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Former Match of the Day presenter Jimmy Hill passes away

The iconic broadcaster has died aged 87.

FORMER FOOTBALLER and BBC broadcaster Jimmy Hill has died aged 87 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

The ex-Fulham and Brentford player was best-known for his role presenting flagship highlights programme Match of the Day, where he made over 600 appearances.

Jimmy Hill death Source: PA Wire/PA Images

During his time as Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) chairman, Hill led the campaign to end the maximum wage of £20 for players.

Jimmy Hill death Source: PA Wire/PA Images

After retiring from the game, Hill became manager at Coventry City and won the Division Two and Division Three titles with the Sky Blues before taking over as club chairman.

WORLD CUP BBC Hill (top left) with Barry Davies, John Motson, Alan Hansen, Des Lynam and Gary Lineker back in 1998. Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

He would go on to make a name for himself in television broadcasting — first with ITV, then BBC and later Sky Sports — and presented Match of the Day from 1973 to 1989, when Des Lynam took over.

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