THEY celebrated the 90th birthday yesterday of one of the finest footballers ever to pull on a pair of boots in this country. Sir Tom Finney.
As many people as can attest to his skill as a player will also tell you what a lovely, humble and modest gentleman he has always been and remains.
I was fortunate to get an example of this a few years ago when covering a game at Preston.
Sir Tom made it his way to pop up to the Press Box and have a word with the assembled media before a game. No fuss, no big show, just went about it quietly.
I was privileged to be able to have a chat with him and somehow came away with the impression that he felt more privileged than me. Humble indeed.
Quite what he makes of what’s going on at his beloved Preston just now, can only be imagined. One wonders if he’s shaking his head.
The criticism this week from Wednesdayites around here of Preston’s approach at Hillsborough last Saturday was quite beyond anything I’ve heard for a long time. Well, at least since Blades followers did the same a couple of months ago after North End had been at the Lane.
I gather some of the touchline antics were rather unedifying too.
They used to call them Proud Preston. Slightly old fashioned perhaps.
But what I’m hearing of the way they are going about things right now, there seems nothing much to be proud of.
And, it seems, plenty of Bladesmen and Wednesdayites amongst others would agree.
It must make the legendary Sir Tom a little sad.
If you like your football then you probably look forward to the prospect of two or even three games over Easter.
Dozens of football anoraks will be notching up more games than that in ONE day.
They are from a group called Groundhop UK who ‘collect’ football grounds.
They are up in this area over Easter and the Baris Northern Counties East League have obligingly rearranged fixtures and kick off times so they can cram in as many games as possible.
They actually started last night in West Yorkshire, continued up there today and have lined up four games in this area tomorrow.
They start at 10.30 (Maltby v Parkgate) then it’s across to Staveley for a 1.30 ko for their game with Pickering before heading for the oldest ground they’ll have been on, Hallam’s Sandygate for a 4.45 start against Teversal.
I suspect your Saturday night agenda won’t include Worsbrough Bridge v Rossington. There’s will. A 7.45ko should you wish to join them!