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Eddie ‘Howdini’: League One, Saints and PFA annoyance…

Posted in Bournemouth Blog with tags , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by hoare89

Champagne Cherries: Dressing room celebrations after 2-0 win over Burton

By Joshua Hoare

AFC Bournemouth dared to dream playing League One football next season, but against all the odds, promotion was achieved on Saturday thanks to goals from Brett Pitman and Alan Connell. Season 2009/10 will go down as one of the Cherries finest, possibly the club’s greatest? and now the reds and gaffer Eddie Howe can look forward to a visit to St.Marys next season to face Southampton.

Its little surprise to know, there were grown men crying at the final whistle on Saturday, as the 1,750 fans who made the long trip up from the south coast invaded the Pirelli Stadium pitch. The players managed to hop into the executive seating area to escape the fans, but stayed outside to celebrate the success for over an hour after the game it is believed. What a fantastic tribute to the supporters, which further symbolises the close-knit togetherness between the fans and players, after all Bournemouth has always been known to be a family club.

Cherry chaps: (From left to right) Jason Pearce, Alan Connell and Brett Pitman

Saturday’s achievement was an exceptional turn of events for the cherries after two years of doom and gloom at the club. The football league have done more hinder than provide hope for the club and this was further echoed this week with the announcement of the PFA League Two Team of Year; evidently not a single Bournemouth player amongst the 16 man squad! Well, I suppose we should not be surprised, accolades do not come around a lot, but it would be nice to recognise the work some of the boys have done this season, considering the circumstances, i.e transfer embargo’s, debt, injuries and so on.

Loyal support: over 1,500 Cherry fans made the trip to Staffordshire

Mobbed: Pitman salutes the fans after his goal sent Cherries up

Brett Pitman has still got a chance to end the season as top goal scorer and he’s currently on 25 league goals for the season, with two games to go, he may just end a terrific season on an almighty high.

Just two games to go, first up Port Vale at Home on Saturday 1st May. Well its been a pleasure following the side on here and I hoped you have enjoyed reading my blog……What a season, hell of a rollercoaster ride….

WE ARE GOING UP……… 😉

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The Cherry topping awaits…

Posted in Bournemouth Blog with tags , , , , , , on April 18, 2010 by hoare89
 BY Joshua Hoare

WELL confidence is a marvelous thing in football, and how the Cherries and especially Brett Pittman are reveling in it this season. After securing our 15th and now 6th consecutive home win of the season, it would take an almighty turn of bad fortune for the reds to not gain promotion next weekend at Burton Albion.

Star man: Brett Pitman celebrates one of his twenty-six goals

Brett Pitman scored his 26th goal of the season and as I have mentioned before in this blog, the man has simply been in irresistible form for the cherries of late. You cannot fault his work rate and endeavour, his goal against Hereford last Tuesday typified this. He has often played alone upfront this season, with Liam Feeney and Anton Robinson offering the width, which I feel at home in the formation of 4-3-3 has really reaped the benefits, but our away form has been another matter. With just 8 wins all season, its easy to see why there has been a few nervous faces come the end of season.

But 15 home wins is the most in League Two this season, neither Notts County (1st) or Rochdale (2nd) have achieved more as of yet, which does pay compliment that Dean Court has become a real fortress for us. There can be no promotion party as of yet, as the boys still need to remain professional for next week’s game, against a tricky Burton side and by all means we were made to wait against Darlington on Saturday before securing three big points.

I can’t commend Eddie Howe much more for the work he has done this season. He has rejuvenated the football club in astronomical measures, there appears to be a buzz around the place now, with the crowds improving and confidence reassured.

Howe has he done it? Eddie Howe has sparked a revival in the Cherries fortunes this season

It’s exciting to think we could have a few derbies to look forward to as well next season, with both Southampton and Yeovil. Furthermore, a trip to St.Marys is certainly one not to miss. But one can only hope both Howe and Pitman remain at the club, to help push for survival in League One next season, who knows even dare I say ‘promotion’….

One thing is for sure, Howe, Pittman and the fantastic cherries support has helped give our troubled club the platform to build a positive future upon and as a lifelong fan its tremendous to see…. 🙂 What a way come 5.45pm on Saturday 24th April for the cherries to make life sweeter by putting a ‘cherry’ on top of the cake in gaining promotion with two games to spare.