Man City Cup final boss John Bond dies

Former Manchester City and Norwich manager John Bond has died aged 79.

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John Bond, former Manchester City manager

Bond won the FA Cup as a player with West Ham and as a manager led both Norwich and Man City to Wembley cup finals.

A short statement from the Premier League champions read: "All at Manchester City are saddened to learn of the passing of former manager John Bond aged 79 and our thoughts are with his friends and family."

All of his other former clubs expressed similar sentiments for the defender sometimes known as 'Muffin' by West Ham fans.

Norwich have confirmed they will pay tribute to Bond before Wednesday night's League Cup tie against Doncaster Rovers at Carrow Road, with players from both sides to wear black armbands and "his considerable contribution to Norwich City Football Club will be acknowledged prior to kick-off".

Bond spent almost his entire 19-year playing career at Upton Park, scoring an impressive 32 goals in 381 from right-back and winning the FA Cup in 1964.

After a three-year spell at Torquay Bond retired in 1969 and the following year became manager of Bournemouth.

After three years at Dean Court he moved to Norwich City, where the highlight of his seven-year tenure was leading them back into the First Division right after relegation and reaching the League Cup final – which they lost 1-0 to Aston Villa – in 1975.

In 1980 Bond moved to Maine Road, and the end of his first season saw Man City reach the FA Cup final only to lose 3-2 in a replay to Tottenham Hotspur courtesy of Ricky Villa's famous solo goal.

Bond was the last manager to lead City to a Wembley final before Roberto Mancini guided the club to the FA Cup final in 2011.

City club ambassador and former player Mike Summerbee telling BBC Radio Manchester: "I knew John from when I was 16 years old.

"I played for Swindon against him when he was at West Ham. We had some wonderful times off the field. He was such a lovely man and it's a very sad day."

Further spells in the dugout at league clubs Burnley, Swansea, Birmingham and Shrewsbury followed before his retirement, and his legacy as a coach was picked up by his son Kevin, who most recently worked under Harry Redknapp at Tottenham until the summer.

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