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Canaries fall silent to remember Bond

26 Sep 2012 20:48:35

Canaries fall silent to remember Bond

Norwich paid tribute to the club's former manager John Bond with a minute's silence ahead of their Capital One Cup tie against Doncaster at Carrow Road, after he passed away aged 79.

Former West Ham defender Bond, an FA Cup winner as a player in 1964, started his managerial career with Bournemouth and led them to promotion from the old Fourth Division at the end of his first season in charge.

However, it was at Norwich during the mid-1970s that Bond developed into one of the game's most colourful characters, taking the Canaries back up into the top flight and to the 1975 League Cup final, which they lost to Aston Villa. He remains the club's second-longest serving manager and was inducted into the club's Hall of Fame.

Norwich wore black armbands as a mark of respect, with the minute's silence impeccably observed around the stadium where Bond had overseen the team from 1973 until he left for Manchester City seven years later.

At City, he guided the team to the 1981 FA Cup final, which they lost to Tottenham after a replay in which Ricky Villa's famous solo goal proved the winner.

Norwich also plan to hold a minute's applause ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash against Liverpool.

A statement from Norwich said: "John Bond's contribution to Norwich City was massive and everyone at the club will miss him and wishes to pass on condolences to John's family - including son Kevin who made 161 appearances for the Canaries - and his many friends in football."

Former England midfielder Mark Barham was handed his Norwich debut as a 16-year-old by Bond against Manchester United in November 1979.

Barham told Press Association Sport: "John Bond is a big loss to the football fraternity.

"He gave me my debut at just 16 - John just told me, 'Son, if you are good enough, you are old enough'. When John held a coaching session, everybody listened. Football has lost a gentleman and a scholar, who may have been flamboyant, but was an absolute diamond."


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