West Ham football legend Billy Bonds will soon be kicking a ball around with his grandchildren again – thanks to a hip operation at The Horder Centre in Crowborough.
Billy, 68, was back at the orthopaedic centre this week for a check-up from surgeon Mr Hugh Apthorp after the operation last month.
Although he played nearly 800 first team games for West Ham until the age of 42, Billy was very lucky in terms of injury over such a long playing career. He twice broke his nose and had an operation for a groin injury when he was 38, but escaped damage to his legs despite playing in several positions including right back, right wing, midfield, central defence and as a forward.
About five years ago, he started developing problems with his hip and when it began to hurt after walking a few miles, Billy decided it was time for something to be done.