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Ex-Coventry City manager Jimmy Hill could get statue

Postby dutchman » Wed Jun 16, 2010 3:29 pm

An appeal is beginning to raise £150,000 to put up a bronze statue of former Coventry City manager and football pundit Jimmy Hill.
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The statue of the ex-manager will be put up outside the city's Ricoh Arena if the appeal is successful.

Mr Hill was responsible for Coventry's promotion to the old Division One in 1967 and went on to become one of the best known faces in television.

Club director Joe Elliott said it was "only right" that Mr Hill had a statue.

"It is only right that we look at putting up a statue to commemorate the wonderful work that Jimmy has done for the club and indeed football at a national and international level, " he said.

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Mr Hill played for Brentford and Fulham before going on to manage Coventry.

He was also chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association and led the successful campaign against the £20 maximum wage.

After becoming Coventry's manager in 1961, he said that, next to playing, his years at the club were the most enjoyable of anything he had ever done.

He took the club from fifth-bottom of the old Third Division into the top flight before leaving in 1967.

His broadcasting career began at London Weekend Television as Head of Sport from 1967-72 before joining BBC Television as presenter for Match of The Day, making more than 600 appearances on the show.

The pundit left the BBC in 1999.

Details of the appeal will be available later.

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Re: Ex-Coventry City manager Jimmy Hill could get statue

Postby PoundShopPeter » Mon Jun 21, 2010 9:01 pm

I think I'd prefer a statue of George & John doing their jig with the FA Cup at Wembley.

Can't deny Hill did a great job as a manager but as Managing Director / Chairman he was responsible for some shocking decisions at the club.
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