The Splash: Sir Tom Finney (1922–2014)
The Splash: Sir Tom Finney (1922–2014)
The Splash: Sir Tom Finney (1922–2014)
The Splash: Sir Tom Finney (1922–2014)
The Splash: Sir Tom Finney (1922–2014)
The Splash: Sir Tom Finney (1922–2014)
The Splash: Sir Tom Finney (1922–2014)
The Splash: Sir Tom Finney (1922–2014)

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The sculpture, set in a fountain, depicts Preston North End footballer Tom Finney sliding through a puddle while controlling the ball on a waterlogged pitch. It is based on a photograph taken by John Horton on 25th August 1956 during a match between Preston North End and Chelsea, at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge ground.

The Splash: Sir Tom Finney (1922–2014)




bronze, concrete, brick & Lakeland slate


H 250 x W (?) x D (?) cm (E);
Plinth: H (?) x W 600 x D 800 cm

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Preston North End Football Club


Preston North End Football Club

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Unveiling date

7th August 2004


at all times

Inscription description

plaque on the base: The Splash / by Peter Hodgkinson MA (RCA) / Based on an action photograph / that became known as 'The Splash', / of Tom Finney on a waterlogged / Stamford Bridge, which was awarded / Sports Photograph of the year 1956. / The concept to recreate it as a / sculpture / fountain was by Ben Casey.


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Located at

Sir Tom Finney Way, Preston


Outside the west front of Preston North End Football Club Deepdale stadium.