The Tom Finney 'Splash' Statue The statue unveiled in July 2004, was inspired by a photo taken at the Chelsea v Preston game played in 1956. After a large downpour before kick off, parts of the pitch were covered in water, but the game was still allowed to start. Whilst with the ball and having just got around a defender Finney ended up in one of the pools of water. A photographer captured the moment and the photo later won the 'Sports Photograph Of The Year Award'.
The statue sculpted by Peter Hodkinson, pays tribute to the player and that 'splash' moment. It is certainly more imaginative to any other footballing statue so far unveiled around the country. The original photo of the Splash can be seen on the official Preston North End website.