AFC Bournemouth: Burton coach fund exceeds expectations as donations hit £2,930

CALLED OFF: The scene at Dean Court on Saturday

CALLED OFF: The scene at Dean Court on Saturday

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

DAVID Whitehead – the Cherries supporter who devised the Burton Albion coach fund idea – admitted the overwhelming response had far exceeded expectations.

AFC Bournemouth fans and counterparts from other clubs have chipped in to raise almost £3,000 towards the transport costs of supporters of FA Cup rivals Burton.

The brainchild of Whitehead, a website was set up yesterday to help pay for the Brewers faithful to travel back to Dean Court on Tuesday, January 14 after many had made a wasted trip to the scheduled third round tie between the clubs, which was postponed on Saturday.

Whitehead came up with the scheme because of the goodwill between the two sets of supporters, which was established after Cherries had been made so welcome at Burton’s Pirelli Stadium when sealing promotion from League Two in 2010.

And while the initial aim was to come up with £800 to cover the cost of one coach, donations flooded in on the back of widespread regional and national media coverage, with the total having reached a staggering £2,930 at the time of writing.

Whitehead confirmed three Burton coaches could now be paid for and that any surplus money was set to go to Cancer Research, the charity nominated by Cherries manager Eddie Howe.

He told the Daily Echo: “When we went to Burton in 2010, it was the most fantastic day and their fans and officials were really friendly. I thought that maybe we should do something and floated the idea.

“I was contacted by Adrian Lee who has experience in crowd funding situations and he set up donations on the internet. It exceeded our expectations. There are lots of heart-warming messages on the website from all sorts of people and fans. Everyone in the football family can relate to it and lots of people have chipped in. It has been a great experience.

“We hear enough about petulant millionaire footballers but there is another football universe out there, with smaller, less fashionable clubs. Hopefully, this will shine a light on different aspects of football.”

Cherries boss Howe praised the scheme and in a statement issued to the Daily Echo, Dean Court chairman Jeff Mostyn said: “On April 24, 2010, following a traumatic few years that saw the club almost relegated out of the Football League, AFC Bournemouth celebrated promotion to League One following victory at the Pirelli Stadium. What became apparent as the final whistle sounded was the incredible camaraderie shown by our hosts. It was the beginning of a bond between our two clubs that will last well into the future.

“The gesture by our supporters to provide funding for coaches following Saturday’s postponed game is possibly without precedent. It demonstrates, without doubt, the strength of feeling the supporters of AFC Bournemouth have for their peers at Burton Albion. As chairman, no gesture has ever given me greater pride.”

Burton Albion chairman Ben Robinson thanked supporters for the “tremendous gesture”.

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3:16pm Mon 6 Jan 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Following the very deserved success of this campaign, I am considering starting a fund-raiser to send all Leeds fans to Afghanistan, I’m sure there will be supporters of many other clubs happy to contribute ;-}
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Following the very deserved success of this campaign, I am considering starting a fund-raiser to send all Leeds fans to Afghanistan, I’m sure there will be supporters of many other clubs happy to contribute ;-} UTC TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 28

3:49pm Mon 6 Jan 14

boyerboy says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
Following the very deserved success of this campaign, I am considering starting a fund-raiser to send all Leeds fans to Afghanistan, I’m sure there will be supporters of many other clubs happy to contribute ;-}
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Not a bad idea, must be on a bank holiday Monday though..............
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[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: Following the very deserved success of this campaign, I am considering starting a fund-raiser to send all Leeds fans to Afghanistan, I’m sure there will be supporters of many other clubs happy to contribute ;-} UTC[/p][/quote]Not a bad idea, must be on a bank holiday Monday though.............. ... boyerboy
  • Score: 15

4:00pm Mon 6 Jan 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

^ hee hee boyerboy I like it!

I am expecting this campaign to raise more than Children In Need did last year!
^ hee hee boyerboy I like it! I am expecting this campaign to raise more than Children In Need did last year! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 4

4:15pm Mon 6 Jan 14

nonnogeppetto says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
^ hee hee boyerboy I like it!

I am expecting this campaign to raise more than Children In Need did last year!
Any truth in the romours that the Liverpool fans are donating £10000 in order for Burton Albion to bring more supporters thus increase their chance of winning!!!

Would it be possible to establish a fund for OXBOG so that he can attend a Charm School. I am certain that he was smacked for giving something away when he was a kid!!!
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: ^ hee hee boyerboy I like it! I am expecting this campaign to raise more than Children In Need did last year![/p][/quote]Any truth in the romours that the Liverpool fans are donating £10000 in order for Burton Albion to bring more supporters thus increase their chance of winning!!! Would it be possible to establish a fund for OXBOG so that he can attend a Charm School. I am certain that he was smacked for giving something away when he was a kid!!! nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 1

4:17pm Mon 6 Jan 14

matt68 says...

Can we get some coaches to send the Liverpool fans back home from Boscombe!
Can we get some coaches to send the Liverpool fans back home from Boscombe! matt68
  • Score: 12

5:04pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Solentcherry says...

Don't expect any similar gestures to Tranmere Rovers at any time in the future.
Don't expect any similar gestures to Tranmere Rovers at any time in the future. Solentcherry
  • Score: 8

5:34pm Mon 6 Jan 14

raybren says...

Burton Mail reporting that , fans who had tickets and travelled down by other means , not allowed free coach travel for 14th. Comments please .
Burton Mail reporting that , fans who had tickets and travelled down by other means , not allowed free coach travel for 14th. Comments please . raybren
  • Score: 0

5:47pm Mon 6 Jan 14

alasdair1967 says...

raybren wrote:
Burton Mail reporting that , fans who had tickets and travelled down by other means , not allowed free coach travel for 14th. Comments please .
That stinks surely the money we have raised would enable extra coaches to be laid on
[quote][p][bold]raybren[/bold] wrote: Burton Mail reporting that , fans who had tickets and travelled down by other means , not allowed free coach travel for 14th. Comments please .[/p][/quote]That stinks surely the money we have raised would enable extra coaches to be laid on alasdair1967
  • Score: 5

5:51pm Mon 6 Jan 14

nonnogeppetto says...

raybren wrote:
Burton Mail reporting that , fans who had tickets and travelled down by other means , not allowed free coach travel for 14th. Comments please .
The ones who had come by coach should have top priority the rest should be on a first come first serve basis until all gone.
[quote][p][bold]raybren[/bold] wrote: Burton Mail reporting that , fans who had tickets and travelled down by other means , not allowed free coach travel for 14th. Comments please .[/p][/quote]The ones who had come by coach should have top priority the rest should be on a first come first serve basis until all gone. nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 7

6:25pm Mon 6 Jan 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
raybren wrote:
Burton Mail reporting that , fans who had tickets and travelled down by other means , not allowed free coach travel for 14th. Comments please .
The ones who had come by coach should have top priority the rest should be on a first come first serve basis until all gone.
Here, here, those that did not come down on the coach still had to pay out to travel of some sort, they should all be welcome on the coaches!

I do hope we don't have to start a No.10 petition to sort this out!!!
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]raybren[/bold] wrote: Burton Mail reporting that , fans who had tickets and travelled down by other means , not allowed free coach travel for 14th. Comments please .[/p][/quote]The ones who had come by coach should have top priority the rest should be on a first come first serve basis until all gone.[/p][/quote]Here, here, those that did not come down on the coach still had to pay out to travel of some sort, they should all be welcome on the coaches! I do hope we don't have to start a No.10 petition to sort this out!!! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 5

6:38pm Mon 6 Jan 14

mossy 1 says...

raybren wrote:
Burton Mail reporting that , fans who had tickets and travelled down by other means , not allowed free coach travel for 14th. Comments please .
So who is deciding who should or shouldn`t be able allowed to use this offer.Surely the organisers of the coach fund should make that decision.
[quote][p][bold]raybren[/bold] wrote: Burton Mail reporting that , fans who had tickets and travelled down by other means , not allowed free coach travel for 14th. Comments please .[/p][/quote]So who is deciding who should or shouldn`t be able allowed to use this offer.Surely the organisers of the coach fund should make that decision. mossy 1
  • Score: 3

6:50pm Mon 6 Jan 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Extract from Burton site, looks like they should all be ok:

"Supporters who made the trip on Saturday will now be able to travel for free to the rearranged tie on January 14, (7.45pm).

Albion Supporters must produce their AFC Bournemouth match ticket when signing up for the free away travel.

Fans that travelled by official coach but can no longer attend the rearranged fixture can use £16 of credit towards away travel until the end of February."
Extract from Burton site, looks like they should all be ok: "Supporters who made the trip on Saturday will now be able to travel for free to the rearranged tie on January 14, (7.45pm). Albion Supporters must produce their AFC Bournemouth match ticket when signing up for the free away travel. Fans that travelled by official coach but can no longer attend the rearranged fixture can use £16 of credit towards away travel until the end of February." TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 1

7:13pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Julian 1964 Bournemouth says...

JamesCa
06/01/2014 14:32

What a brilliant brilliant thing that the Bournemouth fans have done for us! Just called the club however and the free coach travel is only open to those who travelled on the official coaches on Saturday. So people (like me) who drove down or booked hotels or went by train will have to pay to travel again putting us further out of pocket. I'm not quite sure that's the spirit that the Bournemouth fans gave their money in. Surely a better way would be to offer a free coach seat to everyone who bought a ticket for the match and for the club to fit the bill? Feeling really let down by the club again...
JamesCa 06/01/2014 14:32 What a brilliant brilliant thing that the Bournemouth fans have done for us! Just called the club however and the free coach travel is only open to those who travelled on the official coaches on Saturday. So people (like me) who drove down or booked hotels or went by train will have to pay to travel again putting us further out of pocket. I'm not quite sure that's the spirit that the Bournemouth fans gave their money in. Surely a better way would be to offer a free coach seat to everyone who bought a ticket for the match and for the club to fit the bill? Feeling really let down by the club again... Julian 1964 Bournemouth
  • Score: 6

8:09pm Mon 6 Jan 14

raybren says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
Extract from Burton site, looks like they should all be ok:

"Supporters who made the trip on Saturday will now be able to travel for free to the rearranged tie on January 14, (7.45pm).

Albion Supporters must produce their AFC Bournemouth match ticket when signing up for the free away travel.

Fans that travelled by official coach but can no longer attend the rearranged fixture can use £16 of credit towards away travel until the end of February."
Well spotted Ted , seems now everybody is happy . Just remains to be seen who will be happy on the night !
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: Extract from Burton site, looks like they should all be ok: "Supporters who made the trip on Saturday will now be able to travel for free to the rearranged tie on January 14, (7.45pm). Albion Supporters must produce their AFC Bournemouth match ticket when signing up for the free away travel. Fans that travelled by official coach but can no longer attend the rearranged fixture can use £16 of credit towards away travel until the end of February."[/p][/quote]Well spotted Ted , seems now everybody is happy . Just remains to be seen who will be happy on the night ! raybren
  • Score: 1

8:44pm Mon 6 Jan 14

cheeriedriteup says...

Julian 1964 Bournemouth wrote:
JamesCa
06/01/2014 14:32

What a brilliant brilliant thing that the Bournemouth fans have done for us! Just called the club however and the free coach travel is only open to those who travelled on the official coaches on Saturday. So people (like me) who drove down or booked hotels or went by train will have to pay to travel again putting us further out of pocket. I'm not quite sure that's the spirit that the Bournemouth fans gave their money in. Surely a better way would be to offer a free coach seat to everyone who bought a ticket for the match and for the club to fit the bill? Feeling really let down by the club again...
I think originally you had two coaches but now it's possible to have three so I'm sure this theory will change before the game , try to negotiate the £16 towards fuel for those who did attend the first game and will return on the Tuesday,
[quote][p][bold]Julian 1964 Bournemouth[/bold] wrote: JamesCa 06/01/2014 14:32 What a brilliant brilliant thing that the Bournemouth fans have done for us! Just called the club however and the free coach travel is only open to those who travelled on the official coaches on Saturday. So people (like me) who drove down or booked hotels or went by train will have to pay to travel again putting us further out of pocket. I'm not quite sure that's the spirit that the Bournemouth fans gave their money in. Surely a better way would be to offer a free coach seat to everyone who bought a ticket for the match and for the club to fit the bill? Feeling really let down by the club again...[/p][/quote]I think originally you had two coaches but now it's possible to have three so I'm sure this theory will change before the game , try to negotiate the £16 towards fuel for those who did attend the first game and will return on the Tuesday, cheeriedriteup
  • Score: 4

2:32pm Tue 7 Jan 14

redster says...

Do the tickets issued for last Saturday still stand, or have re-issued new ones ?
Do the tickets issued for last Saturday still stand, or have re-issued new ones ? redster
  • Score: 1

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