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Jimmy Hill tribute to take place in Coventry

  

According to the BBC, a celebration of the life of ex-Coventry manager and chairman Jimmy Hill is to be held in the city later.

Bobby Gould, who played under Hill, and Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) chief executive Gordon Taylor will be speaking at Coventry Cathedral.

BBC commentator John Motson will also be among those paying tribute to the ex-Match of the Day host, who died last year aged 87.

Thousands are expected to attend the event, which starts at 17:30 GMT.

It will celebrate his life and contribution across football and broad­cas­ting, Coventry City FC has said.

His widow, Bryony Hill, who will be at the event, said Hill's heart was in Coventry.

"It was where he was happiest. He had a lovely life there, involvement with the people of Coventry and War­wick­shi­re. He loved the whole of the Midlands," she said.

She also recalled her husband receiving a letter of apology from the then Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson after he had called Hill a "prat" on television.

Mrs Hill said it had been after a match at Carrow Road where former United footballer Eric Cantona made a tackle that Hill had described as "vicious".

'It took a good man, a brave man, to write that letter and Jimmy appreciated it because he knows the situation when you have had a problem with your team and you are hot under the collar.

"He understood Alex's emotion at the time. They didn't fall out."

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 pundit, who lived in Hurstpi­er­po­int, West Sussex and died on 19 December, led the campaign for the scrapping of the maximum wage for professional footballers, as chairman of the PFA.

Hill, who also played 297 games for Fulham, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2008.

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