It’s an award that sometimes flies under the radar, but Sir Tom Finney has been recognised by the EFL.
The Preston legend passed away in 2014, but has an award named after him to pay tribute to his incredible service to North End.
The Sir Tom Finney award is described as being ‘presented to a player who has had an outstanding career and contributed an exceptional amount to the EFL and football in general’.
Since the award was named after Finney just a mere month following his passing, we have seen great servants win the accolade.
Steve Fletcher, Kevin Phillips, ex-Preston striker Kevin Davies, Kevin O’Connor, Rickie Lambert and Joe Thompson have won the award, with no winner last year due to the global pandemic.
The award is back in the news today, as it has been handed to Doncaster Rovers legend James Coppinger.
The 40-year-old winger has racked up almost 700 appearances for Donny in a quite remarkable career, and is expected to retire this summer.
Coppinger’s service to Donny has now been recognised, and Preston midfielder Ben Whiteman is in a special place to comment.
Whiteman now turns out for Finney’s former side in North End, and played with Coppinger at Doncaster before joining Preston in January.
Whiteman has admitted that the award is fully deserved, praising Coppinger in the process – and he looks to be a worth winner of the award named after Preston’s greatest ever player.