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    Sad to read of the passing of Football Legend Jimmy Hill

    report & obituary from Daily Mail

    Former Match of the Day presenter and footballer Jimmy Hill has died at the age of 87 after a seven-year battle with Alzheimer’s.

    Hill was diagnosed with the disease in 2008 and had been living in a care home near the south coast of England for the past three years.

    A pioneer credited with being responsible for changing modern football across the world, Hill led the campaign for the scrapping of maximum fees for professional footballers.

    While at the PFA he succeeded in scrapping the maximum wage for players, paving the way for today’s multi-million-pound footballers.

    He also pioneered all-seater stadiums and was instrumental in introducing the ‘three points for a win’ rule in 1981 that helped transform the modern game into a far more exciting spectacle.

    His broadcasting career spanned 40 years and he racked up 600 appearances on Match of the Day.

    Hill moved to Sky Sports in 1999 and fronted Jimmy Hill’s Sunday Supplement, a panel show on which journalists discuss the football topics of the day.

    Obituary – Hill looked like an old blazer but he was much more of a trailblazer

    By Alan Fraser

    Jimmy Hill was always immediately identifiable by a protruding chin which he followed into more jobs within football than anyone who ever lived.

    Player, union leader, coach, manager, director, chairman, television executive, presenter, analyst and even match official when standing in for an injured linesman during an Arsenal v Liverpool match (1972), Hill did it all and often so effectively that he changed our national game for the better.

    He may have looked like an old blazer but he was much more of a trailblazer; and while he could sound like a reactionary he was often a revolutionary, especially during his association with Coventry City where he remains much loved and much remembered in bronze. How the troubled Midlands club could now do with a Sky Blue Revolution like the one he masterminded in the swinging 60s.

    But it was as a television football pundit that Hill became best known. If television changed football then the London born milkman’s son changed the way TV covered Britain’s most popular sport. Having devised the concept of the football panel for the 1970 World Cup, he proceeded to become the nation’s most recognisable and influential pundit during a long association with BBC’s Match of the Day.

    The big chin, distinctive trimmed beard and strident views were all part of the package.

    His legacy is a lasting one. It is simply not possible these days to imagine any football being broadcast without prior in-depth discussion of line-up and tactics followed at the end of the game by a detailed analysis of the key moments by — love them or loathe them — well-known former players. There would have been no second careers for the likes of Gary Lineker, Alan Hansen and Andy Gray without Hill’s vision.

    James William Thomas Hill was born in Balham. He grew up a Crystal Palace supporter but played his first match as a professional for Brentford before making the short move to Craven Cottage in March, 1953. Fulham was to be his last destination as a player. The wing half made 276 appearances for the London club before injury forced his retirement at the age of 33 in 1961.

    By then his reputation had been established. Not so much as a player, decent though he was, but as a thinker and a keen student of the game who would be destined to make his mark off the field.

    Hill was already a qualified FA coach when, like so many observers, he fell under the spell of the Hungarians in their 6-3 demolition of England at Wembley in 1953. ‘It was as if they were players from another planet, magnificently skilled, with perfect teamwork and like nothing I had ever seen before or could have imagined,’ he was to write in his autobiography.

    Hill acquired the Hungarian coaching manual and introduced it to his Fulham teammates when asked to organise pre-season training. His organisational skills were also to the fore for the Players’ Union when appointed its first unpaid chairman.

    His great triumph was heading the successful campaign to scrap the £20-a-week maximum wage and to introduce a freedom of contract. The irony never escaped Hill that throughout 27 years of subsequent football management much of his time was devoted to finding ways of paying ever-increasing wages.

    Poacher turned gamekeeper in November 1961, the start of a journey which took Coventry City from the bottom of the Third Division to the First Division. Running parallel to the onfield progress was the so-called Sky Blue Revolution featuring a number of innovations and the creation of the Sky Blue brand — the Sky Blue strip, the Sky Blue Train (for away matches), Sky Blue Radio and the Sky Blue Song. Hill penned the words to be sung to the tune of the Eton Boating Song.

    Not Hill’s only sortie into the whacky world of football lyrics, as it happened. It was none other than JH (how football knew him) who wrote ‘Good Old Arsenal!’ for the 1971 FA Cup Final. Good Old Jimmy was still receiving royalties for that up to his death.

    The unexpected split with Coventry after he was denied a desired 10-year contract paved the way for his arrival in television, initially off screen. As Head of Sport at London Weekend Television, he appointed Richard (who became known as Dickie) Davies to host ‘World of Sport’ and poached the immaculate Brian Moore from BBC to front The Big Match.

    The Mexico World Cup in 1970 was notable in broadcasting terms as LWT and the other ITV companies defeated BBC in the ratings duel for the first time.

    Hill presents ITV’s The Big Match programme in the 1970s before his big switch to the BBC

    ‘It wasn’t accidental,’ Hill said. ‘It was calculated coldly and clinically and it worked. Perhaps they did have David Coleman, but he was only one man. The war wasn’t won during the 90 or so minute games, but in the five minutes before, the 10 minutes at half-time and the ultimate collective verdict at the end.

    ‘We cunningly conceived the battleplan: a fully representative, qualified, opinionated panel…who would not pull their punches and would qualify their strong opinions but not without humour — Malcolm Allison, Derek Dougan and Paddy Crerand.’ The football panel was born.

    Hill’s almost inevitable switch to the BBC a few years later prompted another first with The Chin assuming the role of both presenter and analyst as the voice and face of Match of the Day. The caricatures grew, as did his cult status.

    Jimmy will be remembered largely as a face on TV and especially Match of the Day by the modern generation

    Like most pundits, Hill became quintessential marmite television, except that many more seemed to hate him than love him. The Tartan Army to a kilted man expressed their loathing in the popular chant ‘We Hate Jimmy Hill’, provoked by a perceived anti-Scottishness in general and in particular his description of David Narey’s wonder goal against Brazil as a ‘toe-poke.’ Years later, Hill, who stubbornly claimed to like Scots, apologised for the slight.

    No matter what Hill did before, during and after Match of the Day — and it amounted to a great deal, including spells as chairman at Coventry, Fulham and Charlton, the commissioning of the first all-seater stand and the ‘three-points-for-a-win proposal — he will forever remain the TV guy with the big chin, the big mouth and the big smile.

    But he was much, much more than that.


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    Yes , Good Old Jimmy Hill , he will always be part of our club-Coventry City , R.I.P Jimmy Hill


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    Sad to read of the passing of Football Legend Jimmy Hill

    report & obituary from Daily Mail

    Former Match of the Day presenter and footballer Jimmy Hill has died at the age of 87 after a seven-year battle with Alzheimer’s.

    Hill was diagnosed with the disease in 2008 and had been living in a care home near the south coast of England for the past three years.

    A pioneer credited with being responsible for changing modern football across the world, Hill led the campaign for the scrapping of maximum fees for professional footballers.

    While at the PFA he succeeded in scrapping the maximum wage for players, paving the way for today’s multi-million-pound footballers.

    He also pioneered all-seater stadiums and was instrumental in introducing the ‘three points for a win’ rule in 1981 that helped transform the modern game into a far more exciting spectacle.

    His broadcasting career spanned 40 years and he racked up 600 appearances on Match of the Day.

    Hill moved to Sky Sports in 1999 and fronted Jimmy Hill’s Sunday Supplement, a panel show on which journalists discuss the football topics of the day.

    Obituary – Hill looked like an old blazer but he was much more of a trailblazer

    By Alan Fraser

    Jimmy Hill was always immediately identifiable by a protruding chin which he followed into more jobs within football than anyone who ever lived.

    Player, union leader, coach, manager, director, chairman, television executive, presenter, analyst and even match official when standing in for an injured linesman during an Arsenal v Liverpool match (1972), Hill did it all and often so effectively that he changed our national game for the better.

    He may have looked like an old blazer but he was much more of a trailblazer; and while he could sound like a reactionary he was often a revolutionary, especially during his association with Coventry City where he remains much loved and much remembered in bronze. How the troubled Midlands club could now do with a Sky Blue Revolution like the one he masterminded in the swinging 60s.

    But it was as a television football pundit that Hill became best known. If television changed football then the London born milkman’s son changed the way TV covered Britain’s most popular sport. Having devised the concept of the football panel for the 1970 World Cup, he proceeded to become the nation’s most recognisable and influential pundit during a long association with BBC’s Match of the Day.

    The big chin, distinctive trimmed beard and strident views were all part of the package.

    His legacy is a lasting one. It is simply not possible these days to imagine any football being broadcast without prior in-depth discussion of line-up and tactics followed at the end of the game by a detailed analysis of the key moments by — love them or loathe them — well-known former players. There would have been no second careers for the likes of Gary Lineker, Alan Hansen and Andy Gray without Hill’s vision.

    James William Thomas Hill was born in Balham. He grew up a Crystal Palace supporter but played his first match as a professional for Brentford before making the short move to Craven Cottage in March, 1953. Fulham was to be his last destination as a player. The wing half made 276 appearances for the London club before injury forced his retirement at the age of 33 in 1961.

    By then his reputation had been established. Not so much as a player, decent though he was, but as a thinker and a keen student of the game who would be destined to make his mark off the field.

    Hill was already a qualified FA coach when, like so many observers, he fell under the spell of the Hungarians in their 6-3 demolition of England at Wembley in 1953. ‘It was as if they were players from another planet, magnificently skilled, with perfect teamwork and like nothing I had ever seen before or could have imagined,’ he was to write in his autobiography.

    Hill acquired the Hungarian coaching manual and introduced it to his Fulham teammates when asked to organise pre-season training. His organisational skills were also to the fore for the Players’ Union when appointed its first unpaid chairman.

    His great triumph was heading the successful campaign to scrap the £20-a-week maximum wage and to introduce a freedom of contract. The irony never escaped Hill that throughout 27 years of subsequent football management much of his time was devoted to finding ways of paying ever-increasing wages.

    Poacher turned gamekeeper in November 1961, the start of a journey which took Coventry City from the bottom of the Third Division to the First Division. Running parallel to the onfield progress was the so-called Sky Blue Revolution featuring a number of innovations and the creation of the Sky Blue brand — the Sky Blue strip, the Sky Blue Train (for away matches), Sky Blue Radio and the Sky Blue Song. Hill penned the words to be sung to the tune of the Eton Boating Song.

    Not Hill’s only sortie into the whacky world of football lyrics, as it happened. It was none other than JH (how football knew him) who wrote ‘Good Old Arsenal!’ for the 1971 FA Cup Final. Good Old Jimmy was still receiving royalties for that up to his death.

    The unexpected split with Coventry after he was denied a desired 10-year contract paved the way for his arrival in television, initially off screen. As Head of Sport at London Weekend Television, he appointed Richard (who became known as Dickie) Davies to host ‘World of Sport’ and poached the immaculate Brian Moore from BBC to front The Big Match.

    The Mexico World Cup in 1970 was notable in broadcasting terms as LWT and the other ITV companies defeated BBC in the ratings duel for the first time.

    Hill presents ITV’s The Big Match programme in the 1970s before his big switch to the BBC

    ‘It wasn’t accidental,’ Hill said. ‘It was calculated coldly and clinically and it worked. Perhaps they did have David Coleman, but he was only one man. The war wasn’t won during the 90 or so minute games, but in the five minutes before, the 10 minutes at half-time and the ultimate collective verdict at the end.

    ‘We cunningly conceived the battleplan: a fully representative, qualified, opinionated panel…who would not pull their punches and would qualify their strong opinions but not without humour — Malcolm Allison, Derek Dougan and Paddy Crerand.’ The football panel was born.

    Hill’s almost inevitable switch to the BBC a few years later prompted another first with The Chin assuming the role of both presenter and analyst as the voice and face of Match of the Day. The caricatures grew, as did his cult status.

    Jimmy will be remembered largely as a face on TV and especially Match of the Day by the modern generation

    Like most pundits, Hill became quintessential marmite television, except that many more seemed to hate him than love him. The Tartan Army to a kilted man expressed their loathing in the popular chant ‘We Hate Jimmy Hill’, provoked by a perceived anti-Scottishness in general and in particular his description of David Narey’s wonder goal against Brazil as a ‘toe-poke.’ Years later, Hill, who stubbornly claimed to like Scots, apologised for the slight.

    No matter what Hill did before, during and after Match of the Day — and it amounted to a great deal, including spells as chairman at Coventry, Fulham and Charlton, the commissioning of the first all-seater stand and the ‘three-points-for-a-win proposal — he will forever remain the TV guy with the big chin, the big mouth and the big smile.

    But he was much, much more than that.


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    Yes , Good Old Jimmy Hill , he will always be part of our club-Coventry City , R.I.P Jimmy Hill


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