Coventry & Warwickshire

Friendly match to give Jimmy Hill statue appeal a boost

Jimmy Hill
Image caption Jimmy Hill took Coventry from the old third division into the top flight

Organisers of an appeal to fund a statue of former Coventry City manager and football pundit Jimmy Hill are hoping an appearance will boost funds.

Mr Hill is due at a friendly match between Coventry and West Bromwich Albion at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.

Part of the ticket price will go to the £150,000 appeal which is set to end at the weekend.

The statue of the club's ex-manager and chairman will go outside the Ricoh Arena if the appeal succeeds.

Mr Hill, who turned 82 last week, played for Brentford and Fulham - for whom he played nearly 300 games.

He was chairman of the Professional Footballers' association and famously led a successful campaign to have the Football League's maximum wage of £20 a week scrapped.

After retiring from playing he became Coventry manager in 1961 and in 1967 led the Sky Blues into the old Division One for the first time.

But he left soon after to work for ITV and became one of the best known faces in television, moving to the BBC in the 1970s and hosting Match of the Day for many years. He later worked for Sky.

While working in broadcasting he had spells as a director of Coventry, Charlton Athletic and Fulham.

Legendary former Coventry stars who played under him, such as John Sillett, who went on to be manager when the team won the FA Cup in 1987, are also due to attend the match on Saturday.

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