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Name: Jimmy Hill  
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Date of Birth: 22nd July 1928
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Profession: Footballer
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Jimmy Hill OBE (born London, July 22, 1928) is a British football personality. His career has taken in virtually every role in football, including player, union leader, coach, manager, director, chairman, television executive, presenter, analyst and even match official.

He started playing in 1949 with Brentford, before moving to Fulham in 1953, for whom he played over 300 games. In 1957 he became chairman of the Professional Footballers Association, and successfully campaigned to have the Football League's £20 maximum wage scrapped. In 1961, he retired from playing and joined Coventry City F.C. as manager, and in five seasons took them from the Third Division to the First Division for the first time.

Hill then moved into broadcasting, acting as technical adviser to the BBC's football-based drama series United! before becoming Head of Sport at London Weekend Television from 1967 to 1972, also fronting their World Cup 1970 coverage. He was briefly LWT's Deputy Controller of Programmes, before joining the BBC to present Match of the Day. Hill racked up 600 appearances on the show, and became a television icon, instantly recognisable and often caricatured for his long chin and distinctive beard. As a presenter or analyst, he worked on every major international championship from 1966 to 1998.

In 1975, Hill returned to Coventry City as managing director and then chairman. In 1987 he became chairman of Fulham, helping his old club survive near-bankruptcy, and blocking an attempted merger with Queens Park Rangers F.C.

He has a reputation as an all-round innovator in football - as well as helping to get rid of the maximum wage, he commissioned the first all-seater stadium when at Coventry, and has been credited with the invention of the 3 points for a win system, which was pioneered by the Football Association in 1981. In one of the odder moments of his career, Hill took over from an injured linesman when he had been commentating on a match between Arsenal and Liverpool in 1972.

In 1999, Hill moved from the BBC to Sky Sports, where he currently presents Jimmy Hill's Sunday Supplement, a weekly discussion show between Hill and three football journalists conducted over a Sunday breakfast. He has been given lifetime achievement awards by the Royal Television Society and the PFA, as well as being awarded the Order of the British Empire.

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