Before we start, let’s get one thing clear, this article is about Athletic Football Club Bournemouth or AFC Bournemouth. Although the Club is more commonly known as Bournemouth, the Cherries. And should not get confused with the 9th Division Club, Bournemouth F.C, the Poppies. With that out of the way, to find the home of AFC Bournemouth you need to travel to the suburb of Dorset, more precise Boscombe, Kings Park. Where the first mention happens as Boscombe St. John’s Institute FC in 1890, until 1899 when they took the name Boscombe FC, that later got changed to Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic F.C in 1923. And finally taking on the name, we knew today in 1972. With all the name specific clear as crystal, let’s find out the Clubs kit, triumphs, and other interesting facts.
UEFA club coefficient ranking
At current standings, the Club lacks European competition record to pinpoint a position in the UEFA club ranking accurately. Plus, it has taken the Club 125 years to reach the highest division in England. However, domestically they place somewhere in between Brighton & Hove Albion and Birmingham City. So, lets instead move on to the next topic, Premier League titles.
How many times have Bournemouth won the Premier League title?
As you might have figured out by now, the Club has so far yet not championed the rest of the Premier League teams. And so far the Club has frequently laid claim to the mid to lower end of the fixture since the first season (2015/16) of the EPL. Where they recorded there best performance 2016/17 on a 9th place, on that note, let’s see where the Club has excelled and conquered its opponents.
Titles, Trophies, and Triumphs by Bournemouth
In no particular order, we can see that the Club raised the trophy 1-time as the champion in the Football League Championship (2014/15). That ultimately gave them the entry to the English Premier League. And 1 time in Football League One (1986/87). Other first-place positions are Football League Trophy (1983/84) and Football League Third Division South Cup (1945/46). Other than that, the history reveals that the Club has been Runner-up on multiple occasions. Like, in League Two (1970/71, 2009/10), and League One (1947/48, 2012/13). But also in Southern League (1922/23) and Football League Trophy (1997/98).
Kit and colours
The home kit and its black and dominant red colours were first introduced in 1971. And according to Club historians, it inspires from the Italian football-Club A.C. Milan’s strips. That has remained ever since in different variations and design. Which for the last couple of years has featured a prominent bookmaker in the UK, that got extended for 4 more years starting from season 2019/20. And for the away Kit, it was recently revealed that it would consist of all dark blue colours Shirt, shorts, and socks. Now, for the third kit, It features a green shade the Club like to call “sharp green” that is the predominant colour on the shirt and socks. While the pants are blue with a thin stripe of green running slightly diagonal on the bottom.
Bournemouth’s social responsibilities
The Clubs involves in many community projects in and surrounding areas in Dorset locations. Like Christchurch, Poole, and of course Bournemouth, to mention a few. For instance, in the last 3 year, the organisation’s Care South and the AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust have focused on activities that cater to the elders in different care facilities. But they also like to foster the new age group of young footballers in there Mini-Cherries football sessions. Teaching the young ones early the importance of communication and teamwork. While it also improves balance, motor skills, and coordination. Plus it intends to give the 1 to 3-year-olds an appreciation for the game. Besides all this, they also organise soccer camps for many of the holidays in the UK.
Stadiums and capacity
If we say, Dean Court, any fan of the Club, automatically know what we are talking about. However, the arena has had many names during its existence, due to financial arrangments. Amongst the name, we find Fitness First Stadium, Seward Stadium, and Goldsands Stadium. And the latest was for the entry to the EPL in 2015/16, where the stadium took the name Vitality. At its current capacity its seats 11,329 spectators. However, the plans for extending the limit has figured in many discussions, but yet not bared any fruit. And in 2016 they intended to build a new stadium, that later got retracted due to a “rethink on the investment.”
Bournemouth transfers and rumours
Bournemouth’s fan base
The might be relatively new to the Premier League, yet the support the Club gets is quite big. With official fan branches from all around the world, like Australia, Canada, and Russia, to name some of them. Plus, according to organisers and public records, the “Cherries” are the best-behaved supporters currently in the Premier League.
Women football in Bournemouth
The Club has a decent strong presence of Women football in its vertical. Where the women’s teams recently added a page in the Clubs history books by make it through the main draw in the FA Cup, or as it also knows as SSE Women’s FA Cup. Overall the performance of the current Women’s team gives the rest of the Clubs a run for their money.
Stakeholders and other financial interests in Bournemouth
One person owns the Club, AFC Bournemouth Limited as such in a single entity controlled asset setup. Where the interest and financial support comes from a Russian billionaire, Maxim Demin and his AFCB Enterprises Ltd. Plus, the Club does have over 60 other regional, national, and international business partners. Including an online sportsbook operator, football and sportswear supplier, and a telecommunications company amongst others.
Fun facts and other pub quiz trivia
Ever asked yourself where the nickname “The Cherries” comes from. Well, there are two popular believes floating around out there. First, they obtained the name due to the Cherry-like colour on the shirts they play in. Secondly, they got the name from where the stadium locates, that was next to one of the founding fathers of the city Bournemouth, the Cooper Dean estate. That according to local history, had an abundance of cherry trees. Also, the stadium Dean Court is currently the smallest football grounds in the English Premier League. Only seating 11,329, compared to the biggest, Old Trafford’s and it’s capacity of 74,879. Did you know that the legendary football player George Best ended his professional football career in Bournemouth? When he signed on to play for the season 1982/83 in the Third Division.