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John Bond leads Norwich City out at Wembley against Aston Villa in the 1975 League Cup final. John Bond leads Norwich City out at Wembley against Aston Villa in the 1975 League Cup final.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
12:18 PM

Norwich City supporters are mourning the loss of former manager John Bond today - and we want your happy memories of one of the most popular managers in the Canaries’ history.

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Bond was in charge at Carrow Road for seven years, leading the club to promotion from Division Two and a Wembley final in his first full season in charge.

Tributes are already emerging and we want to hear from Norwich City fans, before 5pm today if possible, including your age and where you are from. by sending an email to david.freezer@archant.co.uk

While tributes are pouring in on social media networks Twitter and Facebook, including football writer at the Daily Telegraph, Henry Winter, who write: “Sad news about John Bond passing away. Charismatic manager who nurtured attractive teams. Thoughts with his family.”

Norwich City chief executive David McNally tweeted: “Very sorry to hear the tragic news. John Bond, true NCFC legend and Hall of Famer. Thinking of his family and friends today.”

Former West Ham defender Julian Dicks took to Twitter to say: “My condolences to the family of John Bond, who was my manager at Birmingham City. Truly a fantastic man and a pleasure to work for. RIP John.”

While broadcaster Richard Keys tweeted: “John Bond dies - aged 79 after a long fight against illness. RIP John - proper football man.”

- For more about Bond’s time in charge of the Canaries, see the links at the top-right of this page.

- To read all the tributes which have poured in throughout the day, follow our live blog at www.pinkun.com/norwich-city/news/john-bond

- We will be posting people’s tributes to John Bond in tomorrow’s newspaper, so please include your real name, age and where you are from with your tribute if you are leaving a comment below.

21 comments

  • Time to galzanise in the wake of this and get this season done. For John.

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • John Bond. A really sad loss. In his time at Carrow road John had a vision to make city a big club. He bought great players in and helped develop the young players. What a legacy. Thanks John

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    Timewaster

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Bond, the extrovert from the east-end of London, subject to off-the-cuff outbursts, but equally lavish with his praise when the 'magic' that he loved was produced. Norwich City, the Divison One Story, edited by Ted Bell. He bought in Ted McDougall, Mel Machin, Phil Bowyer, Tony Powell, Peter Morris, Colin Sullivan, and of course the biggest coup - Martin Peters. Great times. RiP Mr Bond.

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    Soglio Star

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Sad Day, No Doubt the best manager City ever had, last seen a City when we played West Ham sitting next to Martin Peters, had quick word "why did you put Red & Blue seats in South Stand" I asked, he replied "they were the cheapest we could get" winked and laughed... of course they were Bournmouth colours, what a nice guy sad day... Kevin scored the best goal ever against Leeds. God Bless John remembered forever.

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    OLDYELLA

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Want to see a real tribute to John Bond? - just take a look at the picture above and see the faces of HIS players as opposed to the opposition - pure joy.

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    Mikey B

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • John Bond. A really sad loss. In his time at Carrow road John had a vision to make city a big club. He bought great players in and helped develop the young players. What a legacy. Thanks John

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    Timewaster

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Sad news, thoughts are with his family. A good manager, and brings back memories of MacDougall, Boyer and co... It was an era of characters in the game, and he was one of them. Sad that such characters are lacking in the game these days. We've lost humour amongst players and managers as football has moved from being a sport to a business and this is another sadness.

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    Surrey Canary

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • JB gave my late father in law Ronnie Brooks a job a NCFC and Ronnie loved him for it. They didn't always agree but JB didn't want yes men. He wanted honest men who worked their Socks off for NCFC. A great man who will be greatly missed. Deapest sympathy to his family and his many friends.

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    baguio

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Let me retell a funny John Bond story. Man City hammered Norwich & John Bond went to commiserate with his son Kevin (playing for Norwich). Bond jumped out of the Director's Box down towards the players tunnel, got caught on something and stacked it completely and went from view, to which the commentator said "...and John Bond's gone!" When asked later, Kevin said he probably fell over his wallet'. With apologies to the original author, it was just too good not to share. They simply don't make them like this guy anymore. RIP John and thanks for theflamboyant memories

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Bondy put Norwich on the map. Made the sheepskin fashionable before Motty RIP

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    andys

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • He was magic, Gerry, pure magic! RIP

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    david harper

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • John Bond a true legend for City fantastic character , fantastic manager always had time to speak to the supporters. He will always be part of City and it was him who really started to change our great club around into what it is today. Rest in peace And thoughts go out to your family

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    The General

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Going back to what I said previously about humour - been thinking more about that - why doesn't the EDP put together a catalogue of memories of humour at Carrow Road? Anyone remember Kevin Keelan giving Rodney Marsh's beard a tug? Can you imagine that happening tody? The striker would be rolling all over the place as if he was in mortal agony. It would be good to bring memories of humour back in memory of JB...

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    Surrey Canary

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Harry Redknapp and Ian Holloway rolled into one. Football should be fun. Sadly missed.

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    Mikey B

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • The great John Bond was one of the few people associated with Norwich City who did not see them as a small club stuck out in the boonies. The ground development is a tribute to him. He brought big players to the club and got them to play exciting attacking football. God knows we could do with him here now. RIP John you were great.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Very sad news. John Bond's reign at City was at the time of my football 'awakening' as a young boy when my family had just moved to the area and I am sure he was instrumental in my love for NCFC, and football generally. Always outspoken and never boring, I think he raised the profile of our beloved Norwich City, and he brought us some great signings, not least the likes of Martin Peters, who I was lucky enough to see in the yellow shirt many times. RIP John, and thanks for all the memories and great work you did for NCFC

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    shash

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • John Bond RIP,reminds me of a great era at carrow rd, & great players we had too, Keelan,Forbes,Macdougal,Peters,etc etc. Always will remember when we played N, Forrest, who were flying high then, JB said that we ( Norwich ) had a plan! City were 3-0 down at half time, then came back to draw 3-3! Can remember Keelan leaving stud marks all over Kenny Burns back, God bless you Mr Bond

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    paul ebbage

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Sad news to wake up to. A wonderful character and great manager. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

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    atlanta canary

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • JB was manager when I first started going to Carrow Road regularly. He made City a popular club throughout the country because we played attractive football. I'll never forget the game against Liverpool (then at the top of their game) when he decided we would 'have a go'. We lost 5-3 in the end, but what a game. It epitomised his love of attacking football.

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    Mike Lynn

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Just wanted to pass on my condolences to NCFC. A fantastic manager and a thoroughly nice, quick witted and all round good guy. Much loved and missed by all football fans whatever their allegiances.

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    bluearmy78

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • John Bond made following NCFC fun, . Will never forget being on the halfway line at fratton park in 75 shouting 'get onside McDougall' , Ted was a bit offside most of the time, and was amazed to be joined by a second voice ,yep JB. promotion season that one .

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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