This is embarrassing

Off the field, he quietly managed a plumbing business in his home town, never seeking a better deal somewhere else, in an era when there still existed a minimum wage of less £20 a week.

Tom Finney deserves better than this. It was a maximum wage for footballers, not a minimum.

15 thoughts on “This is embarrassing”

  1. He was offered a very generous salary and package to move to Palermo in 1952 (which he wanted to accept) but Preston North End wouldn’t release him from his contract.

  2. I think the modern footballer gets a bad rap.

    Reality is the market. The present day market in football is a totally global TV set, with the viewe paying the TV company a lot of money to watch the game. If the game is owned by the English Premier League doesn’t it the right to sell it for a decent price; must it give its wares away for free. And if those viewers and those TV companies are paying all that money, are they paying it to see the chairman sit in the stands or the visiting politician who would dearly love to regulate the game and “sort it out”?

    No, we all pay to watch the player, the minimally educated twentysomething. I say the money belongs to him. And I say at the end of his career he can take HIS money with him back to Africa, Brazil, Formby (Stevie G) or Uruguay.

  3. @ironman
    The reality is spending fifty quid on a ten pound t-shirt carrying the name of a temporary employee of a public company, their trade mark & that of their business partner, providing entertainment they charge a great deal for. I’ll bet detergent companies wish they could work out a similar scam for washing powders. “Daz washes whiter1 And you know it!”

  4. BiS

    Your view is a common view; I would never dispute your right to express it.

    Another common view, however, is that of the football fan. These people feel the great deal of money to which you refer, to be exchanged for being entertained by that temporary employee, whilst wearing and expensive shirt bearing the name of the employee, his employer and his employer’s business partner is well worth it…and a bit more. It’s classic exchange of utlity which forms the reality all followers of this blog accept.

  5. I hate football but Ironman is quite right. There is no difference between Wayne Chav buying a £50 Man U shirt and Sophie Rich paying £x for a pair of Jimmy Choos. Unless you knit your own clothing from wool you find on barbed wire fences, or at least wear only supermarket jeans and tops, you have no right to an opinion.

    (Even then you have no right to an opinion but I’m feeling charitable.)

  6. I’d agree, interested. Anyone who buys clothes to get the 01 cent’s worth of label the manufacturer has sewn on them is equally barking.
    Once tried to source a replacement epaulette for a trench coat the cleaners had misplaced. Garment had come from one of the Paris designers at a totally eye-watering price. Traced the manufacturer back to Manchester, of all places, where they were currently knocking out a range for BHS.

  7. BIS,
    Value is in the eye of the purchaser. You and I only see the material; the soccer fan sees the vicarius glory, the group bonding and even a sense of worth all bestowed by the replica shirt. Completely barking, but it’s their money, their choice and I don’t think we’d have it any other way.

  8. Yeah, Geoffers. S’pose it was watching a friend’s kid trying to get the full set of football cards. Every spare 25p or whatever in the sweetshop. Swapping with his mates. Strange how few of them managed it & how uneven the distribution of the swaps was..
    He had hundreds. So did his pals. Reckon there was at least a thousand harvested off of those 8 y/o’s
    Next season they do it all over again, don’t they?

  9. @nterested: February 16, 2014 at 11:07 am

    (Even then you have no right to an opinion but I’m feeling charitable.)

    No. Everyone has the right to an opinion. Equally, everyone else has the right to take no notice of it. 🙂

  10. Getting back to the OP.
    I never saw Tom Finney in action (being middle-class we had a radio but not a TV and Preston in Lancashire was too far to cycle) but his brilliance should have been legendary since, on occasion, England dropped Stan Matthews, who *was* a legend while still playing in my childhood, to play Tom Finney on the right wing.
    In those days you wanted to play for your local club but sometimes there were offers too good to refuse (like that from Juventus for John Charles or Blackpool’s for Matthews which cured Port Vale’s finances). Tom Finney had a duty to his family for whom the Palermo contract would have ensured a decent income (by 1952 standards) for life. It is to his immense credit that he didn’t stop striving for Preston NE after the chairman blocked it.

  11. I am delighted to say that there still talented young lads who desire nothing more than to play for their local clubs, like Luis Suarez and Liverpool!!

    And I think you’ll find when you check his wikipedia entry, which I am about to “update”, that he is as Scouse as a nicked TV set.

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