Jimmy Hill, footballing legend, known for his punditry, his charisma and his chin… End of story? Far from it...
My Gentleman Jim by Bryony Hill is a loving tribute and fascinating insight into her multi-talented husband
Starting his career playing for Brentford and then Fulham, Jimmy went on to become involved in the game at many other levels, being the man who introduced 3 points for a win and removed the maximum wage cap for footballers – as well as the only ex-professional player to be manager, director, managing director and chairman.
Jimmy Hill’s mark on football is undisputed. But did you know that he was also, in his day, a keen golfer, huntsman, indefatigable charity fundraiser - and even songwriter? Arsenal and Coventry both have Jimmy to thank for their club songs! Sadly, in his latter years, Jimmy has succumbed to the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease, and Bryony finishes this candid but loving tribute by describing the devastating effect this has had on both their lives. Full-colour photos, many of which have never been published in the press so far, illustrate the full, meaningful life he has led, and Roy Hodgson provides a foreword.
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Bryony Hill is married to football legend Jimmy Hill. She lived in France and London before settling in rural Sussex. Bryony wrote and illustrated A Compost Kind of Girl, about the development of her garden, and has published a cookbook, Angel in an Apron, Penalty Chick, a novel about being a footballer’s wife, and How I Long To Be With You – War Letters Home, a collection of documents reflecting the realities of life during the Second World War. Bryony is available via interview in person, at her house in Hurstpierpoint, or via email or telephone.
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