Updated: 27/09/2012 07:31 | By pa.press.net

Canaries fall silent to remember Bond

John Bond was one of the game's most colourful characters

John Bond was one of the game's most colourful characters

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."

26/09/2012 20:42
Good manager large as life RIP Mr Bond
26/09/2012 22:27

 JB was the one of the 1st flying full backs developed by the late Ron Greenwod. With over 400 games for the Irons, a true legend.


RIP John Boy


**** Kingswood Iron

26/09/2012 22:37
27/09/2012 07:07
John Reynolds, you are the kind of moron that gives our beautiful game such a bad name.
27/09/2012 07:17
John moron reynolds, just read all your other posts, i encourage others to do the same. They will make there minds up as to what you are.
27/09/2012 10:03
John bond was  A manager with class, RIP
27/09/2012 06:16
John was a gentleman of football unlike most of todays over paid prima donas.R.I.P mate
26/09/2012 22:38
very sad day   a big loss for football of a truly  great man  rip john
27/09/2012 02:22

Thank you John for your contiibution at West Ham, you will never be forgotten.

Rest in peace with all the other greats that went before you.

What an amazing team you all would make.

27/09/2012 00:14
yet another one lost.........r i p john lad
27/09/2012 07:20
John Reynolds, what a thoughtless, heartless thing to say. Would you want people to say 'Good riddens' to someone you love and care for. I doubt it.
27/09/2012 09:31
27/09/2012 09:02
I Remember John bond well when he played for Torquay United,Real hard player.will be missed by all
27/09/2012 10:54
Great manager from the old school will be sadly missed-deepest Sympathy to his family and friends-God Bless you
27/09/2012 10:36
angry caps lock paedo below...should have spent his time at school learning to read and write instead of day dreaming about raping babies...
Hammer mickey did they give you that name because it always happened as you were exposed as a gay Paedo bastard
27/09/2012 10:50
Will be missed by all us at Swansea aswell
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