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Byline: SIMON GILBERT Chief Reporter

A MAJOR road will be re-named after Jimmy Hill after a Telegraph campaign to put the Coventry City legend on the map.

Coventry City Council looked at suggestions from Telegraph readers and investigated potential options after the 'Let's put Jimmy Hill on the map' campaign was launched in February.

We can now exclusively reveal that the A444, which runs from the Ricoh Arena to the site of the club's former Highfield Road home, will be renamed 'Jimmy Hill Way'.

It is a fitting tribute to the most successful manager in the history of Coventry City who led the Sky Blue revolution from Highfield Road during the 1960s.

I'm The affection has shown and for credited a real An official naming ceremony is due to take place in December this year when it will be a year since Jimmy Hill passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Bryony Hill, Jimmy's widow, said she was delighted at the news.

She told the Telegraph: "When they said it was the A444, I said Jimmy would have been thrilled to bits.

"He would also be tickled pink because he was a keen golfer and he would say 4,4,4 would be a terrific score to have on his score card!

"I'm terribly proud. The affection Coventry has shown for Jimmy and for him to be credited in this way is just so unexpected. It's a real honour.

"The fact it's the link between the old and the new ground is smashing.

"It will be almost a year since his passing and it will make the anniversary all the more poignant."

She added: "I want to say a huge thank you to Coventry for all they've done in Jimmy's memory. It's been an exceptional few months. I feel so lucky to be associated with him and the city."

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Coventry for Jimmy him to be in this way is honour. Bryony Hill " In February, thousands attended a memorial service in Jimmy Hill's memory at Coventry Cathedral including then England manager Roy Hodgson and Match of the Day front man Gary Lineker.

A memorial garden has also been created in Jimmy's honour at the Ricoh Arena where some of his ashes were scattered and there is a statue of the CCFC legend at the stadium entrance.

Sky Blues in the Community have also launched the 'Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund' in honour of the man.

Coun Jayne Innes, the council's cabinet member for city services, said: "We chose the A444 because it had to be something prominent and it's the road that takes you from Highfield Road to the Ricoh Arena.

"It seems entirely the right option to us.

It's about having a historic football club in the city and linking the successes of the past to the successes of the future."

The re-branding will also see the supports on the footbridge in Stoke Heath painted Sky Blue.

Council officials say the cost of renaming the A444 will be minimal, not least because many of the existing road signs have been stolen. They say the 'Phoenix Way' moniker the road currently has could be used on another road in the future.

There are no residential properties on the road which makes renaming easier, and businesses affected by the change - including the Ricoh Arena - have been supportive of the move.

A public consultation over the road name will take place over three weeks and, assuming there are no objections, the road will be renamed soon afterwards.

Council leader George Duggins said: "This is an example of the council looking to ensure that an icon of the city is recognised.

"There are not many people who don't know Jimmy Hill. He brought so much joy to the city."

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Date:Sep 21, 2016
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