Saturday 02 Mar
Updated Saturday 02 Mar 19:03
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Billy Bonds Stand unveiled at London Stadium

Saturday saw the opening of the Billy Bonds Stand
Saturday saw the opening of the Billy Bonds Stand
Sir Trevor Brooking was in attendance to honour his former teammate
Sir Trevor Brooking was in attendance to honour his former teammate
Billy Bonds heads out onto the pitch
Billy Bonds heads out onto the pitch
Alvin Martin greets Billy
Alvin Martin greets Billy
The Billy Bonds Stand is home to a wall of over 20,000 Hammers
The Billy Bonds Stand is home to a wall of over 20,000 Hammers
Billy poses with Joint-chairman David Gold before officially opening the Billy Bonds Stand
Billy poses with Joint-chairman David Gold before officially opening the Billy Bonds Stand
The ribbon is cut
The ribbon is cut
Billy shows his appreciation to the supporters sat in the Stand now named after him
Billy shows his appreciation to the supporters sat in the Stand now named after him
A Billy Bonds mosaic greeted the players onto the pitch
A Billy Bonds mosaic greeted the players onto the pitch
Saturday saw the opening of the Billy Bonds Stand 1
Sir Trevor Brooking was in attendance to honour his former teammate 2
Billy Bonds heads out onto the pitch 3
Alvin Martin greets Billy 4
The Billy Bonds Stand is home to a wall of over 20,000 Hammers 5
Billy poses with Joint-chairman David Gold before officially opening the Billy Bonds Stand 6
The ribbon is cut 7
Billy shows his appreciation to the supporters sat in the Stand now named after him 8
A Billy Bonds mosaic greeted the players onto the pitch 9

Almost 60,000 supporters rose to their feet at London Stadium in celebration of West Ham United legend Billy Bonds, as the East Stand was renamed in the icon’s honour ahead of Saturday’s match with Newcastle.

Home to over 20,000 West Ham supporters, the man himself cut the ribbon to officially open the newly named Billy Bonds stand, rechristened in tribute to the 72-year-old’s 27 years with the Irons as both a player and a manager.

Bonds’ legendary association with West Ham saw him play 799 times in Claret and Blue and lift the FA Cup twice as captain, in 1975 and 1980.

“t's very emotional,” Bonds said, in a pitchside interview with former fellow Hammer Alvin Martin. “I think it's a great honour to be up there with these legends in this club and I'm just overwhelmed and very emotional."

A guard of honour comprised of former players and club legends welcomed Bonds out onto the pitch. The four-time Hammer of the Year was joined by his family during the ceremony, while joint-chairman David Gold presented Bonds with the scissors to unveil the Stand. 

Bonds joins fellow Hammers greats Bobby Moore and Sir Trevor Brooking in being immortalised at the stadium, as the ultimate recognition for his many years of magnificent service to West Ham United.