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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!


All Time Legend Feature #4: Steve Fletcher

Posted in Bournemouth Blog with tags , , , , , , , on March 25, 2010 by hoare89

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