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Mitchell’s promotion party goes up in smoke

Posted in Bournemouth Blog with tags , , , , , , on April 20, 2010 by hoare89

By Joshua Hoare

THIS Saturday was suppose to be the silver lining for AFC Bournemouth chairman Eddie Mitchell, with the Cherries potential promotion at Burton Albion. However the man who has saved the reds from the brink of adminstration and even liquidation won’t be able to attend the match as he is currently stranded in Dubai, due to the volcanic ash chaos!

Stuck in the sun: Chairman Eddie Mitchell will miss Burton clash

Now as a Bournemouth fan, I know pretty well that success dosen’t come round often so such an occasion to witness our promotion to League One, is simply not one to miss, For poor Eddie it is a bitter sweet end to a topsy turvy season on and off the field from financial obscurity to transfer embargos.

If Eddie Howe’s men do gain promotion at Burton, it will end the cherries two year stint in League Two and offer the club a welcomed financial boost. Mitchell’s absence has left him feeling pretty annoyed, yet he says being stuck in the Middle East could have been a lot worse; “I am overlooking the Gulf, the sun is out and it’s 35 degrees here. It’s certainly not too much of a hardship! “We are in a lovely place. But I am missing my work, the club’s work and I would rather be back.” – Quotes courtesy of Bournemouth Echo.

The Cherries head to Burton sitting pretty in the table in 3rd place, eight points clear of fourth place Rotherham and a win will put them up, I personally hope they don’t win (mad I know) as I am going down to watch Bournemouth vs Port Vale on May 1st and would love to see them go up on that day, (Although It might have something to do with a certain bet with my housemate, who happens to support Vale!)

Over 1,500 tickets have been sold for the Burton clash and now Howe’s red and white army will seek to ensure they maintain their strong finish to the season.

Match Prediction: Burton 1-2 Cherries, Pitman to score first (30/1 with Bet365)

Get on it!

Have a great week 🙂

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….!