Former Manchester City Manager John Bond Dies At The Age Of 79
Former Man City Manager JOHN BOND has died at the age of 79, according to the LONDON TIMES. Bond coached Manchester City "in the memorable 1981 FA Cup Final" against Tottenham Hotspur. Bond, who also managed Norwich City, took over at Manchester City in '80 and led them to their Wembley meeting with Tottenham that was "made famous by RICKY VILLA’s slaloming run and winning goal in the final replay." Bond spent much of his career playing defender for West Ham United and also played for League Two Torquay before "embarking on a managerial career with Bournemouth." Former Manchester City winger MIKE SUMMERBEE said that Bond had "left a legacy to football." Summerbee: "You could talk forever about his contribution to the game of football because he was so dedicated to the game and he loved the game so very much." League Managers’ Association Chair HOWARD WILKINSON said Bond was "a real character with a great sense of humour and presence" (LONDON TIMES, 9/26).