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Football legend to be honoured by City Council

Published Wednesday, 21 September 2016

City Councillors have decided to honour footballing legend, Jimmy Hill, by renaming the A444 in his honour.

Cllr George Duggins and Cllr Jane Innes
Cllr George Duggins and Cllr Jane Innes

The road, currently known as Phoenix Way, is set to be renamed Jimmy Hill Way in honour of the man who changed football and who has a special place in Coventry’s heart. The renaming of the road follows the public campaign led by the Coventry Telegraph, which the Council supported.

Leader of Coventry City Council, George Duggins, said: “We’re really pleased that we are able to honour the man that revolutionised football, both for this city and throughout the sport. He transformed Coventry City Football Club into a major league team and introduced a range of revolutionary changes."

Councillor Jayne Innes, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for City Services, added:  “Jimmy Hill Way is one of the main routes through Coventry and is used by thousands of people every single day. It will be a prominent, and fitting tribute to the man that did so much for the game and our city. We are also in the process of doing some maintenance on the bridges that go over it – and we will be painting the lower sections of them sky blue – as a further tribute. I was delighted that I could share the news with his family and I hope they think it is a fitting tribute. Commemorating him in the right way is important to them, to us and to the city.”

The A444, leads past the site of Coventry City Football Club’s former ground and past the Ricoh Arena and it was the most popular suggestion by members of the public to be named after Jimmy Hill.

 

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