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Football News: A To Z: AFC Bournemouth

A To Z: AFC Bournemouth
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A To Z - AFC Bournemouth


A is for A.C.

Bournemouth play in red and black striped shirts, with black shorts and socks, which were inspired by those that AC Milan wear.


B is for Boscombe St. John's Institute

Believed to be the original name for Bournemouth, before it was later reformed as Boscombe FC in 1899. In 1923 Bournemouth was added to the name before, eventually, it was renamed as AFC Bournemouth in 1972.


C is for Cherries

The nickname of Bournemouth is the Cherries. The name has 2 different stories attached to its origins. One is that the ground, Dean Court, was built next to cherry orchards. The other is that it was because their shirts of the time, in the early 20th century, were cherry red.


D is for Denim

Bournemouth's majority shareholder is their very own Russian billionaire, Maxim Denim. He originally bought into the club back in 2011 and his financial backing has enabled the club to rise to the heights it now occupies.


E is for Eddie

The current manager is Eddie Howe, in his second spell as the club's manager. A boyhood Everton fan, but struggled to cope when managing up north after finishing his first spell managing Bournemouth, he returned and led the Cherries to the Premier League.


F is for FFP

Financial Fair Play rules are something Bournemouth have ignored in recent years. In gaining promotion to the Premier League they massively over-spent above the "maximum deviation" allowed under the Football League's Financial Fair Play rules. They were fined £7.6m in 2016 but negotiated a settlement of £4.75m.


G is for George

The legendary great George Best spent a few months on the south coast after joining on a free transfer 1st July 1983. He joined Brisbane Lions in January of 1984, never having lived up to the legend, sadly.


H is for Howe

As well as being the manager, Eddie Howe is a former player for the Cherries, beginning and ending his career there as a player. He was a defender for them, mainly in League One.


I is for Ings

Southampton striker Danny Ings came through the youth ranks at Bournemouth before making a £1m move to Burnley.


J is for Jayden

Striker Jayden Stockley is the youngest ever to appear for the team, when he made his debut on his 16th birthday against Chesterfield.


K is for King

Joshua King, the blisteringly quick Norwegian striker, has been one of the star men in Bournemouth's stay in the Premier League after their meteoric rise from League Two.


L is for Lerma

The Colombian midfielder Jefferson Lerma was bought after impressing in the World Cup in Russia in 2018. The Cherries splashed £25m on him and he has brought the bite they had been missing and stopped them being so 'nice' to play against.


M is for MacDougall

Ted MacDougall was a prolific goalscorer for the club in the 1970s, once scoring 9 goals in an 11-0 win over Margate.


N is for Nathan

Former Chelsea man Nathan Ake is seen as one of the club's key players, with his pace often bailing the club out at the back.


O is for O'Driscoll

Often called 'Mr Bournemouth', Sean O'Driscoll made 423 appearances in the league for the Cherries and spent 6 years as their manager.


P is for Pitman

The club's record goalscorer is Brett Pitman, now at Portsmouth. The striker scored 100 goals for the Cherries in the lower leagues.


Q is for Quinn

Amongst his many clubs, Northern Irish striker Jimmy Quinn played for Bournemouth in the 1990s. They signed him from West Ham United and sold him on to Reading for a small profit a year later. He returned as manager for a short period when the club was in financial difficulties, to be replaced by Eddie Howe for his first stint as Cherries manager.


R is for Redknapp

Probably the most famous product of the youth academy is Jamie Redknapp, who came through while his dad Harry was managing the club.


S is for Steve

Steve Cook is the record appearance holder for Bournemouth with 319 appearances and still going. Number 2 on the list is also a current player, Simon Francis, who has 313 appearances.


T is for Third

Their first ever trophy was the Third Division (South) Cup, beating Walsall in the final at Stamford Bridge.


U is for United States

There have been three US players represent Bournemouth. Emerson Hyndman, Frank Simek and, way back in the 1960s, Dick Hall.


V is for Vokes

Welsh striker Sam Vokes became the club's youngest ever goalscorer when he scored in a League One match against Gillingham in December 2006. Vokes was 17 years 1 month and 25 days old.


W is for Wilson

Callum Wilson is the club's top scorer since their promotion to the Premier League and number 2 on the all-time list with 63 goals, equal with former star James Hayter.


X is for Xenodochial

Since arriving in the Premier League, Bournemouth have become known for their xenodochy. It is one of those teams that all the other feel they have a chance of getting a good result against.


Y is for Yennaris

The former Arsenal youngster spent a few months on loan with Bournemouth. An England youth international, he recently became a Chinese international and currently plays in the Chinese Super League for Beijing Sinobo Guoan.


Z is for Zubar

A journeyman footballer, brother of Ronald, Stephane Zubar spent two and a half years on Bournemouth's books, though most of the time he was out on loan to various non-league sides.


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Written by Tris Burke December 15 2019 20:16:34


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