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Regional daily urges readers to say ‘thank you’ to football legend

A regional daily is urging readers to help say ‘thank you’ to one of its patch’s footballing legends, who died recently.

The Coventry Telegraph is calling on supporters of Coventry City FC to send in their tribute messages to Jimmy Hill as part of a special tribute the newspaper is planning.

No further details have been released about what the tribute entails, but it is set to coincide with a memorial service to be held in his honour next month.

Hill, who spent time with Brentford and Fulham during his playing days, was credited with leading a ‘Sky Blue Revolution’ while manager of Coventry City in the 1960s, which saw the team win promotion to the old First Division.

He later went on to host BBC’s Match Of the Day programme.

Hill passed away in December, with the Telegraph running a front page tribute in his honour at the time.

Coventry Hill

The memorial service is due to take place at Coventry Cathedral on Friday 12 February, and readers can submit their messages of thanks via Facebook, Twitter, the Telegraph’s website or post.

A piece on the website reads: “To mark the day, we want your tributes to a Coventry City legend by saying thank you for everything he did for the Sky Blues and the city of Coventry.

“We will use your messages for a special tribute we are planning to coincide with the memorial service.”


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  • January 28, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    He deserves it. Whenever I interviewed him, however stupid my questions, he was a gentleman. I believe he was one of the greatest personalities to emerge from football because of the wide spread of his achievements. I doubt there will be anyone like him again.

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  • January 28, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    I was lucky enough to work in Coventry during Jimmy Hill’s reign and without a doubt he was a magificent manager–perhaps the best of all time. A true visionary. The Telegraph has changed much since I worked there but Jimmy Hill will never be forgotten

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