AFC Bournemouth: Cherries splash out on new pitches

PLEASED: Eddie Howe

PLEASED: Eddie Howe

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

CHERRIES manager Eddie Howe is preparing to welcome the arrival of three important additions for the club – new pitches.

Work is expected to be completed by the start of pre-season on re-laying the main pitch at Dean Court and two on the adjoining training ground in King’s Park.

Owner Maxim Demin agreed to stump up around £750,000 to improve the facilities and the diggers were brought in following Cherries’ final home game of the season.

White Horse Contractors from Oxfordshire, who specialise in natural and artificial sports pitches, have spent the past couple of weeks hauling out tonnes of soil and base material.

Then, three matching fibre-sand pitches will be put down together with an artificial 3G surround and new irrigation systems, both at Dean Court and on the training ground.

The club did look into the possibility of laying pitches enhanced by Desso technology – which is in place at Wembley – but were put off by a two-year waiting list.

Boss Howe told the Daily Echo: “As you move forward and the club grows, the infrastructure and facilities have to move with you. The pitches were a concern to us last season, not just the main one but the training pitches as well and, at times, they were unusable.

“For a Championship club, we had to look to improve them and Maxim has been good enough to see the benefit of that and has invested a lot of money to enable us to improve the three pitches which will have a major impact at every level for us.

“If you were to look at other Championship clubs, I would say 99 per cent already have this in place and it is a case of us trying to catch up and move forward with those clubs.

“We have to try to live with the clubs we are competing with in every sense and, although we will do it on a smaller scale, we have to move with the times.

“It is important, not just with facilities but with infrastructure and support staff, to be able to give our players every chance to excel at Championship level and this is just another stepping stone towards that.”

Howe, whose squad were often forced to train indoors due to an unseasonably wet winter, added: “There is a difference in quality with these pitches in terms of grass and how the ball will roll and there is a definite improvement in durability.

“They will last longer and will see us through a tough winter. When you are training on two pitches all season, they take a lot of wear and use.

“With our style, it is absolutely imperative we give the players the tools to play that type of football and the pitch is key to that.”

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7:10pm Fri 16 May 14

SympatheticSam says...

So glad Max can PITCH in with this. Now maybe he can help enhance GRASS roots football at the club.
So glad Max can PITCH in with this. Now maybe he can help enhance GRASS roots football at the club. SympatheticSam
  • Score: 5

8:05pm Fri 16 May 14

boyerboy says...

Personally I am a bit forlawn with the prospect of Grabs leaving......dear uncle Max can we have a Mr . C Austin please?
Personally I am a bit forlawn with the prospect of Grabs leaving......dear uncle Max can we have a Mr . C Austin please? boyerboy
  • Score: -10

8:08pm Fri 16 May 14

cromwell9 says...

Great news,
Next job is to increase the Stadium capacity to 25,000.
Fill in the corners and build a proper stand at the Ted Mac end,
We can fill it,
We have a catchment area as big as BRISTOL.LETS GO.
Upward and onwards
I surpose we will get the SOTON/ POMPEY brigade coming on here reminding us what a little club we are,
Great news, Next job is to increase the Stadium capacity to 25,000. Fill in the corners and build a proper stand at the Ted Mac end, We can fill it, We have a catchment area as big as BRISTOL.LETS GO. Upward and onwards I surpose we will get the SOTON/ POMPEY brigade coming on here reminding us what a little club we are, cromwell9
  • Score: 11

9:24am Sat 17 May 14

horsted says...

boyerboy wrote:
Personally I am a bit forlawn with the prospect of Grabs leaving......dear uncle Max can we have a Mr . C Austin please?
good point, QPR lose the playoff, we offer Charlie a deal, you never know, he might come back home, come on Derby
[quote][p][bold]boyerboy[/bold] wrote: Personally I am a bit forlawn with the prospect of Grabs leaving......dear uncle Max can we have a Mr . C Austin please?[/p][/quote]good point, QPR lose the playoff, we offer Charlie a deal, you never know, he might come back home, come on Derby horsted
  • Score: 0

10:18am Sat 17 May 14

trolley says...

My god get a grip.25000 stadium.absurd we cant fill it now.conference footie if we are lucky once denim gets bored,lets not kid ourselves
My god get a grip.25000 stadium.absurd we cant fill it now.conference footie if we are lucky once denim gets bored,lets not kid ourselves trolley
  • Score: -11

10:20am Sat 17 May 14

trolley says...

Charlie Austin,hilarious,as much chance as Luther playing again
Charlie Austin,hilarious,as much chance as Luther playing again trolley
  • Score: -6

12:49pm Sat 17 May 14

ASM says...

trolley wrote:
Charlie Austin,hilarious,as much chance as Luther playing again
go and watch match of the day trolley boy or get the train down to the emirates and sit down in a stadium with no atmosphere or real supporters. Leave the AFCB forums to those of us who actually go to live games and follow our hometown team.
[quote][p][bold]trolley[/bold] wrote: Charlie Austin,hilarious,as much chance as Luther playing again[/p][/quote]go and watch match of the day trolley boy or get the train down to the emirates and sit down in a stadium with no atmosphere or real supporters. Leave the AFCB forums to those of us who actually go to live games and follow our hometown team. ASM
  • Score: 0

2:00pm Sat 17 May 14

AFC BOURNE a big MOUTH says...

Maybe if TROLLEY actually went to some games he would realise that the ground was almost completely full all season and only odd seats were left empty i know how difficult it has been to get seats for games this season and hope the ground capacity is extended so it makes it easier for spur of the moment fans to get tickets that are at the moment in very high demand or impossible to get... TROLLEY obviously is talking poo poo..

UTCIAD in Eddie we trust and thanks for the new pitches uncle MAX
Maybe if TROLLEY actually went to some games he would realise that the ground was almost completely full all season and only odd seats were left empty i know how difficult it has been to get seats for games this season and hope the ground capacity is extended so it makes it easier for spur of the moment fans to get tickets that are at the moment in very high demand or impossible to get... TROLLEY obviously is talking poo poo.. UTCIAD in Eddie we trust and thanks for the new pitches uncle MAX AFC BOURNE a big MOUTH
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2:37pm Sat 17 May 14

Afcbpete says...

cromwell9 wrote:
Great news,
Next job is to increase the Stadium capacity to 25,000.
Fill in the corners and build a proper stand at the Ted Mac end,
We can fill it,
We have a catchment area as big as BRISTOL.LETS GO.
Upward and onwards
I surpose we will get the SOTON/ POMPEY brigade coming on here reminding us what a little club we are,
I see little point adding to a stadium we or rather Maxim doesn't own. As for the pitches, the training ones were supposed to of been on a par with our old main pitch, so was that money well spent by a certain person?? It's incredible to see not only the faith Maxim has in Eddie, as he backs him all the way, but Maxim's desire to improve everything AFCB. That must be a real blow to the doom and gloom merchants.... UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]cromwell9[/bold] wrote: Great news, Next job is to increase the Stadium capacity to 25,000. Fill in the corners and build a proper stand at the Ted Mac end, We can fill it, We have a catchment area as big as BRISTOL.LETS GO. Upward and onwards I surpose we will get the SOTON/ POMPEY brigade coming on here reminding us what a little club we are,[/p][/quote]I see little point adding to a stadium we or rather Maxim doesn't own. As for the pitches, the training ones were supposed to of been on a par with our old main pitch, so was that money well spent by a certain person?? It's incredible to see not only the faith Maxim has in Eddie, as he backs him all the way, but Maxim's desire to improve everything AFCB. That must be a real blow to the doom and gloom merchants.... UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: 3

3:30pm Sat 17 May 14

Deejaycee says...

trolley wrote:
My god get a grip.25000 stadium.absurd we cant fill it now.conference footie if we are lucky once denim gets bored,lets not kid ourselves
On yer trolley!
[quote][p][bold]trolley[/bold] wrote: My god get a grip.25000 stadium.absurd we cant fill it now.conference footie if we are lucky once denim gets bored,lets not kid ourselves[/p][/quote]On yer trolley! Deejaycee
  • Score: 0

4:51pm Sat 17 May 14

holdinkæft says...

I have always wondered why the stadium pitch doesnt have plastic tunnels on it. keeps water off and helps the grass keep warm thus not freezing during the winter. should of happened 20 years ago.
I have always wondered why the stadium pitch doesnt have plastic tunnels on it. keeps water off and helps the grass keep warm thus not freezing during the winter. should of happened 20 years ago. holdinkæft
  • Score: -2

6:10pm Sat 17 May 14

AFC BOURNE a big MOUTH says...

As the famous words go in respect of Mr Austin "We can re-build him" for around 6million dollars

UTCIAD
As the famous words go in respect of Mr Austin "We can re-build him" for around 6million dollars UTCIAD AFC BOURNE a big MOUTH
  • Score: 0

6:25pm Sat 17 May 14

trolley says...

I went to loads of games this season,25k stadium is absurd,home tickets available virtually all season
I went to loads of games this season,25k stadium is absurd,home tickets available virtually all season trolley
  • Score: -7

8:56pm Sat 17 May 14

dustbindanny says...

Hi fellow Cherry fans, I have just Googled Lewis Grabban and it states that he is now a Striker for Cardiff City??? Does anyone actually know if he has signed for them? This is very confusing If he has,nt signed ,who put it on his website!
Hi fellow Cherry fans, I have just Googled Lewis Grabban and it states that he is now a Striker for Cardiff City??? Does anyone actually know if he has signed for them? This is very confusing If he has,nt signed ,who put it on his website! dustbindanny
  • Score: -1

10:39pm Sat 17 May 14

Afcbpete says...

dustbindanny wrote:
Hi fellow Cherry fans, I have just Googled Lewis Grabban and it states that he is now a Striker for Cardiff City??? Does anyone actually know if he has signed for them? This is very confusing If he has,nt signed ,who put it on his website!
Someone is taking the "P", as it states he played one game this last season for Cardiff...
[quote][p][bold]dustbindanny[/bold] wrote: Hi fellow Cherry fans, I have just Googled Lewis Grabban and it states that he is now a Striker for Cardiff City??? Does anyone actually know if he has signed for them? This is very confusing If he has,nt signed ,who put it on his website![/p][/quote]Someone is taking the "P", as it states he played one game this last season for Cardiff... Afcbpete
  • Score: 0

7:41am Sun 18 May 14

cherriesforlife79 says...

trolley wrote:
I went to loads of games this season,25k stadium is absurd,home tickets available virtually all season
Trolley you have not got a clue sunshine, even if Maxim gets bored we are now a sellable asset.

Lets face it Readings Russian owner has sold Madejski down the river, and is now saying no money available. Unlike Maxim who clearly wants to put this club on the map.

Adam Le Fondre would be a great signing, Bye Bye Grabban hello Adam, I agree Austin will not come he is premiership bound with or without QPR.

You need to get positive about your club, or go support someone else. We do not live forever so enjoy it, do not become one of these miserable lot on here who moan moan moan.
[quote][p][bold]trolley[/bold] wrote: I went to loads of games this season,25k stadium is absurd,home tickets available virtually all season[/p][/quote]Trolley you have not got a clue sunshine, even if Maxim gets bored we are now a sellable asset. Lets face it Readings Russian owner has sold Madejski down the river, and is now saying no money available. Unlike Maxim who clearly wants to put this club on the map. Adam Le Fondre would be a great signing, Bye Bye Grabban hello Adam, I agree Austin will not come he is premiership bound with or without QPR. You need to get positive about your club, or go support someone else. We do not live forever so enjoy it, do not become one of these miserable lot on here who moan moan moan. cherriesforlife79
  • Score: 2

8:17am Sun 18 May 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

Just a small comment from a Brighton fan.
AFCB are clearly moving forward on many fronts under Eddie and Maxim and good luck to you.
But has your stadium reverted to Dean Court again because I thought it was the Goldsands for a couple of years now. Does the Echo need to keep up or did I miss something?
Just a small comment from a Brighton fan. AFCB are clearly moving forward on many fronts under Eddie and Maxim and good luck to you. But has your stadium reverted to Dean Court again because I thought it was the Goldsands for a couple of years now. Does the Echo need to keep up or did I miss something? Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 1

9:53am Sun 18 May 14

trolley says...

a sellable asset??? thats comical, we dont even own our ground!!
come see me in ten years see where we are.
enjoy the good times but lets not get carried away, massively punching above our weight because of denim. did you see the debts we have???
a sellable asset??? thats comical, we dont even own our ground!! come see me in ten years see where we are. enjoy the good times but lets not get carried away, massively punching above our weight because of denim. did you see the debts we have??? trolley
  • Score: -1

6:12pm Sun 18 May 14

abc100 says...

Joel'sGrandad wrote:
Just a small comment from a Brighton fan.
AFCB are clearly moving forward on many fronts under Eddie and Maxim and good luck to you.
But has your stadium reverted to Dean Court again because I thought it was the Goldsands for a couple of years now. Does the Echo need to keep up or did I miss something?
It will always be Dean Court
[quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: Just a small comment from a Brighton fan. AFCB are clearly moving forward on many fronts under Eddie and Maxim and good luck to you. But has your stadium reverted to Dean Court again because I thought it was the Goldsands for a couple of years now. Does the Echo need to keep up or did I miss something?[/p][/quote]It will always be Dean Court abc100
  • Score: 3

8:42pm Sun 18 May 14

Afcbpete says...

trolley wrote:
a sellable asset??? thats comical, we dont even own our ground!!
come see me in ten years see where we are.
enjoy the good times but lets not get carried away, massively punching above our weight because of denim. did you see the debts we have???
Your correct on one thing, Maxim doesn't own the ground, but the value of the players is such, we could recoup most of that debt by selling, although we don't need too, any players going will be because they want too more than anything else. Why would Maxim spend 750k if he wasn't solidly behind both Eddie, and building AFCB up, of course he's in it for the long term the debt, was driven up by Mitchell and Groves, it relates up to July 2013, Eddie Howe wasn't on the scene until Oct 2012. In those debts, there are outgoings for the training ground, car park, massive squad, which we are still trying to off load. Since then, we've now got increased income from our promotion, yes more outgoings as well, let's see what figures come out this year!!!
[quote][p][bold]trolley[/bold] wrote: a sellable asset??? thats comical, we dont even own our ground!! come see me in ten years see where we are. enjoy the good times but lets not get carried away, massively punching above our weight because of denim. did you see the debts we have???[/p][/quote]Your correct on one thing, Maxim doesn't own the ground, but the value of the players is such, we could recoup most of that debt by selling, although we don't need too, any players going will be because they want too more than anything else. Why would Maxim spend 750k if he wasn't solidly behind both Eddie, and building AFCB up, of course he's in it for the long term the debt, was driven up by Mitchell and Groves, it relates up to July 2013, Eddie Howe wasn't on the scene until Oct 2012. In those debts, there are outgoings for the training ground, car park, massive squad, which we are still trying to off load. Since then, we've now got increased income from our promotion, yes more outgoings as well, let's see what figures come out this year!!! Afcbpete
  • Score: 1

11:11pm Sun 18 May 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

abc100 wrote:
Joel'sGrandad wrote:
Just a small comment from a Brighton fan.
AFCB are clearly moving forward on many fronts under Eddie and Maxim and good luck to you.
But has your stadium reverted to Dean Court again because I thought it was the Goldsands for a couple of years now. Does the Echo need to keep up or did I miss something?
It will always be Dean Court
I understand perfectly.
[quote][p][bold]abc100[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: Just a small comment from a Brighton fan. AFCB are clearly moving forward on many fronts under Eddie and Maxim and good luck to you. But has your stadium reverted to Dean Court again because I thought it was the Goldsands for a couple of years now. Does the Echo need to keep up or did I miss something?[/p][/quote]It will always be Dean Court[/p][/quote]I understand perfectly. Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 3

3:20pm Mon 19 May 14

coops1965cherry says...

trolley wrote:
My god get a grip.25000 stadium.absurd we cant fill it now.conference footie if we are lucky once denim gets bored,lets not kid ourselves
Di*k head, have you got no vision. When Wigan were a Northern Premier club its a good job they were not as narrow minded as you.

Reading, another small provincial club but someone had vision.

People like you make me sick, go back and bury your head in the sand.

U T C I A D.
[quote][p][bold]trolley[/bold] wrote: My god get a grip.25000 stadium.absurd we cant fill it now.conference footie if we are lucky once denim gets bored,lets not kid ourselves[/p][/quote]Di*k head, have you got no vision. When Wigan were a Northern Premier club its a good job they were not as narrow minded as you. Reading, another small provincial club but someone had vision. People like you make me sick, go back and bury your head in the sand. U T C I A D. coops1965cherry
  • Score: 2

5:54pm Mon 19 May 14

Afcbpete says...

Coops, don't give the Trolls the satisfaction, just ignore them, they're not worth it!!
Coops, don't give the Trolls the satisfaction, just ignore them, they're not worth it!! Afcbpete
  • Score: 2

9:49am Tue 20 May 14

Lord Spring says...

Have the training pitches ever been used by the public . as part of the lease arrangement.
Have the training pitches ever been used by the public . as part of the lease arrangement. Lord Spring
  • Score: 0

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