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Eddie ‘Howdini’: League One, Saints and PFA annoyance…

Posted in Bournemouth Blog with tags , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by hoare89

Champagne Cherries: Dressing room celebrations after 2-0 win over Burton

By Joshua Hoare

AFC Bournemouth dared to dream playing League One football next season, but against all the odds, promotion was achieved on Saturday thanks to goals from Brett Pitman and Alan Connell. Season 2009/10 will go down as one of the Cherries finest, possibly the club’s greatest? and now the reds and gaffer Eddie Howe can look forward to a visit to St.Marys next season to face Southampton.

Its little surprise to know, there were grown men crying at the final whistle on Saturday, as the 1,750 fans who made the long trip up from the south coast invaded the Pirelli Stadium pitch. The players managed to hop into the executive seating area to escape the fans, but stayed outside to celebrate the success for over an hour after the game it is believed. What a fantastic tribute to the supporters, which further symbolises the close-knit togetherness between the fans and players, after all Bournemouth has always been known to be a family club.

Cherry chaps: (From left to right) Jason Pearce, Alan Connell and Brett Pitman

Saturday’s achievement was an exceptional turn of events for the cherries after two years of doom and gloom at the club. The football league have done more hinder than provide hope for the club and this was further echoed this week with the announcement of the PFA League Two Team of Year; evidently not a single Bournemouth player amongst the 16 man squad! Well, I suppose we should not be surprised, accolades do not come around a lot, but it would be nice to recognise the work some of the boys have done this season, considering the circumstances, i.e transfer embargo’s, debt, injuries and so on.

Loyal support: over 1,500 Cherry fans made the trip to Staffordshire

Mobbed: Pitman salutes the fans after his goal sent Cherries up

Brett Pitman has still got a chance to end the season as top goal scorer and he’s currently on 25 league goals for the season, with two games to go, he may just end a terrific season on an almighty high.

Just two games to go, first up Port Vale at Home on Saturday 1st May. Well its been a pleasure following the side on here and I hoped you have enjoyed reading my blog……What a season, hell of a rollercoaster ride….

WE ARE GOING UP……… 😉

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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 🙂

Automatic Anton: Cherries on course for promotion after win

Posted in Bournemouth Blog with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2010 by hoare89

Matchwinner: Anton Robinson nets the only goal

By Joshua Hoare

Anton Robinson marked his 50th football league appearance for Bournemouth with a goal to beat Morecambe 1-0 on Saturday at Dean Court. The win ensured the Cherries remain in the trio at the top for automatic promotion.

On a weekend of major awards and accolades, how fitting it was that the reds put in a golden performance to convince the critics, they can stay in the hunt as the season draws to an end. I must admit I have been following Josh McQuoid’s breakthrough this season and as a good namesake goes, he hasnt disappointed. The U21s Northern Ireland midfielder had a brilliant game and on another day could well have helped himself to a hat trick.

We don’t play now till Notts County on the 15th March, a game which could effectively decide whether we go up or not, as County themselves have rediscovered their form after a turbulent season on and off the field.

But take nothing away from the lads and Eddie Howe, who has worked wonders with this side, and I have said before on a shoe string budget, so fair play. The news that Goalkeeper Shwan Jalal has signed a new two year deal today is also a great step forward for the club, tying players down has been a particular issue in the past, when the likes of Elliott, Hayter and O’Connor left on frees, it lost the club around £3m in transfer income. So full marks go to the board, even though HMS Revenues want £300,000 by the end of the month!

New Contract: Shwan Jalal signs two-year deal

I think its fair to say anyone of five teams, (us, Chesterfield, Notts County, Bury and Rotherham) can go up this season, it says a lot for the competiveness of League Two! Home form from now on and in, is going to be absolutely crucial, keeping Pittman, Pearce and Feeney fit will also help.

With home games against Accrington, Hereford, Darlington, Bradford and Port Vale, we must take at least 12 points from these games to have any chance. All these teams are in the middle or bottom half of the table so they are win-able. Trips to Rochdale and Chesterfield (last game of the season) are going to be decisive.

It always appears to end up being a nail biting end to the season for us, for once a positive outcome may be achieved, however we never make things easy for ourselves, but than would you want it any other way?

Keep reading for more features this week on Bournemouth ‘legends’ and enjoy the Blog!  🙂