Ex-Norwich City manager John Bond dies
FORMER Manchester City and Norwich manager John Bond, who managed City in the memorable 1981 FA Cup final against Tottenham, has died aged 79.
Bond took over at Manchester 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.
Bond led Norwich to the 1975 League Cup final which they lost 1-0 to Aston Villa.
Bond spent much of his playing career with West Ham and also played for Torquay.
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“Norwich City Football Club is saddened to learn of the death of former manager John Bond at the age of 79,” said a statement from the Canaries.
“During his tenure he brought players such as World Cup winner Martin Peters to Norwich City, which helped trigger an exciting brand of attacking football at Carrow Road.
“Everybody at Norwich City Football Club would like to send their sincere condolences to John’s family and friends.
“There will be an opportunity for Canary fans to remember John at Carrow Road at tonight’s match with Doncaster Rovers, where his considerable contribution to Norwich City Football Club will be acknowledged prior to kick-off.
“Both teams will also wear black armbands as a mark of respect.”
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