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Tradition means nothing. It's about what you do tomorrow as a football club, not what you did yesterday.

Careers in football are usually defined as either a player or a manager. Sometimes the two overlap, and even more rarely someone will make a success of each in turn. But not many can lay a claim to the sheer breadth and depth of experience that Jimmy Hill accrued over his lifetime, first playing professionally and then occupying just about every single administrative and managerial position in the game. In his time he was a player, trade union leader, coach, manager, director, chairman worked as a TV executive, presenter and analyst, and had a stint as assistant referee.

He was born in London, and he began his career playing for local clubs. His greatest achievements as a player came with Fulham, for whom he played almost 300 games and helped to earn the club promotion to the top division of English football. During his time at the club he became the chairman of the Players Football Association, and after he retired at the age of 33 he began a successful campaign to abolish the £20 maximum appearance fee that was in place at the time.

This was only the first of many successes for Jimmy. He became the manager of Coventry City in 1961 and began rebuilding and rebranding the team from the ground up. He changed the colour of their kit to sky blue, and ‘The Sky Blue Revolution’ was soon in full effect. The club were the first to have an all seater stadium, first to allow TV cameras into the dressing room, first to have a full colour matchday programme, first to encourage football as a family day out - he was truly ahead of his time, and the game would simply not be the same today without him.