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Howe has he done it?

Posted in Bournemouth Blog with tags , , , on April 19, 2010 by hoare89

Managed to put it right: Howe has brought stability and fortune to the Cherries this season

By Joshua Hoare

FEW would have backed Bournemouth at the start of the season to go up automatically, considering the financial turmoil the club have and still remain in. In fact they were 18/1 with some bookmakers to go up, let alone automatically (hopefully)

But one man has transformed the south coast club beyond recognition, queue… Eddie Howe. 

Eddie Howe a born and bred Bournemouth supporter has been the epitome of the club’s success this season and having been born in Verwood, just ten miles away from the ground, it appears we as the fans can rest assure, he knows whats best for our club. 

In his playing days: Howe celebrates one of his twelve goals

His career began with the Cherries at the tender age of 14, before signing professionally for a club he would make over 271 appearances for. A promising centre-half, Howe made a number of England under-21 squads, appearing once as a substitute. Few could blame Howe and the club when legendary manager Harry Redknapp came calling. The than Portsmouth boss paid over £400,000 for Howe’s services, yet injuries plagued his time at Fratton Park and Eddie managed just two games before returning to the club and the fans he adored. 

A lot was said when Bournemouth decided to make Eddie Howe their manager in January 2009, but the trust put into the man who was to become the youngest manager in the Football league at the age of 32 has paid off, as his record below speaks volumes.

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Bournemouth  England 03 January 2009 Present 71 37 11 23 52.11

Few Cherry fans can forget the fantastic start to the season we had, with eight wins from nine games. The job Howe has done this season is unbelievable, when you consider the club was under a transfer embargo, which prevented them from signing anyone even on-loan, the financial obscurity surrounding the club all season and at times he could only manage two substitutes…! It’s little wonder championship clubs such as Bristol City and Peterborough have been looking at him.

So come Saturday and Burton away when Eddie can make history by becoming the youngest manager to lead a team to promotion and he deserves every inch of praise he recieves for not only his terrific management this season but for his loyalty to a club so close to his heart.

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Harry Redknapp Tribute: 1972-1992

Posted in Bournemouth Blog with tags , , , , , , , on March 12, 2010 by hoare89

By Joshua Hoare

Bad hair day: Harry rejoins the Cherries in 1982

The south coast is where Harry Redknapp would regard his home. His swanky five bedroom apartment over-looking sandbanks beach in Bournemouth,  offers ‘Arry the tranquillity to unwind and the escapism from the stresses of everyday football management.

It is no surprise that three of the five clubs, he has managed are located in the region. From disappointment of relegation with Southampton in 2004, to winning the FA Cup with Portsmouth in 2008, it is the ‘Redknapp revolution’ that has left many tipping him to become the next England manager after Fabio Capello. But it was at my club AFC Bournemouth, where Harry Redknapp firstly played (1972-76) and then managed (1983-1992) made his name. In a career spanning over 46 years and 1472 games; I would like to pay tribute with this piece, to one of the finest English managers this country as ever produced.

Home sweet home: Harry's house on sandbanks beach

As player Harry’s love for the cherries saw him spend two stints at the club. He managed over 114 games for the cherries in four seasons at Dean Court; but his first spell was largely plagued with injury, with the midfielder breaking his leg in his final season. However, there were plenty of memorable moments, with Redknapp managing to bag 6 goals for the south coast outfit. He later would play for Brentford and Seattle Sounders (USA) before returning in 1982-83 season.

Player to Manager: Harry takes over the reins at his beloved Bournemouth

Management has propelled Harry Redknapp’s reputation. In his first season at the helm, Harry guided the Cherries to a shock FA Cup win over holders Manchester United in the third round. It was an unforgettable victory, further symbolizing the FA Cup’s renowned ‘giant-killing’ tradition.

On 7 January 1984 Harry Redknapp’s Bournemouth side, many of whom were free transfers or plucked from lower divisions. Nobody gave them a chance against then United boss Ron Atkinson.

Cup Kings: Bournemouth 2-0 Manchester United

But Milton Graham and Ian Thompson failed to read the script as the pair stole the headlines with goals either side of half time. The late BBC Radio reporter Peter Jones, overwhelmed by the eruption of crowd noise, simply commented: “Bournemouth are going mad here.” The occasion certainly propelled Harry Redknapp’s managing reputation.

The 1986–87 season was probably Harry’s finest, when his thinly assembled squad won the Third Division title amassing a club record 97 points as they held off the challenge of Middlesbrough. Despite only managing to survive a couple of seasons in the second tier of English football, Harry had won over the hearts of the Dean Court faithful.

All Time Legend Feature #2: Jermaine Defoe

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

By Joshua Hoare

The arrival of Jermaine Defoe at Bournemouth in the season of 2000-2001, was a career defining moment for the prolific England and Tottenham Hotspur striker. The youngster joined the cherries on loan for the season from West Ham, again managed by Harry Redknapp.

Record breaker: Defoe was an instant hit for the cherries

Defoe, scored an incredible 19 goals in 29 appearances, which prompted many to stand up and take notice of a future England star. But it was a goal scored by Defoe in a game against Cambridge away, that would propel the young Jermaine to stardom.

In the 64th minute, Defoe controlled a long ball down from Steve Fletcher, to round the keeper and score his 10th consecutive goal for the Cherries, equalling John Aldridge’s post-war record set in 1988, only the great Dixie Dean (12) and Pele (14) have scored more consecutively at any competitive level.

West Ham manager Harry Redknapp tipped him for stardom, saying, “He’s done great. I sent him out to Bournemouth to get some experience playing league football and he’s coped marvellously. To score 10 goals in 10 games is a terrific achievement.

“He’s a bright lad who’s full of confidence. Nothing knocks him, he’s a typical goal-scorer. If he misses, he’ll be there the next time looking for a goal. He’s a kid with a big future.”

Since that wonderful season on the south coast, Defoe has simply not looked back, scoring over 167 times in 390 appearances for West Ham, Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur respectively (2 spells).

Harry's Gem: Back amongst the goals at White Hart Lane under Redknapp

Defoe has won over 40 caps for England, scoring 11 goals in the process, incidently his footballing career began at local Sunday league side Senrab, based in London, the side has produced players such as Lee Bowyer, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Ledley King.

But it is the special relationship that Defoe has formed with Harry Redknapp that has ignited his career. The pair have worked at West Ham, Portsmouth and now  Tottenham. And Defoe could not speak more highly of his mentor. ‘That’s why Harry Redknapp is such a great manager. You can speak to him about anything and you feel relaxed.’

Defoe will be remembered at Dean Court for his goals, his pace and his records. A wonderful player who has blossomed into one of England’s most feared strikers. A predator that recieves a 9 scoring in the legend charts for his influence and affection he created with Cherries fans all over the land.

Bournemouth Legend Rating:   9/10