AFC Bournemouth star Harry Arter: Fans can help us deal with expectation

MIDFIELD MAESTRO: Harry Arter

MIDFIELD MAESTRO: Harry Arter

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HARRY Arter has no doubt Cherries can handle the weight of unprecedented expectation this season – with a little help from the home crowd.

Hopes have never been higher at Dean Court after Cherries achieved the highest league finish in their history – 10th in the Championship – on their return to the second tier last season.

With the exception of Lewis Grabban, the club have so far fended off significant interest in their prized assets and added to their artillery with the capture of midfielder Dan Gosling, winger Junior Stanislas and striker Callum Wilson.

But while Arter knows there will be heightened anticipation in the stands, the 24-year-old midfielder insisted any pressure on the squad would be self-inflicted and called on the crowd to maintain their unflinching support.

Arter told the Daily Echo: “It was always going to be different with the way we ended last season. With a couple of months to go, any thoughts of relegation were long gone and everybody felt we could crack on and reach the top six.

“Going into this season, everybody is thinking about the play-offs. We have a team that wants to succeed and get to the highest level so play-offs and promotions are part of the expectation we have for ourselves.

“If we take that mindset into the season then, game by game, I’m sure we will find ourselves in a positive position but the most important thing is that nobody gets too carried away whether we start well or not.

“At the start of last season, a few of the results weren’t great and if the crowd had got on top of us it could have had a negative impact but they helped us through those tough times.

“From the day Eddie Howe came back you could see how much influence he has on the crowd and that reflected in the team’s performances straight away.

“Before that, they didn’t have as much motivation to get behind us because they weren’t too pleased with who was in charge. That had an effect and without doubt, the change in mood has played a part in our success over the past couple of years.

“It’s important to remember, though, that we have only been in the division one year. Some big clubs have come in with financial clout so we need to be realistic because the club is still growing compared with others.

“This season we need everyone behind us again and I’m sure we can be successful. We have a manager who expects high standards and I think the crowd realise that everyone is giving their all.

“We’re aiming to go as far as we can but we will need them to stick with us if we’re not having a good time.”

  • Cherries’ Championship clash at Watford on Saturday, September 20 will now kick-off at 12.15pm and will be broadcast by Sky Sports.

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9:13am Wed 9 Jul 14

Afcbpete says...

Without a doubt, this league is tougher than last season, yet, with that season under our belts, and some excellent acquisitions, I'm confident we can achieve similar, if not a better position to our last of 10th. For months last year, I'd said we were VERY close to being a VERY good side, and it proved to be come the final few months. So I'm not getting carried away, I'll support the team every inch of the way regardless of results, and see where we end up come next May. But if we can achieve anything coming close to those wonderful performances of last season, we will be very, very close to at least the play off's !! UTCIAD
Without a doubt, this league is tougher than last season, yet, with that season under our belts, and some excellent acquisitions, I'm confident we can achieve similar, if not a better position to our last of 10th. For months last year, I'd said we were VERY close to being a VERY good side, and it proved to be come the final few months. So I'm not getting carried away, I'll support the team every inch of the way regardless of results, and see where we end up come next May. But if we can achieve anything coming close to those wonderful performances of last season, we will be very, very close to at least the play off's !! UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: 17

9:39am Wed 9 Jul 14

Minty Fresh says...

The biggest problem facing AFC Bournemouth right now is the hopelessly low capacity of the stadium. I hope to hear something very soon about plans to either redevelop the current ground, or starting afresh elsewhere. If we have aspirations of joining the Premier League we will need a 30,000 capacity stadium at the very least.
UTCIAD!
The biggest problem facing AFC Bournemouth right now is the hopelessly low capacity of the stadium. I hope to hear something very soon about plans to either redevelop the current ground, or starting afresh elsewhere. If we have aspirations of joining the Premier League we will need a 30,000 capacity stadium at the very least. UTCIAD! Minty Fresh
  • Score: 15

11:07am Wed 9 Jul 14

Chromedome says...

Totally agree with Minty Fresh about the stadium size.
Personally I would be happy to stay in the Championship for another season and hopefully build on what we now have.
If we are as good as last season (and why shouldn't we be) it should be an exciting time for us.
Looking forward to the season starting. UTCIAD
Totally agree with Minty Fresh about the stadium size. Personally I would be happy to stay in the Championship for another season and hopefully build on what we now have. If we are as good as last season (and why shouldn't we be) it should be an exciting time for us. Looking forward to the season starting. UTCIAD Chromedome
  • Score: 8

12:05pm Wed 9 Jul 14

smhinto says...

What me must guard against this coming season is what is known as - second season syndrome -
.
Last season the euphoria of promotion was driving us on to a degree. This season we will have the full weight of the division bearing down on us. It will be a tougher division than last year with the quality of the opposition that has now joined us.
.
However, Eddie has bought in quality additions to counter-act the stronger division of which is the correct thing to do. If we had not made any addition I believe we would struggle this season. Another season of consolidation is neccessary I think.
.
I am not sure about increasing the size of the ground at the moment. We still struggled to fill the ground last season. It was only select fixtures that the attendance was anywhere near capacity.
.
If further promotion is achieved I still do not believe we have the footballing populous in the Borrnemouth / Poole areas to exceed any more than 18000 gates. We will be another Wigan. There in no in this earth will we command 30,000 gates as someone has already implied.
.
I do recall the days back in the late 1970's early 80's that one could see the typical Bournemouth follower sat in the main stand wearing a silly pair of Kojak sunglasses, smothered in Timothy White's suncream with the match day programme in his back pocket with an early edition of the Echo under his arm and smoking a pipe!!. I remember reading the programme, then looking up and seeing the team on the pitch without even realising they had come on to the pitch simply because there was no clapping or roaring etc Great days I recall!!
.
However, that has now all changed, but le't not get ahead of ourselves - Second season syndrome is a real threat. It has happened to a large number of clubs that have been promoted out of their respective divisions. We must be on our guard.
.
Regards
What me must guard against this coming season is what is known as - second season syndrome - . Last season the euphoria of promotion was driving us on to a degree. This season we will have the full weight of the division bearing down on us. It will be a tougher division than last year with the quality of the opposition that has now joined us. . However, Eddie has bought in quality additions to counter-act the stronger division of which is the correct thing to do. If we had not made any addition I believe we would struggle this season. Another season of consolidation is neccessary I think. . I am not sure about increasing the size of the ground at the moment. We still struggled to fill the ground last season. It was only select fixtures that the attendance was anywhere near capacity. . If further promotion is achieved I still do not believe we have the footballing populous in the Borrnemouth / Poole areas to exceed any more than 18000 gates. We will be another Wigan. There in no in this earth will we command 30,000 gates as someone has already implied. . I do recall the days back in the late 1970's early 80's that one could see the typical Bournemouth follower sat in the main stand wearing a silly pair of Kojak sunglasses, smothered in Timothy White's suncream with the match day programme in his back pocket with an early edition of the Echo under his arm and smoking a pipe!!. I remember reading the programme, then looking up and seeing the team on the pitch without even realising they had come on to the pitch simply because there was no clapping or roaring etc Great days I recall!! . However, that has now all changed, but le't not get ahead of ourselves - Second season syndrome is a real threat. It has happened to a large number of clubs that have been promoted out of their respective divisions. We must be on our guard. . Regards smhinto
  • Score: 0

12:23pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Steveo123 says...

Agree with all shminto says apart from that it will be a tougher division than last year,, the teams that dropped were very poor last year and we have improved....... Top 6 for us for sure....
Agree with all shminto says apart from that it will be a tougher division than last year,, the teams that dropped were very poor last year and we have improved....... Top 6 for us for sure.... Steveo123
  • Score: 3

12:31pm Wed 9 Jul 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

No second season syndrome for us. . . . The squad are raring to go and we have better additions this time around. . . . Hopefully we will make a better start than last year. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cmon You Reds
No second season syndrome for us. . . . The squad are raring to go and we have better additions this time around. . . . Hopefully we will make a better start than last year. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cmon You Reds RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 13

1:07pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Afcbpete says...

IF, we were to get into the Premier League, I don't think 30k is too large. You have to remember that we have Maxim financially driving this charge, and I somehow, don't see him wanting to just go up and teeter on the edge of relegation. I think there would be the financial clout to not only say up, but look up, not down, crazy?? yes, but true I believe. So 30k is sensible!!! People are really getting to want to watch us now, where as before it was a case of coming more to see the other side. As for the atmosphere in the late 70's 80's, you should of been there in the late 60's early 70's, to say the ground was rocking is an understatement!! UTCIAD
IF, we were to get into the Premier League, I don't think 30k is too large. You have to remember that we have Maxim financially driving this charge, and I somehow, don't see him wanting to just go up and teeter on the edge of relegation. I think there would be the financial clout to not only say up, but look up, not down, crazy?? yes, but true I believe. So 30k is sensible!!! People are really getting to want to watch us now, where as before it was a case of coming more to see the other side. As for the atmosphere in the late 70's 80's, you should of been there in the late 60's early 70's, to say the ground was rocking is an understatement!! UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: 4

1:22pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Chris60 says...

smhinto wrote:
What me must guard against this coming season is what is known as - second season syndrome -
.
Last season the euphoria of promotion was driving us on to a degree. This season we will have the full weight of the division bearing down on us. It will be a tougher division than last year with the quality of the opposition that has now joined us.
.
However, Eddie has bought in quality additions to counter-act the stronger division of which is the correct thing to do. If we had not made any addition I believe we would struggle this season. Another season of consolidation is neccessary I think.
.
I am not sure about increasing the size of the ground at the moment. We still struggled to fill the ground last season. It was only select fixtures that the attendance was anywhere near capacity.
.
If further promotion is achieved I still do not believe we have the footballing populous in the Borrnemouth / Poole areas to exceed any more than 18000 gates. We will be another Wigan. There in no in this earth will we command 30,000 gates as someone has already implied.
.
I do recall the days back in the late 1970's early 80's that one could see the typical Bournemouth follower sat in the main stand wearing a silly pair of Kojak sunglasses, smothered in Timothy White's suncream with the match day programme in his back pocket with an early edition of the Echo under his arm and smoking a pipe!!. I remember reading the programme, then looking up and seeing the team on the pitch without even realising they had come on to the pitch simply because there was no clapping or roaring etc Great days I recall!!
.
However, that has now all changed, but le't not get ahead of ourselves - Second season syndrome is a real threat. It has happened to a large number of clubs that have been promoted out of their respective divisions. We must be on our guard.
.
Regards
I Agree with all of the above (possibly a first Shminto!). Whilst I think we could possibly make the play offs, we need to be a bit wary and keep our feet on the ground (I'd settle for 10th again right now). Also, I very much doubt we will ever get regular 30,000 crowds in future and the ground needs to be the right size for regular crowds not for one offs. I would have thought 20,000 would be plenty for now and wouldn't be comfortable with any increase in capacity being paid for by the club on a ground we don't own so that needs addressing first.
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: What me must guard against this coming season is what is known as - second season syndrome - . Last season the euphoria of promotion was driving us on to a degree. This season we will have the full weight of the division bearing down on us. It will be a tougher division than last year with the quality of the opposition that has now joined us. . However, Eddie has bought in quality additions to counter-act the stronger division of which is the correct thing to do. If we had not made any addition I believe we would struggle this season. Another season of consolidation is neccessary I think. . I am not sure about increasing the size of the ground at the moment. We still struggled to fill the ground last season. It was only select fixtures that the attendance was anywhere near capacity. . If further promotion is achieved I still do not believe we have the footballing populous in the Borrnemouth / Poole areas to exceed any more than 18000 gates. We will be another Wigan. There in no in this earth will we command 30,000 gates as someone has already implied. . I do recall the days back in the late 1970's early 80's that one could see the typical Bournemouth follower sat in the main stand wearing a silly pair of Kojak sunglasses, smothered in Timothy White's suncream with the match day programme in his back pocket with an early edition of the Echo under his arm and smoking a pipe!!. I remember reading the programme, then looking up and seeing the team on the pitch without even realising they had come on to the pitch simply because there was no clapping or roaring etc Great days I recall!! . However, that has now all changed, but le't not get ahead of ourselves - Second season syndrome is a real threat. It has happened to a large number of clubs that have been promoted out of their respective divisions. We must be on our guard. . Regards[/p][/quote]I Agree with all of the above (possibly a first Shminto!). Whilst I think we could possibly make the play offs, we need to be a bit wary and keep our feet on the ground (I'd settle for 10th again right now). Also, I very much doubt we will ever get regular 30,000 crowds in future and the ground needs to be the right size for regular crowds not for one offs. I would have thought 20,000 would be plenty for now and wouldn't be comfortable with any increase in capacity being paid for by the club on a ground we don't own so that needs addressing first. Chris60
  • Score: 5

1:25pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Chris60 says...

smhinto wrote:
What me must guard against this coming season is what is known as - second season syndrome -
.
Last season the euphoria of promotion was driving us on to a degree. This season we will have the full weight of the division bearing down on us. It will be a tougher division than last year with the quality of the opposition that has now joined us.
.
However, Eddie has bought in quality additions to counter-act the stronger division of which is the correct thing to do. If we had not made any addition I believe we would struggle this season. Another season of consolidation is neccessary I think.
.
I am not sure about increasing the size of the ground at the moment. We still struggled to fill the ground last season. It was only select fixtures that the attendance was anywhere near capacity.
.
If further promotion is achieved I still do not believe we have the footballing populous in the Borrnemouth / Poole areas to exceed any more than 18000 gates. We will be another Wigan. There in no in this earth will we command 30,000 gates as someone has already implied.
.
I do recall the days back in the late 1970's early 80's that one could see the typical Bournemouth follower sat in the main stand wearing a silly pair of Kojak sunglasses, smothered in Timothy White's suncream with the match day programme in his back pocket with an early edition of the Echo under his arm and smoking a pipe!!. I remember reading the programme, then looking up and seeing the team on the pitch without even realising they had come on to the pitch simply because there was no clapping or roaring etc Great days I recall!!
.
However, that has now all changed, but le't not get ahead of ourselves - Second season syndrome is a real threat. It has happened to a large number of clubs that have been promoted out of their respective divisions. We must be on our guard.
.
Regards
I agree with all of the above (possibly a first Shminto!). Whilst I think we could possibly make the play offs, we need to be a bit wary and keep our feet on the ground (I'd settle for 10th again right now). Also, I very much doubt we will ever get regular 30,000 crowds in future and the ground needs to be the right size for regular crowds not for one offs (worse case, if crowds dropped, the atmosphere in a big empty ground would be terrible and the money spent another issue). I would have thought 20,000 would be plenty for now but wouldn't be comfortable with any increase in capacity being paid for by the club on a ground we don't own so that needs addressing first.
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: What me must guard against this coming season is what is known as - second season syndrome - . Last season the euphoria of promotion was driving us on to a degree. This season we will have the full weight of the division bearing down on us. It will be a tougher division than last year with the quality of the opposition that has now joined us. . However, Eddie has bought in quality additions to counter-act the stronger division of which is the correct thing to do. If we had not made any addition I believe we would struggle this season. Another season of consolidation is neccessary I think. . I am not sure about increasing the size of the ground at the moment. We still struggled to fill the ground last season. It was only select fixtures that the attendance was anywhere near capacity. . If further promotion is achieved I still do not believe we have the footballing populous in the Borrnemouth / Poole areas to exceed any more than 18000 gates. We will be another Wigan. There in no in this earth will we command 30,000 gates as someone has already implied. . I do recall the days back in the late 1970's early 80's that one could see the typical Bournemouth follower sat in the main stand wearing a silly pair of Kojak sunglasses, smothered in Timothy White's suncream with the match day programme in his back pocket with an early edition of the Echo under his arm and smoking a pipe!!. I remember reading the programme, then looking up and seeing the team on the pitch without even realising they had come on to the pitch simply because there was no clapping or roaring etc Great days I recall!! . However, that has now all changed, but le't not get ahead of ourselves - Second season syndrome is a real threat. It has happened to a large number of clubs that have been promoted out of their respective divisions. We must be on our guard. . Regards[/p][/quote]I agree with all of the above (possibly a first Shminto!). Whilst I think we could possibly make the play offs, we need to be a bit wary and keep our feet on the ground (I'd settle for 10th again right now). Also, I very much doubt we will ever get regular 30,000 crowds in future and the ground needs to be the right size for regular crowds not for one offs (worse case, if crowds dropped, the atmosphere in a big empty ground would be terrible and the money spent another issue). I would have thought 20,000 would be plenty for now but wouldn't be comfortable with any increase in capacity being paid for by the club on a ground we don't own so that needs addressing first. Chris60
  • Score: 0

1:26pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Chris60 says...

Chris60 wrote:
smhinto wrote:
What me must guard against this coming season is what is known as - second season syndrome -
.
Last season the euphoria of promotion was driving us on to a degree. This season we will have the full weight of the division bearing down on us. It will be a tougher division than last year with the quality of the opposition that has now joined us.
.
However, Eddie has bought in quality additions to counter-act the stronger division of which is the correct thing to do. If we had not made any addition I believe we would struggle this season. Another season of consolidation is neccessary I think.
.
I am not sure about increasing the size of the ground at the moment. We still struggled to fill the ground last season. It was only select fixtures that the attendance was anywhere near capacity.
.
If further promotion is achieved I still do not believe we have the footballing populous in the Borrnemouth / Poole areas to exceed any more than 18000 gates. We will be another Wigan. There in no in this earth will we command 30,000 gates as someone has already implied.
.
I do recall the days back in the late 1970's early 80's that one could see the typical Bournemouth follower sat in the main stand wearing a silly pair of Kojak sunglasses, smothered in Timothy White's suncream with the match day programme in his back pocket with an early edition of the Echo under his arm and smoking a pipe!!. I remember reading the programme, then looking up and seeing the team on the pitch without even realising they had come on to the pitch simply because there was no clapping or roaring etc Great days I recall!!
.
However, that has now all changed, but le't not get ahead of ourselves - Second season syndrome is a real threat. It has happened to a large number of clubs that have been promoted out of their respective divisions. We must be on our guard.
.
Regards
I agree with all of the above (possibly a first Shminto!). Whilst I think we could possibly make the play offs, we need to be a bit wary and keep our feet on the ground (I'd settle for 10th again right now). Also, I very much doubt we will ever get regular 30,000 crowds in future and the ground needs to be the right size for regular crowds not for one offs (worse case, if crowds dropped, the atmosphere in a big empty ground would be terrible and the money spent another issue). I would have thought 20,000 would be plenty for now but wouldn't be comfortable with any increase in capacity being paid for by the club on a ground we don't own so that needs addressing first.
Sorry, didn't realise that had already posted (now I've agreed with Shminto twice!)
[quote][p][bold]Chris60[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: What me must guard against this coming season is what is known as - second season syndrome - . Last season the euphoria of promotion was driving us on to a degree. This season we will have the full weight of the division bearing down on us. It will be a tougher division than last year with the quality of the opposition that has now joined us. . However, Eddie has bought in quality additions to counter-act the stronger division of which is the correct thing to do. If we had not made any addition I believe we would struggle this season. Another season of consolidation is neccessary I think. . I am not sure about increasing the size of the ground at the moment. We still struggled to fill the ground last season. It was only select fixtures that the attendance was anywhere near capacity. . If further promotion is achieved I still do not believe we have the footballing populous in the Borrnemouth / Poole areas to exceed any more than 18000 gates. We will be another Wigan. There in no in this earth will we command 30,000 gates as someone has already implied. . I do recall the days back in the late 1970's early 80's that one could see the typical Bournemouth follower sat in the main stand wearing a silly pair of Kojak sunglasses, smothered in Timothy White's suncream with the match day programme in his back pocket with an early edition of the Echo under his arm and smoking a pipe!!. I remember reading the programme, then looking up and seeing the team on the pitch without even realising they had come on to the pitch simply because there was no clapping or roaring etc Great days I recall!! . However, that has now all changed, but le't not get ahead of ourselves - Second season syndrome is a real threat. It has happened to a large number of clubs that have been promoted out of their respective divisions. We must be on our guard. . Regards[/p][/quote]I agree with all of the above (possibly a first Shminto!). Whilst I think we could possibly make the play offs, we need to be a bit wary and keep our feet on the ground (I'd settle for 10th again right now). Also, I very much doubt we will ever get regular 30,000 crowds in future and the ground needs to be the right size for regular crowds not for one offs (worse case, if crowds dropped, the atmosphere in a big empty ground would be terrible and the money spent another issue). I would have thought 20,000 would be plenty for now but wouldn't be comfortable with any increase in capacity being paid for by the club on a ground we don't own so that needs addressing first.[/p][/quote]Sorry, didn't realise that had already posted (now I've agreed with Shminto twice!) Chris60
  • Score: -2

2:17pm Wed 9 Jul 14

abc100 says...

smhinto wrote:
What me must guard against this coming season is what is known as - second season syndrome -
.
Last season the euphoria of promotion was driving us on to a degree. This season we will have the full weight of the division bearing down on us. It will be a tougher division than last year with the quality of the opposition that has now joined us.
.
However, Eddie has bought in quality additions to counter-act the stronger division of which is the correct thing to do. If we had not made any addition I believe we would struggle this season. Another season of consolidation is neccessary I think.
.
I am not sure about increasing the size of the ground at the moment. We still struggled to fill the ground last season. It was only select fixtures that the attendance was anywhere near capacity.
.
If further promotion is achieved I still do not believe we have the footballing populous in the Borrnemouth / Poole areas to exceed any more than 18000 gates. We will be another Wigan. There in no in this earth will we command 30,000 gates as someone has already implied.
.
I do recall the days back in the late 1970's early 80's that one could see the typical Bournemouth follower sat in the main stand wearing a silly pair of Kojak sunglasses, smothered in Timothy White's suncream with the match day programme in his back pocket with an early edition of the Echo under his arm and smoking a pipe!!. I remember reading the programme, then looking up and seeing the team on the pitch without even realising they had come on to the pitch simply because there was no clapping or roaring etc Great days I recall!!
.
However, that has now all changed, but le't not get ahead of ourselves - Second season syndrome is a real threat. It has happened to a large number of clubs that have been promoted out of their respective divisions. We must be on our guard.
.
Regards
Good post smhinto, can't disagree with any of that
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: What me must guard against this coming season is what is known as - second season syndrome - . Last season the euphoria of promotion was driving us on to a degree. This season we will have the full weight of the division bearing down on us. It will be a tougher division than last year with the quality of the opposition that has now joined us. . However, Eddie has bought in quality additions to counter-act the stronger division of which is the correct thing to do. If we had not made any addition I believe we would struggle this season. Another season of consolidation is neccessary I think. . I am not sure about increasing the size of the ground at the moment. We still struggled to fill the ground last season. It was only select fixtures that the attendance was anywhere near capacity. . If further promotion is achieved I still do not believe we have the footballing populous in the Borrnemouth / Poole areas to exceed any more than 18000 gates. We will be another Wigan. There in no in this earth will we command 30,000 gates as someone has already implied. . I do recall the days back in the late 1970's early 80's that one could see the typical Bournemouth follower sat in the main stand wearing a silly pair of Kojak sunglasses, smothered in Timothy White's suncream with the match day programme in his back pocket with an early edition of the Echo under his arm and smoking a pipe!!. I remember reading the programme, then looking up and seeing the team on the pitch without even realising they had come on to the pitch simply because there was no clapping or roaring etc Great days I recall!! . However, that has now all changed, but le't not get ahead of ourselves - Second season syndrome is a real threat. It has happened to a large number of clubs that have been promoted out of their respective divisions. We must be on our guard. . Regards[/p][/quote]Good post smhinto, can't disagree with any of that abc100
  • Score: 0

3:36pm Wed 9 Jul 14

raybren says...

I ' m more worried about Smhinto syndrome ! I got the top half finish prediction correct last season , ( Oxbog said relegation , where he now ? ) So Smhinto could you cope with a minimum of top four , that ' s my take on the coming season , doom .... gloom ..... negativity .... caution .... all out of the window ! We have a fantastic squad , with maybe one or two more to come .
I ' m more worried about Smhinto syndrome ! I got the top half finish prediction correct last season , ( Oxbog said relegation , where he now ? ) So Smhinto could you cope with a minimum of top four , that ' s my take on the coming season , doom .... gloom ..... negativity .... caution .... all out of the window ! We have a fantastic squad , with maybe one or two more to come . raybren
  • Score: 2

4:26pm Wed 9 Jul 14

mark.s says...

The only part of smhinto's post above I would disagree with, is "only select fixtures that the attendance was anywhere near capacity."

At least half a dozen home games if not more last season, the ticket office declared the gate as sold out. Potential paying punters were turned away. The fact that the actual gate read out at the game was short of capacity is down to the ticket office's procedures around ST holders not turning up. If the seats were available, they'd have sold.

And many of the others were still 5 figure gates. No one else in this league reached the average gate versus percentage of capacity that we did.
The only part of smhinto's post above I would disagree with, is "only select fixtures that the attendance was anywhere near capacity." At least half a dozen home games if not more last season, the ticket office declared the gate as sold out. Potential paying punters were turned away. The fact that the actual gate read out at the game was short of capacity is down to the ticket office's procedures around ST holders not turning up. If the seats were available, they'd have sold. And many of the others were still 5 figure gates. No one else in this league reached the average gate versus percentage of capacity that we did. mark.s
  • Score: 6

5:33pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Square Old Codger says...

I do think that the Club's plan to increase the ground capacity to 25000 is about right. Certainly when I first went to Dean Court gate of 20,000+ were a regular feature and since then the population of the area has doubled and we have a sizable younger element too. However whether there are 25000 able to afford "premiership" prices and willing to pay them is quuite another matter as I have said before this is a low wage, high cost area and as long as the area's economy is largely based upon retailing and hospitality, can't see much changing. After watching Germany thrash Brazil last night would suggest that both the FA and the Premier League look to the German example for inspiration, you can win with a team largely drawn from your own population and you can charge realistic prices for tickets too. They have bigger gates and it costs less to watch Bayern Munich than the Cherries. Lots of lessons we can learn from them. As for this Season , much depends on how quickly Wilson adapts to the Championship and who else Eddie brings in. For me the top half again would be OK.
I do think that the Club's plan to increase the ground capacity to 25000 is about right. Certainly when I first went to Dean Court gate of 20,000+ were a regular feature and since then the population of the area has doubled and we have a sizable younger element too. However whether there are 25000 able to afford "premiership" prices and willing to pay them is quuite another matter as I have said before this is a low wage, high cost area and as long as the area's economy is largely based upon retailing and hospitality, can't see much changing. After watching Germany thrash Brazil last night would suggest that both the FA and the Premier League look to the German example for inspiration, you can win with a team largely drawn from your own population and you can charge realistic prices for tickets too. They have bigger gates and it costs less to watch Bayern Munich than the Cherries. Lots of lessons we can learn from them. As for this Season , much depends on how quickly Wilson adapts to the Championship and who else Eddie brings in. For me the top half again would be OK. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 8

5:49pm Wed 9 Jul 14

golfer33 says...

hello to all fans here, where is Nonno?
looking forward to seeing how Howe sets up the team with the new signings.
I see the match on friday is on the internet page.
but it is just a friendly.
Kenya will be watching as always.
hello to all fans here, where is Nonno? looking forward to seeing how Howe sets up the team with the new signings. I see the match on friday is on the internet page. but it is just a friendly. Kenya will be watching as always. golfer33
  • Score: 2

6:51pm Wed 9 Jul 14

nonnogeppetto says...

golfer33 wrote:
hello to all fans here, where is Nonno?
looking forward to seeing how Howe sets up the team with the new signings.
I see the match on friday is on the internet page.
but it is just a friendly.
Kenya will be watching as always.
Golfer it is time for beach with grandchildren. We have been spending a lot of time getting sun tanned! I do read the comments and have a giggle or two. I have to say that I would swap the beach for a game at Dean Court at a drop of a hat.

How is going with you in Kenya hope the generators, water pumps et al are working to their full capacity.

Did someone forget to tell the Brazilian footballers that they had a game last night!!!!

UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]golfer33[/bold] wrote: hello to all fans here, where is Nonno? looking forward to seeing how Howe sets up the team with the new signings. I see the match on friday is on the internet page. but it is just a friendly. Kenya will be watching as always.[/p][/quote]Golfer it is time for beach with grandchildren. We have been spending a lot of time getting sun tanned! I do read the comments and have a giggle or two. I have to say that I would swap the beach for a game at Dean Court at a drop of a hat. How is going with you in Kenya hope the generators, water pumps et al are working to their full capacity. Did someone forget to tell the Brazilian footballers that they had a game last night!!!! UTCIAD nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 2

8:29pm Wed 9 Jul 14

cromwell9 says...

smhinto wrote:
What me must guard against this coming season is what is known as - second season syndrome -
.
Last season the euphoria of promotion was driving us on to a degree. This season we will have the full weight of the division bearing down on us. It will be a tougher division than last year with the quality of the opposition that has now joined us.
.
However, Eddie has bought in quality additions to counter-act the stronger division of which is the correct thing to do. If we had not made any addition I believe we would struggle this season. Another season of consolidation is neccessary I think.
.
I am not sure about increasing the size of the ground at the moment. We still struggled to fill the ground last season. It was only select fixtures that the attendance was anywhere near capacity.
.
If further promotion is achieved I still do not believe we have the footballing populous in the Borrnemouth / Poole areas to exceed any more than 18000 gates. We will be another Wigan. There in no in this earth will we command 30,000 gates as someone has already implied.
.
I do recall the days back in the late 1970's early 80's that one could see the typical Bournemouth follower sat in the main stand wearing a silly pair of Kojak sunglasses, smothered in Timothy White's suncream with the match day programme in his back pocket with an early edition of the Echo under his arm and smoking a pipe!!. I remember reading the programme, then looking up and seeing the team on the pitch without even realising they had come on to the pitch simply because there was no clapping or roaring etc Great days I recall!!
.
However, that has now all changed, but le't not get ahead of ourselves - Second season syndrome is a real threat. It has happened to a large number of clubs that have been promoted out of their respective divisions. We must be on our guard.
.
Regards
You must of been Sleeping.
In the late John Bond days in div 3,We had crowds from 10,000 to over 18000 against Brighton,and over 22,000 when Villa came down.
when we went back to Villa for the return league fixture we to nearly 40 coaches up there,
Now we are back in the Championship ,where we belong,
You forget S E Dorset has a catchment area Larger than Bristol.,+ sw Hampshire,
AFCB sold out most of their matches last season, .Just because some seats were empty does not mean they were not sold,
So lets get on with it and increase the capacity to at least 25,000.
I have been at AFCB since ,the Freedie Cox Days,He would of loved it today
The South end in the old stadium was packed to the rafters,We all sung our heads off ,God it was a rough house, and the type of singing would not be allowed today,.Great times,
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: What me must guard against this coming season is what is known as - second season syndrome - . Last season the euphoria of promotion was driving us on to a degree. This season we will have the full weight of the division bearing down on us. It will be a tougher division than last year with the quality of the opposition that has now joined us. . However, Eddie has bought in quality additions to counter-act the stronger division of which is the correct thing to do. If we had not made any addition I believe we would struggle this season. Another season of consolidation is neccessary I think. . I am not sure about increasing the size of the ground at the moment. We still struggled to fill the ground last season. It was only select fixtures that the attendance was anywhere near capacity. . If further promotion is achieved I still do not believe we have the footballing populous in the Borrnemouth / Poole areas to exceed any more than 18000 gates. We will be another Wigan. There in no in this earth will we command 30,000 gates as someone has already implied. . I do recall the days back in the late 1970's early 80's that one could see the typical Bournemouth follower sat in the main stand wearing a silly pair of Kojak sunglasses, smothered in Timothy White's suncream with the match day programme in his back pocket with an early edition of the Echo under his arm and smoking a pipe!!. I remember reading the programme, then looking up and seeing the team on the pitch without even realising they had come on to the pitch simply because there was no clapping or roaring etc Great days I recall!! . However, that has now all changed, but le't not get ahead of ourselves - Second season syndrome is a real threat. It has happened to a large number of clubs that have been promoted out of their respective divisions. We must be on our guard. . Regards[/p][/quote]You must of been Sleeping. In the late John Bond days in div 3,We had crowds from 10,000 to over 18000 against Brighton,and over 22,000 when Villa came down. when we went back to Villa for the return league fixture we to nearly 40 coaches up there, Now we are back in the Championship ,where we belong, You forget S E Dorset has a catchment area Larger than Bristol.,+ sw Hampshire, AFCB sold out most of their matches last season, .Just because some seats were empty does not mean they were not sold, So lets get on with it and increase the capacity to at least 25,000. I have been at AFCB since ,the Freedie Cox Days,He would of loved it today The South end in the old stadium was packed to the rafters,We all sung our heads off ,God it was a rough house, and the type of singing would not be allowed today,.Great times, cromwell9
  • Score: 0

9:16pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Afcbpete says...

cromwell9 wrote:
smhinto wrote:
What me must guard against this coming season is what is known as - second season syndrome -
.
Last season the euphoria of promotion was driving us on to a degree. This season we will have the full weight of the division bearing down on us. It will be a tougher division than last year with the quality of the opposition that has now joined us.
.
However, Eddie has bought in quality additions to counter-act the stronger division of which is the correct thing to do. If we had not made any addition I believe we would struggle this season. Another season of consolidation is neccessary I think.
.
I am not sure about increasing the size of the ground at the moment. We still struggled to fill the ground last season. It was only select fixtures that the attendance was anywhere near capacity.
.
If further promotion is achieved I still do not believe we have the footballing populous in the Borrnemouth / Poole areas to exceed any more than 18000 gates. We will be another Wigan. There in no in this earth will we command 30,000 gates as someone has already implied.
.
I do recall the days back in the late 1970's early 80's that one could see the typical Bournemouth follower sat in the main stand wearing a silly pair of Kojak sunglasses, smothered in Timothy White's suncream with the match day programme in his back pocket with an early edition of the Echo under his arm and smoking a pipe!!. I remember reading the programme, then looking up and seeing the team on the pitch without even realising they had come on to the pitch simply because there was no clapping or roaring etc Great days I recall!!
.
However, that has now all changed, but le't not get ahead of ourselves - Second season syndrome is a real threat. It has happened to a large number of clubs that have been promoted out of their respective divisions. We must be on our guard.
.
Regards
You must of been Sleeping.
In the late John Bond days in div 3,We had crowds from 10,000 to over 18000 against Brighton,and over 22,000 when Villa came down.
when we went back to Villa for the return league fixture we to nearly 40 coaches up there,
Now we are back in the Championship ,where we belong,
You forget S E Dorset has a catchment area Larger than Bristol.,+ sw Hampshire,
AFCB sold out most of their matches last season, .Just because some seats were empty does not mean they were not sold,
So lets get on with it and increase the capacity to at least 25,000.
I have been at AFCB since ,the Freedie Cox Days,He would of loved it today
The South end in the old stadium was packed to the rafters,We all sung our heads off ,God it was a rough house, and the type of singing would not be allowed today,.Great times,
You're absolutely right Cromwell. although my understanding was, we took 100 coaches to Villa, they were having to draft them in form as far as Southampton. There was a large car park near The Holt End, totally filled with coaches, also seem to remember seeing Concorde fly over the motorway. The thing is, the support is there, we just don't have the stadium to encourage those half hearted fans in. Give them the quality of football, and a quality stadium, they'll turn up I'm sure. Some also need to realise, that this won't happen this year, or probably by next. Were we to go up, and stay up, do people think 20-25k is really going to be adequate. I certainly joke about being tinpot AFCB, but the reality is, we're not any more. Our fan base, and size of stadia says we are, but if Maxim get's his way, we end up with a 20k stadium, you'd be having to expand it again in a couple of years, were we in the Prem. and holding our own. I say, stop thinking like a Lg1 side, and realise what's going on, and build accordingly, and if we're going to the trouble of moving, then build a 30k seater!!! UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]cromwell9[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: What me must guard against this coming season is what is known as - second season syndrome - . Last season the euphoria of promotion was driving us on to a degree. This season we will have the full weight of the division bearing down on us. It will be a tougher division than last year with the quality of the opposition that has now joined us. . However, Eddie has bought in quality additions to counter-act the stronger division of which is the correct thing to do. If we had not made any addition I believe we would struggle this season. Another season of consolidation is neccessary I think. . I am not sure about increasing the size of the ground at the moment. We still struggled to fill the ground last season. It was only select fixtures that the attendance was anywhere near capacity. . If further promotion is achieved I still do not believe we have the footballing populous in the Borrnemouth / Poole areas to exceed any more than 18000 gates. We will be another Wigan. There in no in this earth will we command 30,000 gates as someone has already implied. . I do recall the days back in the late 1970's early 80's that one could see the typical Bournemouth follower sat in the main stand wearing a silly pair of Kojak sunglasses, smothered in Timothy White's suncream with the match day programme in his back pocket with an early edition of the Echo under his arm and smoking a pipe!!. I remember reading the programme, then looking up and seeing the team on the pitch without even realising they had come on to the pitch simply because there was no clapping or roaring etc Great days I recall!! . However, that has now all changed, but le't not get ahead of ourselves - Second season syndrome is a real threat. It has happened to a large number of clubs that have been promoted out of their respective divisions. We must be on our guard. . Regards[/p][/quote]You must of been Sleeping. In the late John Bond days in div 3,We had crowds from 10,000 to over 18000 against Brighton,and over 22,000 when Villa came down. when we went back to Villa for the return league fixture we to nearly 40 coaches up there, Now we are back in the Championship ,where we belong, You forget S E Dorset has a catchment area Larger than Bristol.,+ sw Hampshire, AFCB sold out most of their matches last season, .Just because some seats were empty does not mean they were not sold, So lets get on with it and increase the capacity to at least 25,000. I have been at AFCB since ,the Freedie Cox Days,He would of loved it today The South end in the old stadium was packed to the rafters,We all sung our heads off ,God it was a rough house, and the type of singing would not be allowed today,.Great times,[/p][/quote]You're absolutely right Cromwell. although my understanding was, we took 100 coaches to Villa, they were having to draft them in form as far as Southampton. There was a large car park near The Holt End, totally filled with coaches, also seem to remember seeing Concorde fly over the motorway. The thing is, the support is there, we just don't have the stadium to encourage those half hearted fans in. Give them the quality of football, and a quality stadium, they'll turn up I'm sure. Some also need to realise, that this won't happen this year, or probably by next. Were we to go up, and stay up, do people think 20-25k is really going to be adequate. I certainly joke about being tinpot AFCB, but the reality is, we're not any more. Our fan base, and size of stadia says we are, but if Maxim get's his way, we end up with a 20k stadium, you'd be having to expand it again in a couple of years, were we in the Prem. and holding our own. I say, stop thinking like a Lg1 side, and realise what's going on, and build accordingly, and if we're going to the trouble of moving, then build a 30k seater!!! UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: 6

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