West Ham United fans have been reacting in great numbers after co-owner David Gold posted exciting stadium news on Twitter.
It has long been mooted that West Ham were looking to honour their all-time record appearance holder and legendary captain Billy Bonds.
The midfielder made 663 appearances in the claret and blue, a feat unlikely to ever be topped.
Current skipper Mark Noble is some 200 appearances off. That means he would have to play regularly for the Hammers for another six years to come anywhere close.
Finally a Bonds scheme West Ham fans can get on board with
The club has announced it will bestow one of the greatest honours possible on Bonds by naming one of the stands at the London Stadium after the Hammers hero.
The Billy Bonds Stand will be unveiled in a prestigious ceremony before the Newcastle game on Saturday March 2 (whufc.com).
It is a rare thing that a message to fans from David Gold on Twitter was met with a unanimously positive response.
Fans took to the social media site in great numbers reacting to the news when Gold confirmed the plans.
Gold ‘delighted’ to confirm plans
“I am delighted to confirm that legendary captain Billy Bonds is to be permanently honoured at the London Stadium with a stand in his name,” Gold said on Twitter.
“It’s a tribute to our record appearance holder and the man who twice lifted the FA Cup, in 1975 and 1980 at the old Wembley.
“I was there. DG.”
I am delighted to confirm that legendary captain Billy Bonds is to be permanently honoured at the London Stadium with a stand in his name.
It’s a tribute to our record appearance holder and the man who twice lifted the FA Cup, in 1975 and 1980 at the old Wembley. I was there. dg pic.twitter.com/QR70VdpvCK
— David Gold (@davidgold) February 6, 2019
Universal praise for Hammers owners (for a change)
The tweet meet with universal approval and here are a selection of responses.
NOBODY in our history deserves this more than Bonzo. In a time when the word ‘legend’ is trotted out all too easily, he is a true Irons legend. So pleased for him. 💪⚒️
— HammersSteve (@HammersSteve) February 6, 2019
Fantastic News. The greatest ever Hammer in my opinion!! Very closely followed by Bobby Moore and Sir Trevor Brooking. ⚒⚒
— John Young (@johnbuzzroll) February 6, 2019
— Sam Archer (@westhamsam27) February 6, 2019
About time. We should always honour our esteemed former players whilst they’re around to appreciate it. pic.twitter.com/QsKXgpDsAz
— Matthew Wood (@matthewhwood) February 6, 2019
Brilliant news for one of our all time legends. Well deserved Billy!
— Steve Cole ⚒⚒⚒ (@SteveTCole) February 6, 2019
Well done a great reward for our finest player I loved watching him !!
— trevor bright (@trevorbright8) February 6, 2019
‘Should be made honourary president too’
I was there too, DG – at both!
Great honour for Bonzo! ⚒ pic.twitter.com/c8kMmyuIc5
— Victory 05 (@Victory_05) February 6, 2019
Well done Mr Gold ⚒
— Bill baker (@Billbak63641871) February 6, 2019
Thank you and well done 👍🏻. ⚒
— Nick Free (@NickFree69) February 6, 2019
Should also be made Honorary Club President as well. Well done West Ham
— Wayne Chettleburgh (@waccyman) February 6, 2019
Fantastic news! Should be an inspiration to everyone who runs out in the claret and blue!
— Allen Cummings (@AllenCummings6) February 6, 2019
Brilliant, well done @davidgold ⚒⚒⚒
— Mick Thompson (@Mick_Thompson_) February 6, 2019
About bloody time make him lifetime president as well the FA and West Ham left it far to late with sir bobby Moore don’t do it with our billy boy
— Danny Coveney (@coveney_danny) February 6, 2019