The Rise of A.F.C Bournemouth

A.F.C Bournemouth will be playing Premier League football for the first time in their history next season after winning The Championship. Bournemouth were confirmed as Champions on the final day of the season. They won 3-0 away to Charlton Athletic while Watford, who went into the last game of the season top of the table, could only draw 1-1 at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

Who Are Bournemouth 

Bournemouth were originally known as Boscombe Football Club when they originally formed in 1899, the exact date of their formation isn’t known, they were formed out of the remains of Boscombe St. John’s Lads Institute Football Club. In their first season in 1899/1900 Boscombe F.C competed in the Bournemouth and District Junior League. In their first two seasons they played their home matches on a pitch Castlemain Avenue, Pokesdown. From their third season onwards they moved to a pitch in King’s Park. By the start of the 1905/06 season Boscombe F.C had graduated to senior amateur football.

In 1910 the club granted a long lease on some wasteland next to King’s Park by their President Mr J.E. Cooper-Dean, this was to become their home ground and was named Dean Court, Bournemouth still play their home at Dean Court to this day. Also in 1910 Boscombe F.C signed their first professional player (B. Penton). To make the club more representative of the district they were rename Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic Football Club in 1923. In 1923 they were also elected to the Football League. Bournemouth struggled in the football league before eventually establishing themselves as a Third Division Club. They remain the longest continuous member of the Third Division.

1972 they the adopted the more streamlined name of A.F.C Bournemouth, as this the manager was John Bond, Bond would go on to manager Norwich City and Manchester City. Harry Redknapp a player at Bournemouth under Bond would return to the club initially as assistant manager at the start of the 1982/83 season. Redknapp was hired as Bournemouth manager in October 1983 having initially been overlooked for the job. In Redknapp’s first season in charge, he guided Bournemouth to a famous Fa Cup victory over then holders Manchester United. Redknapp then took the club into the second tier of English football for the first time by winning the Third Division Championship in the 1986/87 season. Bournemouth were relegated back to the Third Division on the final day of the 1989/90 season.

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