BAMBER BRIDGE CHRISTEN SIR TOM FINNEY STADIUM

Non-league club Bamber Bridge have christened the renaming of their stadium with a pre-season friendly against Preston North End.

The Northern League side renamed their ground the Sir Tom Finney Stadium - in honour of English legend Sir Tom, who died in February, aged 91 - and they held a special ceremony on 22nd July when they hosted North End in front of 1,438 fans.

Finney - a winger - made over 500 appearances for Preston and also pulled on an Englad shirt more than 70 times.

When announcing the renaming of their stadium, Bamber Bridge club secretary George Halliwell said: "We have changed our stadium name as a tribute to Sir Tom.

"I can’t believe nobody else has done this, but he was a real favourite down at the club and attended a great number of functions.

"Everyone is pleased to see the stadium named after Sir Tom and it’s a real privilege."

Preston beat Bamber Bridge 2-0 in their pre-season friendly with goals from Jordan Hugill and Josh Brownhill.

Posted on 23/07/2014