Preston North End and Football League great Sir Tom Finney turns 90 today and The Football League would like to wish him a very happy birthday.

Sir Tom was born just a short distance from North End's iconic Deepdale stadium back in 1922 and the local boy went on to score 187 goals in 433 Football League appearances for the Lancashire club.

He made his England debut less than a month after his first start for the Lilywhites and went on to be capped 76 times between 1946 and 1958, netting 30 times.

The Preston-born striker was recognised as Footballer of the Year in 1953/54 and again in 1956/57 and in doing so became the first player to win the award more than once.

On this special occassion Chief Operating Officer of The Football League, Andy Williamson, commented: "On behalf of The Football League and its member clubs, I would like to wish Sir Tom a very happy 90th birthday.

"A wonderful ambassador for Preston North End, The Football League and English football as a whole, Sir Tom was the epitome of a model professional. A one-club man, his dedication and love for Preston has never wavered and he continues to proudly represent the club and the City today.

"Sir Tom, you are a true Football League Legend. Many happy returns and I hope you enjoy your special day."

Please click here to read our Football League Great profile of Sir Tom Finney

It has been more than 50 years since the legend pulled on the shirt but Preston's affections for the local hero have not diminished and they are celebrating his landmark birthday by designating Saturday's match with Milton Keynes Dons at Deepdale as PNE Day.

On the day, two new honours boards, which celebrate every year of the great's life, will be unveiled on the Sir Tom Finney Stand concourse.

The boards have 90 spaces available, giving fans the chance to include their name alongside a season in Sir Tom Finney's life.

A commemorative 92-page match day programme, which has personal tributes and special memories from the likes of Gary Lineker, Sir Alex Ferguson and David Cameron, will also be available to purchase.

The players are eager to make it a special day on Saturday as the Play-Off chasing Dons visit Deepdale.

Lilywhites' captain Andy Procter told www.pnefc.net: "Obviously it is a big week for the club as it is Sir Tom Finney's 90th birthday and the lads are determined to put on a good performance for him and the supporters.

"Sir Tom is a fantastic ambassador for the city. When you think of Preston North End, you automatically think of Sir Tom Finney and that is the kind of heritage the lads are playing for.

"The lads are determined to go out on Saturday against MK Dons and get the right result to mark the occasion and honour a true legend."

Please click here to see our pictorial look back at Sir Tom Finney's career

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