Fifty years of Billy Bonds 1967-2017

BondsFifty years ago today a 21-year-old  clean-shaven Billy Bonds signed for West Ham United on 13th May 1967 for the princely sum of £49,500 from Carlton Athletic.

The Legendary West Ham player and captain who lifted two FA Cups and made a Club record number of first team appearances hung up his boots at the age of forty-one to become the youth coach. A phenomenal 20 years, nine months and 12 days separated the first and the final of Billy Bonds’ appearances for West Ham.

His two decades of unflinching service saw many changes at the Boleyn Ground – not least his own gradual transformation from clean-shaven youngster to a bearded elder statesman, but throughout the years Bonds was a constant rock for the Hammers, both in the good times and the darker days. His 793 appearances for West Ham is a club record will never be eclipsed.

Photo Credit of Billy Bonds in 1967: Steve Marsh http://theyflysohigh.co.uk/


About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

2 comments on “Fifty years of Billy Bonds 1967-2017

  1. Excellent piece . On a true WEST-HAM UNITED LEGEND. BONZO is the type of person player manager & man any person could up to.
    What the man gave on a daily basis over many many years to our club should be HONOURED before we lose the chance to show him our love .
    #thankyoubonzo HERO&LEGEND.

  2. Oops LOOK UP TOO

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