The Cherries - Bournemouth - Are rising again

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The Cherries - Bournemouth - Are rising again

Post by Chris » Sat Apr 24, 2010 11:25 pm



Great news today. Bournemouth having beaten Burton 2-0 away, finished in 3rd place of Div2, and has been promoted to Div1 for next season. It has been a long time since the Cherries have been up a notch or so, and will be playing the likes of the other Southern adversaries, like Southampton and Brighton and Yeovil. Well done the Cherries - AFC Bournemouth.

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Post by Chris » Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:42 am



Having had a great first season in Div1, AFC Bournemouth, The Cherries, lost out to Huddersfield in the play offs for promotion to the Championship Leaque. A great feat in itself, but alas not to happen this season. Retaining most of the team, AFCB will do that little bit better, hopefully, in the next season, and progress forward and upwards again.



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Re: The Cherries - Bournemouth - Are rising again

Post by DaveD » Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:10 pm

Why are they called The Cherries? Always ment to ask but never did. Do you remember Ken Bailey? Got some great photos of him in his John Bull outfit!

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Post by Chris » Fri Jun 17, 2011 3:08 pm



Hi Dave,

After enjoying many local successes, they joined the Hampshire League and were attracting large crowds. In 1910, Mr. J.E. Cooper-Dean (a local land owner) granted the club on a long lease some wasteland next to Kings Park. With their own ground, named Dean Court after the benefactor, the club continued to thrive and dominated the local football scene. It was around this time that the club gained the nickname, 'The Cherries'. There are two main stories on to why the club would be called such a name. Firstly the Cherry Red striped shirts the side wore and secondly, Dean Court was built next to the Cooper-Dean estate which included many Cherry Orchards.

I remember Ken Bailey very well. Always the main stay at Dean Court, and attended every match, both home and away. He even was seen at Wembley when England played there. He was a local man, living in an exclusive part of the town at Branksome Wood, owning his own luxury flat. Some people thought ill of him, becaause of bad and unfounded rumours, but in the main he was the stalwart of the town, and raised lots of money for local charities. We use to run down to the pitch edge barriers and ask him for the expected score, he was normally right. It was a sad day when he passed away.

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Re: The Cherries - Bournemouth - Are rising again

Post by DaveD » Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:35 pm

Going to see the Panto one Christmas (1987?) we met him and he allowed me to photo my two young sons one each side of him! To be honest he was a much respected gent in our part of the woods (Southbourne). A sad day indeed for a character such as Ken passing away.

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