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 Cherries latest opponent, 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 – WATFORD.
THE LAST TIME WE MET
JAN 30th 2014 – CHAMPIONSHIP
AFC BOURNEMOUTH 2 WATFORD 0
AFC Bournemouth and Watford are no strangers. We have played the Hornets over a 100 times. Must mean they have spent a lot of time in the lower leagues as well.
The last we met will be fresh in the memory of Bournemouth and Watford fans. It was a Friday night (thanks Sky), the ref was a homer 🙂 with Angella being sent off in the 1st minute (deservedly so of course) and the Cherries getting a penalty in the 35th minute ensuring they went in at the break one goal up and one man up. With a mountain to climb in the second half It was almost inevitable the home side would capitalise and they did in the 57th minute with a Matt Ritchie goal. The beauty of being in the Championship is that the highlights were always on YouTube and here they are.
“A penalty in the 35th minute ensured the Cherries went in at the break one goal up and one man up”
The 2013/2014 saw Gabrielle Angella grab the headlines again in a 1-1 home draw, scoring in the first half and getting sent off in the second half. A League Cup game away saw a 2-0 loss which cam just weeks after a 6-1 thrashing at Vicarage Road. Who scored for the Cherries? Lews Grabban in the 29th minute to see the Cherries go in 1-1 at half-time.
Ten years previously a Carling Cup game saw the Cherries 1-0 away, before that it was the 1997/98 season when the two met. Three consecutive seasons saw the Cherries come out on top just once with a 1-0 victory at Vicarage Road thanks to an Ian Cox header (can still remember it).
The vast bulk of the 107 games were played pre-1977/78 season with both teams spending much of their existence in the bottom two tiers of English Football. The Cherries biggest win was a 6-0 victory way back in 1927 in Division 3 (South). Two seasons later the highest-scoring game was a 6-4 home victory to the Cherries.
FIVE FAN SITES
GLORYHORNS – GloryHorns is run by a dedicated group of fans and offers news and forum
WATFORD MAD – Part of the network, with news features and information
WATFORD OBSERVER – Up-to-date news from the local paper
BHaPPY – Season previews and Pemier League match reports
HARRYAT HORNET – Fan sites, apparently its not just about the football
FIVE TO FOLLOW
@WatfordFC_news – Watford FC news from the fans
@VitalWatford – A #WatfordFC site by & for fans.
@WFCforums – Fans forum with plenty of news, debate and off-topic fun On loan from Udinese.
@watfordpodcast – A Watford FC podcast made by fans, for fans.