A.F.C. BOURNEMOUTH
Founded: 1899


Also Known As:
BOSCOMBE F.C. (1899-1923)
BOURNEMOUTH & BOSCOMBE
ATHLETIC A.F.C. (1923 to 1972)
A.F.C. BOURNEMOUTH (1972-)




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BOURNEMOUTH A.F.C. (Association Football Club)
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BRIEF HISTORY of BOURNEMOUTH ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL CLUB (reproduced from 'Wikipedia' pages)

Although the exact date of the club's foundation is not known, there is proof that it was formed in the autumn of 1899 out of the remains of the older Boscombe St. John's Lads’ Institute F.C. The club was originally known as Boscombe F.C.. In their first season 1899–1900 Boscombe F.C. competed in the Bournemouth and District Junior League. 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. 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. Also in 1910 the club signed their first professional football player B. Penton. Around about this time the club obtained their nickname 'The Cherries'. 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.

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. Under manager John Bond the club adopted the more streamlined A.F.C. Bournemouth name in 1972. 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. Their red and black kit, introduced in 1971, was based on the old A.C. Milan strip.

The club recorded a famous victory over holders Manchester United in the FA Cup in January 1984, while they were managed by Harry Redknapp. Redknapp took Bournemouth into the second tier of the English league for the first time in their history as Third Division champions in 1987. After comfortably surviving in their first season in Division Two, Bournemouth made a serious challenge for promotion to the top-flight in the 1988–89 season; they ultimately fell away after a poor run late in the season, but their eventual finish of 12th place remained their highest-ever Football League until the 2013–2014 season. On 25 October 2014 Bournemouth won 8–0 away at St. Andrew's against Birmingham City. It was the first time that the Cherries had ever scored eight goals in a league game, barring a 10–0 win over Northampton Town in September 1939 which was expunged from the records after World War II broke out the next day, and they recorded their biggest winning margin in a league fixture. The club followed up this success with a 2–1 victory over Premier League side West Bromwich Albion in the League Cup, reaching the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time. Bournemouth were again drawn against Liverpool but lost 3-1. The club spent most of the 2014-15 season near the top of the table, and a 3-0 win away at Charlton Athletic on the final day of the season was enough to clinch the Championship title, and a first ever promotion to the top flight of English football for the 2015-16 season.


CLUB FACTS & INFORMATION

Official Name
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A.F.C. Bournemouth
Club Nickname
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The Cherries
Year Founded
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1899 (117 years ago)
English County
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Hampshire
Current Ground
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Goldsands Stadium
Ground Location
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Bournemouth, England
Club's Owner
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Maxim Demin
Club Chairman
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Jeff Mostyn
Current Manager
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Eddie Howe
Current League
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Premier League
Last Season
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Premier League, 16th place


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INTERESTING STADIUM FACTS & INFORMATION


GOLDSANDS STADIUM
aka DEAN COURT

Kings Park, Bournemouth
Dorset, BH7-7AF England


OPENED: ......... 1910
SURFACE: ........ Grass
COST: .............. not available
CAPACITY: ...... 11,464
RECORD: ......... 28,799 (2003 vs Leicester City)
OWNER: ........... Structadene
OPERATOR: ..... A.F.C. Bournemouth
FIELD SIZE: ...... 115 x 85 yards (105 x 78 meters)


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