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.

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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.

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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.”

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Universal praise for Hammers owners (for a change)

The tweet meet with universal approval and here are a selection of responses.

 

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‘Should be made honourary president too’

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