Hill’s ashes scattered at Coventry City

Jimmy Hill

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Jimmy Hill remains the longest-serving Match of the Day presenter

The ashes of ex-Coventry City manager and chairman Jimmy Hill are being scattered at the club’s stadium later.

The ceremony will be held at the Ricoh Arena’s new memorial garden before the club’s last home match of the season against Sheffield United.

The former TV pundit and Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) chairman, who lived in Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, died in December.

Dean of Coventry Cathedral will open the garden and lead the ceremony.

The Very Reverend John Whitcombe, said: “First we’ll open the garden and the band will play and then the scattering of the ashes, with a few words for people to find their own way of remembering.”

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A tribute service was held at Coventry Cathedral in February

The garden will then be open for fans to scatters the ashes of loved ones who were Coventry City fans.

A tribute service was held at the city’s cathedral in February which drew hundreds of people.

Hill joined Coventry City as manager in 1961, leaving six years later shortly after winning promotion to the First Division for the first time.

The former Match of the Day presenter was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2008 and died on 19 December, aged 87.

Jimmy Hill

  • Born in Balham, London, on 22 July 1928
  • Played as a forward for Brentford and Fulham
  • As chairman of the PFA he led the campaign to abolish the maximum wage, which was scrapped in January 1961
  • Became Coventry City manager, leading the club to two promotions before leaving to work with ITV in 1967
  • Presented Match of the Day for 16 years from 1973
  • Returned to Coventry as managing director in 1975, later becoming chairman
  • Made Highfield Road England’s first all-seater football stadium
  • Credited with securing the introduction of three points for a win instead of two


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