The ashes of footballing pioneer Jimmy Hill will be scattered at the Ricoh Arena, the home of Coventry City Football Club, this afternoon. A short service will take place at 1pm, before today’s Sky Bet League One encounter with Sheffield United.
The New Jimmy Hill Memorial Garden will also be officially opened during the ceremony, in which supporters are encouraged and invited the attend.
The former Match of the Day host passed away in December at the age of 87. He also appeared for Brentford and Fulham in his playing career, in addition to also managing Coventry City and being a managing director, and then chairman, in later years.
A celebration event of his life took place at the City’s Cathedral in February. In addition to the football club, several local business have donated money to help ensure that Hill’s legacy continues.
Speaking to the BBC, the Dean of Coventry Cathedral, The Very Reverend John Whitcombe, gave a brief description of how today’s memorial garden unveiling will play out,
“First we’ll open the garden and the band will play and then the scattering of the ashes, with a few words for people to find their own way of remembering.”
The garden will remain open, and Coventry City fans are then able to scatter ashes of their own loved ones.
Jimmy Hill was responsible for several monumental events which have taken place over the years, leading to football as we know it today. He played a huge part in making Highland Road, the former home of Coventry City, the first all-seater stadium. Hill would also be credited with changing the two point for a win format into the three points that we know it today.