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By Phil Snow

The Season So Far

Bournemouth are currently lying in fifteenth position in Division two. After playing thirteen games they have won four, drawn four and lost five. They've only scored fifteen goals, letting in twenty-one, leaving them with sixteen points.

The season started off with two defeats, both 1-0 to Huddersfield and Blackpool followed by a league cup knock out by Torquay (2-0).

Three draws in succession to Cardiff (2-2), Cambridge (2-2) and Swindon (0-0) came before their first win of the season at home to Bury on the 15th of September by three goals to two.

Our old adversaries Peterborough put six past them at London Road, with no reply. Down at Brighton they lost 2-1.

A win over Reading (1-0) at home then a defeat away to Stoke (2-0), preceded an unbeaten run of two wins and a draw against Oldham (3-2), Wigan (2-0) and last Saturday Wycombe (1-1).

Maybe their fortunes are on the up and have recently signed ex-Arsenal player Christopher Wreh on a short-term basis. Whether he'll play on Tuesday is anyone's guess, as the game isn't listed in their official fixtures, they might not be taking it too seriously.

A Brief History

Boscombe FC were formed in 1899 from the remains of Boscombe St. Johns Institute FC who had been playing local football since 1890.

In 1902 they moved from Pokesdown to land next to their current stadium and finally in 1910, J.E. Cooper-Dean gave them a long lease in Kings Park where the current ground is, naming it Dean Court. They've played there since, until the end of last season when they moved out to Dorchester while a new ground is built, 90 degree's to the old one. It should be ready for the Wrexham match on 10th of November having a capacity of 9600, but will only have three sides until further funds are available.

The club nickname is 'The Cherries', either because they wear red and white stripes, or that the ground was built next to cherry orchards.

In 1910 they played in the South Eastern league, but finished bottom. After the First World War they joined the Hampshire League, going into the Southern League in 1920 after many clubs left to join the newly formed Third Division.

They too joined in the 1923/4 season, competing in the Third Division (south). The first ever league match saw a name change to Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic Football Club and was against Swindon on 25th August, losing 3-1.

Bournemouth became 'Giant Cup Killers' in 1956/7 season, beating Wolves(1-0), Spurs(3-1) then losing 2-1 at home to Manchester United in front of 28,799 fans.

Nothing much happened for the south-coast side until 1970 when they were relegated to Division Four. With John Bond as manager, they won promotion and Ted MacDougall scored 49 goals in the 70/71 season. Following that next term, putting nine past Margate in an 11-0 thrashing in the FA Cup.

The club changed its name to AFC Bournemouth, but after the departures of Bond and MacDougall the crowds departed and the club went back down to Division Four in 1975.

David Webb became manager and gained promotion in 1982. He was followed by Harry Redknapp and lifted the Division Three crown in 86/87 season amassing 97 points. Relegation was to follow three seasons later and in 1994/95 season they had no manager and hardly any squad. Mel Machin came in, saving the Cherries from the drop, and after the receivers were called in, in 1997, the supporters rallied round saving the club with 15 minutes to go.

The next season saw Bournemouth just miss out on the play-offs and reached Wembley in the Auto-Windscreens cup with 34,000 supporters going up for the great day. (Most of who were coming out as I was trying to get to the Arena to see the Spice Girls with my Wife and Daughters - honest!).

They have just missed out on the play-offs a couple of times since and with the new ground things are looking rosy for the Cherries.


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