Programme Notes for Bournemouth. 21/12/2013
We extend a big welcome today to Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic Football Club. Who? Well this is actually their official name, as a neighbour from Bournemouth tells me that they were originally named Boscombe F.C. and that their official name is more representative of the area where the club is based. Apparently "AFC Bournemouth" is in fact their trade name and only came into operation in 1972, when John Bond was manager. In fact they adopted the red and black kit only the year before, basing it on A C Milan's colours, like Leeds United based their kit on that of Real Madrid. For the record, I'm not aware of our famous blue and white stripes coming from any other club!
One of the biggest problems for clubs like our own with a distinguished history is fans reconciling the reality of our current position to where we expect and aspire to be due to our history. Bournemouth are lucky in that respect as they are not burdened with such expectation.
In fact it was Harry Redknapp who actually took "The Cherries" into the second tier of English football for the first time in 1987, where they managed to stay for three years.
Cherries player, James Hayter, still holds the record for the quickest hat trick in Football League history. In the 2003 - 2004 season Hayter scored 3 times in 137 seconds against Wrexham.
Bournemouth also holds the record of being the longest continuous members of the third tier of English Football. Notable players. The one I remember best is Ted MacDougall. In the late 60's and early 70's he spent three years at Bournemouth and was a prolific goal scorer, scoring 103 goals in 146 games which earned him a move to Manchester United. MacDougall once scored 9 goals in ONE F.A. Cup game for Bournemouth!
2 games stand out in my memory from previous encounters. The first one was when we lost 1 - 0 at home in September, 2004, resulting in the club sacking our then manager and former player, Chris Turner. The other was the return match at Dean Court. It was a night game in January 2005, when Paul Heckingbottom equalised with a header from a corner in injury time, making the long journey home more pleasant. That was Kenwyne Jones's last game for us after a successful loan period.
Forthcoming Coach Travel for Away Games.
Blackburn Rovers: Thursday December 26th -Coach departs: 11:00 am = Special Offer for Members: £10 return.
Charlton Athletic: Sunday December 29th - Coach departs: 8:00am Members: £25 and Juniors: £23. Non- Members: £27 and Juniors: £26
Finally may I take this opportunity to wish supporters of both teams a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Up the Owls,