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50 years of Billy Bonds: in pictures

Filed: Friday, 12th May 2017
By: Staff Writer

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the arrival of one of West Ham United's favourite sons.

On 13 May 1967, Billy Bonds signed for the Hammers in a 48,500 switch from fellow London side Charlton Athletic. And in order to commemorate this special occasion, here's a selection of some of the finest moments from Billy's career at a club at which he spent 27 years as player and manager.

* Read Paul Walker's special tribute to Billy Bonds here.

The Player

In one of his first games, with Harry Redknapp

Battle-weary but still similing

My captain, my saviour - Bonds always had Trevor's back

Taking charge of 'the wall'

The swashbuckling, all-action hero

West Ham win the Cup - and Bonds was the first to commiserate with Fulham's Bobby Moore

FA Cup winner in 1975

Celebrating the 1975 FA Cup win at East Ham Town Hall

Going for goal against Den Haag in the CWC

he traditional celebration

With his great friend and mentor, John Lyall

Still cutting a fearsome figure, despite being at the tail end of his career

Fan worship

The Manager

Posing at the gates of the training ground, shortly after being confirmed as maanger

Taking control

A once-close friendship was doomed to failure

The Legend

Far away from football, the quiet family man

Taking his seat at the Boleyn Ground

Signing memorabilia for a new generation of fans

Given a rapturous reception at his first public appearance for many years

With Mark Noble, his spiritual successor?

We salute you, sir

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