Cliff Morgan talks to sporting personalities of the past. In this recording he is in conversation with one of the greatest English footballers of all time, Tom Finney.
“Tom Finney would have been great in any team, in any match and in any age - even if he had been wearing an overcoat,” was Bill Shankly’s verdict on Tom Finney. Some people rated him more highly than his contemporary, Stanley Matthews. Sir Tom was born in Preston in 1922. Following wartime service in North Africa he made his professional debut with Preston North End in August 1946, winning the first of his 76 England caps a month later. He played for Preston North End throughout his career and after his retirement he retained his links with the club. He was knighted in 1998. “Morgan the Magnificent” was the title given to Cliff Morgan by South African newspapers when he toured the country with the British Lions team in 1955.
His success in that tour earned him the captaincy of Wales the following season. Cliff was born into a mining family in the Rhondda in 1930 and joined Cardiff Rugby Club straight from school, playing at fly-half. When his playing career ended in 1958 he joined the BBC, working as a TV commentator and producer. For the last ten years of his BBC career he was Head of Television Sport and Outside Broadcasts, with overall responsibility for the coverage of state occasions, as well as all major sporting events. After he retired from the staff of the BBC he became the presenter of the popular Radio 4 programme "Sport on Four".