Lancashire Police’s Chief Constable has been awarded the force’s Sports Personality of the Year.
Steve Finnigan, 58, was nominated for the accolade by members of the Constabulary’s Sports Club for his contribution to sport both across the Constabulary and beyond.
Football has always been his passion. Aged 14 he played for Blackburn Rovers for a year, before representing Great Britain Catholic Schoolboys as well as Merseyside County under 19’s.
In June he celebrates 40 years as a police officer. In that time he has been a member of the Merseyside Police Football Team and played for Lancashire County FA before going on to represent the English and British Police Football Teams for 10 years.
A lifelong Everton fan, Steve played in the England Police v Scotland Police football match in 1986 at Goodison Park, scoring a goal at the Park End. In 1989, he captained the British Police Football Team in the European Police Championships winning the tournament outright.
Steve, who said he was shocked and “genuinely honoured” to receive the award, has also been Chairman of the Police Sport UK Football Section since 2003 and is Chairman of Police Sport UK. His other commitments include being President of Lancashire Boys and Girls Clubs and vice president of Lancashire Outward Bound Association.