The South Coast team came into being in 1899, but originally came out of Boscombe St. Johns, a team formed by voluntary first-aiders, who had been around for 9 years already. Their original ground was on the site of an orchard, which gave them the nickname of "the Cherries", as these were their preferred fruit at half-time and their predominantly red strip followed logically from that. They then prodded into playing at a tiny ground at Pokesdown before settling at their present ground in 1910, where as Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic they were elected to the 3rd Division (South) in 1923. Like many of the elderly residents of the area, they resided there for longer than anyone else. After the League had been reorganized, they eventually got out of the Third Division in 1970 - by getting relegated to the Fourth. They yo-yoed between those two leagues for several years, before achieving the club's best placing during three seasons in the old Second Division.

The club's greatest days have been reserved for the FA Cup. In 1957, they had a great run that saw them beat Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers, major giant-killing feats in those days, to reach the 6th round, where they lost to Manchester United. The Cherries did get their revenge though in 1984, when they knocked the Red Devils, then holders, out of the competition, before a crowd paying record receipts.

It was felt that the club name was too long, so in 1971, it was abbreviated to AFC Bournemouth in an attempt to put them first in any alphabetical listing of league clubs. However, this proved rather controversial because the part of their name that was dropped was that where the ground was located. Many away fans have been disappointed down the years, as they have headed for Bournemouth only to have to ask directions from the old folk traipsing up and down the promenade all day.

History also visited Bournemouth in 1971 in another form, when during the club's record 11-0 FA Cup victory over non-league Margate, forward Ted McDougall, scored 9 (NINE) of those goals himself. The only other item of note that has involved the club of late is the fact that it is the first community club in Europe. This occurred when Bournemouth came within 15 minutes of extinction, due to debts that had built up. A financial package was arranged with the bank and a consortium of fans (many local businessmen) stepped in to run the club. The change has obviously worked, as the team has gone from strength to strength and for a large part of this season, Mel Machin's side were pushing for a play-off place. However, the Cherries were pipped for promotion, but did get through to an Autoscreen Trophy final against Grimsby Town at Wembley, although any hopes they had of winning were wiped out by the Mariners.  It is hoped their crop of good youngsters will take their Cherries to greater things.

Season 2000-01 saw the Cherries denied a play-off place on the last day of the season, but on loan striker Jermaine Defoe did score in nine consecutive league games to set a post war record.  When he returned to West Ham, Bournemouth hoped that they can unearth another prolific goal-scorer.

They had to wait a while to find Brett Pitman, who propelled them to promotion to League One in 2010, after the club had battled for years against the Tax Man and debtors to become solvent and  reach the play-offs the following season.  The Football First Stadium really did live up to it's name, as the team played some neat football under young manager Eddie Howe, but when he left for the Burnley boss' job, they took that style of play on under stand-in manager Lee Bradbury and how !!

Howe's return to Dean Court saw the team march through League One and then the Championship to reach the promised land of the Premier League in what was a triumph for fan power, the management style and the efforts of the players.  Their style, attacking and direct brought a new vitality to the top flight and also to their stadium, which was renamed after the life and health insurance company.

FAMOUS PLAYERS: - Reg Cutler, Ted McDougall, Dean Court, Phil Boyer, Ray Bumstead, Jamie Redknapp, Kevin Bond, Colin Clark.

FAMOUS FANS : - Mel Bush (pop promoter), Stu Francis (former presenter - Crackerjack)


Club Records

Formed 1899
Turned Professional 1912
Became a Limited Company 1914
Previous names 1890-1899 =Boscombe St. Johns
1899-1923 = Boscombe FC
1923-1971 = Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic FC
Previous grounds 1899-1910 = Castlemain Road, Pokesdown
Nickname "The CHERRIES"
Club Colours HOME : Shirts - Red with black stripe, black collar and red & white trim
Shorts - Black
Socks - Black

AWAY : Shirts - Green with black stripe, black collar and green & white trim
Shorts - Green
Socks - Green

Record Football League Win 7-0  v  Swindon Town  Division 3 (South)  22.9.1956
Record Football League Defeat 0-9    v Lincoln City
Division  3           18.12.1982
Record Cup Win 11-0   v Margate
FAC R1        20.11.1971
Record Fee Paid £12,000,000 to Liverpool for Jordan IBE (14 July 2016)
Record Fee Received £12,000,000 from Newcastle United for Matt RITCHIE (1 July 2016)
Record Football League Appearances 423  -  Sean O'DRISCOLL (1984-1995)
Record Football League goalscorer in a season 42  -  Ted McDOUGALL  Division 4   1970-71
Record goalscorer  202  -  Ray EYRE  (1924-1933)
Most goals in a match 4 -  Jack RUSSELL  v  Clapton Orient  Division 3 (South)  7.1.1933
4 -  Jack RUSSELL  v  Bristol City  Division 3 (South)  28.1.1933
4 -  Harry MARDON  v  Southend United  Division 3 (South)  1.1.1938
4 -  Jack McDONALD  v  Torquay United  Division 3 (South)  8.11.1947
Most League points in a season 3 points for a win :  97  Division 3   1986-87

2 points for a win :  62  Division 3   1971-72

Record Home Attendance (all-time) 28,799   v Manchester United 
FAC R6         2.3.1957
Record match receipts £80,267  v  Walsall  Auto Windscreen Shield Southern Area Final  17.3.1998
Most Capped player while at club Gerry PEYTON    7
(Republic of Ireland)


Stadium details 

Address :  Dean Court, Bournemouth  BH7 7AF

Telephone :  01202 395 381
01202 397 939  (Ticket Office)
  (Credit Card Bookings)
09068 121 163 (News)
  Fax : 01202 309 797

Capacity : 10,770
Away Allocation : 2,600
Pitch size :  112 yards  x 74 yards

Official website :
Unofficial website : The Red & Black Homepage 


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Travel to Dean Court

By Car:
From North and East: Take the A338 into Bournemouth and turn left at "Kings Park" turning. After the slip road go straight forward at the mini-roundabout into Kings Park Drive - a car park is 500 yards on the left and the ground is nearby.
From the West: Use the A3049, turning right at Wallisdown Roundabout to Talbot Roundabout. Take the first exit at Talbot roundabout, then left at the mini-roundabout. Go straight on at the traffic lights then right at the mini-roundabout into Kings Park for the ground.

Nearest railway station: Bournemouth Central (1½miles)

Nearest bus Station: Holdenhurst Road.  Then take bus numbers 68,33 or 25, which stop at the Queens Park pub which is close to the ground.



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