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Coventry City have opened a book of condolence in memory of former manager and chairman Jimmy Hill

21 December 2015

The former City manager and chairman passed away on Saturday and the club are planning future activities to celebrate his life...

Coventry City FC have opened a book of condolence at the Ricoh Arena and the Butts Park Arena ticket office in memory of Jimmy Hill. 

The former City manager and chairman passed away on Saturday at the age of 87 having reversed the fortunes of the club forever during the 1960's.

After retiring from football in 1961, he took over Coventry City soon after and transformed the club from the third division to the first division in six short years.

It wasn't just on the pitch where he made his presence felt. Jimmy and chairman Derrick Robbins made several changes with a new Sky Blue kit unveiled, the club's nickname was changed to the Sky Blues, trains known as the Sky Blue express were laid on for fans to travel and pre-match entertainment became commonplace.

Jimmy left the club as manager at the end of the season but returned in 1975 as managing director and later became chairman, and in 2011, his achievements were recognised as a statue of himself was unveiled at the Ricoh Arena. 

The club would like to invite fans to sign the book of condolence and write down your thanks and memories of what he achieved. 

We'll present the book to Jimmy's family at a later date as the club continues to plan future activities to celebrate Jimmy's life and achievements.

The book at the Ricoh Arena is in the main reception and the book at the Butts Park Arena is in the ticket office and open to sign during opening hours.

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