GRIMSBY 2009: A reminder of how far AFC Bournemouth have come

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The title says it all. Bournemouth fans will know exactly what that date means, the day we secured out Football League status after a 17-point deduction and transfer embargo.

The man who masterminded the victory, Mr Eddie Howe, had brought back another club legend the big man himself, Supa Fletch. Who else would have scored such a vital goal? And, to cap it all it was his 100th League goal for the club. The big man best described himself “Maybe it was written in the stars”

Eddie Howe quipped at the time “I don’t know who writes the big man’s scripts, but I’d like to meet him. When the goal went in, I just shook my head and thought it could only happen to Fletch.”


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VIDEO – SUPA FLETCH SEVEN: #7 – THE BIG MAN RETIRES


The games wasn’t all about one man there were ten others on the pitch, all heroes, but can you remember who they were or who even scored the first goal? Can you remember that Grimsby had two men sent off? Who cares, Supa scored and we kept our league status intact.


AFC BOURNEMOUTH: Jalal, Wiggins, Pearce, Garry, Bradbury, Molesley, Hollands, Robinson, Feeney (Goulding 74), Pitman, Fletcher.

GOALS: Feeney 47, Fletcher 80

ATTENDANCE: 9008


STEVE FLETCHER – AN AWESOME DAY

5HatTrickSteveFletcherIt was 100 times better than the ‘Great Escape’ in 1995 where we had nine points at Christmas and stayed up – because we’d got ourselves into that position by not winning games. This time, we’d been penalised with 17 points and had to fight against everything happening off the pitch, not knowing if the club’s going to be around from week to week and not getting paid.

“But Eddie’s made sure we’ve just concentrated on our jobs on the pitch. We don’t know what’s happening more than any other supporter, but hopefully it will get resolved now. This club should never have been in this position, where we’re one game from going into the Conference – it must never happen again. On New Year’s Day, I was running up and down the line for Crawley at Woking in front of a few hundred people, and thinking ‘what am I doing’ – so four months down the line, this has just been a dream.

“It’s a momentous achievement, and I’m just proud to be part of it.”
Steve Fletcher after scoring in the 2-1 win against Grimsby

THANK YOU SUPA FLETCH

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