Former Swansea City manager John Bond dies, aged 79
Former Swansea City manager John Bond has died, aged 79.
The former West Ham and Torquay defender took over as Swansea boss in December 1984 and was in charge of the side for 54 games before Tommy Hutchison was appointed in December 1985.
It was a difficult period for the Swans, who had tumbled from the old first division to the third division by the time Bond arrived.
He claimed 15 wins and 11 draws at Vetch Field, having begun his managerial career with Bournemouth, where he won promotion from the fourth division at the end of his first season in charge.
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Bond developed into one of the game’s most colourful characters at Norwich City, after he took the Canaries back to the top flight and on to the 1975 League Cup final at Wembley.
He went on to manage Manchester City to the 1981 FA Cup final against Tottenham.
Bond also had spells in charge of Burnley, Birmingham and Shrewsbury.
Norwich will pay tribute to Bond before tonight’s Capital One Cup tie against Doncaster at Carrow Road.
A statement from the Canaries said: "Everybody at Norwich City Football Club would like to send their sincere condolences to John's family and friends.
"There will be an opportunity for Canary fans to remember John at Carrow Road at tonight's match with Doncaster Rovers, where his considerable contribution to Norwich City Football Club will be acknowledged prior to kick-off.
"Both teams will also wear black armbands as a mark of respect.
A spokesman for the Swans said today: "Swansea City are saddened to hear the news that former manager John Bond has passed away, aged 79.
"Bond arrived at Vetch Field in December 1984, and helped the side avoid relegation to the old Fourth Division after an unforgettable final-day draw with Bristol City.
"He left the following December, and went on to manage Birmingham City and Norwich City – who he led to the League Cup final in 1975 – before ending his career with Witton Albion.
"Swansea City would like to extend its deepest condolences to John’s family and friends."