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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
John Bond - Norwich City boss from 1973 to 1980 - has died at the age of 79.
Bond was appointed manager at Carrow Road in November 1973 as successor to Ron Saunders, who had resigned and moved to Manchester City.
He 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.
Bond established City as a mid-table first division side and in 1975-76 they finished 10th, the highest position in their history at the time.
He became famous for his flamboyant personality and big cigars and his readiness to speak out on all football issues.
In October 1980, Bond resigned as Norwich boss and, like Saunders before him, became Manchester City manager, leading them to the FA Cup final in 1981, where they lost to Tottenham in a replay.
He was succeeded at Norwich by his long-time assistant and former West Ham team-mate, Ken Brown, who also managed City for seven years.