AFC Bournemouth: Liverpool tie is for those who kept club alive

Bournemouth Echo: VICTORY: Cherries boss Eddie Howe VICTORY: Cherries boss Eddie Howe

THIS was so much more than just a routine victory. 

On home soil, against a club two divisions below, Cherries would have been expected to emerge victorious against Burton Albion.

But this will mean so much more than simply winning a game of football. This is about those moments that only this wonderful game can ignite. This is about history and payback for those who stood up and were counted when they were needed most.

Real Madrid came in the summer. Forget Real Madrid.

Saturday, January 25 will mean more to AFC Bournemouth fans than, potentially, any day since 1984. Cherries triumphed over the might of Manchester United that day. Who knows?

The multi-European champions will visit a week on Saturday. Win, lose or draw, it will be an occasion for the history books.

Cherries’ history book, of course, is laden with tumultuous chapters. Administrations, relegations, ownership that should never have been allowed to happen.

The bookmarks to those chapters of woe are the supporters, the ones who put their money in those buckets at the Winter Gardens, the ones who still bought their season tickets when the club was in danger of dropping into non-league. In the corridors of power, Jeff Mostyn and Steve Sly refused to let this incredible club take its last breath before its time. This is for all of you. Soak it up.

You can take your Real Madrid and your Cristiano Ronaldo. A competitive fixture against one of England’s finest clubs, a club of stature and a club that represents exactly what football means to this country, is finally a reward for those who have been waiting so long for a moment like this.

Enjoy it. Saviour it. You all deserve it.

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10:27pm Tue 14 Jan 14

poolepaul says...

Job done. Well done guys, looking forward to this one!
Job done. Well done guys, looking forward to this one! poolepaul
  • Score: 8

10:32pm Tue 14 Jan 14

nonnogeppetto says...

Good win in the end but we did make 'heavy weather'!!! of it. Looking forward to Liverpool's game. I have to say that I was pleased that it wasn't me on that pitch tonight.
Good win in the end but we did make 'heavy weather'!!! of it. Looking forward to Liverpool's game. I have to say that I was pleased that it wasn't me on that pitch tonight. nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 5

10:36pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Catwhiskers says...

After tonights performance, I'm sure Liverpools scouts will have 'nothing to report.'.
After tonights performance, I'm sure Liverpools scouts will have 'nothing to report.'. Catwhiskers
  • Score: -37

10:42pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Phil McG (Italy) says...

A great result and professional display by all accounts. (I'm glad you didn't play too 'Nonno' as I doubt we'd be playing Liverpool if you had!).

I was at the Winter Gardens in 1997, and have seen us go through some really low points, and this will be an occasion to be savoured. Compared to the Madrid match, this is one we've earned and not bought.

I'll be supporting from afar, as I generally am every Saturday/Tuesday, with the added bonus of getting to watch us. It might give me a chance to drum up extra support from the Italian branch of Eddie Howe's Barmy Army. UP THE CHERRIES!!!
A great result and professional display by all accounts. (I'm glad you didn't play too 'Nonno' as I doubt we'd be playing Liverpool if you had!). I was at the Winter Gardens in 1997, and have seen us go through some really low points, and this will be an occasion to be savoured. Compared to the Madrid match, this is one we've earned and not bought. I'll be supporting from afar, as I generally am every Saturday/Tuesday, with the added bonus of getting to watch us. It might give me a chance to drum up extra support from the Italian branch of Eddie Howe's Barmy Army. UP THE CHERRIES!!! Phil McG (Italy)
  • Score: 6

10:46pm Tue 14 Jan 14

dustbindanny says...

Commiserations to Burton Albion, but I thought we were a bit 'classy' for them on a pitch that was difficult to play on with the horrible weather? My man of the match was Burton,s Keeper ,Lyness, seems a really good Goalie ,one too keep an eye on Eddie!
Commiserations to Burton Albion, but I thought we were a bit 'classy' for them on a pitch that was difficult to play on with the horrible weather? My man of the match was Burton,s Keeper ,Lyness, seems a really good Goalie ,one too keep an eye on Eddie! dustbindanny
  • Score: 9

11:04pm Tue 14 Jan 14

lionheart says...

Well said Neil, can't argue with that.

I was at the FA Cup game in the 60's when we held Liverpool's greatest team to a 0-0 draw and at the 2-0 win over a similar household name Man Utd team in 84.

If the better team don't turn up on the day then anything can happen.

Well done lads. You have earnt this moment to become AFCB legends.
Well said Neil, can't argue with that. I was at the FA Cup game in the 60's when we held Liverpool's greatest team to a 0-0 draw and at the 2-0 win over a similar household name Man Utd team in 84. If the better team don't turn up on the day then anything can happen. Well done lads. You have earnt this moment to become AFCB legends. lionheart
  • Score: 10

11:04pm Tue 14 Jan 14

YafcbY says...

Whilst I'm gutted not to be watching the match, working on Saturday is a drag.
At the very least this night the club has secured for me,
the only East London cherry,
a Tuesday night away tie at Charlton!
Whilst I'm gutted not to be watching the match, working on Saturday is a drag. At the very least this night the club has secured for me, the only East London cherry, a Tuesday night away tie at Charlton! YafcbY
  • Score: 2

12:27am Wed 15 Jan 14

John T says...

My abiding memory of the last time the Cherries played Liverpool in the FA Cup in January 1968 was as one of the Bournemouth few who was on the Kop that night and experienced the warm welcome and scouse humour shown to Ken Bailey as he paraded a card board - cut out FA Cup in front of the crowd....eat your heart out Jimmy Savile!
I wonder if the scousers in Boscombe might club together to pay for a ticket for me to watch this year's match, in view of the hospitality shown to them over the years in the Sir Percy Florence Shelley (Wetherspoons), for example!
My abiding memory of the last time the Cherries played Liverpool in the FA Cup in January 1968 was as one of the Bournemouth few who was on the Kop that night and experienced the warm welcome and scouse humour shown to Ken Bailey as he paraded a card board - cut out FA Cup in front of the crowd....eat your heart out Jimmy Savile! I wonder if the scousers in Boscombe might club together to pay for a ticket for me to watch this year's match, in view of the hospitality shown to them over the years in the Sir Percy Florence Shelley (Wetherspoons), for example! John T
  • Score: 9

6:33am Wed 15 Jan 14

Richard 1976 says...

Phil McG (Italy) wrote:
A great result and professional display by all accounts. (I'm glad you didn't play too 'Nonno' as I doubt we'd be playing Liverpool if you had!).

I was at the Winter Gardens in 1997, and have seen us go through some really low points, and this will be an occasion to be savoured. Compared to the Madrid match, this is one we've earned and not bought.

I'll be supporting from afar, as I generally am every Saturday/Tuesday, with the added bonus of getting to watch us. It might give me a chance to drum up extra support from the Italian branch of Eddie Howe's Barmy Army. UP THE CHERRIES!!!
Certainly been more than our fair share of lows hasn't there? I remember all too well how close we came to seeing the club fold ( still got an old 2cr save the cherries car sticker squirreled away somewhere).. The points deduction, relegation, further points deduction really did make you think someone had it in for us. Times have changed for the better, which has been down to fantastic support and those who believed the club was worth saving. Enjoy the day, and the spectacle of our beloved cherries on the telly against one of the worlds biggest clubs.. I for one still think there's a bit of magic in the fa cup! up the cherries!
[quote][p][bold]Phil McG (Italy)[/bold] wrote: A great result and professional display by all accounts. (I'm glad you didn't play too 'Nonno' as I doubt we'd be playing Liverpool if you had!). I was at the Winter Gardens in 1997, and have seen us go through some really low points, and this will be an occasion to be savoured. Compared to the Madrid match, this is one we've earned and not bought. I'll be supporting from afar, as I generally am every Saturday/Tuesday, with the added bonus of getting to watch us. It might give me a chance to drum up extra support from the Italian branch of Eddie Howe's Barmy Army. UP THE CHERRIES!!![/p][/quote]Certainly been more than our fair share of lows hasn't there? I remember all too well how close we came to seeing the club fold ( still got an old 2cr save the cherries car sticker squirreled away somewhere).. The points deduction, relegation, further points deduction really did make you think someone had it in for us. Times have changed for the better, which has been down to fantastic support and those who believed the club was worth saving. Enjoy the day, and the spectacle of our beloved cherries on the telly against one of the worlds biggest clubs.. I for one still think there's a bit of magic in the fa cup! up the cherries! Richard 1976
  • Score: 8

7:05am Wed 15 Jan 14

alasdair1967 says...

Who would have thought a few seasons back,we would be playing two of the worlds biggest clubs at dean court within a 12 month period ,back then I would have said never in a month of Sundays how the clubs fortunes have changed ,but now the ticket lottery !
Who would have thought a few seasons back,we would be playing two of the worlds biggest clubs at dean court within a 12 month period ,back then I would have said never in a month of Sundays how the clubs fortunes have changed ,but now the ticket lottery ! alasdair1967
  • Score: 2

8:01am Wed 15 Jan 14

nonnogeppetto says...

Phil McG (Italy) wrote:
A great result and professional display by all accounts. (I'm glad you didn't play too 'Nonno' as I doubt we'd be playing Liverpool if you had!).

I was at the Winter Gardens in 1997, and have seen us go through some really low points, and this will be an occasion to be savoured. Compared to the Madrid match, this is one we've earned and not bought.

I'll be supporting from afar, as I generally am every Saturday/Tuesday, with the added bonus of getting to watch us. It might give me a chance to drum up extra support from the Italian branch of Eddie Howe's Barmy Army. UP THE CHERRIES!!!
You have seen me play have you!!!!!!

I and a dear disabled friend of mine were at the Winter Gardens too and what a roller coaster of existence we have had! The good thing is that it is now all behind us and it would appear that we have an administration (sorry to use such a scary word!!) that seem to have their heads screwed in the right place. Long ay it last. UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]Phil McG (Italy)[/bold] wrote: A great result and professional display by all accounts. (I'm glad you didn't play too 'Nonno' as I doubt we'd be playing Liverpool if you had!). I was at the Winter Gardens in 1997, and have seen us go through some really low points, and this will be an occasion to be savoured. Compared to the Madrid match, this is one we've earned and not bought. I'll be supporting from afar, as I generally am every Saturday/Tuesday, with the added bonus of getting to watch us. It might give me a chance to drum up extra support from the Italian branch of Eddie Howe's Barmy Army. UP THE CHERRIES!!![/p][/quote]You have seen me play have you!!!!!! I and a dear disabled friend of mine were at the Winter Gardens too and what a roller coaster of existence we have had! The good thing is that it is now all behind us and it would appear that we have an administration (sorry to use such a scary word!!) that seem to have their heads screwed in the right place. Long ay it last. UTCIAD nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 1

8:20am Wed 15 Jan 14

spryte67 says...

Not a great display, but good enough for the evening. Terrible weather towards the end. Good to see the stadium full. Cannot go against Liverpool due to work pattern.
Thought that the club might have given preference to the supporters for the next round who had bought tickets for the original match when there were not many going to attend, and subsequently the faithful that bought tickets for last night. Attended the match in 1967 against Liverpool in the FA Cup, the tickets were allocated on having to attend a previous match basis, which means the loyal supporter is more likely to attend.
Not a great display, but good enough for the evening. Terrible weather towards the end. Good to see the stadium full. Cannot go against Liverpool due to work pattern. Thought that the club might have given preference to the supporters for the next round who had bought tickets for the original match when there were not many going to attend, and subsequently the faithful that bought tickets for last night. Attended the match in 1967 against Liverpool in the FA Cup, the tickets were allocated on having to attend a previous match basis, which means the loyal supporter is more likely to attend. spryte67
  • Score: 1

8:31am Wed 15 Jan 14

Afcbpete says...

spryte67 wrote:
Not a great display, but good enough for the evening. Terrible weather towards the end. Good to see the stadium full. Cannot go against Liverpool due to work pattern.
Thought that the club might have given preference to the supporters for the next round who had bought tickets for the original match when there were not many going to attend, and subsequently the faithful that bought tickets for last night. Attended the match in 1967 against Liverpool in the FA Cup, the tickets were allocated on having to attend a previous match basis, which means the loyal supporter is more likely to attend.
You basically answered your own question there. Many went lst night expecting their stub would enable them to have priority for a Liverpool ticket, but will now be disappointed, because only those with a track record showing up on the data base will be able to buy a ticket, so it will only be loyal supporters buying tickets!!
[quote][p][bold]spryte67[/bold] wrote: Not a great display, but good enough for the evening. Terrible weather towards the end. Good to see the stadium full. Cannot go against Liverpool due to work pattern. Thought that the club might have given preference to the supporters for the next round who had bought tickets for the original match when there were not many going to attend, and subsequently the faithful that bought tickets for last night. Attended the match in 1967 against Liverpool in the FA Cup, the tickets were allocated on having to attend a previous match basis, which means the loyal supporter is more likely to attend.[/p][/quote]You basically answered your own question there. Many went lst night expecting their stub would enable them to have priority for a Liverpool ticket, but will now be disappointed, because only those with a track record showing up on the data base will be able to buy a ticket, so it will only be loyal supporters buying tickets!! Afcbpete
  • Score: 8

8:37am Wed 15 Jan 14

nonnogeppetto says...

Afcbpete wrote:
spryte67 wrote:
Not a great display, but good enough for the evening. Terrible weather towards the end. Good to see the stadium full. Cannot go against Liverpool due to work pattern.
Thought that the club might have given preference to the supporters for the next round who had bought tickets for the original match when there were not many going to attend, and subsequently the faithful that bought tickets for last night. Attended the match in 1967 against Liverpool in the FA Cup, the tickets were allocated on having to attend a previous match basis, which means the loyal supporter is more likely to attend.
You basically answered your own question there. Many went lst night expecting their stub would enable them to have priority for a Liverpool ticket, but will now be disappointed, because only those with a track record showing up on the data base will be able to buy a ticket, so it will only be loyal supporters buying tickets!!
Does that mean that our mutual friend from far afield would not be able to buy a ticket! Well every cloud has a silver lining!!
[quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spryte67[/bold] wrote: Not a great display, but good enough for the evening. Terrible weather towards the end. Good to see the stadium full. Cannot go against Liverpool due to work pattern. Thought that the club might have given preference to the supporters for the next round who had bought tickets for the original match when there were not many going to attend, and subsequently the faithful that bought tickets for last night. Attended the match in 1967 against Liverpool in the FA Cup, the tickets were allocated on having to attend a previous match basis, which means the loyal supporter is more likely to attend.[/p][/quote]You basically answered your own question there. Many went lst night expecting their stub would enable them to have priority for a Liverpool ticket, but will now be disappointed, because only those with a track record showing up on the data base will be able to buy a ticket, so it will only be loyal supporters buying tickets!![/p][/quote]Does that mean that our mutual friend from far afield would not be able to buy a ticket! Well every cloud has a silver lining!! nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 3

8:47am Wed 15 Jan 14

AFCBade says...

Really looking forward to this game, been hoping to play Liverpool for years. Wouldn't be too dismissive of the real Madrid game though. That was a wonderful experience too.
Really looking forward to this game, been hoping to play Liverpool for years. Wouldn't be too dismissive of the real Madrid game though. That was a wonderful experience too. AFCBade
  • Score: 4

8:47am Wed 15 Jan 14

Afcbpete says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
spryte67 wrote:
Not a great display, but good enough for the evening. Terrible weather towards the end. Good to see the stadium full. Cannot go against Liverpool due to work pattern.
Thought that the club might have given preference to the supporters for the next round who had bought tickets for the original match when there were not many going to attend, and subsequently the faithful that bought tickets for last night. Attended the match in 1967 against Liverpool in the FA Cup, the tickets were allocated on having to attend a previous match basis, which means the loyal supporter is more likely to attend.
You basically answered your own question there. Many went lst night expecting their stub would enable them to have priority for a Liverpool ticket, but will now be disappointed, because only those with a track record showing up on the data base will be able to buy a ticket, so it will only be loyal supporters buying tickets!!
Does that mean that our mutual friend from far afield would not be able to buy a ticket! Well every cloud has a silver lining!!
Does he even know where Dean court IS!!
He'd probably end up at Victoria Park...
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spryte67[/bold] wrote: Not a great display, but good enough for the evening. Terrible weather towards the end. Good to see the stadium full. Cannot go against Liverpool due to work pattern. Thought that the club might have given preference to the supporters for the next round who had bought tickets for the original match when there were not many going to attend, and subsequently the faithful that bought tickets for last night. Attended the match in 1967 against Liverpool in the FA Cup, the tickets were allocated on having to attend a previous match basis, which means the loyal supporter is more likely to attend.[/p][/quote]You basically answered your own question there. Many went lst night expecting their stub would enable them to have priority for a Liverpool ticket, but will now be disappointed, because only those with a track record showing up on the data base will be able to buy a ticket, so it will only be loyal supporters buying tickets!![/p][/quote]Does that mean that our mutual friend from far afield would not be able to buy a ticket! Well every cloud has a silver lining!![/p][/quote]Does he even know where Dean court IS!! He'd probably end up at Victoria Park... Afcbpete
  • Score: 2

10:24am Wed 15 Jan 14

Square Old Codger says...

I thought that it was a good display, given the conditions and looking forward to seeing Liverpool here again, it will be interesting to see what sort of side Bredan Rogers will put out, I suspect a strong one - given that the Cup will be their best chance of a trophy. Pleased to to hear Eddie say that he is looking to strengthen the squad, not weaken it by selling our better players and that there haven't been any approaches! Southampton now seem to have a problem, it's been known for some time that the late owners family were concerned by the amount of money needed to progress the Club and were increasingly reluctant to provide the finance required and wouldn't be adverse to selling it. It rather looks as if "crunch time" might have arrived. Good luck to them, hope that it turns out OK. We after, know better than anyone what that's like.
I thought that it was a good display, given the conditions and looking forward to seeing Liverpool here again, it will be interesting to see what sort of side Bredan Rogers will put out, I suspect a strong one - given that the Cup will be their best chance of a trophy. Pleased to to hear Eddie say that he is looking to strengthen the squad, not weaken it by selling our better players and that there haven't been any approaches! Southampton now seem to have a problem, it's been known for some time that the late owners family were concerned by the amount of money needed to progress the Club and were increasingly reluctant to provide the finance required and wouldn't be adverse to selling it. It rather looks as if "crunch time" might have arrived. Good luck to them, hope that it turns out OK. We after, know better than anyone what that's like. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 0

10:27am Wed 15 Jan 14

susi.m says...

I am so excited.
Got my ticket a little earlier this morning.
Those dark, cold days of watching those awful games in the bottom of league two seem such a distant memory now.
Why was it so quiet in the North Stand last night? Don't like it quiet.
I am so excited. Got my ticket a little earlier this morning. Those dark, cold days of watching those awful games in the bottom of league two seem such a distant memory now. Why was it so quiet in the North Stand last night? Don't like it quiet. susi.m
  • Score: 2

10:41am Wed 15 Jan 14

cheeriedriteup says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
I thought that it was a good display, given the conditions and looking forward to seeing Liverpool here again, it will be interesting to see what sort of side Bredan Rogers will put out, I suspect a strong one - given that the Cup will be their best chance of a trophy. Pleased to to hear Eddie say that he is looking to strengthen the squad, not weaken it by selling our better players and that there haven't been any approaches! Southampton now seem to have a problem, it's been known for some time that the late owners family were concerned by the amount of money needed to progress the Club and were increasingly reluctant to provide the finance required and wouldn't be adverse to selling it. It rather looks as if "crunch time" might have arrived. Good luck to them, hope that it turns out OK. We after, know better than anyone what that's like.
I'm sure that LFC will put out a strong line up, they have no European football in the way , Brenda will want some sot of silverware, but on the flip side they will be thinking that we will be a walkover so if they leave it late in the game to change up a gear we may have already took the lead . It's our home, it's realistic , let's do it
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: I thought that it was a good display, given the conditions and looking forward to seeing Liverpool here again, it will be interesting to see what sort of side Bredan Rogers will put out, I suspect a strong one - given that the Cup will be their best chance of a trophy. Pleased to to hear Eddie say that he is looking to strengthen the squad, not weaken it by selling our better players and that there haven't been any approaches! Southampton now seem to have a problem, it's been known for some time that the late owners family were concerned by the amount of money needed to progress the Club and were increasingly reluctant to provide the finance required and wouldn't be adverse to selling it. It rather looks as if "crunch time" might have arrived. Good luck to them, hope that it turns out OK. We after, know better than anyone what that's like.[/p][/quote]I'm sure that LFC will put out a strong line up, they have no European football in the way , Brenda will want some sot of silverware, but on the flip side they will be thinking that we will be a walkover so if they leave it late in the game to change up a gear we may have already took the lead . It's our home, it's realistic , let's do it cheeriedriteup
  • Score: 4

2:50am Thu 16 Jan 14

David C Wheeler says...

Home thoughts from Cape Breton in Canada; I remember Keith East beating Tommy Lawrence with an acrobatic strike in the Jan '68 game like it was yesterday. I still believe that goal should have stood....Very proud of how far B&BAFC have come n recent years. We will beat Liverpool this time.
Home thoughts from Cape Breton in Canada; I remember Keith East beating Tommy Lawrence with an acrobatic strike in the Jan '68 game like it was yesterday. I still believe that goal should have stood....Very proud of how far B&BAFC have come n recent years. We will beat Liverpool this time. David C Wheeler
  • Score: 0

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