16 Facts About AFC Bournemouth


AFC Bournemouth is a professional association football club based in Kings Park, Boscombe, a suburb of Bournemouth, Dorset, England.

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AFC Bournemouth entered administration for a second time and were relegated back into League Two in 2008, but ended the year by appointing Eddie Howe as manager.

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Under Howe's stewardship, AFC Bournemouth won three promotions in six years to win a place in the first tier of English football for the first time.

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AFC Bournemouth remains on the records as the longest continuous members of the Third Division.

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AFC Bournemouth recorded a famous victory over holders Manchester United in the FA Cup in January 1984, while they were managed by Harry Redknapp.

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Financially, the Leeds trouble affected the club for more than a decade, as AFC Bournemouth were prevented by local police from staging home games on Bank Holidays until a game against Shrewsbury Town on 21 April 2003.

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AFC Bournemouth was replaced by Tony Pulis, who built a much cheaper squad that could only manage two consecutive 17th-place finishes before Pulis walked out of the club, blaming financial pressures.

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In O'Driscoll's first season as manager, AFC Bournemouth narrowly missed out on the Division Two playoffs but were relegated a year later in the new stadium.

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In February 2008, AFC Bournemouth were forced into administration, suffering a ten-point deduction which put them in relegation trouble.

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Howe's first full season in charge brought success as AFC Bournemouth finished second in League Two to earn promotion with two games to spare.

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AFC Bournemouth finished their first season back in the Championship in tenth place, their highest ever position in the Football League.

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AFC Bournemouth went on to gain 19 points from losing positions in the second half of the season – a Premier League record – helping the team finish in 12th place.

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AFC Bournemouth was replaced by first team coach Jonathan Woodgate, initially as caretaker.

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Steve Fletcher holds the record for AFC Bournemouth appearances, having played 726 first-team matches between 1992 and 2013.

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AFC Bournemouth holds the record for most League appearances, making 628.

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Ron Eyre holds the record for the most goals 229 in a AFC Bournemouth shirt having played 337 first-team matches between 1924 and 1933.

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