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Chin Chin! Jimmy's Coming To Dinner!

Coventry City legend Jimmy Hill is returning to the club for his third stint in a Highfield Road hot seat.

Hill's impact on the club lives on today after he wrote the words to supporters' anthem 'The Sky Blue Song' and he will be "singing together" with Coventry fans once again when he is the special guest at the Sportsmen's night on 8 March.

During the evening he will talk through his glory days as city manager between 1961 and 1967 when he took the club from Division Three South to the First Division before his sudden departure in 1968.

Also on the agenda will be his return to the club as managing director in 1975 and later, when he became chairman, how he turned the Highfield Road ground into the first all-seater stadium.

Hill, who now fronts his own show on Sky Sports after years as a BBC pundit, comes as the latest in an impressive list of talkers on Sportsman's nights.

In November, Steve Ogrizovic, Greg Downs and Keith Houchen joined forces to relive the glory of the F.A Cup triumph in 1987.

But Hill will reminisce from his own magical moments at the club and Coventry City's business development manager Raj Athwal believes it will be a night to remember.

He said:

"Whenever an ex-City man has done a Sportsman's night the response has been brilliant. I think it's absolutely fantastic that people will get the chance to hear Jimmy talk about the old days at Highfield Road.

"Everybody knows what he did for the club when he took us from Division Three South up into the top league. All the good things that have happened to the club since then are thanks in some part to him.

“He has always had far reaching views on the game and does not hold back when it comes to voicing his opinion.

"Jimmy has agreed to take questions from the floor and, who knows, someone might even ask about the time when he answered a call for a replacement linesman while working for TV at Highbury in 1972, or his time as chairman of the PFA in 1956 when he helped abolish the maximum wage of £20 for professional footballers."

The evening in the Ladbrokes Club also includes a four-course meal and entertainment from a comedian before Hill takes the audience on a trip down Memory Lane.

Tickets for the night cost £45 per head or a table for 10 is priced at £400 and anyone interested should call Raj Athwal on 024 7623 4010.

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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 18 Jan 01
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