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A.F.C. Bournemouth ( ) is an Englishmarker football club currently playing in Football League Two. The club plays at Dean Courtmarker in Kings Park, Boscombemarker, Bournemouthmarker, Dorsetmarker and have been in existence since 1899.

Nicknamed The Cherries, the team traditionally played in red and white stripes 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.


Founded in 1899 out of the remains of the older Boscombe St. John's Club, the club was originally known as Boscombe F.C.. To reflect the overall town it became Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic F.C. in 1923 just before being elected to the Football League. Under manager John Bond the club adopted the more streamlined A.F.C. Bournemouth name in 1972.

The south coast club became the first football club to score 5 goals at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, beating Lincoln City 5-2 in the 2002-03 Division 3 Play-off final (the Slovak national side equalled this feat in 2006 against Wales). However, they remain the only team to have scored five goals in a Football League play-off final. They are also famous for defeating holders Manchester United in the FA Cup in January 1984, while they were managed by Harry Redknapp.

Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp is the most successful manager ever to take charge of Bournemouth. Apart from the 1984 F.A. Cup shock win over Manchester United, he took them 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. His son Jamie Redknapp made his debut for Bournemouth whilst only 16, and went on to play for Liverpool and England.

Sean O'Driscoll

Sean O'Driscoll was promoted from the coaching staff in place of Mel Machin at the start of the 2000-01 season. In his 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.

Under O'Driscoll,Bournemouth, closely missing out on the playoffs for the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons, and narrowly beating relegation in the 2005-06 season.

In September 2006, with the team in 8th place in the League, Sean O'Driscoll left to become manager of Doncaster Rovers. By the time the new manager Kevin Bond was appointed the team were struggling. Kevin Bond was a former Bournemouth player, and his father managed the Club during perhaps its most memorable era in the early 1970s. After a poor start to the 2008-09 season he was sacked and replaced by Jimmy Quinn.

Crowd trouble

Whilst the fans are usually good mannered and crowd trouble is extremely rare nowadays , Saturday 5 May 1990 has gone down in the history of both club and town as a black day. It was the May Day public holiday and the final day of the season. A.F.C. Bournemouth were in the old Second Division and Leeds United had the chance to win the league on goal difference and gain promotion into the First Division (now the Premiership). Many followers of Leeds United had already caused trouble in the town during the morning and the atmosphere was tense as Leeds United won the match by a single goal. That, combined with the results of other matches, meant that Leeds United were promoted while Bournemouth were relegated. The violence and destruction by visitors to Bournemouth continued over the holiday weekend 'causing more than £1million worth of damage and injury to opposing fans and police officers'. 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'. The matter was raised in Parliament by one of the town's MPs. Many Bournemouth supporters attribute the beginning of the subsequent decline of the club to that fateful day. The club have been on the brink of bankruptcy several times since 1990.

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. The club often had to move games from Easter Monday, for instance, to the following Tuesday evening, with lower crowds a consequence.

Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic

Their name prior to 1971 was Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic, which was notable as the longest in the football league. Many older fans still refer to the club as Boscombemarker, and the chant "Boscombe, back of the net" can still be heard at matches. In fact, officially the club is registered under this name (with an ownership change in 1997, they became Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic Football Club (1998)'), and A.F.C. Bournemouth is a trade name.

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.

They agreed a new shirt sponsorship deal with Focal Point Fires PLC, ending their long association with Seward Cars. Focal Point Fires have since pulled out of this sponsorship deal.

On 21 July 2008, shortly after the unveiling of new Chief Executive Alistair Saverimutto, the club revealed that he had negotiated the "biggest sponsorship in the club's history" from JD Sports. It is a 3 year deal starting from 2008 - 2009 season and is manufactured by the Carbrini Sportswear brand.

The club also recently sold their stadium but not the surrounding land to property management company Structadene to ease debts. This deal was done on a Sale and Lease back agreement.

The Cherries rarely hit the headlines but ex long-serving player James Hayter allowed this to happen when he 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 Steven 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 20 seconds, making the final score 6-0 to A.F.C. Bournemouth.

Season 2006-07

Peter Phillips stepped down as club chairman on 1 September 2006 after 4 years at the helm. Local entrepreneur Abdul Jaffer was promoted from vice-chairman to temporary chairman until a new permanent one was appointed by the board of directors. Jaffer resigned in February 2007, and in March the shareholders agreed to a takeover by a consortium led by businessman Jeff Mostyn.

Manager Sean O'Driscoll and his assistant Richard O'Kelly left on 9 September 2006 to join Doncaster Rovers. However, this bad news was sweetened with the confirmation of the signing of England 1998 World Cup player Darren Anderton on a pay-as-you-play basis. On his debut versus Scunthorpe United he scored the Bournemouth equaliser with a brilliant 40-yard free kick in a 1-1 draw. He also scored his first hat-trick against Leyton Orient Football Club in the 5-0 home victory.

After a 5 week search, former Cherries favourite Kevin Bond was named as O'Driscoll's successor, beating off stiff competition from Phil Brown, Les Ferdinand, and Andy Hessenthaler.

The Cherries made the best start ever under management of Kevin Bond, winning their first six games, and drawing two. In addition, a surprise victory over top of table leaders Nottingham Forest secured their seventh victory of the season, with a 2-0 win.

On New Years Day 2007, Bournemouth beat Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 with an amusing goal from Brett Pitman in the 90th minute. As the Brighton goalkeeper Wayne Henderson controlled the ball just to the left of his 6 yard box he took a step back to clear the ball as Pitman chased the ball down. Unfortunately for Henderson, he slipped on the floor, Pitman got the loose ball, took it around two defenders and smashed it into the back of the net at the North Stand end. Henderson has since left Brighton.

A.F.C. Bournemouth secured their League One status for another year in the last home game of the 2006-07 season with a 1-1 draw against Gillingham (28 April 2007).

In May 2007, an inaccurate rumour circulated that Teddy Sheringham was in talks over a one-year contract with the club.

On 29 May James Hayter was sold to Doncaster Rovers for a fee believed to be in the region of £200,000. This left the Cherries squad with just 9 contracted first team players, two of whom were goalkeepers.

Season 2007-08

Despite May leaving the club with only 9 first team contracted players, 19 June finally bought some good news for the fans with Brentford striker Jo Kuffour signing for the club after turning down several other offers. Kuffour managed to net 14 goals for Brentford last season despite them finishing bottom of the League One table. Also joining the Bond revolution are former Luton Town, Cardiff City, and Portsmouth centre defender Russell Perrett and ex-Celtic utility man Paul Telfer. In addition, it was announced 23 July 2007 that non league midfielder Marvin Bartley has signed with the team. The 21 year old came close to signing for Milton Keynes Dons, but the departure of Martin Allen led to him signing for Bournemouth instead. Garreth O'Connor, who left in 2005, has returned as well. Also, in the weeks leading up to the season's start, defenders Ryan Garry (former Arsenal) and Jason Pearce (former Portsmouth) both joined on free transfers. They were both on trial throughout the pre-season period, and played big parts in the Cherries 0-0 draw on the opening day of the season with Nottingham Forest.

In August 2007 Lee Bradbury signed for A.F.C. Bournemouth on a four month loan deal from Southend United. After playing one game for the club the loan was made permanent, and Bradbury signed a contract until the end of the season. With the growing injury crisis, Kevin Bond has brought in a number of differently loan signings, include last years star Mark Wilson, keeper Asmir Begović, Reading reserves James Henry, Jem Karacan, Scott Golbourne and Alex Pearce, also he has brought ex-cherry's school boy Adam Lallana, who left to join Southampton some years ago. However Begovic's loan was cut short, Wilson's one month loan came to an end, as did Garreth O'Connor's, who has now returned to the Burnley reserve team after an injury hit spell. The loan of Max Gradel has also been cut short due to the death of his mother. Max returned in mid-November, and just days after his loan deal expired on 2 January 2008, he came back to the Cherries on loan for the rest of the season. Tough-tackling Neil Young has gone the opposite way on loan, and joined Weymouth on loan for a month.

Kevin Bond was hopeful that some of his quartet of on-loan Reading players, who returned to the Royals after the game at Brighton & Hove Albion on New Year's Day, could return to Dean Courtmarker in the future. Bond said "I would take them all back given the opportunity - they've all done very well". However, none of them returned to the Cherries, apart from Jem Karacan, who was playing for Millwall as they lost 2-0 to the Cherries at Dean Court on 29 March 2008.

Also in the January transfer window, the Cherries signed experienced Norwegian midfielder Jo Tessem on a free until the end of the season.

On 7 February 2008, Bournemouth were forced into administration, subsequently having a 10-point deduction, putting them in deep relegation trouble in League One. Bournemouth have debts of around £4million and almost went out of business completely.

The only bid that administrator Gerald Krasner had accepted came from a consortium led by chairman Jeff Mostyn, however in a press conference on 3 April 2008, Mr Krasner said that due to a breach of the agreement between the administrators and the consortium relating to the funding of the consortium and the sale of the club. Along with this, the administrator also warned that the club may also be closed before the end of the season unless appropriate funding came forward.

In spite of off-the-field issues with the club, Bournemouth achieved a remarkable string of results in the Football League One. Starting with a 2-1 win at home to Tranmere Rovers on 24 March, the team have also beaten Millwall 2-0 (H), Swansea City 2-1 (A) with a shock injury time comeback, Bristol Rovers 2-1 (H) and Walsall 3-1 (A). On 19 April, this winning streak of five matches left Bournemouth four points away from safety with two games remaining. The winning streak was increased to six matches on 26 April with a vital 1-0 victory over Crewe Alexandramarker. It is interesting to note that the goalscorer, Sam Vokes, rejected a transfer offer from Crewe Alexandra in January of the same year. Victory or a draw away at Carlisle on 3 May, depending on Cheltenham Town and Gillingham's results, would ensure Bournemouth's survival in the Football League One, and would prove to be one of the most impressive relegation survivals achieved in the club's history, and even in the Football League itself. Harry Redknapp commented that escaping relegation "...would be more than a Great Escape, it would be a miracle". He furthered this by saying that "...if Kevin (Bond) doesn't get manager of the month there's something wrong", paying tribute to his managerial ability to get the winning streak out of the team. Bournemouth managed to achieve a 1-1 draw in the match against Carlisle United but, with Cheltenham Town winning at home to Doncaster Rovers 2-1, were relegated to League Two after five successive seasons of Division Two/League One football.

Season 2008-09

On 21 July 2008 the club unveiled a three year sponsorship and kit supply deal with JD Sports brand Carbrini Sportswear.

The team's future in the Football League was put into doubt before it even began play, when on 6 August—three days before the start of the season—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 can fulfill all of their fixtures and find a way out of administration. The next day the Football League confirmed that A.F.C. Bournemouth would start the season on a 17 point penalty for failing to follow the Football League insolvency rules and the new company would have to pay unsecured creditors the amount offered at the time of the original C.V.A. (around 10 pence in the pound) within 2 years.

On 1 September, BBC Radio 5 Live reported that Bond and his management team (Rob Newman and Eddie Howe) had been sacked. At midday on 2 September, it was announced former player Jimmy Quinn would be the new manager with former player Jason Tindall as his assistant. The duo's first game in charge was a 1-1 draw at Notts County. However, the same day as the new coaching staff had been appointed, the Cherries had a Football League Trophy first round game to play against Bristol Rovers for which youth team manager Joe Roach took charge. The Cherries won the game 3-0. In the second round the Cherries won 1-0 away to MK Dons and in the area quarter finals lost 1-0 to Colchester United. Eddie Howe has since returned as head of the club's centre of excellence. However, the club's dreams of financial and footballing success have been limited, as they remained in the lower echelons of League 2 at the mid point of the season, and were knocked out of the FA Cup by non-league Blyth Spartans.

On the evening of 31 December, the club announced that manager Jimmy Quinn had left the club . This came 3 days after a 2-0 home defeat by fellow League 2 strugglers Barnet. The position of Quinn's former assistant manager Jason Tindall has changed from assistant manager to player/assistant manager, making his first appearance for the 08/09 season in the away win against Dagenham & Redbridge on 24 February. Even though Eddie Howe's two games as caretaker manager were away defeats, on 19 January 2009, it was announced that Howe would take over as permanent manager of AFC Bournemouth, becoming the youngest manager in the English Football League at the age of 31.

The board's decision to keep their faith in Eddie Howe seems to have paid off as he has since brought the club out of the relegation zone and the Cherries have won 8 of 13 games (as of 18 March 2009) in with Howe since his permanent appointment as manager.

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 and Murry has been trying to negotiate a deal with Baker since.

In the final home game of the 2009 season the Cherries guaranteed their Football League status by beating Grimsby Town. 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 includes Jeff Mostyn, former Vice Chairman Steve Sly, Neill Blake and former Dorchester Town Chairman Eddie Mitchell.

Current squads

First team squad

Retired numbers

Reserve Squad

  • AFC Bournemouth Reserve Team play in the Combination- Wales & West Division
  • Current as of 13 July 2009 as taken from the AFCB website.

Management and coaching staff

  • Centre of Excellence Manager: Jason Blake
  • Technical Development Officer: Matty Holmes
  • Centre of Excellence Goalkeeper Coach: Ben Davey

  • Physio: Steve Hard
  • Kit Man: Mike
  • Referee's Assistant: Bob Miles

Past managers

League history

Season Division Position Significant Events
Formed in 1899 as Boscombe
Joined Hampshire League
1919-1920 Hampshire League
Joined Southern League
1920-1921 Southern League - English 5
1921-1922 Southern League - English 7
1922-1923 Southern League - English 2 Runners-up
Joined Football League
Renamed Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic
1923-1924 Division Three - South 21
1924-1925 Division Three - South 20
1925-1926 Division Three - South 8
1926-1927 Division Three - South 7
1927-1928 Division Three - South 14
1928-1929 Division Three - South 9
1929-1930 Division Three - South 10
1930-1931 Division Three - South 10
1931-1932 Division Three - South 15
1932-1933 Division Three - South 18
1933-1934 Division Three - South 21
1934-1935 Division Three - South 17
1935-1936 Division Three - South 8
1936-1937 Division Three - South 6
1937-1938 Division Three - South 13
1938-1939 Division Three - South 15
League postponed due to the Second World War
1946-1947 Division Three - South 7
1947-1948 Division Three - South 2 Runners-up
1948-1949 Division Three - South 3
1949-1950 Division Three - South 12
1950-1951 Division Three - South 9
1951-1952 Division Three - South 14
1952-1953 Division Three - South 9
1953-1954 Division Three - South 19
1954-1955 Division Three - South 17
1955-1956 Division Three - South 9
1956-1957 Division Three - South 5
1957-1958 Division Three - South 9
Division Three - South renamed Division Three upon league re-organization
1958-1959 Division Three 12
1959-1960 Division Three 10
1960-1961 Division Three 19
1961-1962 Division Three 3
1962-1963 Division Three 5
1963-1964 Division Three 4
1964-1965 Division Three 11
1965-1966 Division Three 18
1966-1967 Division Three 20
1967-1968 Division Three 12
1968-1969 Division Three 4
1969-1970 Division Three 21 Relegated
1970-1971 Division Four 2 Runners-up
Renamed AFC Bournemouth
1971-1972 Division Three 3
1972-1973 Division Three 7
1973-1974 Division Three 11
1974-1975 Division Three 21 Relegated
1975-1976 Division Four 6
1976-1977 Division Four 13
1977-1978 Division Four 17
1978-1979 Division Four 18
1979-1980 Division Four 11
1980-1981 Division Four 13
1981-1982 Division Four 4 Promoted
1982-1983 Division Three 14
1983-1984 Division Three 17
1984-1985 Division Three 10
1985-1986 Division Three 15
1986-1987 Division Three 1 Champions
1987-1988 Division Two 17
1988-1989 Division Two 12
1989-1990 Division Two 22 Relegated
1990-1991 Division Three 9
1991-1992 Division Three 8
Division Three renamed Division Two upon league re-organization
1992-1993 Division Two 17
1993-1994 Division Two 17
1994-1995 Division Two 19
1995-1996 Division Two 14
1996-1997 Division Two 16
1997-1998 Division Two 9
1998-1999 Division Two 7
1999-2000 Division Two 16
2000-2001 Division Two 7
2001-2002 Division Two 21 Relegated
2002-2003 Division Three 4 Play-off winners
2003-2004 Division Two 9
Division Two renamed League One upon league re-branding
2004-2005 League One 8
2005-2006 League One 17
2006-2007 League One 19
2007-2008 League One 21 Relegated *10 points deducted
2008-2009 League Two 21 *17 points deducted


  1. [1]
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  3. Cherries go into administration
  4. 3 April Press conference transcript
  5. Match Report Swansea 1-2 Bournemouth
  6. Bournemouth Results
  7. Match Report Bournemouth 1-0 Crewe
  8. BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Bournemouth | Vokes snubs move to Gresty Road
  9. BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Bournemouth | Redknapp backs Cherries 'miracle'
  10. Troubled League Two clubs on the brink The Guardian, 6 August 2008
  11. Bournemouth hit by 17 point penalty The Guardian, 7 August 2008
  12. QUINN AND CHERRIES PART COMPANY Bournemouth Daily Echo, 31 December 2008
  13. CLUB CONFIRMS BAKER BUY-OUT Bournemouth Daily Echo, 31 Dec 2008

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