Bournemouth, on the South Coast of England, has been famed since Victorian times as a seaside resort, one which was transformed from a sleepy village by the arrival of the railway. It has been renowned for its long stretch of sandy beach and for a wealth of hotel accommodation but never until recently as a hotbed of Premier League football.
However since August 2015, all that has changed. Under their youthful manager Eddie Howe, Bournemouth had won the Championship title and promotion to English football’s top tier much to the bemusement of the football world which had regarded Bournemouth as a pleasant footballing backwater, usually languishing in one of the lower divisions.
The history of the club was one of struggle, on and off the field. Starting off at the end of the 19th century playing in a junior league as Boscombe FC (Boscombe being the resort which nestles on the eastern edge of the town) and only graduating to senior status as an amateur side in 1905. Presented with a long lease on wasteland to transform into a football ground in Dean Park, Bournemouth, the team acquired the nickname of the Cherries because of the colour of their football shirts – although some suggest that the name was due to cherry trees in the estate near the ground. Although the team competed in the FA Cup in 1913, it was not until ten years later that the renamed Bournemouth and Boscombe joined the Third Division of the Football League. They remained in that division for an unbroken period of sixty four years.-
In 1972 the name was changed to the current more streamlined AFC Bournemouth and in 1987 the club at last escaped the clutches of the Third Division and reached the Second Division (equivalent to today’s Championship). The following year they reached 12th place – the highest final slot they were to occupy until – following nearly three decades of declining fortunes and extreme financial pressures – the Club hit the big time.
If Bournemouth surprised everyone with winning the Championship, unlike many promoted clubs they made a very good start to their life in the Premier League and although this tailed off towards the end of the season, they ended in 16th reasonably comfortably away from the bottom three.
Their strength was reflected in their two top scorers Josh King formerly of Blackburn Rovers (6) and Callum Wilson, from Coventry. Among the results that their fans will have most enjoyed was an early season 4-2 thrashing of West Ham and three consecutive late season victories which helped to ensure that the Cherries would remain a Premier League club: 2-0 at home to local rivals Southampton, 3-1 away to ultimately relegated Newcastle and a narrower but still significant 3-2 win over Swansea.
Bournemouth has always been a delightful place to visit and now the discerning football follower should be heading south as well.
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