Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Yeovil fans may have reason to feel rejuvenated this season

Down in the West country Yeovil have always been a team that put in 100 per cent effort and have in the passed earned themselves a reputation of being giant killers. Their mascot is perhaps the biggest giant I think about when it comes to Yeovil Town now, but when they take on the Cherries they can hope to set their season up to be a much better one that the last couple that have seen them slip back down the leagues. While they've had a glamorous FA Cup tie against Man Utd last season, I can't help but think it was brilliant when AFCB were playing Yeovil in the Championship and I wish them success in trying to make their way back to that level and perhaps beyond.
Back in the land of green giants.
Why they have dropped back so far is something for Yeovil fans to consider and perhaps their management. Yeovil always seemed to hit above their weight but their performances never picked up after they made such a good attempt in the Championship. Dropping out of League One last season must have been hard for their supporters. AFCB have shown though that from a low position you can build a strong side and the Cherries won't expect an easy game against them.

Wes Fogden played some
great games for AFCB.
Over the summer I see that Yeovil have brought in former Cherry Wes Fogden, 27, on a two-year deal, who was released by Portsmouth. In all, the Glovers were up to some 15 new signings at the start of this week so they are likely to have a very new look team to take on the Cherries. Among their new recruits is former Carlisle striker Mark Beck and Ryan Bird, who signed from Cambridge Utd who you might have seen in the FA Cup tie against Man Utd. Shaun Jeffers has also signed for the Glovers from Newport County.

Paul Sturrock is now the manager at Yeovil after Gary Johnson left the club last April. The most recent friendly that Yeovil had saw them take on Torquay Utd in Devon and come away with a 1-2 away win. The Glovers also beat Truro City 1-0 in July.

What will have got Yeovil fans buzzing is a capital One Cup first leg tie against QPR. AFC Bournemouth's visit will be a good trial ahead of that fixture.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Gradel inbound to AFCB and one or two others?

Eddie Howe was confident enough to suggest that more signings would be on their way to AFC Bournemouth before the start of the season as long as they could get the right players for the right prices. On a day when Stoke City can sign a Barcelona midfield player, it may be comforting news for Cherry fans to know that while the south coast side may not be the biggest spenders in the division at least they will attract players that will be given every opportunity to perform at their best and learn from a manager that will develop them into a team player that is going to form a competitive side.

But who are the targets? Max Gradel is my favourite pick as a colleague of mine had a talk with a journalist at L'Equipe today who said Max would more than likely be headed to the Vitality stadium. What niggles me is the pace of Harry Arter's potential return. The central midfield area is one place where Eddie Howe has not done any business yet and I'd expect that to be the area that he concentrates on in the next two weeks if he does want more players to come in. There are plenty of names out there like QPR's Junior Hoillett, Abdisalam Ibrahim of Olympiacos and Aldene Guedioura at Crystal Palace.

There is also a shortage of strikers at the Cherries in my opinion. While Wilson, Kermorgant, King and Rantie fall into that category a fifth out and out striker would be a massive bonus if AFCB can get one in. Whether Crystal Palace hold the key with Dwight Gayle and Glenn Murray is not really clear, but there has been so much talk about Palace players that something is surely going to happen there in the next few days while Liverpool are still keen to move Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini. I know, you're still holding out for Charlie Austin - aren't you?

Still, we'll watch the transfer window eagerly in the next few days and it may mean that one or two of AFC Bournemouth players are also allowed to move on if Howe can find the right replacements, just not at any price though Eddie.

Junior has to find form regularly

There have been a few players that will have been disappointed by what they personally achieved last season at AFCB while the club itself had great success. Junior Stanislas has been honest enough to admit that at times he was "tearing his hair out". Being fit any yet not being selected is not what any player wants with such a finite career and Junior has found himself back in the Premier League again and has set himself the challenge of getting regular games rather than moving as he did when Burnley were promoted two seasons ago.

Eunan O'Kane with Junior Stanislas. Both players will
look to have a big game on Tuesday night. 
Although Junior Stanislas only made six starts last season he is disparate to show that he has the qualities to rival those of some of his teammates in the first squad and he has made a good pre-season start by scoring at Exeter City. He will know that he has fallen down the pecking order having seen Christian Atsu sign for the season and Josh King can also play on the wing, but with Ryan Fraser temporarily on loan this season he has a great opportunity to make his decision to move to AFC Bournemouth a good one. At the moment it has not worked out for him and he'll have to give his all to win over the crowd, but they will be fair to him if he does start to produce good performances.

The Cherries have always liked a trier and fans can see that Stanislas has been struggling. Many will have expected him to ask to go out on loan, but it takes bravery to stay and to try and make the team when you know you have not been the manager's favourite. Another season where he is not even making the bench will not be a good outcome so Junior has to give it everything and that just could start to change things around for him. 

Good luck for all those after tickets today for the Liverpool away match. Let's hope that the online site does not have too many major problems.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

How did you rate AFCB's new signings?

Cherry Chimes had a poll running for the last few days on how fans viewed the new summer signings and who was most likely to have the best season. Out of the 71 votes cast a whopping 25 votes or 35 per cent of opinion backed record signing Tyrone Mings to be the most successful new signing next season. No surprise there perhaps as we all wish our record signing well.

Still that puts a lot of belief behind the young left back who will surely have a battle to win his place in the team as Charlie Daniels isn't just going to let Tyrone take his place. We have seen that Simon Francis has held off competition from Adam Smith for more than a season. Tyrone will have to be on top form to establish himself in the regular line up so perhaps that is why so many of you think he will succeed.

What I found more surprising is that Christian Atsu was predicted to be the next most successful signing. Christian again has to try and find a way into the team by trying to overtake Marc Pugh and Matt Ritchie. We have seen in video clips with Ghana that he surely has some talent, but he has not really performed at the same level for Everton. With 13 votes or 18 per cent of the vote though he came second in the poll.

The players that I thought might do a little better came in equal third. Sylvain Distin is likely to be the first man to turn to for Eddie Howe if either Steve Cook or Tommy Elphick have a stumbling block or an injury and yet he polled just nine votes or 12 per cent of the vote. I can see why fans don't think he'll be a regular starter, but I was shocked to see that Josh King did no better than Sylvain Distin. Josh King will probably be battling with Yann Kermorgant and Tokelo Rantie to try and get a starting spot and yet he also had only 12 per cent of the votes leaving me to wonder if fans feel that Yann Kermorgant is still the best player to play up front with Callum Wilson.

Some eight per cent of votes are still holding out for a big signing yet to come in and to blow away all the other summer signings. There is still time and yet Tyrone Mings stands alone as the major financial outlay this summer and it maybe that Eddie Howe decides to hold back to see how the team does with the possibility of buying more players in January. 

Artur Boruc received a solid six votes or eight per cent of the poll and while he could be very busy and could easily earn player of the season, fans seem to hope that he won't have so much to do in the Premier League. If AFCB are not in a relegation scrap he is less likely to be the man everyone thinks about when AFC Bournemouth are mentioned - let's hope that is the case. Adam Federici is down on one per cent in the voting. Unless Artur is injured early on it will probably be the cup games that give Adam his opportunities to play. Meanwhile, Filippo Costa and Jordan Green (who signed after the poll was created) will be Development Squad players and are unlikely to feature in the first team. 

The Nantes draw will have raised good questions

AFCB fans are used to seeing pretty much the same players turnout almost every game. So when this pre-season has developed it has been a bit of a shock to see lots of new pairings being put together in some of the games where fans might have expected the first team to take to the field. That was the case with the game against FC Nantes only yesterday.

No let up in pace. Eddie has to get everyone fit and
ensure his first team are getting enough minutes.
Eddie is of course trying to give players extra minutes and that means it is wise for him to split the players up and try a few different things, while allowing main players to get 70-80 minutes under their belt. Against FC Nantes is will have been of value for Baily Cargill to continue his footballing education alongside Tommy Elphick and while there was only a few minutes for Filippo Costa, Josh Wakefield and Josh Carmichael and Matt Butcher, they along with a few other U21 players got to make the trip and to learn what Eddie Howe had to say about what the team was trying to achieve on the pitch.

Of greater importance might have been the decision to play Josh King on the left wing. He was the first player for the Cherries to be substituted but still had 70 minutes to impress. With a trio of Wilson, Kermorgant and King pushing forward as well as Ritchie on the right, Eddie Howe might have been a shade disappointed that the team did not create more chances during this match. He can now assess some of the players that did not feature in this game in the Yeovil match and see if they can do better.

The most pleasing aspect of the game has to be the clean sheet. While Adam Federici may not be seen as the number one keeper he is starting to put a challenge together. Three of the back four in this match were also AFCB's main defenders in the Championship, so there was continuity there. It is the first match where AFCB have managed not to concede a goal in pre-season so that has to be something that the players can now try and build on.

The questions after the game will certainly be aimed at central midfield. Was Surman tired? Did Gosling do enough? Is Arter a player AFCB simply can't be without for long? AFCB found themselves under pressure from misplaced passes and quick breaks having lost possession. Can Eunan O'Kane or Shaun MacDonald do a better job? We may well see them try in the next pre-season match. At least Eddie Howe has something to focus his attention on and finding solutions is what his job is all about.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Ritchie's missed penalty sees Cherries draw with FC Nantes 0-0

Match Description
FC Nantes 0 v 0 AFCB

Estimated Attendance 5000 (including 101 Cherries)
AFCB players at FC Nantes.

If pre-season friendlies had been a breeze up to this point for the Cherries, then they had a real game on here taking on FC Nantes. The first half saw the French Ligue one side stretch the Cherries in all directions and apart from the first five minutes it was Nantes who dominated play, snatching possession and breaking fast. Yet, if any team had a great chance to win the game it was AFCB in the last three minutes when a handball gifted Matt Ritchie with a penalty kick. Sadly, he was not accurate enough and his slip saw the ball rise over the bar and with it went AFCB's hopes of winning this friendly. If AFCb had a player to congratulate though it was Adam Federici who had worked valiantly to keep the score at 0-0.

Eddie Howe decided to mix up the first team squad with lots of U21 Development players coming into the team to take on FC Nantes. Josh King lined up playing wide on the left and Wilson and Kermorgant started up front. The test was really to see how long some of the first team players would be given in match conditions and how many subs would be made at half time or shortly after. With Daniels, Elphick, Francis, Ritchie and Surman playing there were plenty of first choice players getting a workout.

The players that were rested included: Artur Boruc, Ryan Allsop, Tyrone Mings, Steve Cook, Sylvain Distin, Elliott Ward, Adam Smith, Christian Atsu, Shaun MacDonald, Eunan O'Kane and Marc Pugh.

AFCB team
Federici, Francis, Elphick, Cargill, Daniels, Ritchie, Gosling, Surman, King, Kermorgant, Wilson

AFCB Subs: Holmes, Costa, Butcher, Wakefield, Carmichael, Matthews, Whitfield.

Match Summary
The task facing AFCB was soon very apparent in this match. FC Nantes were a dominant force in the first half hour, attacking with pace on the break and stretching the Cherries defence. Nantes had the ball in the net after 17 minutes but AFCB were lucky to have it flagged offside. Bammoj, Oliviera Tavares and Walongwa were causing lots of problems for the Cherries. One way traffic is a phrase that comes to mind.

AFCB attacks were quickly breaking down while Nantes were delivering great crosses into the Cherries' box. AFCB were struggling to get anything productive going in the final third of the pitch. Defence was the order of the day with Kermorgant coming back to provide cover. Nantes were piling on the pressure with several corners, but Federici had not had to make an amazing save up until this point.

Nantes came close when Oliviera Tavares volleyed over, but the Cherries were holding out. When Wilson did get the ball in and around the box he tried to trick his way through but was not having much luck. meanwhile, Josh King was getting caught offside just helping Nantes' possession stats to grow further.

The key moment of the first half came when Audel was through one-on-one with Federici but the Australian keeper made a great save and the chance was gone for the Nantes player. AFCB's main contest seemed to be whether Francis or Kermorgant would concede the most corners.

Second half
Ritchie went in the book early on for a poor challenge on Thomasson.Moimbe then beat Francis on the wing like he wasn't even there. Tommy Elphick made a foul some 30 yards out which gave Nantes a great chance to shoot as it was dead centre, but Oliviera Tavares hit it straight over the top.

Moimbe was next to be pulled up for a foul on Francis and he was yellow carded. Ritchie took the free kick to the right of the box and had a shot but it was blocked. Nantes were first to make subs on the hour with two new players coming on.

Not a lot was going well for the Cherries as Wilson gets caught offside. With 65 minutes gone the game is starting to slow down a bit. AFCB's first sub was Filippo Costa replacing King on the left wing. Nantes are also bring on more subs.
Baily Cargill is fitting in well with Elphick - the pair seem well suited to play together. They are getting a workout tonight. In the final 10 minutes AFCB are starting to retain possession a bit better. Kermorgant lays a great ball off to Francis, but he screws it wide. Vizcarrondo catches wilson and is straight in the book.

Costa and Daniels are now linking up well and Costa wins a free kick. Wakefield and Carmichael get to play out the last five minutes for AFCB. Off come Gosling and Surman. A handball gives AFCB a penalty with just three minutes of normal time to go. Ritchie wants to take it, but he slips and puts it over! Strange that Yann kermorgant did not take the kick, but there you go the chance has gone.

Matt Butcher comes on to the field and replaces Elphick and there is the final whistle 0-0.

Final thoughts
It will be of interest to know if Artur Boruc is fit to play in the next game. He had been diagnosed with a shoulder injury but it had not been considered that bad even though he had missed the Exeter City match. He might be a doubt for the game against Hoffenheim in a weeks time. The surprises for the team selection in this match were the inclusion of so many Development Squad players - Jordan Holmes, Filippo Costa, Matt Butcher, Josh Carmichael, Ben Whitfield and Sam Mathews. Eddie Howe clearly wanted to rest some players. When I asked on the Live Blog, how had Dan Gosling had done after the first 45 minutes? The reply came back that: "The midfield haven't had a great time to be honest. Not able to hold possession or do anything incisive in that first half."

During the second half the Cherries managed better and while the substitutions slowed things down there was a great chance for Ritchie to win the game from the spot. It was probably apt that he slipped and missed as AFCB were not the boss of this game, and a draw was a good result for the Cherries considering how they had to hold out for most of the match. As an exercise the players got plenty of minutes and Adam Federici did nothing to hurt his case for a start having been man of the match.

FC Nantes v AFCB - match tweets from AFC Bournemouth 

01: Wilson and Kermorgant get the game underway.

03: Early chance for Nantes as Federici tips a powerful header over the bar.

04: Daniels holds off pressure to weave his way into the area and earn #afcb their first corner.

05: Wilson meets the corner, but the referee says the ball had already gone out of play. #afcb

06: Second corner in as many minutes for #afcb, with King this time the architect of the attack. 

06: Wilson brings the ball down on the edge of the area, but Nantes clear.

06: Second corner in as many minutes for #afcb , with King this time the architect of the attack.

07: Cargill sends in a cross which but it is too comfortable for the 'keeper who catches easily.

07: Cargill sends in a cross which but it is too comfortable for the 'keeper who catches easily. 

14: The ball flashes across Federici's goal and Daniels is forced to divert the ball behind for a corner.

14: Federici is in action again; this time he parries a long-range effort before gathering the rebound.

15: Another teasing ball is whipped into the box, but fortunately for no one can connect.

17: Let off for #afcb as Bammou is flagged offside, after he slotted the ball beyond Federici.

19: Audel chases down a ball over the top, but Cargill keeps watch and it goes through to Federici.

21: Another chance for Nantes as Toure hits a powerful volley into the side netting.

26: Thomasson's deflected effort goes wide for a Nantes corner. The hosts are on top here.

27: Kermorgant puts the ball behind for a second consecutive Nantes corner.

27: Federici times his move to perfection to punch the ball out for a Nantes throw.

33: Another let-off for #afcb as a Nantes free kick is headed behind for a corner.

34: Toure plays in Audel & Federici is again called into action, as he is forced to save from close range.

36: Daniels plays in Wilson, but his trickery doesn't enable him to set up a shooting opportunity.

37: Nantes break and Oliviera Tavares hits a first time cross narrowly over the bar. Still 0-0

38: Wilson slips the ball through to King but a well-timed challenge means he is quickly dispossessed. 

43: Another great save from Federici! He gets down low to save from Audel, who was through one-on-one.

Half time: @FCNantes 0-0 @afcBournemouth

#afcb make their way back out on to the pitch. It doesn't look like they are making any half time changes.

48: Ritchie is booked for a clumsy challenge on Thomasson

57: Elphick is penalised for a foul 30 yards out, but Oliviera Tavares' set piece sails over the bar

59: Francis is fouled by Moimbe and #afcb have a free kick just outside the area. Ritchie to take..

60: His low free kick is cleared. A reminder it is still 0-0 between @FCNantes and #afcb :

66: Iloki flashes a shot across goal from a tight angle - a good chance for the hosts

71: First substitution for #afcb as King is replaced by Costa

81: Best chance of the game for #afcb as Kermorgant lays a free kick off to Francis and he hits it wide.

86: Double substitution for #afcb as Wakefield and Carmichael replace Gosling and Surman.

87: Penalty to #afcb !

87: Kermorgant resumes play after the substitution with a free kick, which is handled in the area!

87: Ritchie loses his footing as he goes to take the spot kick and hits it over the bar. Still 0-0. 

89: Butcher replaces Elphick for #afcb . Still 0-0:

Full time: @FCNantes 0-0 #afcb.

Exclusive: Cherries' Premier League Kit Parade

In an exclusive piece for Cherry Chimes, Gareth Davies, the club’s very own replica expert and author of Shirt Tales, gives his views on the brand new kits that will accompany Bournemouth during their maiden Premier League season.

Gareth has written a long feature here so eyes down for a good read.

Follow Gareth on Twitter: @garphied

The wait is finally over! After much conjecture and speculation during the off season about design, sponsor, even manufacturer, the grand unveiling of the most eagerly anticipated ensembles Bournemouth will ever be resplendent in has finally taken place. In some respects, like many other pre-season occurrences, the inauguration of each kit has been something of a rushed affair, although at least the delay meant something other than away tickets or loyalty points to talk about on message boards and social media!
Elliot Ward models the new home kit.
Like the ticketing difficulties though, most of the delay in revealing the new designs were circumstances out of the clubs control. There were some that weren’t however, but those conditions of deferral influenced within the corridors of Dean Court were of significant importance. I’m talking the new sponsorship deal specifically with the latter, whilst actual shirt production for the former.

It’s a complicated process designing a new playing kit, far more intricate than you could first imagine, throw into the mix the fact all three for the forthcoming season would be debuting in the biggest domestic league globally and perhaps you may release why everything took so long. The manager, players, commercial department, media team, sponsor and not forgetting the manufacturer all have to agree on a design or colour shade before moving forward and just like any artistic creation, the first attempt isn’t always right. This is possibly the only drawback from our excellent deal with JD Sports, one which sees us have three bespoke kits every year - I know one has been recycled from last season, but when it had so much love and success in our Championship winning campaign, I’m sure nobody will begrudge its reappearance! 

An individual approach from JD is something I continually bang on about to those who wish we could have Nike or similar as our supplier. If we went with them, the process of coming up with the final design wouldn’t be as lengthy or diligent, far quicker in fact, but it would mean we get an off the peg template. No thanks. Zero individuality and 100 per cent laziness from all concerned.

Now these types of arrangement are nothing new in the world of football kits, a look back through any of those classic adverts in magazines like Shoot! will see many teams in similar outfits, the differences between then and now being that not only were the designs more innovative, they almost certainly weren’t hand me downs from the big teams – think Barcelona to Charlton from last season as an example.

So three unique designs to AFC Bournemouth, but this alone doesn’t always guarantee a positive reaction from supporters. We’ve been royally spoilt in recent years as JD Sports have done nothing to dispel my well guided theory that they are our best ever apparel partner, so any negativity has been minimal and often without proper substance. Would then, the most eagerly awaited kit trilogy in our history prove anything other than a continuation of the norm we’ve become accustomed to under JD? Sadly not quite, although it’s not all doom and gloom.
Junior Stanislas has already scored in the new home kit.
The home kit is probably the most disappointing of the three, a real shame as this will be the outfit worn more than any other during the upcoming debut top flight term. Trust me though, it’s not the worst that will be showcased in the Premier League, far from it, as obnoxious creations like the Southampton away, or Watford home offerings will be clear winners of that unwanted accolade. 

Of course the stripes that we now consider common place are present, along with classy gold trim which features on the black shorts and socks too, but there is a twist with this new design as the front detail sees the vertical lines only run down 2/3rds of the shirt. I don’t mind the gap at the bottom, but I’m not overly keen on the black band at the top. If it was supposed to house the JD logo and Cherries crest then it’s failed to do that particular job so why not just continue the stripes all the way up? Peculiar, especially as the maker and club motifs stand out just fine without having to be placed in a black box, unlike new sponsor Mansion. This was my one big reservation when the fresh backers were announced, how would their branding sit on our stripes? Pretty well would be the conclusion to that misgiving, as Mansion’s colours of red black and gold fit perfectly and the housing looks okay too, which is a relief as sometimes this can damage a kits standing beyond all repair.

With the sponsor looking good, the front a little baffling but more than acceptable, what else is there that sees it come up short?

Now I get that as this is JD’s only Premier league deal they want to maximise their brand profile, and I don’t have a problem with the Carbrini logo disappearing off the shirts, but what I’m not overly keen on is JD’s sleeve branding, or ‘iconic JD roundels’ to quote their proper marketing speak title. Too big and overbearing for my liking, half the size and they would be perfectly acceptable, although they will draw prominence to the Premier League patches so perhaps that was the thinking all along. Still, they just don’t look right whatever the reasoning and after toning down the branding with Carbrini last year, JD has cranked things back up to the Fila levels.

The mention of the word back brings us onto another debatable shirt facet which hasn’t been seen for many years, but fair play to the clever so-and-so who came up with the idea of a solid rear panel to house the players name and number, you’ve had a blinder. The shirt will look odd without ‘Elphick 5’ or ‘Wilson 13’ for example so more will be sold with personalisation of a favourite player than not, meaning more money generated through merchandise sales. Personally I don’t begrudge this idea at all and just to add, the designated space isn’t a Premier League requirement, it’s optional.

That’s definitely the negatives out of the way, thankfully, although perhaps I’m being too critical as after our recent treats from JD, this is by no means a failure. I can see why there has been tinkering with the traditional striped design, but perhaps only a slight tweak on last year’s magnificent principle combination would have sufficed. The one problem we will always be faced with is by having such a unique striped arrangement and colour scheme, providing enough variation so each new release is different from the last will mean that something left field will appear every now and then, exactly the case with this offering.
Harry suggests we'll look pretty in pink.
A pink logo too!
A little different the home kit definitely is, but nothing in comparison to the third! I must admit to being ultra apprehensive when I found out a few months back that it would be pink, of the rich Real Madrid variety too and not a lighter hue a la Palmero. I can’t really put my finger on why either. Perhaps it’s because pink, like any of the day glow colours, just isn’t a colour that you would associate with a football shirt. But it worked for Ronaldo, Bale and co so why not for us? Well actually it has, and rather well too!

The use of white as a secondary colour is the perfect complement to pink, this meaning the JD branding looks far more in keeping with the rest of the shirt. The neck trim and underarm detail are discreet, just like any decorative extras to a kit should be. Is there anything to fault? Possibly, as one flaw, for some, is the Cherries' crest appearing in pink and white too. Yeah, I get it's not traditional, but neither are pink kits so the colours used on Dickie Dowsett heading a ball aren’t an issue at all for me. A red and black crest would have perhaps given an unbalanced look although I guess it would have been given greater prominence.

The shorts and socks in the same shade as the shirt has also not pleased all, but if you use this Real Madrid-esque tone then I think the kit has to be all the same colour. Using black or white would look a little odd, although there may be occasions when black may have to be used if an unwanted kit clash crops up.

Finally, the fact a percentage of any sale will be donated to Breast Cancer Care is a simply wonderful gesture from the club. Just to get serious for a minute, we all know somebody that has been affected by this terrible cancer, so for our club to commit to this fantastic gesture shows that football does have a compassionate side.
The blue and black away kit is retained for another season.
The club have also shown their consideration by retaining last year’s Championship winning kit, even promoting its official status to away, rather than third as it was in 2014-15. The retention of any kit for a second season is pretty much unheard of nowadays, hence why the market is so lacking in innovative trends. Clubs come up with a winning design and then it’s gone within 12 months, so we’ve definitely bucked that trend, hopefully more will follow suit.

The black to blue faded affair, one which I thought may polarise popularity due to its uniqueness, was a resounding triumph – on and off the pitch – to the point where I would consider it our best ever alternate combination. Its originality superb, with the colours used meaning it worked better than you could have imagined, just like the way Eddie Howe's charges stormed into the Premier League. Fitting that this kit was worn during the crowning glory at Charlton and will, we hope, witness more record breaking feats as it will be once again worn on the final day of our top flight initiation, away at Manchester United. Could history repeat itself? Who knows because as the saying goes “Anything is Possible”.

Adam  Federici shows off a green keeper's shirt in Philadelphia.
Many thanks to Gareth and make sure you catch his articles on the Shirt Tales pages of the new AFC Bournemouth Premier League programmes next season.
Follow Gareth on Twitter: @garphied