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In pictures: The funeral of Sir Tom Finney
28 February 2014
Last updated at 15:49
As the people of Preston paid a final farewell to former footballer Sir Tom Finney, School Reporters from Lancashire were among the crowds.
The city of Preston has been paying tribute to Sir Tom Finney, who died on 14 February. He spent his entire football career at Preston North End and thousands of people, including Broughton Business and Enterprise College School Reporters Matt and Harry, were at the club's Deepdale home, where his funeral was relayed.
Matt and Harry arrived outside Preston's Deepdale stadium. They said: "The face of Sir Tom looks down on the people of Preston from the stand named after him".
A statue of Sir Tom, called The Splash, stands outside Deepdale. It is based on a famous photograph taken of him in action during a match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 1956. Matt and Harry had a chance to spend some time taking a close look at the artwork.
"Scarves, shirts and flowers have been left at the Splash statue from all over the world," said the School Reporters. The football souvenirs came from many different clubs, including Preston's local rivals Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers, showing in what fond affection Finney was held by football fans in general.
Matt and Harry report: "Many of the shirts have had poignant messages added to them."
One of the stands at Deepdale is named after Sir Tom and his face gazes out of the seats, while another is named in tribute to his former Preston team-mate Bill Shankly, who once said Finney was: "The best player ever born".
Matt and Harry report: "Thousands of fans paid their respects as they joined in the service, which was broadcast on big screens inside the Deepdale stadium."
Matt and Harry were spotted by BBC News reporter Paul Burnell, who recognised their School Report lanyards and invited them to observe him while he was conducting an interview.
This flag in honour of Sir Tom was on display inside the stadium while the service was taking place. He made 433 league appearances for Preston, scoring 187 goals, while he won 76 England caps and found the net for his country 30 times.
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