Football colonize Jimmy Hill dies

Former Match of a Day presenter Jimmy Hill, one of English football’s many successful figures, died on Saturday during a age of 87.

As authority of a Professional Footballers’ Association, he led a debate for a scrapping of limit salary for veteran footballers.

He played 297 games for Fulham and was after manager and authority during Coventry.

Hill – diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2008 – done some-more than 600 appearances as presenter of Match of a Day.

Jimmy Hill

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‘An iconic and singular figure’

In a matter his agent, Jane Morgan, said: “It is with good unhappiness that his mother Bryony Hill and a children of Jimmy Hill have announced that Jimmy upheld divided peacefully aged 87 after a prolonged conflict with Alzheimer’s disease. Bryony was beside him.”

Lord Hall, a BBC’s executive general, said: “For generations of fans Jimmy Hill was an lawful voice as both a presenter and analyst.

“He was committed to creation in each aspect of a game, including broadcasting and always believed supporters came first. His change lives on in a programmes we suffer today.”

Jimmy Hill

Jimmy Hill scored 52 goals in 297 appearances for Fulham between 1952 and 1961

Barbara Slater, BBC executive of sport, added: “Jimmy Hill was an iconic and singular figure and we are all deeply saddened by a news.

“He was one of a good innovators and a outrageous talent, a male brazen of his time with a celebrity that dominated his epoch both in football and broadcasting.

“Jimmy was also a dear crony and co-worker to many during a BBC and will be severely missed.”

Five essential Jimmy Hill moments

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Five essential Jimmy Hill moments

Some of a other ideas Hill helped make a existence enclosed substantiating a player’s right to leisure of transformation during a finish of his agreement and a introduction of 3 points for a win.

He also consecrated a initial English all-seater stadium, carried a anathema on media interviews, introduced a initial electronic scoreboard in 1964 and a initial colour match-day programme.

The former Brentford and Fulham brazen was allocated Coventry manager in Nov 1961, heading a Sky Blues to a Division Three and Division Two titles.

There is a statue of Hill during Coventry’s Ricoh Arena where he was also authority – a purpose he also had during Fulham and Charlton.

He became a broadcaster and conduct of competition for ITV in 1967, before relocating to a BBC 6 years after where he became presenter of Match of a Day until he handed over a reins to Des Lynam in 1989.

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‘He was a great, good man’ – football reacts

BBC commentator
John Motson,

a co-worker for many years, said: “How do we sum adult a life like Jimmy Hill? if we had to try and do it in 3 difference it would be: innovator, inciter and inspiration. There is so most to contend about Jimmy, it never stopped, it was original, revolutionary.

“He suspicion of things before other people did – a dual large innovations that a complicated era take for postulated – shirt unite names, unheard of behind in a 70s and 80s, and a 3 points for a win. He was hugely instrumental in that.”

Des Lynam,

who also worked alongside Hill during a BBC, said: “He was a valued and rarely gifted co-worker with a pointy satirical mind and glorious communication skills.

“He was also a constant and constant crony and good fun.

Gary Lineker and John Motson give reverence to Jimmy Hill

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Jimmy Hill: Gary Lineker John Motson compensate tribute

“I have most missed his association in a final few years given he became ill with Alzheimer’s.”

Match of a Day presenter and former England striker
Gary Lineker

said: “He had such an unusual life, he was an unusual man. He was a football male by and through.

“In my initial ever presenting purpose during a European Championship in 1996 we was terribly shaken though Jimmy helped relax me. He was terribly magnanimous, and kind.

“My initial believe of TV was indeed during a 1986 World Cup, when we came in for a final, and he was a initial chairman to honour me on winning a golden foot when Diego Maradona didn’t score. He was always switched on in that way.

“He became a crony and we would infrequently play golf together. He was a great, good man.”

FA chairman
Greg Dyke

said: “In many ways, Jimmy Hill was football. What was conspicuous about Jimmy was that he went on to have so many opposite careers.

“He was a renouned presenter, a hugely successful figure and, such was his style, he was desired by millions – even among those who didn’t follow football.

“I knew him during a BBC. He always kept a elementary attract and had a comfortable personality.

“Those are special qualities and helped him have a extended appeal, though he managed to mix that with a low believe of football.

“His judicious research and strong-minded opinions helped move a diversion to life and paved a approach for a TV coverage of football that we adore today. He was a constant good of a game.”


whose players wore black armbands for Saturday’s Championship compare during Bolton,


“Jimmy’s contributions to a club, on and off a field, were immeasurable.”

Coventry City FC

Alan Shearer

Jimmy Hill (top left)

Jimmy with Match of a Day colleagues Alan Hansen (top right), David Ginola (bottom left) and Des Lynam

Jimmy Hill (right)

Jimmy presenting Match of a Day’s Road to Wembley in 1980

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