AFC Bournemouth: Vokes looking forward to Dean Court homecoming

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FORMER Cherries striker Sam Vokes has described his homecoming as a “special moment”.

Lymington-raised Vokes, who left Cherries in 2008, returns to Dean Court for the first time on Saturday with Championship high-fliers Burnley.

The 24-year-old bagged his 16th goal of the season as the Clarets opened a three-point lead in second place with a 1-0 win at Bolton on Tuesday.

Vokes, sold to Wolves for around £300,000 to help fund Cherries’ administration, and fellow Dean Court youth graduate Danny Ings have plundered 40 goals between them this season.

Handed his debut by Kevin Bond as a 17-year-old, former Priestlands schoolboy Vokes notched 16 goals in 59 appearances for Cherries after coming through the ranks under Joe Roach.

Vokes told the club website: “Our away form has been good this season and it has to be if you want to be successful. The game against Bournemouth at Turf Moor was a tough one for us and I am sure it will be again.

“It is a chance for the team to pick up some important points but it will be a strange one for Danny and myself because we know so many people at the club. My time there gave me a good platform to go on and have the career I have up to this point.

“I made my debut just after I had turned 17, played regularly for the first team for two years and then had to leave because of the financial situation – it all happened so fast.

“We have got ourselves into a good position in the league and every game is massive for us at the moment. Coming home for the first time since I left will be a special moment for me.”

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10:25pm Wed 12 Feb 14

cheeriedriteup says...

Feel free to have a dry spell for 90 minutes
Feel free to have a dry spell for 90 minutes cheeriedriteup

6:31am Thu 13 Feb 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Will happily give Vokes & Ings a standing ovation from Block 15 if we keep a cleen sheet!!!
UTC
Will happily give Vokes & Ings a standing ovation from Block 15 if we keep a cleen sheet!!! UTC TedMacsCherryPants

10:05am Thu 13 Feb 14

abc100 says...

Both players should get a good reception on Saturday, we would never of sold them that early in their careers if had not been for the financial problems we had at the time, although we should also give them a bit of good natured stick during the game!!!!!
Both players should get a good reception on Saturday, we would never of sold them that early in their careers if had not been for the financial problems we had at the time, although we should also give them a bit of good natured stick during the game!!!!! abc100

10:45am Thu 13 Feb 14

Square Old Codger says...

I am quite looking forward to seeing how far these two young men have progressed and developed, but rather fear that they are in such good form that they will be too much for our rather porous defence, missing two of it's better players, Ward and Daniels. But, Eddie and Jason know both players very well, their strengths and weakness and hope that they can devise a strategy to stop them. Should be a good game though, weather permitting.
I am quite looking forward to seeing how far these two young men have progressed and developed, but rather fear that they are in such good form that they will be too much for our rather porous defence, missing two of it's better players, Ward and Daniels. But, Eddie and Jason know both players very well, their strengths and weakness and hope that they can devise a strategy to stop them. Should be a good game though, weather permitting. Square Old Codger

11:55am Thu 13 Feb 14

golfer33 says...

not very fast players so Harte should do ok against them.
not very fast players so Harte should do ok against them. golfer33

2:24pm Thu 13 Feb 14

balsallcherry says...

We coped okay against them except for the goal at turf moor! They work well together and appear to be able to score a large number of goals out of nothing. I think we might just surprise a few people on saturday. We played well enough for all three points at their place. We will need the North Stand to find their voices again though. It was a bit quiet against Leicester. UTCIAD
We coped okay against them except for the goal at turf moor! They work well together and appear to be able to score a large number of goals out of nothing. I think we might just surprise a few people on saturday. We played well enough for all three points at their place. We will need the North Stand to find their voices again though. It was a bit quiet against Leicester. UTCIAD balsallcherry

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