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Brian Hill (Coventry City, Bristol City, Torquay United, Bedworth United)

 



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From Coventry Telegraph

Coventry City legend Brian Hill has died aged 75

The Bedworth born player started out as an apprentice and became the Sky Blues youngest ever debutant and goalscorer at 16 years 273 days in the final Division Three South match of the 1957/58 season in a 3-2 defeat at Gillingham.

Although Gary McSheffrey and Jonson Clarke-Harris have since been given their first team chance at a younger age , his record as the youngest ever starter and goal scorer still stands to this day.

Hill’s career really took off when Jimmy Hill arrived at Highfield Road, moving the previous inside or outside-left to half-back, a defensive midfielder in today’s terms, where he blossomed into one of the best man to man markers in League football.

Club historian Jim Brown said: “Equally at home at either full-back or wing-half, his best seasons were in the Third Division between 1962 and 1964, and he was touted as a potential England player in 1965.

As time wore on Hill became a vital utility player and could fill any position in the back four or defensive midfield. After 1969 his appearances became infrequent but he was still able to undertake the role he knew so well – like bottling up the opposition star performer as at Liverpool in November 1970.

Like his contemporary and close friend Mick Kearns, he made his final appearance at Highfield Road on Boxing Day against West Brom.”

After a spell on loan at Bristol City he moved to Torquay in 1971 before returning to his home town and playing for Bedworth United.


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Brian Hill

Born 31st July 1941 Bedworth
Died Thursday 27th October 2016, aged 75

1957–1971 Coventry City 244 League Apps, 7 Goals
1970–1971 Bristol City (loan) 7 Apps, 0 Goals
1971–1973 Torquay United 49 Apps, 2 Goals
1973 Bedworth United


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He and Bill Tedds were two of the best players to come out of Nicholas Chamberlaine School in Bedworth, Bill also went to Coventry City. Our games masters always used them as role models for us who followed afterwards.
RIP Brian.

 
 


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