Former Manchester City boss Bond dies aged 79

Former Norwich and Manchester City manager John Bond has passed away at the age of 79 after a long illness.

A defender, Bond spent 16 years with West Ham before moving to Torquay in 1966.

He hung up his boots in 1969 and a short time later took up management with Bournemouth.

In his first season in charge of Bournemouth he led to the promotion to the old Division three.

In November 1973 he took over as manager of Norwich City and in his first season suffered relegation. The following season he guided them back up at the first attempt and also to the final of the league cup, where they lost to Aston Villa.

In 1980 he took over as manager of Manchester City replacing another former West Ham player Malcolm Alison and in his first season guided the club to the FA Cup final, where they lost 3-2 to Tottenham.

Bond left City in 1983 and later had spells with Burnley, Swansea, Birmingham City, Shrewsbury and Wilton Albion before hanging up his coaching boots in 1999.

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