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Jimmy Hill's ashes to be scattered at Coventry City FC

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

The ashes of ex-Coventry City manager and chairman Jimmy Hill have been scattered at the club's stadium.

The ceremony was 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 chairman, who lived in Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, died in December.

The dean of Coventry Cathedral opened the garden and led the ceremony.

The Very Reverend John Whitcombe said a band played ahead of the ashes being scattered.

Image caption Friends, family and people connect to Coventry City gathered in the new memorial garden

The garden will 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.

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Media captionThe Very Reverend John Whitcombe opened the garden and led the ceremony

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

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  • 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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