The Cherries journey into the the Premiership for the very first time means that AFC Bournemouth will be mixing with the English elite on level terms every week.
Here we get take a look at AFC Bournemouth’s head to head record with the opponents, pick the best fans sites for essential info and five to follow, and banter with, on Twitter. We continue the ‘Premier League we’re having a laugh’ series with – STOKE CITY.
THE LAST TIME WE MET
JAN 26th 2003 – FA CUP
STOKE 3 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 0
Back in 2003 AFC Bournemouth were residing at the bottom of the football league pyramid while Stoke City were slugging it out in the second tier. It was the FA Cup that brought the two teams together in the fourth round.
The Cherries lost that day but only after goalkeeper Chris Tardif was sent off. Gareth Stewart replaced Tardif but the Cherries never recovered as Stoke stuck two more past the Stewart. It was only the season before that the two met in the league with both teams grabbing home wins. The Cherries went 3-0 up with goals from Stephen Purches, Richard Hughes and Warren Feeney beofre Stoke replied. Away from home it was a routine 2-0 win with Shaun Maher sending the home side on thier way.
“The 1998/99 season saw AFC Bournemouth get their biggest victory against the Potters with a 4-0 win”
The 2000/2001 season saw home wins once again with Jermain Defoe getting the winner in a 1-0 victory and the single goal in at 2-1 away defeat. The 1999/2000 season saw an 1-0 away loss and a 1-1 home draw with Steve Robinson getting the solitary Cherries goal. The 1998/99 season saw AFC Bournemouth get their biggest victory against the Potters with a 4-0 win. With the Cherries 2-0 up thanks to goals from Supa Fletch, it was a red card for each side on the stroke of half-time. Robinson and Hayter added another 2 in the space of five minutes. The Cherries lost 2-0 away from home.
Previous to this the two teams met in the league in the 92/93, 92/91, 91/90, 89/90, 88/89. 87/88 seasons with the Cherries accumulating just 2 wins and 5 draws out of 13 games. The only other meeting between the two sides was in the League Cup in the 1963/64 season. The Cherries lost 2-1 with there goal coming from centre-forward Denis Coughlin.
FIVE FAN SITES
WE’LL BE WITH YOU – Bringing you exclusive interviews, videos, stories, news and nostalgia from Stoke City football club
THE OATCAKE – A Stoke City Fanzine Messageboard
STOKE CITY MAD – Unofficial site with news, reports, features, stats and more
4231 – Created by and for Stoke City fans.
STOKE CITY SUPPORTERS CLUB – A way for exiled Stoke City supporters in London and the south of England to get together and travel to matches
FIVE TO FOLLOW
@stokebuzztap – The latest Stoke City FC buzz from buzztap. Not officially associated with the Stoke City Football Club.
@Jamie15567 – Stoke fan, for my sins
@stokeupdates – Latest news and updates from Stoke City Football Club
@stokecity – Stoke City FC’s official Twitter account