Ian Bishop wore Number 10 and sent a single season with AFC Bournemouth back in the heady days of Harry Redknapp and Division Two football.
He played 44 times in the league scoring twice. His first goal, at home to Ipswich in October 1988, proved to be the winner in a 1-0 victory in front of just under 7000.
BORN: 29 May 1965 | BIRTHPLACE: Liverpool, England | AFCB CAREER: 1988–1989 – Apps: 44 – Goals – 2
TEAMS PLAYED FOR: Everton, Crewe, Carlisle, Man City, West Ham, Miami Fusion, Barry Town, Rochdale, Radcliffe Borough, New Orleans Shell Shockers
THE SOUTH END TALKS TO IAN BISHOP
What are you up to these days? Are you still involved in football?
I have been living and coaching in Florida’s youth football for the past 8 years. I have had a number of my players over to England to be looked at by professional clubs. There is some talented youngsters here.
What was the story behind you signing for AFC Bournemouth?
I had been relegated with Carlisle two consecutive seasons and found myself in the 4th division. My contract was ending and I decided to decline a new one with the chance of playing at a higher level. I had a good offer from Bradford at the time and was thinking over my options.
Out of the blue I received a phone call from Harry. At the time of the phone call I didn’t even know what division the club was in. I decided to travel down and talk to him. He hid me away in the Highcliffe for the weekend and told me not to have any contact with my manager as he thought he would give me a better offer. I agreed terms and shook his hand.
Out of courtesy I travelled North and met my manager at a service station. He did give me an improved offer and also said that Bradford had upped their offer also. I told him that I had shook on a deal and could not break my word. The rest is history!
What was highlight in your season as AFC Bournemouth?
I think the cup run was great, but I don’t remember a down side to any of it, it was all too short. We had a great bunch of lads, terrific support and coaches who wanted you to express yourself. Every game was a big game for us and it created an excitement every week. We were in contention for the playoffs for most of the season and I don’t think anyone expected it… happy days.
You were always destined for better things when you were at Bournemouth. At the time at what level did you think your career would take you?
Everyone wants to play for their country and I was no exception. I believed it could happen, and was very disappointed with my limited time I got with the England B. Joe Royle quoted that I was the best player of my generation never to play for England, very nice of him.
You were reunited with ex-Cherries manager Harry Redknapp at West Ham. How would you describe him and his style of management?
Harry was a players man, he loved the attractive style of football, he has a love for the game being played the right way.
He gave me license to make my own decisions on the field. Even at West Ham, the only instruction he would give me was, ‘Bish, go and do your stuff’. He has achieved a lot in the game and whatever negatives are associated with him today,he changed the course of my career,and I will always be grateful to him and AFC Bournemouth for that.
MAN CITY 3 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 3 – 1989
Ian Bishop’s 43rd (of 44) league appearance came at Maine Road. The home side took a 3 goal half-time lead only to be pegged back by three 2nd half Cherries goals. Luther Blissett stepped up in injury time to force home a penalty and grab an unlikely point.
The 1988/89 season saw AFC Bournemouth paired with Manchester United in the 5th Round of the FA Cup. The first leg, at Dean Court, saw Trevor Aylott score in a 1-1 draw in front of 12500. The replay at Old Trafford was played in front of 52000 with a single goal from Mark Hughes.
GAMES PLAYED FOR AFC BOURNEMOUTH
Ian Bishop made 44 appearances in the league and 10 appearances in cup competitions
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*Goal scored by Ian Bishop