|The South Coast
team came into being in 1899, but originally came out of Boscombe St.
Johns, a team formed by voluntary first-aiders, who had been around for
9 years already. Their original ground was on the site of an orchard,
which gave them the nickname of "the Cherries", as these were
their preferred fruit at half-time and their predominantly red strip
followed logically from that. They then prodded into playing at a tiny
ground at Pokesdown before settling at their present ground in 1910,
where as Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic they were elected to the 3rd
Division (South) in 1923. Like many of the elderly residents of the
area, they resided there for longer than anyone else. After the League
had been reorganized, they eventually got out of the Third Division in
1970 - by getting relegated to the Fourth. They yo-yoed between those
two leagues for several years, before achieving the club's best placing
during three seasons in the old Second Division.
The club's greatest days have been reserved for the FA Cup. In 1957, they had a great run that saw them beat Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers, major giant-killing feats in those days, to reach the 6th round, where they lost to Manchester United. The Cherries did get their revenge though in 1984, when they knocked the Red Devils, then holders, out of the competition, before a crowd paying record receipts.
It was felt that the club name was too long, so in 1971, it was abbreviated to AFC Bournemouth in an attempt to put them first in any alphabetical listing of league clubs. However, this proved rather controversial because the part of their name that was dropped was that where the ground was located. Many away fans have been disappointed down the years, as they have headed for Bournemouth only to have to ask directions from the old folk traipsing up and down the promenade all day.
History also visited Bournemouth in 1971 in another form, when during the club's record 11-0 FA Cup victory over non-league Margate, forward Ted McDougall, scored 9 (NINE) of those goals himself. The only other item of note that has involved the club of late is the fact that it is the first community club in Europe. This occurred when Bournemouth came within 15 minutes of extinction, due to debts that had built up. A financial package was arranged with the bank and a consortium of fans (many local businessmen) stepped in to run the club. The change has obviously worked, as the team has gone from strength to strength and for a large part of this season, Mel Machin's side were pushing for a play-off place. However, the Cherries were pipped for promotion, but did get through to an Autoscreen Trophy final against Grimsby Town at Wembley, although any hopes they had of winning were wiped out by the Mariners. It is hoped their crop of good youngsters will take their Cherries to greater things.
Season 2000-01 saw the Cherries denied a play-off place on the last day of the season, but on loan striker Jermaine Defoe did score in nine consecutive league games to set a post war record. When he returned to West Ham, Bournemouth hoped that they can unearth another prolific goal-scorer.
They had to wait a while to find Brett Pitman, who propelled them to promotion to League One in 2010, after the club had battled for years against the Tax Man and debtors to become solvent and reach the play-offs the following season. The Football First Stadium really did live up to it's name, as the team played some neat football under young manager Eddie Howe, but when he left for the Burnley boss' job, they took that style of play on under stand-in manager Lee Bradbury and how !!
Howe's return to Dean Court saw the team march through League One and then the Championship to reach the promised land of the Premier League in what was a triumph for fan power, the management style and the efforts of the players. Their style, attacking and direct brought a new vitality to the top flight and also to their stadium, which was renamed after the life and health insurance company.
FAMOUS PLAYERS: - Reg Cutler, Ted McDougall, Dean Court, Phil Boyer, Ray Bumstead, Jamie Redknapp, Kevin Bond, Colin Clark.
FAMOUS FANS : - Mel Bush (pop promoter), Stu Francis (former presenter - Crackerjack)
|Became a Limited Company||1914|
=Boscombe St. Johns
1899-1923 = Boscombe FC
1923-1971 = Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic FC
|Previous grounds||1899-1910 = Castlemain Road, Pokesdown|
: Shirts - Red with black stripe, black collar and red & white trim
Shorts - Black
Socks - Black
AWAY : Shirts
- Green with black stripe, black collar and green & white trim
|Record Football League Win||7-0 v Swindon Town Division 3 (South) 22.9.1956|
|Record Football League Defeat||0-9
v Lincoln City
Division 3 18.12.1982
|Record Cup Win||11-0
FAC R1 20.11.1971
|Record Fee Paid||£250,000 to Portsmouth for Steve LOVELL (August 1999)|
|Record Fee Received||£800,000 from Everton for Joe PARKINSON (March 1994)|
|Record Football League Appearances||423 - Sean O'DRISCOLL (1984-1995)|
|Record Football League goalscorer in a season||42 - Ted McDOUGALL Division 4 1970-71|
|Record goalscorer||202 - Ray EYRE (1924-1933)|
|Most goals in a match||4
- Jack RUSSELL v Clapton Orient Division 3
4 - Jack RUSSELL v Bristol City Division 3 (South) 28.1.1933
4 - Harry MARDON v Southend United Division 3 (South) 1.1.1938
4 - Jack McDONALD v Torquay United Division 3 (South) 8.11.1947
|Most League points in a season||3
points for a win : 97 Division 3 1986-87
2 points for a win : 62 Division 3 1971-72
|Record Home Attendance (all-time)||28,799
v Manchester United
FAC R6 2.3.1957
|Record match receipts||£80,267 v Walsall Auto Windscreen Shield Southern Area Final 17.3.1998|
|Most Capped player while at club||Gerry
(Republic of Ireland)
Address : Dean Court, Bournemouth BH7 7AF
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01202 397 939 (Ticket Office)
(Credit Card Bookings)
09068 121 163 (News)
Fax : 01202 309 797
Away Allocation : 2,600
Pitch size : 112 yards x 74 yards
Official website : http://www.afcb.co.uk
Unofficial website : The Red & Black Homepage
Travel to Dean CourtBy Car:
Nearest railway station: Bournemouth Central (1½miles)Nearest bus Station: Holdenhurst Road. Then take bus numbers 68,33 or 25, which stop at the Queens Park pub which is close to the ground.
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