Afc Bournemouth

For the non-League club, see Bournemouth F.C..
A.F.C. Bournemouth
Full name AFC Bournemouth
Nickname(s) The Cherries, Boscombe
Founded 1890 (as Boscombe St. John's Institute FC but dissolved in 1899 and reformed in 1899 as Boscombe FC)
Ground Dean Court, Bournemouth
Ground Capacity 12,000
Chairman EnglandJeff Mostyn
Manager EnglandEddie Howe
League Championship
2012–13 League One, 2nd
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

A.F.C. Bournemouth is a football club playing in the Championship, the second tier in the English football league system. The club plays at the Goldsands Stadium in Kings Park, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset and have been in existence since 1899.

Nicknamed The Cherries, the team traditionally played in red shirts with white sleeves until 1971, when the strip was changed to red and black stripes, similar to that of A.C. Milan. A predominantly red shirt was chosen for the 2004–05 and 2005–06 seasons before announcing a return to the stripes for the 2006–07 season due to fan demand.

After narrowly avoiding relegation from the Football League in the 2008–09 season, Bournemouth were promoted to League One at the end of the 2009–10. After making the League One play-off semi-finals in 2010–11 and achieving a mid-table finish in 2011–12, Bournemouth won promotion to the Championship putting them in the second tier of the league for only the second time in their history in the 2012–13 season.


Boscombe F.C.

Although there is no authentic information as to the exact date of the club's foundation, there is proof that it was formed in the autumn of 1890 out of the remains of the older Boscombe St. John's Lads’ Institute F.C.[1] The club was originally known as Boscombe F.C.. The first President was Mr. J.C. Nutt.[2]

In their first season 1889–90 Boscombe F.C. competed in the Bournemouth and District Junior League. They also played in the Hants Junior Cup. During the first two seasons they played on a football pitch in Castlemain Avenue, Pokesdown. From their third season the team played on a pitch in King's Park. In the season of 1905–06 Boscombe F.C. graduated to senior amateur football.[3]

In 1910 the club was granted a long lease upon some wasteland next to Kings Park, as the clubs football ground, by their president Mr. J.E. Cooper-Dean. With their own ground, named Dean Court after the benefactor, the club continued to thrive and dominated the local football scene. Also in 1910 the club signed their first professional football player B. Penton.

Around about this time the club obtained their nickname 'The Cherries'. Foremost there are two tales on how the club gained this pet name. First, because of the cherry-red striped shirts that the team played in and, perhaps more plausible, because Dean Court was built adjacent to the Cooper-Dean estate, which encompassed numerous cherry orchards.

For the first time during the season of 1913–14 the club competed in the F.A. Cup. The clubs progress was halted in 1914 with the outbreak of the war and Boscombe F.C. returned to the Hampshire league.

In 1920 the Third Division was formed and Boscombe were promoted to the Southern League, with moderate success..

Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic Football Club

To make the club more representative of the district, the name was changed to Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic Football Club in 1923. During the same year the club was elected to the Football League. The first league match was in Swindon on 25 August 1923, Bournemouth lost 3–1. The first league game at Dean Court was also against Swindon, Bournemouth gained their first league point with a goalless draw.

Initially Bournemouth struggled in the Football League, but eventually established themselves as a Third Division club. Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic Football Club remain on the records as the longest continuous members of the Third Division.

As a league club, Bournemouth had to wait until after the Second World War before winning their first trophy. This was accomplished as they beat Walsall in the Third Division (South) Cup in the final at Stamford Bridge.

A.F.C. Bournemouth

Under manager John Bond the club adopted the more streamlined A.F.C. Bournemouth name in 1972. However, this is only a trade name; the club is still officially registered as Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic Football Club. At the same time, the club adopted a new badge as a symbol of the club's progress. The stripes in the background were based on the club shirt, while in the foreground is the profile of a player heading the ball, in honour of Dickie Dowsett, a prolific scorer for the club in the 1950s and 1960s.[4]

Their red and black kit, introduced in 1971, was based on the old A.C. Milan strip. This was the era of Ted MacDougall, a prolific goalscorer who, in an FA Cup tie in November 1971, scored nine goals in an 11–0 win against Margate.

Following an ownership change in 1997, they became Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic Football Club (1998).

Late 20th century

The club recorded a famous victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup in January 1984, while they were managed by Harry Redknapp.[5][6]

Redknapp took Bournemouth into the second tier of the English league for the first time in their history as Third Division champions in 1987. They stayed there for three years, and he remained at the helm for two years after their relegation in 1990, before leaving for West Ham United in 1992.

On 5 May 1990, the final day of the 1989–90 season, Leeds United had the chance to win the Second Division and gain promotion into the First Division by beating Bournemouth at Dean Court. Some United fans had already caused trouble in the town during the morning and the atmosphere was tense as Leeds won the match by a single goal. Combined with the results of other matches, this meant that Leeds were promoted while Bournemouth were relegated. The violence and destruction by visitors to Bournemouth continued over the holiday weekend, causing more than £1 million worth of damage and injury to opposing fans and police officers.[7] The town's Daily Echo newspaper reported that 'spectators, including many young children, had to run to safety as missiles were hurled and riot police waded in to control the crowds'.[7] The matter was raised in Parliament by one of the town's MPs. Financially, the Leeds trouble affected the club for more than a decade, as Bournemouth were prevented by local police from staging home games on Bank Holidays (traditionally a popular day for football) until a game against Shrewsbury Town on 21 April 2003.

Early 21st century

Sean O'Driscoll was promoted from the coaching staff in place of Mel Machin at the start of the 2000–01 season. In O'Driscoll's first season as manager, Bournemouth narrowly missed out on the Division Two playoffs, but were relegated a year later in the new stadium. The board kept faith in O'Driscoll and they were rewarded with promotion via the Division Three playoffs in 2002–03. The club became the first to score 5 goals at the Millennium Stadium when they beat Lincoln City 5–2 in the 2002–03 Division Three play-off final with goals from Steve Fletcher, Carl Fletcher (2), Stephen Purchess and Gareth O'Connor. Under O'Driscoll, Bournemouth narrowly missed out on the play-offs for the 2003–04 and 2004–05 seasons, and just avoided relegation in the 2005–06 season.

Long-serving player James Hayter scored the fastest league hat-trick in English Football League history during the 2003–04 season. The Cherries were leading 3–0 against Wrexham thanks to goals from Stephen Purches, Warren Cummings and Warren Feeney when Hayter was brought onto the field as a substitute. With 86 minutes gone, Hayter managed to net three goals in the space of 2 minutes and 17 seconds, making the final score 6–0 to Bournemouth.

In September 2006, with the team in eighth in the League, Sean O'Driscoll left to become manager of Doncaster Rovers. He was replaced by Kevin Bond.

In February 2008, Bournemouth were forced into administration, suffering a 10-point deduction which put them in relegation trouble. Bournemouth had debts of around £4 million and almost went out of business completely.[8] The off-field uncertainty continued throughout the season, with only one, ultimately unsuccessful, bid for the club accepted,[9] and the club ended the season being relegated to League Two. Ahead of the 2008–09 season, the team's future in the Football League was put into doubt when the league threatened to block Bournemouth's participation in League Two, due to problems with the team's continuing administration and change in ownership. It ordered both Bournemouth and Rotherham United to demonstrate that they could fulfil all of their fixtures and find a way out of administration,[10] eventually allowing the club to compete with a 17-point penalty for failing to follow the Football League insolvency rules. The new company was also ordered to pay unsecured creditors the amount offered at the time of the original C.V.A. (around 10 pence in the pound) within two years.[11] Early into the season, manager Bond was sacked and was replaced by former player Jimmy Quinn, who would himself leave the club only a few months later.[12] Former player Eddie Howe took over as manager with the club still 10 points adrift at the bottom of the league and initially on a caretaker basis, becoming the youngest manager in the Football League at the age of 31.[13]

At the end of 2008, it was announced that local businessman Adam Murry completed the purchase of 50% of the club's shares from previous chairman Paul Baker. However, in January 2009, Murry missed the deadline to buy Baker's shares.[14]

In the final home game of the 2008–09 season the Cherries guaranteed their Football League status by beating Grimsby Town 2–1 with a winning goal 10 minutes from time by Bournemouth legend SteveFletcher, sparking wild celebrations after a fairytale ending to 'The Great Escape'. They finished their troubled season with their best away win for 30 years with a 4–0 victory at Morecambe.

In June 2009, a consortium including Adam Murry finally took over AFC Bournemouth. The consortium included Jeff Mostyn, former vice-chairman Steve Sly, Neill Blake and former Dorchester Town chairman Eddie Mitchell.

Howe's first full season in charge brought success as Bournemouth finished second in League Two to earn promotion with two games to spare. Howe subsequently left the club for Burnley during the following season; his successor, another former Bournemouth player, Lee Bradbury, led Bournemouth to the League One play-offs. The two-legged semi-final against Huddersfield Town finished 3–3 after extra time, and Huddersfield went through the final by winning the penalty shoot-out 4–2. Bradbury was unable to lead Bournemouth to another promotion challenge in the 2011-12 Football League One, placing eleventh after a season of indifferent results. Subsequently, Bradbury paid the price and was replaced by youth team coach Paul Groves for the final games of the season.

Groves remained in charge at the start of the 2012–13 season, only to be sacked in October 2012 following a disastrous start which left the club near the bottom of the table. Eddie Howe returned as manager, and not only did he pull the club away from their early-season relegation battle, they achieved promotion to the Championship, returning to the second-tier of English football for the first time since 1990. The club also revealed a new club crest which was to celebrate a new era in the Championship as well as encapsulating their ambition and vision as a club.[15]


Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Ryan Allsop
2 England DF Simon Francis
3 England DF Steve Cook
4 England MF Andrew Surman (on loan from Norwich City)
5 England DF Tommy Elphick (captain)
6 Wales MF Joe Partington
7 England MF Marc Pugh
8 Republic of Ireland MF Harry Arter
9 England FW Lewis Grabban
10 FW Brett Pitman
11 England DF Charlie Daniels
12 England MF Wes Fogden
13 England GK Shwan Jalal
14 Republic of Ireland DF Ian Harte
15 England FW Wes Thomas
16 Wales MF Shaun MacDonald
17 Northern Ireland FW Josh McQuoid
No. Position Player
19 England DF Stephen Purches
20 Scotland MF Ryan Fraser
21 France MF Mohamed Coulibaly
22 England DF Elliott Ward
23 Republic of Ireland MF Donal McDermott
24 England DF Miles Addison
25 England GK Darryl Flahavan
26 Scotland MF Richard Hughes
27 England MF Sam Matthews
28 South Africa FW Tokelo Rantie
30 England MF Matt Ritchie
32 Republic of Ireland MF Eunan O'Kane
34 England MF Harry Cornick
35 Republic of Ireland GK Stephen Henderson (on loan from West Ham United)
42 Northern Ireland GK Lee Camp (on loan from West Bromwich Albion)

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
18 England FW Matt Tubbs (on loan at Rotherham United)
29 England FW Jayden Stockley (on loan at Leyton Orient)
England FW Brandon Goodship (on loan tat Dorchester Town)

Development squad

The club introduced a development squad for the start of the 2012–13 season, as part of the club's new academy plans, aiming to "bridge the gap between the youth team set-up and the first team".[16] The team will play against a mixture of other development squads and non-league opposition. The team will be managed by coach Chris Hargreaves and often feature members of the first team squad. Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
35 Scotland MF Josh Carmichael
37 Liechtenstein GK Benjamin Büchel
38 England MF Josh Wakefield
39 England GK Chad Collins
45 England FW Jordan Chiedozie
England DF Baily Cargill
No. Position Player
England DF Lewis Lindsay
England DF Samir Bihmoutine
England MF Aristide Bassele
England MF Charlie Losasso
England MF Harrison Gilkes

Retired numbers

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
99 England CherryBear

Management and coaching staff

Past Managers:

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