Jimmy Cricket recalls in his latest newspaper column the time he nearly met a footballing legend.
The well-known comedian says in the Lancashire Evening Post that he was asked to do the corporate entertainment a few years ago at Deepdale, home of Preston North End for whom Sir Tom Finney made 473 competitive appearances, scoring 210 goals.
Tony Jo, a friend and fellow comedian, said during the evening that he would go and get Sir Tom so Jimmy could meet him.
However, Sir Tom was not feeling too well and had to go home early.
Jimmy recalls: “My big moment to meet a remarkable man and footballer, who had done so much for his home town of Preston, had gone.”
Sir Tom, who scored 30 goals in 76 appearances for England, died 12 months ago aged 91.