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Cross calls for Bonds statue

Filed: Monday, 15th October 2018
By: Staff Writer

David Cross has urged West Ham United to erect a statue in honour of his former team mate and fellow club legend Billy Bonds.

The Heywood-born striker represented West Ham United on 224 occasions during a long and successful career, the vast majority of which came alongside his former captain.

And following an appearance together at last week's 1980 FA Cup winners event at Southend's Cliffs Pavilion, Cross has appealed to the club to recognise Bonds, 72, with a permanent memorial.

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Speaking via his twitter timeline, Cross wrote: "Bill is everything a footballer should be. Committed, loyal, honest and honourable.

"Like West Brom have done for Tony Brown, there should be a statue of him outside the ground. I mean The Boleyn by the way, even though the stadium is gone."

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Bonds, who played for West Ham between 1967 and 1988 made a record 799 appearances for the club, more than 100 more than second-placed Frank Lampard (670).

He also managed the club from 1990-1994 at the end of his playing career, during which he made more league and FA Cup appearances than any other player to have represented West Ham United.

Bonds lifted the FA Cup on two occasions (1975 and 1980) and was also the captain when West Ham were beaten finalists in the 1976 European Cup Winners' Cup (vs Anderlecht) and the 1981 League Cup (vs Liverpool, after a replay).

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