Jimmy Hill is Match of the Day’s longest-serving anchor, spending 16 seasons fronting the show
19 December 2015
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Jimmy Hill, one of English football’s most influential figures, has died aged 87.
As chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association, he led the campaign for the scrapping of maximum wages for professional footballers.
The former Match of the Day presenter made more than 600 appearances on the programme.
His other numerous roles in football included player, manager, chairman and analyst.
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He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2008.
In a statement, his agent, Jane Morgan, said: “It is with great sadness that Bryony Hill and the children of Jimmy Hill have announced that Jimmy passed away peacefully aged 87 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Bryony was beside him.”
Tony Hall, the BBC’s director general, said: “For generations of fans Jimmy Hill was an authoritative voice as both a presenter and analyst.
“He was committed to innovation in every aspect of the game, including broadcasting and always believed supporters came first. His influence lives on in the programmes we enjoy today.”
Barbara Slater, BBC Director of Sport added: “Jimmy Hill was …read more
Source:: BBC UK