Leyton Orient boss describes Sir Tom Finney as an absolute legend after day of tributes at Preston North End

Sir Tom Finney's life was honoured at Deepdale and around the country

Sir Tom Finney's life was honoured at Deepdale and around the country

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Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade has described Sir Tom Finney as an "absolute legend" after the O's played their part in a day of tributes to the former England and Preston winger. 

Finney passed away yesterday at the age of 91 and Preston paid their respects by observing a minute's silence and wearing shirts with his name on their backs. 

Finney earned 76 caps for England and was a Preston great after making more than 400 league appearances for the club between 1946 and 1960. 

Slade said: "That's football and what you want to be part of. It was a very, very big day with the sad news of Sir Tom Finney.

"We were very respectful of that situation as you well know as a football club. It was great to see so many people here and the minute was done in spectacular fashion really.

"I think it was on ten minutes that the crowd got up and I even found myself applauding alongside Simon Grayson."

Slade added: "Some times people use the word legend too loosely. But in his case he's an absolute legend and not just for his football, because he was unique, but the fact that he was so loyal too. You find that's not often the case in football today."

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