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The ball

The ball

No surprises here. Jimmy Hill’s been involved with football from every angle – as a player, coach, manager, chairman, TV executive and broadcaster – and he picks that spherical object at the root of so much sporting pleasure as his icon.

“The Ball provides minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years of physical and mental pleasure, whilst playing, coaching or viewing. The ball of varied shape, substance and size is the undisputed icon of English and worldwide sporting joy, gracing football, cricket, rugby, tennis, golf, netball, hockey, basketball, squash, badminton, croquet, billiards, snooker, skittles, bowls, polo, etc. Just think of the hours and hours of fun that people get from this simple object”.

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The ball

Jimmy Hill OBE

Football coach, manager, chairman and broadcaster

One of the undisputed faces of English football, Jimmy Hill was a top flight footballer with Fulham and went on to manage Coventry before beginning a career in television as Head of Sport at LWT. He’s worked as an analyst or broadcaster on every World Cup since 1966 and made over 600 appearances on the BBC’s 'Match of the Day'. He moved to Sky Sports in 1999 and currently presents ‘Jimmy Hill’s Sunday Supplement’.