Jamie Redknapp: AFC Bournemouth spell helped me make the grade at Liverpool

FORMER CHERRY: Jamie Redknapp became a household name at Liverpool

FORMER CHERRY: Jamie Redknapp became a household name at Liverpool

First published in Sport Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

JAMIE Redknapp – an ex-player with a foot in both FA Cup camps – has revealed how his time at Dean Court helped him make the grade with Liverpool.

The former England international cut his teeth in the Cherries midfield under the management of father Harry during a brief spell in the late 1980s and early 90s.

Born in Barton-on-Sea, Redknapp made his league debut for Cherries at the age of 16 and went on to appear for the club 21 times in all competitions.

His performances and potential persuaded Liverpool to swoop and Redknapp went on to captain the Reds, scoring 41 goals in 308 matches for the Anfield outfit.

Now 40 and a regular television pundit and newspaper columnist, Redknapp admits his footballing education with Cherries put him on the path to the big time.

In an interview with the club’s official matchday programme, Redknapp said: “It is hard for me to put into words what my time at Bournemouth meant to me.

“When I look back, my fondest memories in football were while I was there. Sweeping the changing rooms, cleaning Luther Blissett’s boots and training with the first team, I can’t tell you how much fun we had. I earned no money whatsoever but those years were so special.

“It is only when I look back now that I think it was that time that really helped me make it as a player. I used to train with the first team, the players used to kick me even then and I was one of them. But I had to join in with all the apprentices. I did all the jobs and spent my whole summer holidays there.

“Of course, it helped me become a footballer but I also wonder whether I had the knee problems I did because I played too much when I was younger. You always look into things and why they turn out like they do but it was the greatest time ever, even though I only played a few games.

“Perhaps my dad held me back as much as anything and I maybe didn’t show the fans there what I was capable of because I wasn’t there long enough.”

Redknapp believes a sell-out Dean Court crowd will get to see Liverpool’s big guns in Saturday’s fourth round clash between his former clubs.

Discussing the chances of an upset, he added: “When you look at people like Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard, you doubt it. But stranger things have happened in football.

“I would be very surprised if Brendan Rodgers chose to rotate his team because he does not need to.

“The Champions League is coming up now for a lot of clubs but that is not the case for Liverpool, so I don’t think the manager will take any risks.”

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11:04am Wed 22 Jan 14

sea poole says...

"it's hard to put into words..." Yes it is -hard to put into words my feelings when I took my family so see a friendly game a few years ago at Dean Court where Jamie R was due to star and he withdrew because of other commitments...that's real love of your former club!
"it's hard to put into words..." Yes it is -hard to put into words my feelings when I took my family so see a friendly game a few years ago at Dean Court where Jamie R was due to star and he withdrew because of other commitments...that's real love of your former club! sea poole
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4:57pm Wed 22 Jan 14

bobsworthforever says...

Cant believe we will see the first team 6 out injured and Everton coming up but maybe a few stars on the bench hope so
Cant believe we will see the first team 6 out injured and Everton coming up but maybe a few stars on the bench hope so bobsworthforever
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6:18pm Wed 22 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

You too would fail to turn up
if you had housemaid's knees like james is got.
You too would fail to turn up if you had housemaid's knees like james is got. nickynoodah
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6:38pm Wed 22 Jan 14

easthoweafcb. says...

Weakened team hope so remember West ham forest?
Weakened team hope so remember West ham forest? easthoweafcb.
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7:30pm Wed 22 Jan 14

SympatheticSam says...

easthoweafcb. wrote:
Weakened team hope so remember West ham forest?
Are we anywhere as good as Forest? Are West Ham as good as Liverpool?

Dream on you mug.
[quote][p][bold]easthoweafcb.[/bold] wrote: Weakened team hope so remember West ham forest?[/p][/quote]Are we anywhere as good as Forest? Are West Ham as good as Liverpool? Dream on you mug. SympatheticSam
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8:46pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Afcbpete says...

You could see Jamie was very talented at such a young age, and it's been a pleasure to follow his career!! UTCIAD
You could see Jamie was very talented at such a young age, and it's been a pleasure to follow his career!! UTCIAD Afcbpete
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9:01pm Wed 22 Jan 14

abc100 says...

Afcbpete wrote:
You could see Jamie was very talented at such a young age, and it's been a pleasure to follow his career!! UTCIAD
He was a good player as a youngster, I played in the same team as him for Bmth schools in 85/86, he was by no means the best player in our age group at the time but as he was going off training most days with professionals so he was always in with a good chance of making it and he obviously had a very good career and always comes across well on TV, it's nice to hear him speak well of his time with Afcb
[quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: You could see Jamie was very talented at such a young age, and it's been a pleasure to follow his career!! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]He was a good player as a youngster, I played in the same team as him for Bmth schools in 85/86, he was by no means the best player in our age group at the time but as he was going off training most days with professionals so he was always in with a good chance of making it and he obviously had a very good career and always comes across well on TV, it's nice to hear him speak well of his time with Afcb abc100
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9:26pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Afcbpete says...

abc100 wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
You could see Jamie was very talented at such a young age, and it's been a pleasure to follow his career!! UTCIAD
He was a good player as a youngster, I played in the same team as him for Bmth schools in 85/86, he was by no means the best player in our age group at the time but as he was going off training most days with professionals so he was always in with a good chance of making it and he obviously had a very good career and always comes across well on TV, it's nice to hear him speak well of his time with Afcb
Same could of been said for Kevin Bond when he was young. As often in life, it's not what you know, but who you know!!
[quote][p][bold]abc100[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: You could see Jamie was very talented at such a young age, and it's been a pleasure to follow his career!! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]He was a good player as a youngster, I played in the same team as him for Bmth schools in 85/86, he was by no means the best player in our age group at the time but as he was going off training most days with professionals so he was always in with a good chance of making it and he obviously had a very good career and always comes across well on TV, it's nice to hear him speak well of his time with Afcb[/p][/quote]Same could of been said for Kevin Bond when he was young. As often in life, it's not what you know, but who you know!! Afcbpete
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11:54pm Wed 22 Jan 14

cheeriedriteup says...

sea poole wrote:
"it's hard to put into words..." Yes it is -hard to put into words my feelings when I took my family so see a friendly game a few years ago at Dean Court where Jamie R was due to star and he withdrew because of other commitments...that's real love of your former club!
Perhaps he never realised you where there!!
[quote][p][bold]sea poole[/bold] wrote: "it's hard to put into words..." Yes it is -hard to put into words my feelings when I took my family so see a friendly game a few years ago at Dean Court where Jamie R was due to star and he withdrew because of other commitments...that's real love of your former club![/p][/quote]Perhaps he never realised you where there!! cheeriedriteup
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7:02am Thu 23 Jan 14

dekayedcherry says...

Jamie one of many players over the years who have left AFCB and moved on to bigger and better clubs. IMO he became perhaps the best ??. Lovely striker of a ball and scored many spectacular goals for Liverpool, Spurs and England. Sadly because of his knee problems his career was cut short and with it a long England career. Class Player !! and a far better footballer than his "old man".

However the burning question is Jamie who are you gonna cheer, Liverpool or The Cherries ???. I guess he willcheer Liverpool and Harry cheer AFCBournemouth and that way it will keep everyone in the Redknapp Family happy !!!. Here's wishing Eddie's Red & Black warriors all the luck and good fortune going to cause an almighty upset. UTC.
Jamie one of many players over the years who have left AFCB and moved on to bigger and better clubs. IMO he became perhaps the best ??. Lovely striker of a ball and scored many spectacular goals for Liverpool, Spurs and England. Sadly because of his knee problems his career was cut short and with it a long England career. Class Player !! and a far better footballer than his "old man". However the burning question is Jamie who are you gonna cheer, Liverpool or The Cherries ???. I guess he willcheer Liverpool and Harry cheer AFCBournemouth and that way it will keep everyone in the Redknapp Family happy !!!. Here's wishing Eddie's Red & Black warriors all the luck and good fortune going to cause an almighty upset. UTC. dekayedcherry
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