Only one Iron can be handed this major honour

Bill receives his lifetime service award

Ok, ClaretandHugh is ready to stage a protest march if the Irons don’t do the right thing…!

Karren Brady has let it be known that the London Stadium’s East Stand is to be named after a Hammers legend adding that it won’t be Dimitri Payet when mischievously asked the question at the London Assembly meeting yesterday (Wed).

There is only one contender and if it goes to anyone other than the first winner of the club’s lifetime service award there’s gonna be trouble – from here anyway.

That man is Billy Bonds – nobody else will do.

It would mean that the Hammers ‘holy trinity’ of  Bobby Moore, Trevor Brooking and Bonzo will be ‘together’ again in the new stadium.

Everybody has been crying out for Bill to be honoured by the club and it would be staggering if anybody else were named as the recipient of this honour.

The three men were great mates and it’s more than arguable that Bill was the most dedicated guy every to wear the shirt.

So come on you Irons – let it be known quickly that he is the one before we start putting our protest march plans in place.


About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

4 comments on “Only one Iron can be handed this major honour

  1. What about Vic Watson? We’ll be at the stadium for 99 years, why do the stands have to be named after players from a single era?

  2. Billy Bonds is one of the greatest Hammers from any era. Also, how many supporters now days can relate to Vic Watson? What more did Vic achieve than Bill?

  3. I’m not knocking Billy at all, he is one of my favourite players. The article states that “only one” player can be handed this honour. I believe that is a very narrow view of the history of our club and suggest that Vic Watson’s achievements are equally worthy of recognition. More fans would relate to him if his contributions were recognised. We are likely to be at the stadium for 99 years. In fifty, maybe just twenty years time, how many fans will be able to relate to Billy? There are only four stands, it’s sad to think that three of them carry the names of players from a single team when you consider we have a 100 year history and another hundred years to come at the stadium.
    Unlike you, I wouldn’t try to use the achievements of one of our great players to diminish those of another. Watson’s record speaks for itself, 326 goals for us in 462 appearances, at a time when less football was played. The fact that he is no longer around is all the more reason why we should ensure he is not forgotten.

  4. I would say that Bonds is a shoe in anyway Hugh, if we have 3 parts of the ground named after players not sure why they don’t give us another one, outside of Billy who I will put my neck on the line to say will be the recipient, who else would you name a stand after ? For Innocuous Sparrow it is Vic Watson… for me there are lots of players I love the thought of the Paolo DiCanio stand but it might fall over if there was any pressure from behind mightn’t it ?

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