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Jimmy Hill Day at Coventry tomorrow

It is Jimmy Hill Day tomorrow at Coventry. The Sky Blues have moved their annual December commemoration of their former manager and chairman to coincide with Fulham’s visit to the Coventry Building Society Arena as they raise money for the Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund, which supports a number of activities for disadvantaged children in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Hill arguably personally powered ‘the Sky Blue revolution’ of the 1960s and 1970s and, as Fulham Supporters’ Trust chairman Tom Greatrex writes in this perceptive piece, he was critical to preserving Fulham’s long-term future as well as being an outstanding player for the club. His enthusiasm for the game was ever-lasting and the Trust, in conjunction with their counterparts at the Sky Blues Trust, are encouraging fans to gather by Hill’s statue opposite the away end from noon tomorrow to celebrate his unique contribution to the game we love.

If you are not heading to Coventry tomorrow, you can donate to the Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund, which is supported by Jimmy’s family and whose current board includes former Fulham defender Terry Angus, here.

Leacock set to stay with Coventry

Coventry City are poised to keep Fulham defender Dean Leacock at Highfield Road until the end of the season.

Leacock linked up with The Sky Blues in early September and made two appearances for Peter Reid’s side before being laid low with an injury.

The 20-year-old is nursing a hamstring complaint but Reid is keen to retain the services of the centre half, with a deal likely to be concluded by the end of the week.

Reid was impressed with the youngster’s displays for the club and believes Coventry will derive great benefit from Leacock staying until the season’s end.

“We’re short on defenders and although we only had a short time to look at Dean before he got injured I thought the lad was terrific for us,” Reid told the club’s website.

“He can deal with it in the air, he’s strong and he can also get it down and play so I think he will be a major boost for us.”

Leacock’s contract with Fulham expires next summer and he will be looking to utilise his spell in the Midlands to press his claims for a new deal.

Leacock loaned to Coventry

Coventry City have signed central defender Dean Leacock on a month’s loan from Premiership side Fulham.

The 20-year-old former youth international, who is in the final year of a three-year contract with The Cottagers, goes straight into Peter Reid’s side for Saturday’s visit to Leeds United.

Leacock joins The Sky Blues after making only four appearances so far in his career with the West London club.

He graduated through Fulham’s youth ranks, having been tipped at the time to be in the same mould as Manchester United and England centre half Rio Ferdinand.

With Coventry recently selling Calum Davenport to Tottenham Hotspur, Leacock should fill a void in the centre back position with the Midlands outfit.