AFC Bournemouth: 10 pivotal moments in Cherries' Championship journey

Bournemouth Echo: AFC Bournemouth: 10 pivotal moments in Cherries' Championship journey AFC Bournemouth: 10 pivotal moments in Cherries' Championship journey

CHERRIES' remarkable run of form since the beginning of March has taken the Championship by storm, their late surge helping to blow wide open the race for the play-offs. 

But much like their charge to automatic promotion last season, there have been key moments throughout the campaign which have led to this pivotal point. 

Here we look at 10 potentially crucial points in the season which could yet have a bearing on Cherries' destiny. 

1. Starting the season with a win. 

Cherries' 2-1 win over Charlton Athletic on the opening day, which came courtesy of Lewis Grabban's brace, gave the Dean Court crowd a real sense of belief that their team belonged back in the second tier. 

Bournemouth Echo: See all our pictures from AFC Bournemouth's first game of the season in the Champsionship against Charlton at the Goldsands Stadium on August 3, 2013

2. Ryan Fraser's goal prompting the majestic fightback against Millwall

Three without a win after a steady start, Cherries were expected to see off the struggling Lions but found themselves two down inside 10 minutes.

Up stepped 'the Wee man' with a goal two minutes before the break to inspire a resounding 5-2 victory in one of Dean Court's most memorable matches of the season. 

Bournemouth Echo: All our pictures from AFCB v Millwall on Saturday October 5, 2013

3. The unfortunate injury to loan keeper Stephen Henderson 

As unpleasant as the West Ham custodian's shoulder injury at Nottingham Forest was, it meant boss Eddie Howe had to return to the loan market for another stopper.

He borrowed Lee Camp, signed him permanently in January and Cherries have scarcely looked back since. 

Bournemouth Echo: All our pictures from Nottingham Forest v AFC Bournemouth at The City Ground on Saturday, October 19,2013

4. Matt Ritchie's return to action 

The former Swindon winger made his long-awaited comeback from a persistent thigh problem while Cherries were in the midst of a bleak November. 

Despite a 1-0 home defeat to Derby County, Ritchie's presence got the Dean Court faithful on their feet after coming on as a second-half substitute and has gone on to produce some stellar displays from wide positions.

Bournemouth Echo: All our pictures from AFC Bournemouth v Derby County at Goldsands Stadium on November 23, 2013

5. Eunan O'Kane's starring role at Reading 

Seven without a win and away to a former Premier League club chasing a play-off spot, not many gave Cherries much hope prior to their 2-1 win at the Madejski Stadium in December. 

However, a 4-1-4-1 shape with O'Kane (left) unexpectedly providing the platform as anchor man helped Cherries to one of their most notable victories to date. 

Bournemouth Echo: Reading v AFC Bournemouth at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday, December 7th

6. Lewis Grabban staying put 

There was unrest as Brighton & Hove Albion triggered a release clause in top scorer Grabban's contract during the January transfer window. 

He seemed set for a switch to the Amex having discussed personal terms but Cherries swooped in with a last-ditch contract renewal to retain the former Rotherham United hitman's services, a shrewd piece of business with both clubs now well-and-truly in the race for the top six. 

Bournemouth Echo: Lewis Grabban celebrates his goal

7. The arrival of Yann Kermorgant

Not content with one in-form striker, Cherries boss Eddie Howe completed a £400,000 deadline day deal for 'the beast from Brittany' who has brought out the best in strike partner Grabban. 

To date, the duo have netted 11 goals in their six Championship starts together. 

Bournemouth Echo: Pictures from AFC Bournemouth v Doncaster on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Goldsands Stadium.

8. Cherries 5 Doncaster Rovers 0 

Having been undone by a dubious free kick at promotion-chasing Derby seven days before, Cherries consummately put to the sword the team that beat them to the League One title less than 12 months previously.

But despite dishing out the thumping, even the most ardent of Cherries fans would have struggled to predict what was to follow. 

Bournemouth Echo: Pictures from AFC Bournemouth v Doncaster on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Goldsands Stadium.

9. Revenge over Leeds United

Defender Simon Francis revealed how a quick history lesson from Howe helped to inspire Cherries to their 4-1 larruping of Leeds. 

United were the team to relegate Cherries from the second tier in 1990 with a 1-0 win at Dean Court amid scenes of violence in the town which were attributed to visiting supporters. 

Bournemouth Echo: All our pictures from AFC Bournemouth v Leeds United an Dean Court on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

10. Victories in a crucial double header

Wins over struggling or out-of-form sides are one thing, trumping two teams pushing for an immediate return to the Premier League is another matter. 

Harry Redknapp's expensively assembled QPR and play-off chasing Reading were in the top flight last season but on the crest of a wave, Cherries got the better of both.

With chairman Jeff Mostyn doing his best audition for Strictly and a shot at the Promised Land within touching distance, who knows where the next list of achievements will lead... 

Bournemouth Echo: Check out all the action from AFC Bournemouth v Queens Park Rangers on Saturday April 5, 2014 at Goldsands Stadium

 

Have we missed your magic moment?

If so, tweet us via @amitchellecho or email sport@bournemouthecho.co.uk

 

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4:52pm Fri 11 Apr 14

old duffa says...

we are doing really well,great season whatever happens
for me the moment was

reading away,sang and sang

brighton away bloody wet and cold deseved a win

charlton away, if only ,how did we not win

reading first half home

now yeovil??????
we are doing really well,great season whatever happens for me the moment was reading away,sang and sang brighton away bloody wet and cold deseved a win charlton away, if only ,how did we not win reading first half home now yeovil?????? old duffa
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5:43pm Fri 11 Apr 14

coops1965cherry says...

I would add to that the addition of Ian Hart because without doubt he has been inspirational and that steady head at the back after the demise of poor Charlie Daniels.

Hart stepped in like it was a warm slipper that he had just kicked off.

What a signing and a player to be sat on the bench waiting to do a job.

Oh and of course Pitman heading the ball off the line against QPR in the last minute.

U T C I A D.
I would add to that the addition of Ian Hart because without doubt he has been inspirational and that steady head at the back after the demise of poor Charlie Daniels. Hart stepped in like it was a warm slipper that he had just kicked off. What a signing and a player to be sat on the bench waiting to do a job. Oh and of course Pitman heading the ball off the line against QPR in the last minute. U T C I A D. coops1965cherry
  • Score: 9

6:02pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Nat1234 says...

coops1965cherry wrote:
I would add to that the addition of Ian Hart because without doubt he has been inspirational and that steady head at the back after the demise of poor Charlie Daniels.

Hart stepped in like it was a warm slipper that he had just kicked off.

What a signing and a player to be sat on the bench waiting to do a job.

Oh and of course Pitman heading the ball off the line against QPR in the last minute.

U T C I A D.
Couldn't agree more , with the addition of yann and surman on loan and camp . They were 4 great signings .. The other one is not worth a mention ...
[quote][p][bold]coops1965cherry[/bold] wrote: I would add to that the addition of Ian Hart because without doubt he has been inspirational and that steady head at the back after the demise of poor Charlie Daniels. Hart stepped in like it was a warm slipper that he had just kicked off. What a signing and a player to be sat on the bench waiting to do a job. Oh and of course Pitman heading the ball off the line against QPR in the last minute. U T C I A D.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more , with the addition of yann and surman on loan and camp . They were 4 great signings .. The other one is not worth a mention ... Nat1234
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6:49pm Fri 11 Apr 14

alasdair1967 says...

The disappearance of the trolls ! Wondering if Oxbig was on a certain flight !
The disappearance of the trolls ! Wondering if Oxbig was on a certain flight ! alasdair1967
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6:55pm Fri 11 Apr 14

alasdair1967 says...

Saying that I'm sure they are eagerly awaiting under the rocks waiting for the moment there is a slip ,all ready to spout there bile
Saying that I'm sure they are eagerly awaiting under the rocks waiting for the moment there is a slip ,all ready to spout there bile alasdair1967
  • Score: -1

7:24pm Fri 11 Apr 14

alasdair1967 says...

old duffa wrote:
we are doing really well,great season whatever happens
for me the moment was

reading away,sang and sang

brighton away bloody wet and cold deseved a win

charlton away, if only ,how did we not win

reading first half home

now yeovil??????
Agreed reference reading away ,funniest chant of the day had to be when reading fans taunted one of our supporters with a chant " who is the banker ( Word to that effect) in the blue " followed by a moments silence by us followed with your the bankers in blue, did make me smile that one , it was the moments silence before our retort that made it even better
[quote][p][bold]old duffa[/bold] wrote: we are doing really well,great season whatever happens for me the moment was reading away,sang and sang brighton away bloody wet and cold deseved a win charlton away, if only ,how did we not win reading first half home now yeovil??????[/p][/quote]Agreed reference reading away ,funniest chant of the day had to be when reading fans taunted one of our supporters with a chant " who is the banker ( Word to that effect) in the blue " followed by a moments silence by us followed with your the bankers in blue, did make me smile that one , it was the moments silence before our retort that made it even better alasdair1967
  • Score: 4

7:28pm Fri 11 Apr 14

alasdair1967 says...

Camp almost wetting himself at Blackpool when we where telling the locals where to stick there tower was also a good one ,the polite applause was nice from the Blackpool fans however I feel the must hear that at every home game from the away fans
Camp almost wetting himself at Blackpool when we where telling the locals where to stick there tower was also a good one ,the polite applause was nice from the Blackpool fans however I feel the must hear that at every home game from the away fans alasdair1967
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7:31pm Fri 11 Apr 14

abc100 says...

Nat1234 wrote:
coops1965cherry wrote:
I would add to that the addition of Ian Hart because without doubt he has been inspirational and that steady head at the back after the demise of poor Charlie Daniels.

Hart stepped in like it was a warm slipper that he had just kicked off.

What a signing and a player to be sat on the bench waiting to do a job.

Oh and of course Pitman heading the ball off the line against QPR in the last minute.

U T C I A D.
Couldn't agree more , with the addition of yann and surman on loan and camp . They were 4 great signings .. The other one is not worth a mention ...
You really are boring, give it a rest, even you must get sick of having a pop at him every chance you get, you seem to turn every story on here round to Rantie, you say he isn't worth a mention but you never stop mentioning him yawn yawn
Reading away for me was massive, I think something just clicked with the team and they thought hang on a minute we really are pretty good
[quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]coops1965cherry[/bold] wrote: I would add to that the addition of Ian Hart because without doubt he has been inspirational and that steady head at the back after the demise of poor Charlie Daniels. Hart stepped in like it was a warm slipper that he had just kicked off. What a signing and a player to be sat on the bench waiting to do a job. Oh and of course Pitman heading the ball off the line against QPR in the last minute. U T C I A D.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more , with the addition of yann and surman on loan and camp . They were 4 great signings .. The other one is not worth a mention ...[/p][/quote]You really are boring, give it a rest, even you must get sick of having a pop at him every chance you get, you seem to turn every story on here round to Rantie, you say he isn't worth a mention but you never stop mentioning him yawn yawn Reading away for me was massive, I think something just clicked with the team and they thought hang on a minute we really are pretty good abc100
  • Score: 9

8:07pm Fri 11 Apr 14

susi.m says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
old duffa wrote:
we are doing really well,great season whatever happens
for me the moment was

reading away,sang and sang

brighton away bloody wet and cold deseved a win

charlton away, if only ,how did we not win

reading first half home

now yeovil??????
Agreed reference reading away ,funniest chant of the day had to be when reading fans taunted one of our supporters with a chant " who is the banker ( Word to that effect) in the blue " followed by a moments silence by us followed with your the bankers in blue, did make me smile that one , it was the moments silence before our retort that made it even better
That was hilarious. What a good day that was? One of many great days this season.
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old duffa[/bold] wrote: we are doing really well,great season whatever happens for me the moment was reading away,sang and sang brighton away bloody wet and cold deseved a win charlton away, if only ,how did we not win reading first half home now yeovil??????[/p][/quote]Agreed reference reading away ,funniest chant of the day had to be when reading fans taunted one of our supporters with a chant " who is the banker ( Word to that effect) in the blue " followed by a moments silence by us followed with your the bankers in blue, did make me smile that one , it was the moments silence before our retort that made it even better[/p][/quote]That was hilarious. What a good day that was? One of many great days this season. susi.m
  • Score: 1

8:44pm Fri 11 Apr 14

abc100 says...

susi.m wrote:
alasdair1967 wrote:
old duffa wrote:
we are doing really well,great season whatever happens
for me the moment was

reading away,sang and sang

brighton away bloody wet and cold deseved a win

charlton away, if only ,how did we not win

reading first half home

now yeovil??????
Agreed reference reading away ,funniest chant of the day had to be when reading fans taunted one of our supporters with a chant " who is the banker ( Word to that effect) in the blue " followed by a moments silence by us followed with your the bankers in blue, did make me smile that one , it was the moments silence before our retort that made it even better
That was hilarious. What a good day that was? One of many great days this season.
It was hilarious, during the moments silence the look on the reading fans faces, they realised what they had sang and knew what was about to come back at them!!!!
[quote][p][bold]susi.m[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old duffa[/bold] wrote: we are doing really well,great season whatever happens for me the moment was reading away,sang and sang brighton away bloody wet and cold deseved a win charlton away, if only ,how did we not win reading first half home now yeovil??????[/p][/quote]Agreed reference reading away ,funniest chant of the day had to be when reading fans taunted one of our supporters with a chant " who is the banker ( Word to that effect) in the blue " followed by a moments silence by us followed with your the bankers in blue, did make me smile that one , it was the moments silence before our retort that made it even better[/p][/quote]That was hilarious. What a good day that was? One of many great days this season.[/p][/quote]It was hilarious, during the moments silence the look on the reading fans faces, they realised what they had sang and knew what was about to come back at them!!!! abc100
  • Score: 0

8:57pm Fri 11 Apr 14

MickL says...

...and the Nottingham press not recognizing the talent that is AFCB; Eddie sure turned that arrogance to our advantage.
Post 'er again before the home game, EH! My, how the tables have turned.

From the Canadian outpost: rock 'em again tomorrow, and add our global voices to the Cherries roar!!

COYRRRs!!!
...and the Nottingham press not recognizing the talent that is AFCB; Eddie sure turned that arrogance to our advantage. Post 'er again before the home game, EH! My, how the tables have turned. From the Canadian outpost: rock 'em again tomorrow, and add our global voices to the Cherries roar!! COYRRRs!!! MickL
  • Score: 1

9:49am Sat 12 Apr 14

lymicherry says...

Arguably THE pivotal moment was Steve Cook's stoppage-time winner at Barnsley; without it, we'd have taken two points from a possible nine and our early-March momentum would have counted for nothing. As it was, that one scruffy goal sent the team into the Leeds game on a high - and we all know what's happened since...
Arguably THE pivotal moment was Steve Cook's stoppage-time winner at Barnsley; without it, we'd have taken two points from a possible nine and our early-March momentum would have counted for nothing. As it was, that one scruffy goal sent the team into the Leeds game on a high - and we all know what's happened since... lymicherry
  • Score: 1

11:06am Sat 12 Apr 14

AFCBNeil says...

I think the Real Madrid game made a few people realise that the owner is serious and got a lot of interest in the club at the start of the season.
I think the Real Madrid game made a few people realise that the owner is serious and got a lot of interest in the club at the start of the season. AFCBNeil
  • Score: 1

11:18am Sat 12 Apr 14

Andrew 186 says...

How could you not include Pitmans clearance against APR?
How could you not include Pitmans clearance against APR? Andrew 186
  • Score: 1

11:19am Sat 12 Apr 14

Judaas says...

Pitman's header off the line.
Pitman's header off the line. Judaas
  • Score: 0

11:35am Sat 12 Apr 14

golfer33 says...

Eddie Mitchell getting kicked out
Eddie Mitchell getting kicked out golfer33
  • Score: 1

11:37am Sat 12 Apr 14

golfer33 says...

abc100 wrote:
Nat1234 wrote:
coops1965cherry wrote:
I would add to that the addition of Ian Hart because without doubt he has been inspirational and that steady head at the back after the demise of poor Charlie Daniels.

Hart stepped in like it was a warm slipper that he had just kicked off.

What a signing and a player to be sat on the bench waiting to do a job.

Oh and of course Pitman heading the ball off the line against QPR in the last minute.

U T C I A D.
Couldn't agree more , with the addition of yann and surman on loan and camp . They were 4 great signings .. The other one is not worth a mention ...
You really are boring, give it a rest, even you must get sick of having a pop at him every chance you get, you seem to turn every story on here round to Rantie, you say he isn't worth a mention but you never stop mentioning him yawn yawn
Reading away for me was massive, I think something just clicked with the team and they thought hang on a minute we really are pretty good
Maybe its racism showig its ugly head.
[quote][p][bold]abc100[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]coops1965cherry[/bold] wrote: I would add to that the addition of Ian Hart because without doubt he has been inspirational and that steady head at the back after the demise of poor Charlie Daniels. Hart stepped in like it was a warm slipper that he had just kicked off. What a signing and a player to be sat on the bench waiting to do a job. Oh and of course Pitman heading the ball off the line against QPR in the last minute. U T C I A D.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more , with the addition of yann and surman on loan and camp . They were 4 great signings .. The other one is not worth a mention ...[/p][/quote]You really are boring, give it a rest, even you must get sick of having a pop at him every chance you get, you seem to turn every story on here round to Rantie, you say he isn't worth a mention but you never stop mentioning him yawn yawn Reading away for me was massive, I think something just clicked with the team and they thought hang on a minute we really are pretty good[/p][/quote]Maybe its racism showig its ugly head. golfer33
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