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West Ham United to name East Stand at London Stadium after Billy Bonds

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West Ham legend Billy Bonds is going to have a stand at London Stadium named after him.

The Hammers record appearance maker will join Bobby Moore and Sir Trevor Brooking in having areas of the ground named in their honour.

The East Stand’s new name will be officially unveiled ahead of the Premier League game against Newcastle United on Saturday, 2 March.

Billy, who will attend the match with his family and former teammates, said: “I have so many great memories of this club and this really is the icing on the cake. It’s a great honour and means so much to me and my family. 

“I’m getting on a bit now, into my 70s, but it will be great when I’m no longer around for my granddaughters to come here and say ‘That’s Grandad’s stand’. That will be lovely.”

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Joint-Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold said: “To West Ham United supporters, Billy Bonds epitomises the very heart and soul of our football club. A man who gave blood, sweat and tears during the course of a 21-year playing career and led the Club with dignity and pride as a manager between 1990 and 1994.”

The stadium has often been cited as a cause for displeasure among West Ham supporters, many of whom were unhappy at the move away from the Boleyn Ground.

Issues with the stadium’s owner and landlord had also hampered attempts to make it feel like home for West Ham.

Those problems included changing the colour of the pitch-side athletics track covering and naming the East and West stands.

But West Ham vice-chairman Baroness Karren Brady suggested in October that the issues had been resolved and a stand at the stadium would be named after someone “we all have great respect and admiration for.”

The club has also recently been given permission to increase the capacity on matchdays from 57,000 to 60,000.

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