Jimmy Knox RIP: Donations & BBC CWR Interview
Former Bantams player (and Association member) Jimmy Knox sadly passed away age 77 on Christmas Eve and his funeral service and wake was held in Rugby, the town where he settled, on Friday 18th January 2013. Bought from Raith Rovers in his native Scotland Jimmy only had two senior outings for CCFC whilst with the Club from June 1957-December 1958. He received far more prominence in local football with AP Leamington (player 1964-65; manager 1973-80) and especially VS Rugby (later Rugby Town) (player 1958-64 & 1969-71; manager 1971-73 & 1976-92). In his second period of management Jimmy took Rugby from a lowly West Midlands League position to Southern League prominence with several notable F.A.Cup runs. A particular highlight was managing the club to victory in the 1983 F.A.Vase Final in 1983 with the winner scored by another Club hero, striker Ian Crawley.
We have since heard, (with thanks to Keith Coughlan) that Jimmy’s family have requested that, if desired, those who wish to pay tribute to Jimmy’s life and footballing career) should send donations c/o Wilf Smith & Son Funeral Directors, 25 Main Street, Bilton, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV22 7NQ. All monies collected will go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association also to commemorate Ian Crawley who sadly died from the condition in 2008.
On the day of the funeral and wake BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s Stuart Linnell interviewed Peter Kilvert, VS Rugby’s then club doctor who was on the bench with Jimmy at the Vase victory in 1983. Peter, who is now Rugby Town’s President remembers the occasion and speaks movingly of Jimmy’s decade long contribution to his home town club and the affection and esteem with which Jimmy was held in the locality.
Stuart’s interview which takes place towards the end of Clive Eakin‘s hour long show, is available for a few more days only. It can be replayed by copying the following into your browser window:- www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p013073q. When on this page click on ‘Listen Now 60 mins’ and when the programme starts to play click on the time slider and set it to 52.40 when(direct from Jimmy’s wake at Rugby Town’s social club ‘The Valley’) the interview segment begins.