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Tributes paid to former Contribution to League Football Award winner Jimmy Hill

21 December 2015

Tributes have poured in for Jimmy Hill following his death at the age of 87 at the weekend.

Hill spent his career playing for Brentford and Fulham, and later went on to become chairman and manager at Coventry City. 
 
He also held the position of chairman at the Professional Footballers' Association, and was a renowned television pundit with the BBC and Sky Sports. 
 
Hill, a recipient in 2009 of the Contribution to League Football Award, the League’s highest accolade, had been battling Alzheimer's disease for seven years prior to his passing on Saturday.

Jimmy Hill OBE 1928-2015 Player, manager, chairman, broadcaster. Visionary, legend & all time great in so many ways pic.twitter.com/x3poD1swuh

— The Football League (@football_league) December 19, 2015
Then Football League Chairman Lord Mawhinney presented Hill with the award at the 2009 Football League Awards, saying: "This is the highest award that The Board of The Football League can bestow to a man.

"In footballing terms, he is sometimes our team-mate, and on others our opponent. Yet, regardless of which particular hat he wears, what marks him out as a special individual is that he always puts football first.
 
"It is not uncommon, these days, to hear leading managers being critical of their former playing colleagues turned media pundits, who are quick to offer their views despite never having done the job themselves. That's not an accusation that could ever be made against this recipient.

Thank you for everything Jimmy, without you none of this would have been possible. https://t.co/P1poVlw0L2#RIPJimmypic.twitter.com/DAxDvjEvlx

— Coventry City (@Coventry_City) December 19, 2015
"Perhaps the most notable victory of his time as a player came off the field over the very organisation that honours him tonight. In 1961, as Chairman of the PFA, he successfully campaigned for The League's £20 maximum wage to be scrapped.
 
"He also became a broadcasting icon, known for being opinionated, thought provoking but, above all, deeply passionate about the game.
 
"That passion that saw him remain involved in the club game, firstly as Managing Director and then Chairman back at Coventry, and subsequently as a director of Charlton Athletic and Chairman of Fulham, where he also served on the Football League Board.

A pictorial look back at the superb career enjoyed by Jimmy Hill, on and off the pitch > https://t.co/O4oqFdn5WNpic.twitter.com/jXZdfs7T43

— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) December 20, 2015
“Jimmy's name will also be forever associated with the groundbreaking introduction of the three points for a win system by The Football League back in 1981. The recommendations made by the working party he chaired not only changed the face of domestic league football for the better but also the world game."

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