42622 - Former City manager John Bond dies
John Bond, who led Manchester City to the 1981 FA Cup final, has died at the age of 79.

The flamboyant Bond, who also had spells in charge of Bournemouth, Norwich, Swansea, Birmingham and Shrewsbury, had a reputation for getting his teams to play free-flowing, attacking football.

As a player, he spent the majority of his career at West Ham, making 444 appearances for them, and when he moved in to management his larger than life style and quotable interviews established him as a football personality.
His City side contested one of the most famous FA Cup matches of them all, losing the final in a classic replay against Tottenham Hotspur, decided by Ricky Villa's extraordinary goal in the dying moments.
But that was not his only cup final: he also took Norwich to Wembley, where the Canaries were beaten 1-0 by Aston Villa in the 1975 League Cup.Perhaps fittingly, the FA Cup provided the main highlight of his latter career when his Shrewsbury side saw off then Premier League team Wimbledon at Gay Meadow