Bournemouth’s climb into the Premier League from the lowest reaches of the ladder is nothing short of remarkable and for this small South Coast club, that’s a great achievement in itself. The Cherries have an ambitious young manager in Eddie Howe and he, along with all the fans, will want to keep improving.
As an established Premier League side that likes to play attractive football, Bournemouth will also get plenty of live TV coverage and as we keep seeing, that leads to attention from the bookmakers in regards to enhanced odds promos and price boosts. Here’s what we can expect from those deals along with a little more info on Bournemouth Football Club.
Bournemouth’s history is slightly unusual because, unlike the majority of other clubs, no-one is exactly sure as to when they were formed. We do know that they evolved out of the team that was known as Boscombe FC and there is a record of football being played in 1899 but it’s likely that this club was incepted much sooner.
During those early days, the club competed at various amateur levels and then made their entrance into the FA Cup in 1913. Following the end of global hostilities in 1918, Boscombe continued and were eventually accepted into the newly formed Third Division South in 1920.
As a professional club, they enjoyed moderate success but the next notable landmark came with a change of name. In 1923, it was decided that they should represent their wider area and were subsequently renamed as Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic FC. In time, they would become the team with the longest continuous record in the third division and during that period the club claimed its first trophy by beating Walsall in the final of the Third Division (South) Cup.
We move ahead now to 1972 and another name change to AFC Bournemouth. All the time, the club made little impression on domestic competitions although notable wins were achieved. An 11-0 FA Cup win over non-league Margate featured nine goals from the prolific Ted MacDougall and then, in 1984, Harry Redknapp’s team beat the great Manchester United in the same competition.
A decline was just around the corner however and in 2008, Bournemouth were placed in administration. They were handed a 10 point deduction as a result and nearly dropped back into Non League Football. They only avoided that drop on the last day of the 2008/09 season by beating Grimsby Town 2-1.
This is why Bournemouth’s rise into the Premier League is so remarkable and it’s largely down to the drive and talent of manager Eddie Howe. Champions of the EFL Championship in 2014/15, the club’s fans will be hoping that their stay in the top flight is an extended one.
For much of their existence, Bournemouth have played outside of the top flight in England so it could legitimately be argued that their strongest period as a club is happening right now. The Cherries haven’t won a major honour across their long history but they have won divisional titles at the lower levels.
The most notable of those wins saw the Cherries take the Championship Title in 2014/15 before starting life as a Premier League club for the very first time. Some of those players have stayed with the club while manager Eddie Howe has strengthened with others who have greater top flight experience.
That major trophy continues to elude them but when you consider how far the club has come since going into administration in 2008/09, it’s hard to argue against the theory that this is the strongest period in their history.
Here is AFC Bournemouth’s record in England’s major competitions across the last few seasons.
|Premier League and Championship
|Round of 32
|Champions of EFL Championship – Promoted to Premier League
Those figures show that after taking a while to settle into life in the Premier League, Bournemouth had a comfortable campaign in 2016/17. Based on that progression, a new target would be to take aim at the Europa League places but after a slow start to the new 2017/18 campaign, thoughts may just turn back to EPL survival for this club.
There hasn’t been too much progression in the knockout competitions with the notable exception being that quarter final appearance in the EFL Cup in 2014/15. That’s the stage where bookmakers’ offers start to drop in but the majority of Bournemouth price boosts will land for live Premier League games.
In that 2016/17 season that resulted in a 9th placed finish, Bournemouth were grateful to Josh King for the goals that took them up the table. The Norwegian international finished the campaign with a healthy record of 16 goals in 36 matches and while things have been a little slower in 2017/18, King remains a vital player for Howe and his team.
Any Bournemouth enhanced offers that fall on individual players may well land at King’s door but for the new season, the Norwegian has a prolific team mate on hand. When Jermain Defoe was sent out on loan to Bournemouth in the 2000/01 season, he equalled a long standing league record by scoring in ten consecutive matches. Defoe went on to enjoy a long career in the top flight and now he’s back on the South Coast and is obviously an important part of the set up.
In goal, Howe has made a shrewd acquisition by bringing in Asmir Begovic who has previously played with Chelsea and Stoke. The keeper is vital to survival but the majority of Bournemouth’s enhanced odds offers are likely to take in either Defoe or King.
It’s been a long and sometimes bumpy ride but Bournemouth are now in the top flight and have been a welcome addition to the Premier League family.