Kevin Bond, son of former West Ham player and football manager John Bond, is best-remembered as a player for Norwich, Manchester City and Bouremouth. He appeared for Exeter City at the end of his professional career and later managed Bournemouth and Southend United.
Kevin started his career as a trainee at AFC Bournemouth when his father was manager and followed in his footsteps to Norwich City making his debut in 1976 and going on to appear in 142 league matches alongside playing twice for the England ‘B’ side. After a brief spell in America with Seattle Sounders, Kevin again signed for his father when he joined Manchester City in September 1981 before - in September 1984 - heading to Southampton where, for a third club on the trot, Kevin made well over 100 league appearances. Kevin maintained this record by moving to his original club Bournemouth in August 1988 and playing another 126 times in the Football League.
Kevin, then aged 35 and boasting 518 league appearances, joined Exeter City in August 1992 returning to an area with which he had childhood connections when his father finished his playing career at Torquay. Signing for Alan Ball, Kevin made his debut against Rotherham United in the opening game but never really established himself in the team and, with City struggling in the third tier, only made nineteen appearances before his release during 1993/94. Making his final professional appearance in City’s colours, Kevin then had short spells with Sittingbourne and Dover.
Moving into coaching, Kevin’s first appointment was as a Manchester City youth coach before working at Wrexham and Altrincham ahead of taking over as manager of Stafford Rangers in October 1997. He then linked up again with Alan Ball in becoming assistant manager of Portsmouth in May 1998 followed by a stint back at Fratton Park as reserve team coach when Harry Redknapp was manager. Then, working in partnership with Redknapp, Kevin moved to Southampton and back to Portsmouth before striking out on his own with a spell as assistant manager at Newcastle United prior to moving into first-team management at Bournemouth in September 2006. After two years in charge at Dean Court, Kevin teamed up with Redknapp again to become assistant manager at Tottenham Hotspur in a four-year stint before the two were reunited again at Queens Park Rangers in November 2012. Remaining at Loftus Road after Redknapp’s departure (and briefly serving as caretaker-manager), Kevin coached in Hong Kong before working at Aston Villa - and after a brief return to Hong Kong - Birmingham City when Redknapp was manager.
Kevin briefly took charge at Southend United in 2019 and, between 2021 and 2022, worked with Joey Barton at Bristol Rovers as first-team coach.