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All Time Legend Feature #5: Ted MacDougall

Posted in Bournemouth Blog with tags , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2010 by hoare89
  • Happy down south: Ted MacDougall scored over 126 times for the Cherries

    By Joshua Hoare:

    THERE are fewer players who can compare to Ted MacDougall’s goal scoring ability during their footballing playing days. An old-fashioned ‘fox in the box’, MacDougall bagged 126 goals in just 165 appearances for the Cherries. He would later make over 5oo appearances, scoring 256 goals for eight clubs, including seven international caps and three goals for Scotland. 

    But it was MacDougall’s spell on the South coast where he made his name. ‘SuperMac’ as he was nicknamed netted forty-two times in the 1970-71 season, with his partnership with Phil Boyer blossoming, the pair helped Bournemouth gain promotion from what was than known as Division Four (now League Two). But the 1971-72 season was where both Boyer and particularly MacDougall began to make the headlines and even history. 

    In an FA Cup tie on 20th November 1971, SuperMac hit nine goals in the Cherries 11–0 win over Margate. MacDougall scored five in the first half, at which point the Margate boss jokingly asked for him to be subbed! And another four after the interval. It is and remains the largest-ever individual haul of goals by any player in a FA Cup match. 

    So what made SuperMac so great? Well his goals of course and lots of them, but many Cherries fans will remember him for his loyalty to the club especially when few of the big clubs came calling. His transfer to Manchester United in 1972 for what was than a record £200,000 was impossible to refuse for a player destined for the top. 

    But MacDougall excited all those fortunate enough to see him play at Dean Court, a prolific goal scorer will always go down in Cherry folklore for his nine goal haul and particularly his flying headers as seen (below) 

    All Time Legend Rating: 9/10

    Flying Scotsman: 'SuperMac' nets a trademark diving header

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    All Time Legend Feature #1: Rio Ferdinand

    Posted in Bournemouth Blog with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2010 by hoare89
    By Joshua Hoare
    In 1996-97 season, than West Ham boss Harry Redknapp loaned Bournemouth a future star. A young and raw centre half, known by the name of Rio, would ten years later become one of the most reconginsed and highly regarded defenders in the game.

    Bournemouth Boy: Rio makes the grade at Dean Court

    A seventeen-year-old, Rio Ferdinand played just eleven games for the Cherries in what was then known as the Second Division, He is the current Manchester United captain and now due to John Terry’s infidelity, Rio will captain England at this years Fifa World Cup Finals.

    When asked on his brief Bournemouth spell, Rio was full of praise for the South coast club – ‘One of the best things he (Harry Redknapp) ever did for me was to send me out on loan to Bournemouth. I wasn’t sure at the time but he stressed that it would be good for me and it was the turning point in my career.’

    Rio Ferdinand has become one the finest centre halves this country has ever produced, having played 214 times for Manchester United, scoring 6 goals as well as earning 76 caps for England, scoring 3 goals.

    His Club honours at Manchester United includes:

    Premier League: 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09

    Football League Cup: 2006, 2009

    FA Community Shield: 2003, 2007, 2008

    UEFA Champions League: 2007–08

    FIFA Club World Cup: 2008

    England calling: Rio will captain England this summer

    But Rio, best known for his jokes and ‘banter’, with the boy from Peckham even having his own wind up show in 2006,

    which aired out on ITV before the World Cup in Germany.

    Here, David Beckham gets ‘merked’ as Rio likes to call it, I wonder what Fabio Capello made of all this?

    Bournemouth Legend rating:  6/10