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Iconic Football Pundit , Player and Former Manager Jimmy Hill has died aged 87

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posted on Dec, 19 2015 @ 08:29 AM
If you're British and of a certain age Jimmy Hill is likely deeply embedded into your sporting memories as Mr Football , he made more than 600 appearances on football highlights program Match of the Day and had deep links with Coventry City football club as both a manager and chairman.

Jimmy Hill was an Iconic figure through the 70s , 80s and 90s , to many he was an authoritative voice of football and will be deeply missed.

A legend of TV punditry and innovator in the game of football has passed , he will be remembered fondly.

Barbara Slater, BBC Director of Sport added: "Jimmy Hill was an iconic and unique figure and we are all deeply saddened by the news.
"He was one of the great innovators and a huge talent, a man ahead of his time with a personality that dominated his era both in football and broadcasting.
"Jimmy was also a dear friend and colleague to many at the BBC and will be greatly missed."
Some of the other ideas Hill helped make a reality included establishing a player's right to freedom of movement at the end of his contract and the introduction of three points for a win.
He also commissioned the first English all-seater stadium, lifted a ban on media interviews, introduced the first electronic scoreboard in 1964 and the first colour match-day programme.
The former Brentford and Fulham forward was appointed Coventry manager in November 1961, leading the Sky Blues to the Division Three and Division Two titles.
There is a statue of Hill at Coventry's Ricoh Arena where he was also chairman - a role he also had at Fulham and Charlton.
He became a broadcaster and head of sport for ITV in 1967, before moving to the BBC six years later where he became presenter of Match of the Day until he handed over the reins to Des Lynam in 1989.

RiP Jimmy.

edit on 19-12-2015 by gortex because: edit to add

posted on Dec, 19 2015 @ 08:55 AM
a reply to: gortex

Yep, used to listen to hm on MOTD in the 80's.


posted on Dec, 19 2015 @ 09:27 AM
a reply to: gortex

I just saw this on the news.

Another Uk insitution gone, we are rapidly running out of living ledgends now.

It must be a sign of getting older.


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