Former Torquay United favourite John Bond dies aged 79
FORMER Torquay United favourite John Bond has died at the age of 79.
Bond also managed Norwich City and Manchester City.
During three years in charge at Maine Road, he took City to the 1981 FA Cup final, where they lost to Tottenham.
He also took Norwich to Wembley for the 1975 League Cup final but missed out on the trophy as Aston Villa beat his Canaries 1-0.
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He spent 16 years as a player at West Ham, making 444 appearances before moving to Torquay.
He joined Torquay at a time when they were managed by his former West Ham team-mate Frank O'Farrell.
Bond played 130 league games for the Gulls, scoring 12 goals, and helped Torquay to promotion at the end of his first season.
He retired in 1969, having already opened a sweet shop called Bondy's Tuck Shop in the Torre area of Torquay.
A spokesman for Torquay United said the club was 'deeply saddened' by the news.
He added: "John Bond was hugely popular with the United faithful and surely one of the best players ever to play for our club.
"The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Torquay United are with John’s friends and family. Thanks for the memories."