#bcfc Terrace hero Julian Dicks pays tribute to ‘fantastic’ ex-Birmingham City boss John Bond   Leave a comment


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TRIBUTES have been paid to former Blues boss John Bond who died yesterday, aged 79.

Terrace hero Julian Dicks paid tribute to his the man who gave him his career chance at St Andrew’s.

Dicks, nicknamed The Terminator for his tough tackling approach, played for Bond’s Blues side before he was sold to West Ham United for £300,000 in 1988.

He posted on Twitter: “My condolences to the family of John Bond, who was my manager at Birmingham City. He was truly a fantastic man and a pleasure to work for. RIP John.”

Former Hammers defender Bond managed Blues from 1986-87 but failed to prevent the club’s relegation from the top flight, with seven consecutive defeats at the end of that campaign sealing the team’s fate.

The following season Blues struggled again, eventually finishing just one place away from a second consecutive relegation.

This was not good enough for the Birmingham board and the manager was sacked.

It was an acrimonious departure, with Bond accusing the then owner, Ken Wheldon, of treating him badly.

Bond, one of football’s most colourful characters, fumed: “He shouldn’t have treated a dog like that.”

After leaving Blues, the soccer boss worked at Shrewsbury Town and then in non-league football. He also assisted son Kevin during his spell in charge at Stafford Rangers. #bcfc

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Posted September 27, 2012 by Birmingham City Fans Forum in Birmingham City News

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