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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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