AFC Bournemouth: Newson franks Cherries' Championship credentials

Bournemouth Echo: EX-CHERRIES BOSS: Harry Redknapp EX-CHERRIES BOSS: Harry Redknapp

CHERRIES old boy Mark Newson believes the current crop of Dean Court stars could emulate Harry Redknapp’s class of the late 1980s.

Newson, who captained Redknapp’s Cherries into the second flight in 1987, also starred when the club achieved its highest finishing position – 12th in 1989.

The 53-year-old was among the crowd to see Eddie Howe’s men enjoy the better of a 1-1 draw with Championship high-fliers Ipswich on Sunday.

Newson, one of six players to have captained Cherries to promotion, told the Daily Echo: “I thought it was a fair result, although they probably didn’t deserve to go behind.

“The key, especially in the last 20 minutes, was that Bournemouth got down the flanks, delivered into the box and a goal came from it. I thought they played some very good football.

“Eddie has done a great job. It is tough coming into the Championship because there are some good sides in there and it is one of the hardest leagues around.

“That hasn’t changed. To be where they are, he has done a terrific job.

“They looked solid at the back and the midfield unit looked good.

“Lewis Grabban is a talent and a good goalscorer and maybe he could do with a targetman with him – a 21-year-old Steve Fletcher – but everyone is looking for them.

“I am sure they are going to get some backing from the board, they have so far. I can’t see why Eddie and his team can’t push on.

“I don’t think they need to strengthen in too many areas because I don’t think they are weak. Eddie knows what he’s doing and they will be a threat.”

  • Reports in Wiltshire suggest Swindon Town have renewed their interest in Cherries striker Wes Thomas.

The Swindon Advertiser claim the Robins, who made two failed bids of £125,000 and £150,000 in August, are waiting to hear from Cherries after going back with a fresh offer on Friday.

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9:23am Tue 31 Dec 13

Merleyman says...

Doesn't Mark Newson, in the 1988 picture, look very similar as too how Harry Redknapp looks like today?
Doesn't Mark Newson, in the 1988 picture, look very similar as too how Harry Redknapp looks like today? Merleyman

10:20am Tue 31 Dec 13

smhinto says...

I see Mr Newson agrees with my sentiment that we need a physical presence up front.
I see Mr Newson agrees with my sentiment that we need a physical presence up front. smhinto

10:27am Tue 31 Dec 13

cherrybakewell says...

Merleyman wrote:
Doesn't Mark Newson, in the 1988 picture, look very similar as too how Harry Redknapp looks like today?
Spit and Image of ole Harry, still they do say everyone has a double.
[quote][p][bold]Merleyman[/bold] wrote: Doesn't Mark Newson, in the 1988 picture, look very similar as too how Harry Redknapp looks like today?[/p][/quote]Spit and Image of ole Harry, still they do say everyone has a double. cherrybakewell

10:33am Tue 31 Dec 13

RED LETTER DAY says...

smhinto wrote:
I see Mr Newson agrees with my sentiment that we need a physical presence up front.
. . . EVEN MY PET HAMSTER HAS WORKED THAT ONE OUT
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: I see Mr Newson agrees with my sentiment that we need a physical presence up front.[/p][/quote]. . . EVEN MY PET HAMSTER HAS WORKED THAT ONE OUT RED LETTER DAY

10:51am Tue 31 Dec 13

big_afcb_fan says...

looks like wes is on his way! anyone got a spare ticket for brighton?
looks like wes is on his way! anyone got a spare ticket for brighton? big_afcb_fan

11:53am Tue 31 Dec 13

bobsworthforever says...

bite their hand off Eddie if we can get rid of Thomas and Tubbs and sign Camp and keep Ritchie it would be a brilliant Transfer window. Mind you got nothing against either player wish them well wherever they end up,just not good enough for us at the moment. Looking forward to Burton game be good to see some squad players as someone suggesed
bite their hand off Eddie if we can get rid of Thomas and Tubbs and sign Camp and keep Ritchie it would be a brilliant Transfer window. Mind you got nothing against either player wish them well wherever they end up,just not good enough for us at the moment. Looking forward to Burton game be good to see some squad players as someone suggesed bobsworthforever

12:14pm Tue 31 Dec 13

ASM says...

i'd rather have a 36 year old fletch than a 21 year old. I never rated Fletch until he played for Eddie Howe, where he was brilliant. He also did very well linking up with Defoe during that season we just missed out on the play offs
i'd rather have a 36 year old fletch than a 21 year old. I never rated Fletch until he played for Eddie Howe, where he was brilliant. He also did very well linking up with Defoe during that season we just missed out on the play offs ASM

6:38pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Wilkie says...

How much are Swindon asking for?
How much are Swindon asking for? Wilkie

9:56pm Tue 31 Dec 13

rednblack37 says...

ASM wrote:
i'd rather have a 36 year old fletch than a 21 year old. I never rated Fletch until he played for Eddie Howe, where he was brilliant. He also did very well linking up with Defoe during that season we just missed out on the play offs
I can only assume you never saw his partnership with Steve Cotterill, early to mid 90's, they linked well, both 6 footers and Cotterill especially a willing runner in the channels. Fletch also had a very good partnership with Mark Stein, he did the ball winning and Stein scored the goals basically. But that aside, at this level though we need someone with a better scoring record than Fletch had.
[quote][p][bold]ASM[/bold] wrote: i'd rather have a 36 year old fletch than a 21 year old. I never rated Fletch until he played for Eddie Howe, where he was brilliant. He also did very well linking up with Defoe during that season we just missed out on the play offs[/p][/quote]I can only assume you never saw his partnership with Steve Cotterill, early to mid 90's, they linked well, both 6 footers and Cotterill especially a willing runner in the channels. Fletch also had a very good partnership with Mark Stein, he did the ball winning and Stein scored the goals basically. But that aside, at this level though we need someone with a better scoring record than Fletch had. rednblack37

10:00pm Tue 31 Dec 13

rednblack37 says...

Wilkie wrote:
How much are Swindon asking for?
Swindon asking for? We're possibly selling Thomas, they're offering, it's about how much we're asking for, wouldn't you say???
[quote][p][bold]Wilkie[/bold] wrote: How much are Swindon asking for?[/p][/quote]Swindon asking for? We're possibly selling Thomas, they're offering, it's about how much we're asking for, wouldn't you say??? rednblack37

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