It’s great this Premier League lark, every time we play someone I can almost start every article with ‘The last time we played (insert team name here) and it will have been at least ten years ago. Today we take on Newcastle United and it has been 23 years since we have taken on the Toon.
Here we go. The last time the two teams met was back in Jan 1992 when AFC Bournemouth were back in the third tier of English football after the ‘wonder years’ of being in our highest ever position in league football. It was a foggy night (no we weren’t there we were listening to it on the radio) and it took goals from Paul Wood and ex-Cherries manager Kevin Bond to take it to a penalty shoot-out. Can’t remember who scored the penalties but we won 4-3 after extra-time. Much celebration was had that day.
A couple of season before (1989/90) it was even stevens in the two league games with Newcastle winning at home 3-0 and the Cherries winning at home 2-1 with a brace from Paul Moulden. Before this there were a couple of FA Cup and League Cup games with both teams winning one each.
EDDIE HOWE: STICKING TO HIS PRINCIPLES
In the league our head-to-head record is 1-0-1, which almost inevitably points to a draw to create a neat matching set of figures. The form guide suggests Newcastle have the edge picking up 5 points in their last five outings while the Cherries have only managed one.
Eddie Howe have been looking to pick a formation that works with the current ‘who’s fit’ squad. He is still trying to stick to his principles but has yet to find the the right combination. Glenn Murray will score goals but needs the right service and the right strike partner. We mentioned it before, surely its time to start Stanislas. Eddie Howe likes pace to stretch the oppoistion. If Stanisllas is not the man why not give Tokelo a go. Eddie has tried everyone else so why not give him a chance. He will scare the sh*t out of the Newcastle defence.
NEWCASTLE, NEWCASTLE WHAT’S THE SCORE
It’s hard to look past a draw, but this will be of little use to either team. Both will want the win and both will be trying to get the three points. Bournemouth will be the more attacking of the two, being the home side, but will still need to be careful of Newcastle on the break. One goal will decide the game, so its either 1-0 or 3-2, to us of course.
WHAT HAS THE MEDIA BEEN SAYING
Micky Quinn and Robbie Savage predict Bournemouth v Newcastle
“There will be a winner, and I am gonna go: 11,000 people, tight ground, I am gonna go with Bournemouth.”
McClaren backs Howe for England job
Former England manager Steve McClaren has tipped AFC Bournemouth boss to lead the national team at some stage in his career
Boss Urges Magpies To Go The Distance
Head coach Steve McClaren wants Newcastle United to “give something back” to their fans ahead of a long journey to Bournemouth