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.
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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