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Eggcellent Cherries stretch lead to six points

Posted in Bournemouth Blog with tags , , , , , on April 5, 2010 by hoare89

Succesfull Gaffer: Howe can be proud of a season of joy

BY Joshua Hoare

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will ensure his side don’t put all their eggs in one basket when they travel to Lincoln City next weekend. The Cherries are now six points clear of fourth place (play-off places) and promotion to League One is looking increasingly more likely after a superb easter weekend.

Brett Pittman set the reds on their way with a terrific finish from twenty yards on Saturday at home to Bradford City. It was the local boy’s 22nd of the season, 20 of which have been in League Two and his 50th for the Cherries. His goals this season have been invaluable for the side, and his finish on Saturday was clinical of a player who appears to get better with age and experience. I have continued to express my desire Pittman will remain at Dean Court if we are promoted, but its only a matter of time until a ‘big’ club comes calling…..

The cherries have lost key players for nothing (al la Warren Feeney, Wade Elliott and James Hayter) in the past and with the club in financial uncertainty, fans must look now to the future rather than the present. You only need to look at the dissolution of Chester City last month to realise the football league takes no mercy when it comes to financial plight.

Besides that the Cherries travelled to league leaders Rochdale on Easter Monday, where they picked up a valuable point, thats now 11 points from a possible 18, and a result boss Eddie Howe says could have gone our way if it wasn’t for bad referering. Eddie Howe post match

I thought I would take chance to applaud Southampton in this blog for their 4-1 Football league trophy win over Carlisle  last sunday, thus restoring the faith back into the south coast region after the desmise of Portsmouth. South coast clubs have been hit harder than most with relegation, adminstration and obscurity. The recent misgivings surely serve as a stark warning to the Premier league and of course the football league, that control of clubs in the south needs to be stoutly monitored.

Back to the Cherries, and now its ‘full steam ahead’ as Eddie Howe rightly put it on Sunday. His side are hitting form at just the right time of the season and with the teams below us dropping points, the reds must now be confident promotion can all but be assured with at least three more wins from their last six games, beginning with Lincoln next Saturday.

Bournemouth’s form from last six games: WDLWWD

Fixtures remaining: Lincoln 10/4/10 (A), Hereford 13/4 (H), Darlington 17/4 (H), Burton Albion 24/4 (A),

Port Vale 1/5 (H), Chesterfield 8/5 (A)

Keep reading the blog for more news, reviews and features ahead of a busy month for clubs across the country, for whoever you support I wish your side all the best in their fight for promotion, relegation or mid-table bragging rights….For now Happy Easter!

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Positive week ends on a high

Posted in Bournemouth Blog with tags , , , , , , on March 29, 2010 by hoare89

by Joshua Hoare

WELL what a difference a week makes in football, after a laughable 3-2 defeat to Grimsby last weekend, The Cherries’ got their promotion hopes back on track on Saturday with a 2-0 home win over Accrington Stanley. But, news earlier in the week that a £370,000 unpaid tax bill had been covered meant Bournemouth had managed to live another day.

What a terrific job Eddie Mitchell (Chairman) has done since he took over the club, in difficult circumstances he has ensured the Cherries can maintain their promotion push, without the threat of going into administration, not that the football league wont find any other excuse to dock us points!

Who would want to own a football club in the current economic climate? With such poor attendances in the lower leagues, only a decent cup run can ever recover a small percentage of the cash that owner’s plough into the ninety-two professional football clubs across England.

If anything thursday’s financial security has now opened the door for Eddie Howe to pick up a few loan signings, as a transfer embargo has now been lifted from our ‘friends’ at the football league. But one area he won’t need to look to bolster is upfront, where Brett Pittman grabbed his 21st goal of the season on Saturday. His goals this season have been priceless, and its little surprise a number of Championship clubs have been looking at him.

Brett Pittman: On fire with 21 goals this season

Brett Pittman is another fine example of the Cherries excellent youth setup. I don’t think he will leave in the summer, partly because I believe his love for the club will keep him south, however Sam Vokes was in a similar situation to Pittman, and he’s now strutting his skills with the very best in the Premiership at Wolves, so never say never.

It’s fair to say that at least confidence and momentum is now firmly back, but with a testing easter holiday weekend in store, which will see us at home to Bradford next Saturday 3/4 and than away to league leaders Rochdale on the Monday two days later, Eddie Howe will soon find out whether his paper thin squad can last the distance.

Eight games to go? Where has the season gone? League One football feels so close yet so far….Come on Eddie and the lads, we’ve suffered enough, its time to put the Cherries back in the third tier of English football, where we have always belonged.

Keep reading this week for another ALL TIME CHERRIES ‘LEGEND’ FEATURING TED MACDOUGALL (right)

Have a bearable week 😉

A warm welcome…..

Posted in Bournemouth Blog with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2010 by hoare89

Howe watches on at ProStar Stadium (Shrewsbury)

A warm welcome to the biggest and best blog on the net, dedicated to Bournemouth Football Club.

Nicknamed the Cherries, the South coast club boast the youngest manager in the football league in Eddie Howe, And the former Cherries defender has not only steadied the ship, but has brought prosperity back to Dean Court, as the side sit 2nd in League Two after a terrific season so far…..

I am Joshua Hoare, lifelong Cherries fan, I am 20 years old, and a Broadcast Journalism student at Staffordshire University, all I want to say is enjoy the blog, if your a Bournemouth fan than great, if not, well you might just learn something about how football should be played. Enjoy and Take it easy!

Despite a disappointing defeat to play off hopefuls Shrewsbury on Saturday, I can take some positives out of the match, firstly King Eddie had only 12 fit professionals for the game, ridiculous I know, the club is literally being run on a shoe string.

Howe’s desperation for players even lead him to take drastic action on the day of the game, requesting to bring a player in, only for our good ‘friends’ the Football league to bemoan the medical paperwork wasn’t in time!

The squad is paperthin as it is with just a measly 17 first team players available, the inevitability of losing one or two in the summer still lingers too, Derby’s reported interest in Brett Pittman seems to never go away despite what Nigel Clough says.  Poor lad, why would he want to go there and play with that clown Robbie Savage?

The problem with our club, like many others, not to mention Portsmouth, is finances have not been looked after and with the prospect of a winding up order at the end of month from the taxman, it continues to be a constant thorn in everyone’s mind.

Ex-Chelsea trainee Warren Cummings fills in at centre half on Saturday

However despite all this, expectation has certainly been raised through Howe’s incredible season, if anything he deserves all the accolades for guiding a troubled club to the highs of League Two, who knows what he can achieve?

And if Man City ever get bored of Roberto Mancini (which they will) wouldn’t it be nice to see a premiership chairman take a punt on a manager that has really had to manage a football club from top to bottom, with no budget and at times even doing it all for nothing! –

Thats all for Today, enjoy the Blog and keep following the Cherries…….WE ARE GOING UP….!