10 highs and lows of Cherries' final home games of the past 25 years

Bournemouth Echo: 10 highs and lows of Cherries' final home games of the past 25 years 10 highs and lows of Cherries' final home games of the past 25 years

As the Cherries get ready for their last home game of the season tomorrow, Neil Perrett looks back at the highs and lows of final games at Dean Court of the past 25 years. 

Bournemouth Echo:

20 April 2013 – Cherries 3 Carlisle 1

An eighth successive victory, courtesy of goals from Steve Cook, Harry Arter and Brett Pitman, clinched promotion to the Championship.

Bournemouth Echo:

1 May 2010 – Cherries 4 Port Vale 0

Promoted following the previous week’s win at Burton Albion, it was party time at Dean Court as Cherries brought down the curtain on a memorable campaign.

Bournemouth Echo:

25 April 2009 – Cherries 2 Grimsby 1

Needing victory to secure their Football League status, Cherries were forced to come from behind with Liam Feeney and Steve Fletcher on target as Eddie Howe’s men clawed back a 17-point deficit and pulled off the Greatest Escape.

Bournemouth Echo:

26 April 2008 – Cherries 1 Crewe 0

Although ultimately futile, this victory, a sixth on the trot, kept alive Cherries’ hopes of avoiding the drop to League Two and overcoming a 10-point deduction with Sam Vokes netting the winner in the 55th minute.

Bournemouth Echo:

7 May 2005 – Cherries 2 Hartlepool 2

Needing victory to book a place in the League One play-offs, Cherries twice took the lead through James Hayter but were pegged back on both occasions as Pools pipped them to sixth place.

Bournemouth Echo:

13 April 2002 – Cherries 3 Chesterfield 1

Goals from Derek Holmes and Warren Feeney, coupled with a Wade Elliott penalty, ensured Cherries would take their bid to avoid the drop to the final day, although their fate was sealed at Wrexham.

Bournemouth Echo:

28 April 2001 – Cherries 2 Northampton 0

Strikes from Wade Elliott and Claus Jorgensen, in the final game at the old Dean Court, set up a last-day shot at the play-offs with a 3-3 draw at Reading seeing Cherries agonisingly miss out.

Bournemouth Echo:

8 May 1999 – Cherries 0 Wrexham 0

Having been in the top six since December, this stalemate against a Wrexham team with nothing to play for cost Mel Machin’s Cherries a place in the Division Two play-offs.

Bournemouth Echo:

May 2 1995 – Cherries 3 Shrewsbury 0

Requiring victory to avoid being one of five teams relegated from Division Two, early goals from Steve Robinson (2) and Scott Mean put the finishing touches to the original Great Escape.

Bournemouth Echo:

13 May 1989 – Cherries 0 Plymouth 0

This draw capped Cherries’ best season in the second flight with Harry Redknapp’s men securing a 12th-placed finish. Their three-year stay, however, came to an end following a 1-0 defeat by Leeds at Dean Court in the final game of 1989-90.

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2:09pm Fri 25 Apr 14

pokesdown1 says...

0 0 against Wrexham is the most galling in my memory.

I think Mel featured a very raw James Hayter.I might be wrong there.
0 0 against Wrexham is the most galling in my memory. I think Mel featured a very raw James Hayter.I might be wrong there. pokesdown1
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2:14pm Fri 25 Apr 14

pokesdown1 says...

Just turned 35,James.Blimey.

Hope he bangs one or two in tonight.
Just turned 35,James.Blimey. Hope he bangs one or two in tonight. pokesdown1
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2:21pm Fri 25 Apr 14

lostinessex says...

What about the away game at Carlisle under Kevin Bond when we drew 1-1 and Doncaster Rovers' unlikely defeat under Sean O'Driscoll sent us down. We had over 1,000 fans there.
What about the away game at Carlisle under Kevin Bond when we drew 1-1 and Doncaster Rovers' unlikely defeat under Sean O'Driscoll sent us down. We had over 1,000 fans there. lostinessex
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2:51pm Fri 25 Apr 14

ASM says...

Between Redknapp and Howe, Mel Machin was the only other very good manager we had here. O'driscoll was decent, but boring.
I think Eddie Howe is the greatest manager this club has ever had, look at where we were and the poor football we were playing and the direction we were heading when he took over. Even before he had financial backing, he turned the club around and his teams always played sublime football.
Some great memories over the years at dean court and now is the best time to be a cherries fan in my 30+ years as a fan.
Between Redknapp and Howe, Mel Machin was the only other very good manager we had here. O'driscoll was decent, but boring. I think Eddie Howe is the greatest manager this club has ever had, look at where we were and the poor football we were playing and the direction we were heading when he took over. Even before he had financial backing, he turned the club around and his teams always played sublime football. Some great memories over the years at dean court and now is the best time to be a cherries fan in my 30+ years as a fan. ASM
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3:15pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Neil Perrett says...

lostinessex wrote:
What about the away game at Carlisle under Kevin Bond when we drew 1-1 and Doncaster Rovers' unlikely defeat under Sean O'Driscoll sent us down. We had over 1,000 fans there.
It does say home games.
[quote][p][bold]lostinessex[/bold] wrote: What about the away game at Carlisle under Kevin Bond when we drew 1-1 and Doncaster Rovers' unlikely defeat under Sean O'Driscoll sent us down. We had over 1,000 fans there.[/p][/quote]It does say home games. Neil Perrett
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3:38pm Fri 25 Apr 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

My personal favourite was the 2-0 home win over Rotherham in May 1987 (27yrs). The premature pitch invasion when the ref blew for a free kick long lives in the memory. I think it was Richard Cooke who actually finished the remainder of the game in just his kecks after having his shirt and shorts nicked, others lost their shirts. Hilarious.!!!
My personal favourite was the 2-0 home win over Rotherham in May 1987 (27yrs). The premature pitch invasion when the ref blew for a free kick long lives in the memory. I think it was Richard Cooke who actually finished the remainder of the game in just his kecks after having his shirt and shorts nicked, others lost their shirts. Hilarious.!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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3:53pm Fri 25 Apr 14

raybren says...

ASM wrote:
Between Redknapp and Howe, Mel Machin was the only other very good manager we had here. O'driscoll was decent, but boring.
I think Eddie Howe is the greatest manager this club has ever had, look at where we were and the poor football we were playing and the direction we were heading when he took over. Even before he had financial backing, he turned the club around and his teams always played sublime football.
Some great memories over the years at dean court and now is the best time to be a cherries fan in my 30+ years as a fan.
O ' Driscoll himself was boring , however his teams played some decent football . Machin was ok but I have an abiding memory of his 89 th minute "WHAT ' S THE POINT " substitutions !
[quote][p][bold]ASM[/bold] wrote: Between Redknapp and Howe, Mel Machin was the only other very good manager we had here. O'driscoll was decent, but boring. I think Eddie Howe is the greatest manager this club has ever had, look at where we were and the poor football we were playing and the direction we were heading when he took over. Even before he had financial backing, he turned the club around and his teams always played sublime football. Some great memories over the years at dean court and now is the best time to be a cherries fan in my 30+ years as a fan.[/p][/quote]O ' Driscoll himself was boring , however his teams played some decent football . Machin was ok but I have an abiding memory of his 89 th minute "WHAT ' S THE POINT " substitutions ! raybren
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5:42pm Fri 25 Apr 14

nonnogeppetto says...

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
My personal favourite was the 2-0 home win over Rotherham in May 1987 (27yrs). The premature pitch invasion when the ref blew for a free kick long lives in the memory. I think it was Richard Cooke who actually finished the remainder of the game in just his kecks after having his shirt and shorts nicked, others lost their shirts. Hilarious.!!!
The Rural Dorset Gazette (normally only covering farming matters 'slurry kind' at that) edited by the infamous 'Dorsetblues' is believed to be digging the depths of Pompey's archives with the view of writing a similar article alas due to literacy problems and lack of achievements the whole idea had to be abandoned instead he is now seeking to transfer his allegiance to a club that is far superior in every respects.

I have to say that everything associated with our beloved club is memorable and fills us with pride no more so than this season's achievements UTCIAD come on Yeovil!!
[quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: My personal favourite was the 2-0 home win over Rotherham in May 1987 (27yrs). The premature pitch invasion when the ref blew for a free kick long lives in the memory. I think it was Richard Cooke who actually finished the remainder of the game in just his kecks after having his shirt and shorts nicked, others lost their shirts. Hilarious.!!![/p][/quote]The Rural Dorset Gazette (normally only covering farming matters 'slurry kind' at that) edited by the infamous 'Dorsetblues' is believed to be digging the depths of Pompey's archives with the view of writing a similar article alas due to literacy problems and lack of achievements the whole idea had to be abandoned instead he is now seeking to transfer his allegiance to a club that is far superior in every respects. I have to say that everything associated with our beloved club is memorable and fills us with pride no more so than this season's achievements UTCIAD come on Yeovil!! nonnogeppetto
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6:49pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Nat1234 says...

The worst of them all by far was the Leeds game , I can remember leaving early , having to walk a tunnel of Leeds fans outside the ground . All patting me on the back , saying hard luck mate 3 rd division football for you next season . And I couldn't say a thing . . That moment has always stuck in my mind . 4 or 5 weeks ago . I had my payback . In my mind .
The worst of them all by far was the Leeds game , I can remember leaving early , having to walk a tunnel of Leeds fans outside the ground . All patting me on the back , saying hard luck mate 3 rd division football for you next season . And I couldn't say a thing . . That moment has always stuck in my mind . 4 or 5 weeks ago . I had my payback . In my mind . Nat1234
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11:13am Sat 26 Apr 14

alasdair1967 says...

Well the play off dream was extinguished last night but oh what a season, highest ever points tally in the second tier,6 still to play for the potential of our highest ever league finish I'm honoured to say I'm a cherries supporter unlike the dorset premier wannabes ,was asked in the pub who I support and I obviously stated Bournemouth only to be asked no what's your premiership side ,I replied I don't have one to be greeted by shock ! That said I hope Liverpool take the title this year a fitting tribute in this sad anniversary year , Good luck for today have decided I will be buying a season ticket next year can't be doing with the lottery of trying to get a home ticket
Well the play off dream was extinguished last night but oh what a season, highest ever points tally in the second tier,6 still to play for the potential of our highest ever league finish I'm honoured to say I'm a cherries supporter unlike the dorset premier wannabes ,was asked in the pub who I support and I obviously stated Bournemouth only to be asked no what's your premiership side ,I replied I don't have one to be greeted by shock ! That said I hope Liverpool take the title this year a fitting tribute in this sad anniversary year , Good luck for today have decided I will be buying a season ticket next year can't be doing with the lottery of trying to get a home ticket alasdair1967
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12:38pm Sat 26 Apr 14

rednblack37 says...

lostinessex wrote:
What about the away game at Carlisle under Kevin Bond when we drew 1-1 and Doncaster Rovers' unlikely defeat under Sean O'Driscoll sent us down. We had over 1,000 fans there.
And loads more glued to the radio! Don't remind us please! I remember sitting in my garden (sank to my knees actually!) with the radio on and being in utter disbelief that Doncaster had lost - and it was a Sean O'Driscoll team as well! I was confident we wouldn't lose after the run we had, but couldn't see Donny losing in a million years either......I think they lost 4 - 2 if my memory is working ok. But everything happens for a reason and although Bondy's team gave it everything against a 10 point deduction, if we had stayed up he probably wouldn't have been sacked eventually and possibly Eddie Howe wouldn't have got his chance after the Jimmy Quinn disaster. But if only we could have seen 5/6 years into the future that day..............we'
ve come an amazingly long way!! UTCIAD!
[quote][p][bold]lostinessex[/bold] wrote: What about the away game at Carlisle under Kevin Bond when we drew 1-1 and Doncaster Rovers' unlikely defeat under Sean O'Driscoll sent us down. We had over 1,000 fans there.[/p][/quote]And loads more glued to the radio! Don't remind us please! I remember sitting in my garden (sank to my knees actually!) with the radio on and being in utter disbelief that Doncaster had lost - and it was a Sean O'Driscoll team as well! I was confident we wouldn't lose after the run we had, but couldn't see Donny losing in a million years either......I think they lost 4 - 2 if my memory is working ok. But everything happens for a reason and although Bondy's team gave it everything against a 10 point deduction, if we had stayed up he probably wouldn't have been sacked eventually and possibly Eddie Howe wouldn't have got his chance after the Jimmy Quinn disaster. But if only we could have seen 5/6 years into the future that day..............we' ve come an amazingly long way!! UTCIAD! rednblack37
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1:27pm Sat 26 Apr 14

rednblack37 says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
Well the play off dream was extinguished last night but oh what a season, highest ever points tally in the second tier,6 still to play for the potential of our highest ever league finish I'm honoured to say I'm a cherries supporter unlike the dorset premier wannabes ,was asked in the pub who I support and I obviously stated Bournemouth only to be asked no what's your premiership side ,I replied I don't have one to be greeted by shock ! That said I hope Liverpool take the title this year a fitting tribute in this sad anniversary year , Good luck for today have decided I will be buying a season ticket next year can't be doing with the lottery of trying to get a home ticket
I certainly hope that Liverpool win the title too, just to show moneybags Man City and Chelsea owners that it's not all about cash, though of course Liverpool have spent quite a bit too........but I don't get the whole ' For Hillsborough ' thing?? They won the title in 1990 , surely that was for the memory of those poor people??? When they were second under Houllier about 10/11 years ago, there wasn't a big ' lets do it for Hillsborough ' push.......surely it shouldn't take a 25 year anniversary for them to want it more than any other year? Hillsborough will never be forgotten by anyone and hard to believe it's 25 years, but Liverpool should win titles because of their stature in the game, not as a dedication after 25 years.
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: Well the play off dream was extinguished last night but oh what a season, highest ever points tally in the second tier,6 still to play for the potential of our highest ever league finish I'm honoured to say I'm a cherries supporter unlike the dorset premier wannabes ,was asked in the pub who I support and I obviously stated Bournemouth only to be asked no what's your premiership side ,I replied I don't have one to be greeted by shock ! That said I hope Liverpool take the title this year a fitting tribute in this sad anniversary year , Good luck for today have decided I will be buying a season ticket next year can't be doing with the lottery of trying to get a home ticket[/p][/quote]I certainly hope that Liverpool win the title too, just to show moneybags Man City and Chelsea owners that it's not all about cash, though of course Liverpool have spent quite a bit too........but I don't get the whole ' For Hillsborough ' thing?? They won the title in 1990 , surely that was for the memory of those poor people??? When they were second under Houllier about 10/11 years ago, there wasn't a big ' lets do it for Hillsborough ' push.......surely it shouldn't take a 25 year anniversary for them to want it more than any other year? Hillsborough will never be forgotten by anyone and hard to believe it's 25 years, but Liverpool should win titles because of their stature in the game, not as a dedication after 25 years. rednblack37
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