Norwich City top 100 appearances: Kevin Bond (91)

IC314: Kevin Bond ncfc. Photo: Archant Library

IC314: Kevin Bond ncfc. Photo: Archant Library

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156 appearances/14 goals

IC316: Kevin Bond ncfc. Photo: Archant LibraryIC316: Kevin Bond ncfc. Photo: Archant Library

Kevin Bond followed his father, John, to Norwich City as an apprentice in 1974 and duly turned professional two years later.

He made his debut away at Leicester City in April and went on to play 161 times for the Canaries before following his father, again, to Manchester City after a brief spell at Seattle Sounders.

But it was whilst Bond was at Norwich that he established himself as City’s regular first choice right back.

Kevin Bond was ahead of his time in being able to play out from the back and also pitched in with his fair share of goals. In the 1979-80 season he scored 11 times and was the club’s second top goalscorer that season behind Justin Fashanu.

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Kevin Bond, who was named the club’s player of the year in 1979, was named skipper for the 1980-81 season and also earned two England B caps during his time at Carrow Road. He also gained notoriety for netting own goals in consecutive games against Stoke and West Brom in 1980.

But it was all change during the 1980-81 season and it came to the Canaries’ cost as they were relegated to the Second Division.

It didn’t look likely to be a season of struggle on the opening day of the season as City, skippered by Kevin Bond, romped to a 5-1 win over Stoke City.

But the Canaries, who had seen the departures of Phil Lythgoe, Alan Taylor and Martin Peters in the summer, lost their next four league games and in the October of that season John Bond moved on to Manchester City.

Ken Brown came in as manager but in the February of that season Kevin Bond followed his dad to Maine Road after losing the captaincy to Graham Paddon at Carrow Road. City agreed a fee of around £350,000 for the defender but they were relegated to the Second Division that season.

Kevin Bond went on to play 110 times for Manchester City before earning a move to Southampton, where he played 140 games and later had spells at Bournemouth and Exeter. He followed his father into management, taking charge of Stafford Rangers in 1997 before being named assistant to Alan Ball at Portsmouth, where he later became part of Harry Redknapp’s backroom team at several clubs.

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