Q. How did your life-long association with the Cherries begin?
September 19th 1962 v Watford. We won 1-0, Charlie Crickmore scoring, I was 10, stood in the New Stand, and my father had me stood against the fence, I could just see over OK. What I remember is, getting into the shouting bit, as I thought it was great those around me letting rip, and as I did, this Watford defender hammered the ball into touch right over the top of my head, stupidly thinking he was aiming at me because I’d probably shouted out Come on Bournemouth or something. I loved the atmosphere (YES, I know we were talking New Stand), but it had me grabbed, and couldn’t wait until my father took me again…
Q. Who would be your first three inductees into a Cherries Hall of Fame?
INCREDIBLY difficult to answer!! It seems unfair to single 3 out, but ok, I’d have to have Ted McDougall (at the same time I could list several who could equally be included from that era). I’d have to say Fletch… If anyone had said during the first few years of Fletch joining us, I’d be saying that about him I’d of laughed, he used to drive me up the wall. Then things clicked into place and the rest is history as they say. A Colossus, a figure head like no other, and I can’t thank him enough for all he’s done and will continue to do.
Then you have Eddie Howe!! He was always loved by the fans as a player, not only because he was so technically good, but he was one of US!! When he left and sadly injured, we all thought, oh well, that’s that. I’d of loved to of seen him come back and play for us again some day. But as we know, it was better than that, well, just a bit, and I don’t believe that story has anywhere near run it’s course yet!!
Q. The most memorable match seen at Dean Court?
Oh good grief, SO MANY!! Old Dean Court… March 3rd 1987 beating Middlesbrough 3-1. I almost started to believe we MIGHT actually go up!! Beating Grimsby at home to ensure we stayed in the League, and of cause Fletch’s goal, WHAT a finale..
Q. Best ever goal seen at Dean Court?
Old Dean Court!! 1969 League Cup 1st round against Bristol Rovers. Ted was stood on the corner of the penalty area nearest the Main Stand, the ball was swung in across everyone in the box with it missing everyone and as Ted advanced, he met the ball full on the volley, it went right across the goal into the far corner. I just turned to a friend and said, “but our players don’t do that”!! It was his first of Oh so many…
Is Brett Pitman’s volley (1m 31s) against Burton Albion the best Cherries goal ever?
Then, it has to be Brett’s volley against Burton I believe, I think he must of been the ONLY person in the ground that had any idea what was about to happen, to just dolly the ball up and lash it from what?? 30 – 35 yards?? over the keeper into the net, was absolutely astonishing. To be honest, people from my generation who were lucky enough to see the Bond era, will rave about your Ted’s and Boyer’s. but Brett scores some incredible goals, in fact when you see some of the missed chances, I begin to think it only needs a few more of those to go in, and he’d be scoring at a level not seen since Ted, which is the biggest comment I think any AFCB forward could have…
Q. The best and worst ever Cherries kit?
The chequered one of around the 80’s awful!!
Q. The best and worst manager to have sat in the AFC Bournemouth hot seat?
Again, difficult to separate for various reasons, Harry obviously, the Bond era was astonishing, but no one has bettered Eddie. All he has done along with Jason is proper Roy of the Rovers stuff, and as I’ve said, the story is a long way from finished….
As for worst, MANY many low points, the end of the Cox era was dire, Hartley, Benson. Then others, Jimmy Quinn, I don’t personally add Kevin bond to that list, which might surprise many, I think he was a little unlucky in many ways. But I’d plump for Quinn as the worst…
Q. The best and worst player to have ever graced the lush green grass at Dean Court?
An even more impossible task to answer… Rio at 17, just Oooozzzed class, it was unbelievable to see, Jamie too, he got stick for being Arry’s son, but was class, Ted/Boyer, Bishop, Luther!! But my vote would be Defoe, good grief, what a player, and still is!!
Q. Most under-rated player to have pulled on a Cherries shirt?
In most cases it tends to be forwards who have come here on loan more often than not, and have absolute rubbish, then gone on and scored hatful’s elsewhere and against US, I think the one player who sticks out for me, would be Jamie Cureton, what career he’s had, but it didn’t happen for him here…
Q. The best player in the current Cherries squad?
WOW, what can I say that won’t get me blocked by others on Twitter besides Fletch LOL…
We have MANY many extremely talented players, you could name the whole squad. Pugh and Ritchie are obvious candidates, Ryan Fraser REALLY really excites me, the same can be said for Coulibaly, but sadly we’ve not seen enough of him yet to make such a judgement. But those that know me will be chocking on their coffee, because this player has frustrated me SO much in the past, but it would be Brett. Brett has such ability, he can score the impossible, if anything, his problem can be, missing the easier chances, and as I’ve said already, if he was doing that more often, he would be close to Ted status in my eyes, and who’s to say he won’t!!
Q. Which player, past or present, would you like to sit down and reminisce with?
Heck!! TED?? Arry?? Eddie?? they’ve been through all our exciting times, as well as low. But of cause we have Willo, and apart from John Bond’s time, he’s witnessed a huge amount during his association with the club as player and pundit. So probably Willo. That said, I get EXTREMELY emotional about all things AFCB, so thankfully, that’s not likely to happen!!
Q. How realistic do you think the prospect of Premiership football at Dean Court is?
That depends on Maxim’s wallet, and how they can work around these Fair Play rules. Without properly understanding them admittedly, I don’t see how Maxim can’t invest monies into the club through sponsorship. That said, it may leave it too open should he want his money back, as I say, i don’t properly understand. There would need even MORE seating required, we have the management team, I believe Maxim is here for the long haul, I’m not of the mind that he will just up and go, so if he is prepared to bank roll this club, yes, I believe it’s a possibility.
Our biggest problem as we’re finding out now, is getting the sort of quality needed to get us there. We have this small club image, and of cause that’s understandable, but until we can start to change that, we might have to be patient, and just enjoy the ride and give the team our wholehearted support win or lose, they need EVERY bit of encouragement, and to those who might feel like criticising, and let’s face it, we can all feel like that, but to MY mind, if you can’t be constructive, keep quiet Smile UP THE CHERRIES!!