AFC Bournemouth: Tommy Elphick's Tour Diary - Day One

FEAR OF FLYING: Cherries star Harry Arter

FEAR OF FLYING: Cherries star Harry Arter

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“We set off for Terminal Three at Heathrow after a brief training session at Canford School this morning. A few of the lads are a bit nervous about flying so I had to sit with them and hold their hands during take-off and landing.

“It would be unfair to name names but Harry Arter and Adam Smith both came through. Harry wanted to jump out of the plane at one stage but we persuaded him not to. He has lost his travelling partner in Hughesy so is going to have to man-up a bit.

“When we got to Austria, we told Ryan Fraser they used US Dollars here. He bought a load from the foreign exchange and will find out tomorrow that they are totally useless. He will probably get his Scottish fivers out then.

“We arrived in Austria at about six o’clock. It was a smooth journey apart from Pete Barry, our new football liaison officer. He has been responsible for organising the trip and his remit is to sort things out for the lads.

“He kept telling us how lucky we were because he had been over to case the joint and check everything was in order. He assured us there would be no hiccups and was acting as if he knew everyone in Austria.

“The lads were hungry and tired and he said it would only take about 45 minutes to get to the hotel from the airport. It turned out that it took two-and-a-half hours. Pete had quite an uncomfortable ride on the way.

“We were welcomed at the hotel by some of the staff who were playing harmonicas, which was a nice greeting. Ryan Fraser said he recognised the tunes and thought it was the Proclaimers.

“The hotel is nice and clean and exactly what we are after for a pre-season camp. We sat down and had a bite to eat before breaking the news to the new lads that they were going to have to sing as their initiation. I will keep readers updated how they get on during the week.

“There are three new signings (Dan Gosling, Junior Stanislas and Callum Wilson), Pete the liaison man and Alex the kit man who is a mad Mexican. It will be interesting to see what he has for us, probably La Bamba.

“After we had eaten, we made our way to our rooms. I am fortunate to be rooming with Adam Smith. He is a top lad and knows the craic when you get to the room. He has to run me a bath and make me a cup of tea at 10 o’clock every night. He then tucks me in and, in return, I will read him a bedtime story because he has never been away from his mum and dad before!”

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10:23pm Mon 7 Jul 14

boyerboy says...

Its all fibs...they are staying at Butlins in Bognor Regis, if they behave and train hard , will be allowed to return home a day early.
Its all fibs...they are staying at Butlins in Bognor Regis, if they behave and train hard , will be allowed to return home a day early. boyerboy
  • Score: -31

5:38am Tue 8 Jul 14

yet_another_one says...

Can I believe what I've just read - idiotic ranting of someone who needs to grow up.
Can I believe what I've just read - idiotic ranting of someone who needs to grow up. yet_another_one
  • Score: -91

6:12am Tue 8 Jul 14

Scalpel says...

Excellent work, Tommy. Informative and humorous in equal measure. You could teach these Echo hacks a thing or two!
Excellent work, Tommy. Informative and humorous in equal measure. You could teach these Echo hacks a thing or two! Scalpel
  • Score: 51

8:08am Tue 8 Jul 14

afcbtintin says...

Looking forward to day two.

Harry (as Mrs tintin would say) obviously needs to grow a pair !

UTCIAD
Looking forward to day two. Harry (as Mrs tintin would say) obviously needs to grow a pair ! UTCIAD afcbtintin
  • Score: 3

8:15am Tue 8 Jul 14

N Smith says...

yet_another_one wrote:
Can I believe what I've just read - idiotic ranting of someone who needs to grow up.
Get a life , loved. Reading it .A bit of fun and a enjoyable read.Lets have more.
[quote][p][bold]yet_another_one[/bold] wrote: Can I believe what I've just read - idiotic ranting of someone who needs to grow up.[/p][/quote]Get a life , loved. Reading it .A bit of fun and a enjoyable read.Lets have more. N Smith
  • Score: 36

8:16am Tue 8 Jul 14

mark.s says...

Brilliant! A bit of humour is always nice first thing in the morning.
Brilliant! A bit of humour is always nice first thing in the morning. mark.s
  • Score: 24

8:56am Tue 8 Jul 14

ChilledCherry says...

Dear oh dear, some people have no sense of humour! Loved this article, interesting and very funny. I can just picture that ride from the airport to the hotel...

More please!
Dear oh dear, some people have no sense of humour! Loved this article, interesting and very funny. I can just picture that ride from the airport to the hotel... More please! ChilledCherry
  • Score: 26

9:10am Tue 8 Jul 14

coops1965cherry says...

good light hearted humour, good to hear the boys are experiencing a good pre season regime and in good spirits.

Cannot see why some people cannot take this story for what it is.

U T C I A D.
good light hearted humour, good to hear the boys are experiencing a good pre season regime and in good spirits. Cannot see why some people cannot take this story for what it is. U T C I A D. coops1965cherry
  • Score: 19

9:49am Tue 8 Jul 14

yet_another_one says...

N Smith wrote:
yet_another_one wrote:
Can I believe what I've just read - idiotic ranting of someone who needs to grow up.
Get a life , loved. Reading it .A bit of fun and a enjoyable read.Lets have more.
Ooops, silly me - I must have forgotten he's a god !!!
You or I would be sent to St. Anne's if we wrote c**p like that - then it gets published ???
Doesn't Mr Perrett have anything better to report & shame on the Echo for supporting it all.
[quote][p][bold]N Smith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yet_another_one[/bold] wrote: Can I believe what I've just read - idiotic ranting of someone who needs to grow up.[/p][/quote]Get a life , loved. Reading it .A bit of fun and a enjoyable read.Lets have more.[/p][/quote]Ooops, silly me - I must have forgotten he's a god !!! You or I would be sent to St. Anne's if we wrote c**p like that - then it gets published ??? Doesn't Mr Perrett have anything better to report & shame on the Echo for supporting it all. yet_another_one
  • Score: -53

9:54am Tue 8 Jul 14

onefortheditch says...

Played a blinder there, lad.... Top morning read!!
Played a blinder there, lad.... Top morning read!! onefortheditch
  • Score: 9

9:58am Tue 8 Jul 14

cherriesforlife79 says...

yet_another_one wrote:
N Smith wrote:
yet_another_one wrote:
Can I believe what I've just read - idiotic ranting of someone who needs to grow up.
Get a life , loved. Reading it .A bit of fun and a enjoyable read.Lets have more.
Ooops, silly me - I must have forgotten he's a god !!!
You or I would be sent to St. Anne's if we wrote c**p like that - then it gets published ???
Doesn't Mr Perrett have anything better to report & shame on the Echo for supporting it all.
You my friend should be totally disconnected to this football club in every single way, you are the joke. Get a life, grow up, get married, you sad individual.
You obviously have no life whatsoever, I will personally drive you to St. Annes and bury you there you sad meaning of life.
[quote][p][bold]yet_another_one[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]N Smith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yet_another_one[/bold] wrote: Can I believe what I've just read - idiotic ranting of someone who needs to grow up.[/p][/quote]Get a life , loved. Reading it .A bit of fun and a enjoyable read.Lets have more.[/p][/quote]Ooops, silly me - I must have forgotten he's a god !!! You or I would be sent to St. Anne's if we wrote c**p like that - then it gets published ??? Doesn't Mr Perrett have anything better to report & shame on the Echo for supporting it all.[/p][/quote]You my friend should be totally disconnected to this football club in every single way, you are the joke. Get a life, grow up, get married, you sad individual. You obviously have no life whatsoever, I will personally drive you to St. Annes and bury you there you sad meaning of life. cherriesforlife79
  • Score: 24

10:40am Tue 8 Jul 14

devon fan says...

yet_another_one wrote:
N Smith wrote:
yet_another_one wrote:
Can I believe what I've just read - idiotic ranting of someone who needs to grow up.
Get a life , loved. Reading it .A bit of fun and a enjoyable read.Lets have more.
Ooops, silly me - I must have forgotten he's a god !!!
You or I would be sent to St. Anne's if we wrote c**p like that - then it gets published ???
Doesn't Mr Perrett have anything better to report & shame on the Echo for supporting it all.
cannot help feeling you need a sense of humour transplant, they are young men who are enjoying life as they should do, and it shows a good bonding between the squad
[quote][p][bold]yet_another_one[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]N Smith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yet_another_one[/bold] wrote: Can I believe what I've just read - idiotic ranting of someone who needs to grow up.[/p][/quote]Get a life , loved. Reading it .A bit of fun and a enjoyable read.Lets have more.[/p][/quote]Ooops, silly me - I must have forgotten he's a god !!! You or I would be sent to St. Anne's if we wrote c**p like that - then it gets published ??? Doesn't Mr Perrett have anything better to report & shame on the Echo for supporting it all.[/p][/quote]cannot help feeling you need a sense of humour transplant, they are young men who are enjoying life as they should do, and it shows a good bonding between the squad devon fan
  • Score: 21

10:42am Tue 8 Jul 14

elite50 says...

That was humour?
He has obviously heard too many mindless football chants and decided that that is the level of football fans intelligence.
Looking at the responses, he (sadly) is right.
O.K fans.
2, 4, 6, 8, who do we appreciate? --------------- . You know the rest!
That was humour? He has obviously heard too many mindless football chants and decided that that is the level of football fans intelligence. Looking at the responses, he (sadly) is right. O.K fans. 2, 4, 6, 8, who do we appreciate? --------------- . You know the rest! elite50
  • Score: -40

11:33am Tue 8 Jul 14

St Albans Cherry says...

Can't wait for the start...!

Glad the boys are chilling out and there is an obvious team spirit going on. So unlike the 60s, 70s and the 80s! Then it really was all about fags, women and booze...

(Alfredo Di Stefano - what a legend - is dead and Bobby Charlton's comments were a good read today. Also there is a 10/11 bet on Adam Lallana scoring more than 5.5 times this season at Liverpool... it's out there somewhere!)

As I say we need to get the season started! I am old and very excitable.
Can't wait for the start...! Glad the boys are chilling out and there is an obvious team spirit going on. So unlike the 60s, 70s and the 80s! Then it really was all about fags, women and booze... (Alfredo Di Stefano - what a legend - is dead and Bobby Charlton's comments were a good read today. Also there is a 10/11 bet on Adam Lallana scoring more than 5.5 times this season at Liverpool... it's out there somewhere!) As I say we need to get the season started! I am old and very excitable. St Albans Cherry
  • Score: 4

12:15pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Dorsettoffee says...

St Albans Cherry wrote:
Can't wait for the start...!

Glad the boys are chilling out and there is an obvious team spirit going on. So unlike the 60s, 70s and the 80s! Then it really was all about fags, women and booze...

(Alfredo Di Stefano - what a legend - is dead and Bobby Charlton's comments were a good read today. Also there is a 10/11 bet on Adam Lallana scoring more than 5.5 times this season at Liverpool... it's out there somewhere!)

As I say we need to get the season started! I am old and very excitable.
What's the price of him starting more than 5.5 games?
[quote][p][bold]St Albans Cherry[/bold] wrote: Can't wait for the start...! Glad the boys are chilling out and there is an obvious team spirit going on. So unlike the 60s, 70s and the 80s! Then it really was all about fags, women and booze... (Alfredo Di Stefano - what a legend - is dead and Bobby Charlton's comments were a good read today. Also there is a 10/11 bet on Adam Lallana scoring more than 5.5 times this season at Liverpool... it's out there somewhere!) As I say we need to get the season started! I am old and very excitable.[/p][/quote]What's the price of him starting more than 5.5 games? Dorsettoffee
  • Score: 2

1:00pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Loyal2AFCB says...

elite50 wrote:
That was humour?
He has obviously heard too many mindless football chants and decided that that is the level of football fans intelligence.
Looking at the responses, he (sadly) is right.
O.K fans.
2, 4, 6, 8, who do we appreciate? --------------- . You know the rest!
You tit.
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: That was humour? He has obviously heard too many mindless football chants and decided that that is the level of football fans intelligence. Looking at the responses, he (sadly) is right. O.K fans. 2, 4, 6, 8, who do we appreciate? --------------- . You know the rest![/p][/quote]You tit. Loyal2AFCB
  • Score: 13

2:10pm Tue 8 Jul 14

matt68 says...

yet_another_one wrote:
N Smith wrote:
yet_another_one wrote:
Can I believe what I've just read - idiotic ranting of someone who needs to grow up.
Get a life , loved. Reading it .A bit of fun and a enjoyable read.Lets have more.
Ooops, silly me - I must have forgotten he's a god !!!
You or I would be sent to St. Anne's if we wrote c**p like that - then it gets published ???
Doesn't Mr Perrett have anything better to report & shame on the Echo for supporting it all.
Your name says it all now go away!
[quote][p][bold]yet_another_one[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]N Smith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yet_another_one[/bold] wrote: Can I believe what I've just read - idiotic ranting of someone who needs to grow up.[/p][/quote]Get a life , loved. Reading it .A bit of fun and a enjoyable read.Lets have more.[/p][/quote]Ooops, silly me - I must have forgotten he's a god !!! You or I would be sent to St. Anne's if we wrote c**p like that - then it gets published ??? Doesn't Mr Perrett have anything better to report & shame on the Echo for supporting it all.[/p][/quote]Your name says it all now go away! matt68
  • Score: 6

2:50pm Tue 8 Jul 14

St Albans Cherry says...

Oh dear I don't know if I can use this site for this ...


... but it's 10/11 apparently Bet Victor... good luck if it's to be believed! Metro July 8th - to me it's buying money right?!?
Oh dear I don't know if I can use this site for this ... ... but it's 10/11 apparently Bet Victor... good luck if it's to be believed! Metro July 8th - to me it's buying money right?!? St Albans Cherry
  • Score: -2

2:53pm Tue 8 Jul 14

St Albans Cherry says...

Dorsettoffee wrote:
St Albans Cherry wrote:
Can't wait for the start...!

Glad the boys are chilling out and there is an obvious team spirit going on. So unlike the 60s, 70s and the 80s! Then it really was all about fags, women and booze...

(Alfredo Di Stefano - what a legend - is dead and Bobby Charlton's comments were a good read today. Also there is a 10/11 bet on Adam Lallana scoring more than 5.5 times this season at Liverpool... it's out there somewhere!)

As I say we need to get the season started! I am old and very excitable.
What's the price of him starting more than 5.5 games?
ah just re-read I would have thought pretty high? Steve G is not getting any younger the Biter is bitter and off to pastures new...They will need goals in Europe and the cups so unless there's a caveat then it's a must bet right?
[quote][p][bold]Dorsettoffee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Albans Cherry[/bold] wrote: Can't wait for the start...! Glad the boys are chilling out and there is an obvious team spirit going on. So unlike the 60s, 70s and the 80s! Then it really was all about fags, women and booze... (Alfredo Di Stefano - what a legend - is dead and Bobby Charlton's comments were a good read today. Also there is a 10/11 bet on Adam Lallana scoring more than 5.5 times this season at Liverpool... it's out there somewhere!) As I say we need to get the season started! I am old and very excitable.[/p][/quote]What's the price of him starting more than 5.5 games?[/p][/quote]ah just re-read I would have thought pretty high? Steve G is not getting any younger the Biter is bitter and off to pastures new...They will need goals in Europe and the cups so unless there's a caveat then it's a must bet right? St Albans Cherry
  • Score: 1

4:10pm Tue 8 Jul 14

holdinkæft says...

Whos going to th game on friday?
Whos going to th game on friday? holdinkæft
  • Score: 0

5:20pm Tue 8 Jul 14

AFCBLUKE says...

elite50 wrote:
That was humour?
He has obviously heard too many mindless football chants and decided that that is the level of football fans intelligence.
Looking at the responses, he (sadly) is right.
O.K fans.
2, 4, 6, 8, who do we appreciate? --------------- . You know the rest!
You really need to get out more
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: That was humour? He has obviously heard too many mindless football chants and decided that that is the level of football fans intelligence. Looking at the responses, he (sadly) is right. O.K fans. 2, 4, 6, 8, who do we appreciate? --------------- . You know the rest![/p][/quote]You really need to get out more AFCBLUKE
  • Score: 2

5:21pm Tue 8 Jul 14

canfordcherry says...

holdinkæft wrote:
Whos going to th game on friday?
I take it you are?
[quote][p][bold]holdinkæft[/bold] wrote: Whos going to th game on friday?[/p][/quote]I take it you are? canfordcherry
  • Score: 1

6:51pm Tue 8 Jul 14

shifty035 says...

man how many people on here cant have a laugh if they want to enjoy their pre season let them god knows its going to be hard but we got a good squad and who knows with eddie and co in charge............FO
R THE WINGERS ON HERE PLEASE PLEASE dont support the team all you will do is moan the whole season oh and before i forget GET A SENSE OF HUMOUR
man how many people on here cant have a laugh if they want to enjoy their pre season let them god knows its going to be hard but we got a good squad and who knows with eddie and co in charge............FO R THE WINGERS ON HERE PLEASE PLEASE dont support the team all you will do is moan the whole season oh and before i forget GET A SENSE OF HUMOUR shifty035
  • Score: 6

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