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AFC Bournemouth is a professional football club in Bournemouth, Dorset, that play in the Premier League, the top tier of the English football league. Formed in 1890 as Boscombe St. John's Institute F.C., the club adopted their current name in 1972. Nicknamed The Cherries, since 1910 Bournemouth have played their home games at Dean Court.

Bournemouth have spent the majority of their history bouncing between the third and fourth tier of English football. Under manager Eddie Howe, they have risen through the pyramid; the 2015–16 season was AFC Bournemouth's first ever in England's top division.

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The team's colours have varied slightly throughout the club's history. Starting off playing in red and white stripes, Bournemouth have also played in all-red shirts, red with white sleeves, and mostly, since 1990, in red and black stripes.


The badge we see donned today on the black and cherry red shirts was first used from 1971 until 1981. The idea of it was to represent progress, and features the supposed silhouette of Dicky Dowsett’s head, a player who became a prolific goal scorer for the club during 1957-1962. It’s fair to say the current squad optimises that progress Dowsett stands for.

During the 1980s the crest design shortly featured two intertwined cherries, Bournemouth having earned this nickname due to the colours of their kit, and Dean Court originally being built next to a cherry orchard. But it was in 1983 that the crest returned to the one we know today.

Bournemouth's closest rivals are know to be Southampton, Portsmouth, Brighton and Hove Albion, Yeovil Town and also Reading.

  • Championship: 2014–15
  • League One: 1986–87
  • Play-off winners: 2002–03
  • Football League Trophy: 1983–84
  • Football League Third Division South Cup: 1945–46
  • On 25 October 2014, Bournemouth won 8–0 away at St. Andrew's against Birmingham City. It was the first time that the Cherries had ever scored eight goals in a league game and their largest winning margin in the league (barring a 10–0 win over Northampton Town in September 1939, which was discounted after the league was abandoned due to the Second World War).
  • Bournemouth's first ever game in the top flight of English football was a 1–0 defeat home to Aston Villa played on 8 August 2015.
  • In preparation for the following season, Howe signed Aké permanently for a club-record fee, while Asmir Begović and Jermain Defoe also signed deals at Dean Court.
  • The season began poorly, with the team losing their first 4 matches. However, a run of good form through late December and January saw them steer clear the relegation zone, and saw Howe earn his second Premier League Manager of the Month award.
  • They won 2–1 at home against Arsenal, had a 3–0 victory at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea and gained 19 points from losing positions in the second half of the season; a Premier League Record. The team battled inconsistent form the rest of the season, but still managed a 12th place finish.
  • Edward John Frank Howe (born 29 November 1977) is an English professional football manager and former player. A defender before retirement who spent much of his career at Bournemouth, he was the youngest manager in the Football League when appointed Bournemouth manager in January 2009. Howe rescued Bournemouth from relegation out of the Football League in his first season in charge, after the club started the season on minus 17 points, then led them to promotion the next. After a brief spell as manager at Burnley, Howe returned to Bournemouth and led them to two further promotions in three seasons resulting in the club playing in the top flight of English football for the first time in their history.
  • Edward John "Ted" MacDougall (born 8 January 1947 in Inverness) is a Scottish former footballer. MacDougall was a prolific goalscorer who played for eight teams, scoring 256 goals in 535 League appearances and winning seven full international caps for Scotland.

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