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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


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