John Bond, 1964 FA Cup winner, dies aged 79
Former Norwich City and Manchester City manager John Bond has died at the age of 79. He won an FA Cup winners' medal with West Ham United in 1964.
During three years in charge at Maine Road, the former home of Manchester City, Bond led the club to the 1981 FA Cup final at Wembley. They lost to Tottenham Hotspur after a replay.
Bond also led Norwich to Wembley for the 1975 League Cup final but missed out on the trophy as Aston Villa beat his Canaries 1-0.
He spent 16 years as a player at West Ham United, making 444 appearances, playing alongside Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst, two members of the England team from the 1966 World Cup, before moving to Torquay United.
A Manchester City statement today said: “All at Manchester City are saddened to learn of the passing of former manager John Bond. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.”
His last post as a manager was a short spell at Northern Premier League club Witton Albion in 1998.
During his time with Manchester City, he appeared to be building a fine team.
He once said: “Attitude is important in football, and I always tried to instil the right approach in to my players. But I have to say they were great lads. They didn’t have too much confidence when I arrived – we worked on that – but they did have a desire to succeed.
"They wanted to listen and learn. They responded well, and gave me great support. As a manager that’s what you look for. Don’t forget I also won the manager of the month award twice for the transformation which was the talk of football.
"It was a great period. From Tottenham (22nd October 1980) through to the middle of January we only lost two out of fifteen games. I brought some players in… improved confidence… and we progressed.”
Bond is survived by son Kevin, also a former manager of Bournemouth.