Bournemouth players celebrate winning the Championship.
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AFC Bournemouth

After 125 years, AFC Bournemouth were finally promoted to the top division of English football.  Bournemouth won promotion by winning the Championship in 2014/15 and played Premier League football for the first ever time in 2015/16. Their first season was also a success. They finished in 16th place and avoided relegation. Bournemouth’s nickname is ‘The Cherries’. The nickname comes from the cherry red shirts that they play in and also that the stadium was built next to a place with many cherry trees. These days, Bournemouth play in cherry red and black stripes and looks very similar to the AC Milan kit.

Bournemouth's stadium is the smallest in the Premier League.

Bournemouth play their home matches at Dean Court, which has a capacity of 11,700, and this season will be the smallest stadium in the Premier League. The club’s badge has Bournemouth’s red and black stripes and also a footballer heading a ball. The picture is to honour Dickie Dowsett, who is one of Bournemouth’s all-time top scorers.

Bournemouth have never won a major trophy in English football but they have won the Football League Trophy, which is a cup competition played only by lower league teams. Their biggest success by far was winning the Championship and promotion to the Premier League the season before last. Bournemouth’s manager is Eddie Howe and at 38 years old is one of the youngest managers in the Premier League.

Eddie Howe has led Bournemouth to the Premier League.

He first became manager when he was 31 and helped Bournemouth to promotion from the fourth level of English football. After two seasons with Burnley, Howe returned to Bournemouth and helped them to promotion from the third level of English football and then, last season, guided ‘the Cherries’ to the Premier League.

Bournemouth is on the south coast of England and is a popular holiday destination for tourists from the UK and abroad. Bournemouth is famous for its beaches. On a busy weekend, they attract over 100,000 visitors and over 750,000 ice creams are sold on Bournemouth’s seafront every year.

Polish goalkeeper, Artur Boruc will be an important player for Bournemouth this season.

In 2015/16, Bournemouth comfortably stayed in the Premier League. They finished in 16th place but were never in any real danger. They had a great start to the season and managed to deal with injuries to some of their most important players. Eddie Howe has lost Matt Ritchie to Newcastle but has bought Jordan Ibe and Brad Smith from Liverpool and has signed Nathan Ike on loan from Chelsea. Bournemouth will want to improve on last season's strong first season in the Premier League.

Prediction 2016/17: 13th

Key player: Jordan Ibe

Did you know....?

J.R.R Tolkien, the author of Lord of the Rings, and Christian Bale, the Oscar-winning actor, both used to live in Bournemouth! 

Where is Bournemouth?

Learn about AFC Bournemouth

The following activities will help you learn about Bournemouth football club. 

The first activity is a matching activity. If you're not sure of an answer, go back to the READ section.

Activity 1: In this activity, you have to match Bournemouth's manager, stadium, stadium capacity, and club colours.
Can you match the facts and figures?

Nearly out of business

Only 7 years ago Bournemouth were close to going bankrupt and relegation to non-league football. They've recovered and never looked back.

Callum Wilson is Bournemouth's star striker.

Now you have looked at the facts and figures, it's time to go into detail. Can you answer some more detailed questions about the Cherries?

Activity 2: In this next activity, you will answer questions about Bournemouth's manager, players and the club's performance in the 2013-14 season.
Learn more about Bournemouth.

Are you a Bournemouth fan?

This section is for you!
Tell us why you love The Cherries, tell us about your favourite Bournemouth player, tell us about a match that you have seen, tell us your prediction for individual matches or the season.


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chriswar Fri, 04/09/2015 - 09:16

Boruc will be an important player for The cheries this śeason.

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Abdallah Wed, 23/09/2015 - 15:48

I think they have done so good so far , they will be the underdog for this season

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VerdMead96 Sun, 27/09/2015 - 15:43

What a terrible weekend for Bournemouth's top scorer Callum Wilson. Hope he will recover very soon and come back stronger.

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Ceyhun880 Fri, 16/10/2015 - 09:02

nice Footbal

AZ 85
Ceyhun880 Fri, 16/10/2015 - 09:04

I love this Football

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almirpereira Sun, 18/10/2015 - 20:28


ES 46
Josuè Fri, 22/01/2016 - 14:27

Hello i am Josue i from spain in Barcelona

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MUGEMANYI Thu, 04/02/2016 - 13:55

Good to see you here.

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Sadoss Mon, 19/10/2015 - 09:04

İt is good

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aragorn1986 Fri, 23/10/2015 - 17:15

I have never seen a club that skipped all the barriers faster than Boournemouth! This team is absolutely amazing.

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Rich Fri, 23/10/2015 - 21:17

It would be a great story if they stay up!

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nikosonris Wed, 25/11/2015 - 10:21

You are absolutely right! That's a good point! Great achievement by the Cherries. Hopefully, they would be able to deal with their obstacles as easy as they did it before.

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nyinyi Thu, 12/11/2015 - 03:20

I also like cherries but I have never been to Bournemouth. So I wish to visit that place.

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nalssgair Tue, 17/11/2015 - 13:02

I've never watched their matches.
But they look play very well.

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MUGEMANYI Thu, 19/11/2015 - 18:32

They had a good start.

ME 497
AleksandarR Wed, 02/12/2015 - 18:30

I would like to watch them in BPL next season, they play nice football

UA 2453
nikosonris Mon, 07/12/2015 - 11:46

Unforgettable win against Chelsea! Congratulations to the Cherries!

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aragorn1986 Tue, 08/12/2015 - 20:58

What a win on Stamford Bridge this week! Nobody should underestimate this team.

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nikosonris Wed, 09/12/2015 - 12:16

Without diminishing a great achievement made by the Cherries this weekend, I would say it's not only about underestimating Bournemouth but also about Chelsea keeping up with their last season's performance. Too much arrogance, too much disrespect on the Chelsea side, and too much opposition and resilience from other teams as they are playing against the defending champions.

UA 2453
nikosonris Wed, 16/12/2015 - 15:01

Another memorable win for the club! Man Utd beaten this time! Who is next?

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Alex_from_Ukraine Sat, 19/12/2015 - 04:10

The club possesses quite an Interesting history.

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nikosonris Mon, 21/12/2015 - 16:32

This time they've been a little bit fortunate with a penalty kick awarded late in the game against the Baggies)

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assemjuve Sun, 10/01/2016 - 16:30

Bournemouth plays a very great attractive playing.

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aragorn1986 Mon, 25/01/2016 - 16:50

They made right decision when they bought Afobe.

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Tigrann Sun, 31/01/2016 - 19:25

good to know the geographic part also that the city attracts so many visitors

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nika_chelsea25 Sun, 31/01/2016 - 21:30

i think bouremouth can be in top 17 thiis year

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nikosonris Wed, 03/02/2016 - 09:17

Now we clearly see that Afobe makes a difference for the Cherries.

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RafaelRC Thu, 11/02/2016 - 15:17

I really liked at the history of the Bournemouth. I didn't know this team because in Brazil it isn't famous.
Its nickname is funny, the beaches of Bournemouth are very beutifull, I saw on google.

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nikosonris Mon, 07/03/2016 - 12:23

I really like the way the Cherries are evolving. Credits to the team and its coach!

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HakanUslu1881 Thu, 10/03/2016 - 14:25

I like small teams in important leagues.

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kwesimanifest Fri, 03/06/2016 - 01:22

I watched their match against united and they really shocked me

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joto Tue, 14/06/2016 - 15:23

I think they have done so good so far , they will be the underdog for this season

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dorjan.ujka Wed, 25/01/2017 - 14:21

good squad

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dorjan.ujka Thu, 26/01/2017 - 11:34

good morning

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Minjo Thu, 26/01/2017 - 14:35


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Mehmed92 Sat, 28/01/2017 - 21:27

AFC Bournemouth is good club

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Mehmed92 Sun, 29/01/2017 - 07:18

AFC Bournemouth have jersey like AC Milan.
Red and Black stripes.


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