All Time Legend Feature #4: Steve Fletcher

Promotion hero: Fletch celebrates after volleying the Cherries in front against Lincoln City

By Joshua Hoare

IF you asked any Cherries fan who their all time legend would be, few could argue with those who nominate Steve Fletcher.

The Hartlepool-born forward has played a record five hundred and forty-six times, amassing ninety-six goals, he is the club’s record appearance holder. A cult figure for the Cherries, Steve Fletcher scored a decisive goal (left) in the 2003 Play-off final win over Lincoln City, which ensured the Cherries promotion to the Second Division.

Now, 37, Fletcher is in his second spell at the club and has helped his close friend and now boss Eddie Howe into the top six of League Two 2009/10.

The Big man is regarded a legend amongst the Dean Court faithful largely due to his ‘never say die’ attitude, his bullishness and a playing style that has help support fellow cherry legends to plenty of goals, such Warren Feeney, James Hayter and of course Jermaine Defoe, who I wrote about last week –

His goals record might not be as great as you would expect for a striker, however Fletcher’s style is very similar to Emile Heskey I would say, Ok not prolific, but arguably very effective and difficult to play against.

The best compliment anyone could pay to Big Fletch his desire and love for the club, has never been in question. His relationship with the fans is tremendous, and when you ask your players to stand up and be counted, He is always there.

A lot has been written about Fletch’s influence in the dressing room too, he is another like I Rio, as mentioned in this blog, a bit of a joker and its little surprise that he was the first number Eddie Howe called when appointed First Team boss to come back to Dean Court.

Cherries Legend Rating: 8/10

Relive that famous day at The Millennium Stadium, Bournemouth 5-2 Lincoln City and of course STEVE FLETCHER’s GOAL


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