Proud Bonzo’s mural thanks



Hammers hero Billy Bonds has told ClaretandHugh of his great pride in seeing a mural of himself and Trevor Brooking appearing as a Boleyn memorial.

The work of art on the side of fish and chip shop off Barking road depicts Bonzo and Trevor Brooking.

The creation is the work of Hertfordshire based  West Ham supporting artist David “Gnasher” Nash who founded Gnashers Murals. The art was commissioned by Vik Taak who works for Newham Council as a Utilities project officer and is part of a Newham street art project. The mural was funded by Mick’s Furniture Discount. Vik explained to ClaretandHugh the mural took a year to plan and get approval.

And on learning of the mural from ClaretandHugh today Bonzo declared: “That is incredible. I’m very proud and humbled to have become such a figure in the minds of West Ham supporters.”

Sir Trevor was unavailable for comment.

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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!"

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  • GW says:

    You deserve all the respect you get Bonzo shame you ain’t around nowadays to kick that 6ft + porcelain princess up the arse and tell him to grow a pair 😆😆

  • John says:

    Is that Alan Taylor to the right of Sir Trevor? Oh no, it’s a metal extract flue for the Fish & Chip shop 😂😂

  • Boogabenson says:

    Billy BONZO Bonds= WHUFC
    Billy BONZO Bonds= LEGEND (Real deal)
    Billy BONZO Bonds= CLASS
    Billy BONZO Bonds= GENTLEMAN
    Billy BONZO Bonds = HERO
    Statues and stands and anything else that can be given to this man couldn’t even begin to repay what THAT man gave to W.H.U.F.C.

    • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

      He was certainly inspirational in every sense, great piece of artwork 🙂

  • TRB says:

    Brooking and Bonds. Heroes of my youth. Trevor’s final league game vs Everton was at home and was a mid-week, re-arranged fixture and the last of the 1983-84 season. Billy’s unintended last match, away at Southampton, was due to an injury he picked up in training a few days later. It was at the end of the 1987-88 season of which Bonzo knew would be his last at the age of 41. That day he played in central midfield, wearing the number 8 shirt. In the Southampton team was a 17 year old Alan Shearer…….I was very lucky to be at both games. Looking back now, it didn’t really matter that we lost both games. (0-2 to Everton, and 1-2 against Southampton, when Tony Cottee scored our goal)….though it was typical West Ham!

  • kevin says:

    Nice Tribute to Two Great players . Shame about the ugly metal pipe .
    Can it be rerouted? .

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