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John Bond, former West Ham player and Man City manager, dies aged 79

26th September 2012

• Bond made 444 appearances for West Ham in 16 years
• Managed clubs including Manchester City and Norwich

The former West Ham defender John Bond, who managed Manchester City in the memorable 1981 FA Cup final against Tottenham, has died aged 79.

Bond took over at City in 1980 and led them to their Wembley meeting with Spurs. After a 1-1 draw in the final, Spurs won a thrilling replay 3-2 with Ricky Villa claiming a famous winner.

Bond began his managerial career with Bournemouth and led them to promotion from the old fourth division at the end of his first season in charge.

He went on to manage Norwich, Manchester City, Burnley, Swansea, Birmingham and Shrewsbury. He led Norwich to the 1975 League Cup final which they lost 1-0 to Aston Villa.

Bond spent most of his playing career with West Ham, making 444 appearances in a 16-year spell. He also played for Torquay United.

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