Bournemouth Football Club was formed just before the turn of the 20th century in 1899 – then being known as Boscombe St. John’s Institute Football Club. This then became Bournemouth and Boscombe Football Club in 1923, before the modern name of AFC Bournemouth was selected in 1972. The club has spent the majority of their history flirting in between the third and fourth tier of English football, but have risen to become an established Premier League club over the course of this decade.
Bournemouth plays their home games at the Vitality Stadium, previously named Dean Court, which is the smallest Premier League ground at this moment in time with a capacity of 11,329.
Bournemouth Football Club Honours
Their list of honours is not as esteemed as some other Premier League sides, with their success coming in the lower leagues of English football. They were crowned winners of the Championship in 2015, which to date remains the club’s biggest achievement. They have also won the Third Division title once, whilst also finishing as runners-up on two occasions. Bournemouth has never won the Fourth Division title in their history, but they have been promoted from the division on four separate occasions and won the Football League Trophy in 1984.
AFC Bournemouth Managerial History
Harry Redknapp made his name as a football manager during a successful nine-year stint at Dean Court, enjoying a spell that lasted from 1983 to 1992. Within his first season in charge, Redknapp guided the Cherries to safety from relegation from the Fourth Division of English football, whilst also taking charge of what many still consider to this day to be the club’s greatest ever result. Bournemouth upset FA Cup holders Manchester United by knocking them out of the competition in 1984 with a 2-0 win at Dean Court. Milton Graham and Ian Thompson were Bournemouth’s goal scorers on the day, with that result sparking a successful period for Bournemouth.
Under Redknapp, they won promotion to the Third Division and went on to win the Third Division title with a club record 97 points in 1987. It was the first time the club had reached the second tier of English Football and they spent two seasons there before suffering relegation.
The club became more noted for off-field issues in 2008, with the club almost forced into liquidation following a series of financial problems. They were first given a 10-point deduction, before then being handed a 17-point deduction at the beginning of the following campaign. Former player Eddie Howe took over and he remarkably kept the club away from relegation to the Conference. Howe then won promotion to League One the following season, which led to interest from Championship club Burnley, though he returned to Dorset in the 2012/13 campaign and took the club into the Championship in his first season back at the club.
Bournemouth’s incredible rise continued as they then won promotion to the Premier League in their second season back in the second tier. Howe took a number of players from his League One promotion side into the Premier League, including the likes of Simon Francis, Steve Cook, Marc Pugh, Harry Arter, Charlie Daniels, Tommy Elphick, Ryan Fraser, Matt Ritchie and Eunan O’Kane. Bournemouth’s peak came in the 2016/17 campaign when they finished 9th in the Premier League table.