 and went on to play for the club for another six years before retiring in 1960.

The Football Association labelled Sir Tom as `one of England's all-time greatest players,` with Bobby Charlton describing his contributions to Football as `immeasurable.`

Help us to celebrate the life of a true England Football legend with a minute's applause at MEMS Priestfield Stadium tomorrow evening.

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