Bonzo receives massive ‘Hall of Fame’ honour



Billy Bonds has revealed his pride at being inducted into the National Football Museum Hall of Fame.

The Club’s record appearance holder and former manager was bestowed the honour this week along with several other famous names in English football – including former Wales midfielder and manager Gary Speed, former Hammers and England midfielder Frank Lampard Jr, former Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard, and former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson.

medium_billybondsAnd speaking exclusively to whufc.com, Billy said: “It’s a great honour and I am very grateful for it. I received a letter informing me that I had been inducted in this year’s selection.

“I’m told I join the likes of George Best, Sir Stanley Matthews and Danny Blanchflower, so I couldn’t be in much greater company, and I am honoured to be among those names.

“It’s lovely for my family, and I just wish that my old dad could have been here to see it – it would have made him very proud.”

whufc.com reorts: ‘Bonzo becomes the ninth player in the Hall of Fame to have worn the claret and blue – after Bobby Moore, Martin Peters, Sir Geoff Hurst, Jimmy Greaves, Liam Brady, Stuart Pearce, Rio Ferdinand and Teddy Sheringham, with Lampard Jr following swiftly as number 10.

The National Football Museum, based in Manchester, launched the Hall of Fame awards in 2002 to celebrate and highlight the achievements of the all-time top talents to grace the game in England.

Sir Geoff Hurst, Gordon Banks, Sir Bobby Charlton, Peter Schmeichel, Roger Hunt, Kevin Keegan, Bryan Robson, Francis Lee, Trevor Francis, Ossie Ardiles, George Cohen, Norman Hunter, Sue Lopez and Marianne Spacey were all part of the selection committee this year.

To be considered for induction players must be either retired or, in exceptional cases where a playing career is still ongoing, be at least 30 years of age. All inductees must also have played or managed for at least five years in England.’



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19 comments on “Bonzo receives massive ‘Hall of Fame’ honour

  1. No honour too great for this chap in my book. He is not at all of place in the company of the players they list- Best, Charlton, Moore etc. Massively under rated outside the club, but not by those of us lucky enough to have watched him & to have had him at their club.

  2. Out of place ….which he wasn’t!

  3. So what was this “off the record” meeting that Sean had with Baroness Brady? And what was discussed “off the record” that’s so important it has to be “off the record” and who else was in attendance? We should be told.

  4. Surely by Sean mentioning the meeting on here he’s made it on the record now. He also mentioned what Karen said about the waiting list so now the content is on the record. And of course we know Nigel knows don’t we? There ain’t much Nigel don’t know. Nigel was probably in Sean’s briefcase. We should be told.

  5. This thread will be deleted soon 😂😂

    • It deserves to be with the amount of b0lloxs we have all spoken 😁

      • First we nappy wet and now we are talking B0LL0X. Oh dear what are we becoming. Stanley will turn on us 😂😂

  6. Thought all this talk of Denim shorts would have enticed Matte from hibernation😀 Getting a bit worried that he’s now in some Italian monestery and called Matte the Monk and turned his back on all things f**a and West Ham 😂😂

  7. Matte’s return to this site would be fun. I heard he was posting on a Tottenham blog and had become a Spud fan (now that’ll get him back!!)

    I’ve done further research on the “off the record” meeting and indeed Nigel was there cunningly disguised as a hat & coat stand. It is also my understanding that Sean was offered a place on the board at the “off the record” meeting.

    Come on Sean give us some news mate? Clearly it’s common knowledge it took place now, who attended?

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