Dicky Bond

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Dicky Bond
Personal information
Full name Richard Bond
Date of birth (1883-12-14)14 December 1883
Place of birth Garstang, England
Date of death 25 April 1955(1955-04-25) (aged 71)
Place of death Preston, England
Playing position Outside right
Youth career
Royal Field Artillery
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1902–1909 Preston North End 148 (34)
1909–1922 Bradford City 301 (60)
1922–1923 Blackburn Rovers 24 (2)
1923–1924 Lancaster Town
Garstang Town
National team
1905–1910 England 8 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Richard Bond (14 December 1883 – 25 April 1955) was an English footballer who played outside right. He was capped eight times by England and spent the vast majority of his playing career at Bradford City where he played more than 300 games.

Club playing career[edit]

Preston North End[edit]

Born in Garstang, England, Bond started his career with the Royal Artillery before he signed professional forms with Preston North End in August 1902.[1] He was part of Preston's Division Two championship winning team in 1903–04. Two years later, he was a regular, as the club were The Football League runners-up.

Bradford City[edit]

Bond joined Bradford City in May 1909 for a £950 fee, a record fee for Preston at the time.[2] Bond represented City during the most successful spell in its history. But he missed out on the club's 1911 FA Cup triumph because he was suspended after using improper language at Woolwich Arsenal.[1] He had scored City's only goal in the first round 1–0 victory over New Brompton but did not feature in any other games during the run.

In total he played 301 league games, scoring 60 goals, all in the top flight. He also represented the club in 31 FA Cup games scoring 13 times. He was selected in City's team of the millennium in 1999 by former Telegraph & Argus sports reporter David Markham.[3] He served with the Bradford Pals during the First World War before returning to City in 1919.[1] He was appointed club captain in 1920. But the side were relegated in 1921–22 prompting his transfer to Blackburn Rovers.

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

Bond played for Blackburn for one season before his final move to Lancaster Town in August 1923 for one last season. He retired in 1924 but returned to play for Garstang Town two years later. His total league career brought him 96 goals in 473 league appearances. He became a publican before he died in Preston aged 71.[1]

International career[edit]

Bond made his first international appearance for England while at Preston on 25 February 1905 against Ireland. He won a total of eight caps, scoring twice, both against Ireland in 1906.


First World War[edit]

Bond's football career was interrupted by the First World War, during which he was taken prisoner-of-war.[4] He survived the war and more than two years after it had finished, he laid a commemorative wreath at the Cenotaph in London before Bradford City's game with Arsenal on 1 January 1921.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Frost, Terry (1988). Bradford City A Complete Record 1903–1988. Breedon Books Sport. p. 87. ISBN 0-907969-38-0.
  2. ^ "Record transfer fees received". Preston North End official website. 28 May 2000. Archived from the original on 16 May 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2007.
  3. ^ "The greatest ever to grace Valley Parade". Telegraph & Argus. 30 December 1999. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2007.
  4. ^ a b Frost. Bradford City A Complete Record 1903–1988. p. 325.

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