Jimmy Hill Memorial service sees Coventry Cathedral packed


Photo by Joshua Mugridge

A packed Coventry Cathedral commemorated the life of a former Coventry City FC manager who revolutionised the club in the 1960s. Jimmy Hill, who changed the club colour to sky blue and coined The Sky Blue Song, died after a length of time with Alzheimer’s disease in December 2015.

The memorial service, which saw stars like Gary Lineker and current England manager Roy Hodgson, was sold out with many tickets going to Coventry City fans. There were tributes from Jimmy’s son Jamie, who named his dad Mister Football, former City chairman Joe Elliott MBE, as well as a loud rendition of The Sky Blue Song in tribute.

Hill, who went on to present BBC show Match Of The Day after his departure from Coventry City, was adored by Sky Blues fans – receiving a post-match hero’s welcome after the final City game at old found Highfield Road, and fans voted to name a bar at Ricoh Arena after him. His third wife, Bryony Hill, published a memoir last year detailing her husband’s battle with Alzheimer’s.

Jessica Allen

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