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

Bournemouth Echo: BENJI BUCHEL: Manuel Neuer's number one fan BENJI BUCHEL: Manuel Neuer's number one fan

“We found out the management staff had all got into the Wimbledon spirit last night and had a game of tennis. It was doubles with the gaffer and Neil Moss against Jason Tindall and Simon Weatherstone (Tinners). The gaffer and Mossy eased into a two-set lead before some heroics from Jason and Tinners saw them pull it back to 2-2. But just as it was about to reach a thrilling end, Jason suffered a hamstring injury and the match had to be abandoned. He was having some intensive treatment today.

“We had been expecting one of the new lads (Dan Gosling, Junior Stanislas and Callum Wilson) to do their initiation after dinner last night. We put a couple of songs to them but they were all a bit shy and none of them would get up and sing. However, we found out today that their shyness was all a show and all will be revealed later in the diary – in more ways than one!

“After dinner, we sat down to watch the World Cup and were amazed to find out that Liechtenstein had all of a sudden become part of Germany, or so Benji Buchel tried to claim. To say Manuel Neuer is Benji’s hero would be an understatement. Benji had a German flag draped over him and was wearing his Neuer shirt underneath his tracksuit. He was on cloud nine after he had finally had to make a couple of saves in the second half. I can’t imagine what he would be like if Liechtenstein ever reached the World Cup final.

“We had a good night’s sleep in our room and Smudger slept like a top. I think he is getting used to being away from his mum and dad but I am keeping a watchful eye on him.

“The gaffer sprung a surprise and told us we had to be ready at seven o’clock for an early-morning bike ride. Although we were tired, this was the Tour de Austria we had all been waiting for. Everybody was geed up for it and Steve Hard had planned a safe route after what had happened yesterday when we found ourselves on a dual carriageway.

“Steve set off in front and led the way because nobody knew where we were going in the first half of the race until it was time to turn around and come back. Steve did all the donkey work in front and the lads had a cosy time in his slipstream. I don’t think Steve had bargained for everybody finishing miles ahead of him when it came to the sprint finish.

“There was another shock in store when outsider Ian Harte took the yellow jersey. He was uncatchable from the halfway stage and I know Matt Ritchie would have been really disappointed. Matt has been telling everybody what a keen cyclist he is and how he does loads of routes when we are at home so he won’t have been best pleased after getting trounced by Hartey, the all-rounder who also won the golf yesterday.

“We had a triple session today which was really hard work. We finished with a bit of head tennis on the sand and Brett Pitman’s team were the winners. It must be all that practice he gets on those lovely beaches on Jersey. Smudger, Pughie and Benji were also giving it the big one after being in the winning team.

“As it had been such a hard day, a few of us decided to have a recovery session in the pool. The hotel has excellent facilities with a lovely spa. We got our swimming shorts on and went for a cool-down and a stretch. We were trying to find the sauna but couldn’t until we saw lots of people coming out of a room with robes on so thought it must be in there. We wandered in and it was excellent because there was also a hot and a cold pool inside. Then though, there was a huge shock in store because we saw a few people coming through and realised we were in the naked spa!

“Most of the lads were very uncomfortable except for the three new ones and their shyness from last night certainly went out the window. They tried to say they were only embracing the culture. They will definitely be singing tonight and we are going to make sure they are fully clothed!”

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6:49pm Wed 9 Jul 14

afcbtintin says...

Sand in Austria ?

UTCIAD
Sand in Austria ? UTCIAD afcbtintin
  • Score: 3

7:00pm Wed 9 Jul 14

horsted says...

afcbtintin wrote:
Sand in Austria ?

UTCIAD
sand gets everywhere!
[quote][p][bold]afcbtintin[/bold] wrote: Sand in Austria ? UTCIAD[/p][/quote]sand gets everywhere! horsted
  • Score: 7

7:35pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Scalpel says...

Knuckle down chaps. Important game on Friday. Make sure my Smudger is tucked up well before sunset. He needs his beauty sleep and is such a grump if he doesn't get a full ten hours in it.
Knuckle down chaps. Important game on Friday. Make sure my Smudger is tucked up well before sunset. He needs his beauty sleep and is such a grump if he doesn't get a full ten hours in it. Scalpel
  • Score: 0

7:35pm Wed 9 Jul 14

nonnogeppetto says...

afcbtintin wrote:
Sand in Austria ?

UTCIAD
is dredged up by their submarines!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]afcbtintin[/bold] wrote: Sand in Austria ? UTCIAD[/p][/quote]is dredged up by their submarines!!!!! nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 2

10:04pm Wed 9 Jul 14

elite50 says...

Avid fan here, when are my highly paid heroes(?) going to buckle down and get back to work?
I know the "mindless many" think it a great joke but if this is going to be the focus for the season, then Div. 1 here we come.
Also, to the gutter mouthed mob, GROW UP!
You are not hidden in a crowd of like minded morons now.
Avid fan here, when are my highly paid heroes(?) going to buckle down and get back to work? I know the "mindless many" think it a great joke but if this is going to be the focus for the season, then Div. 1 here we come. Also, to the gutter mouthed mob, GROW UP! You are not hidden in a crowd of like minded morons now. elite50
  • Score: -43

11:06pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Up the cherries says...

Team bonding is more important than most people would realise. That feel good factor must not disappear if we are to have a good season . Long May it continue. In Eddie we trust!
Team bonding is more important than most people would realise. That feel good factor must not disappear if we are to have a good season . Long May it continue. In Eddie we trust! Up the cherries
  • Score: 10

8:39am Thu 10 Jul 14

southborn6 says...

elite50 wrote:
Avid fan here, when are my highly paid heroes(?) going to buckle down and get back to work?
I know the "mindless many" think it a great joke but if this is going to be the focus for the season, then Div. 1 here we come.
Also, to the gutter mouthed mob, GROW UP!
You are not hidden in a crowd of like minded morons now.
It sounds like they are working hard if you actually read beyond the humour...I'm guessing you are retired and miserable, if you wanted a communist regime then you should travel back in time to cold war Russia
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: Avid fan here, when are my highly paid heroes(?) going to buckle down and get back to work? I know the "mindless many" think it a great joke but if this is going to be the focus for the season, then Div. 1 here we come. Also, to the gutter mouthed mob, GROW UP! You are not hidden in a crowd of like minded morons now.[/p][/quote]It sounds like they are working hard if you actually read beyond the humour...I'm guessing you are retired and miserable, if you wanted a communist regime then you should travel back in time to cold war Russia southborn6
  • Score: 3

9:15am Thu 10 Jul 14

coops1965cherry says...

Fair play lads, lap it up there is a long hard season ahead of you.

It sounds like you are all bonding very very well.

Team spirit is a much underrated facet and you can never have too much of it, I wish I was there with you it sounds fantastic.

This is a step up from a run round Kings Park and then a jog along the beach followed by a round of golf at Queens Park.

We are a different club now in a different league, looking onward and
upwards towards the Premier league that much is clear.

U T C I A D.
Fair play lads, lap it up there is a long hard season ahead of you. It sounds like you are all bonding very very well. Team spirit is a much underrated facet and you can never have too much of it, I wish I was there with you it sounds fantastic. This is a step up from a run round Kings Park and then a jog along the beach followed by a round of golf at Queens Park. We are a different club now in a different league, looking onward and upwards towards the Premier league that much is clear. U T C I A D. coops1965cherry
  • Score: 4

9:27am Thu 10 Jul 14

afcbcrackerjack says...

ELITE 50 YOU MUST BE A SAINTS FAN OR A SAD MAN
ELITE 50 YOU MUST BE A SAINTS FAN OR A SAD MAN afcbcrackerjack
  • Score: 5

10:51am Thu 10 Jul 14

elite50 says...

afcbcrackerjack wrote:
ELITE 50 YOU MUST BE A SAINTS FAN OR A SAD MAN
No, I am far from sad.
The last time that I saw the saints (live) was at the Dell when I think Stan Newsham scored the winning goal for us.
I am one of these old fashioned types that believe that highly paid people should EARN their pay.
Most of the people on here seem to actually worship these players and think that any criticism deserves abuse or death.
This is a game, to take it to the levels that is happening here is SICK!
Okay people, over to you.
Just the (almost) sane ones, PLEASE!
[quote][p][bold]afcbcrackerjack[/bold] wrote: ELITE 50 YOU MUST BE A SAINTS FAN OR A SAD MAN[/p][/quote]No, I am far from sad. The last time that I saw the saints (live) was at the Dell when I think Stan Newsham scored the winning goal for us. I am one of these old fashioned types that believe that highly paid people should EARN their pay. Most of the people on here seem to actually worship these players and think that any criticism deserves abuse or death. This is a game, to take it to the levels that is happening here is SICK! Okay people, over to you. Just the (almost) sane ones, PLEASE! elite50
  • Score: -11

11:24am Thu 10 Jul 14

ChilledCherry says...

Really enjoying these columns - a great blend of interest and humour. For anyone who thinks they should "knuckle down" - it's hardly a holiday camp is it? Early starts and bike rides, together with the other training they're doing sounds like a perfect preseason to me. Please can we stop the complaints, these are excellent articles and I'd like to see more. if you don't like it don't read it!
Really enjoying these columns - a great blend of interest and humour. For anyone who thinks they should "knuckle down" - it's hardly a holiday camp is it? Early starts and bike rides, together with the other training they're doing sounds like a perfect preseason to me. Please can we stop the complaints, these are excellent articles and I'd like to see more. if you don't like it don't read it! ChilledCherry
  • Score: 9

11:34am Thu 10 Jul 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

coops1965cherry wrote:
Fair play lads, lap it up there is a long hard season ahead of you.

It sounds like you are all bonding very very well.

Team spirit is a much underrated facet and you can never have too much of it, I wish I was there with you it sounds fantastic.

This is a step up from a run round Kings Park and then a jog along the beach followed by a round of golf at Queens Park.

We are a different club now in a different league, looking onward and
upwards towards the Premier league that much is clear.

U T C I A D.
Morning Coops! Just back from my training camp in the wild north of Scotland, you’ll be pleased to hear I am fit and ready for the upcoming season and had a few jolly japes along the way!

It’s great the boys are back in training and it sounds like they are getting on well, integrating the new guys and working hard – despite what some critics on here suggest - it is possible to work hard and enjoy yourself Elite50!

It will be good to hear how the game goes tomorrow and I wish they’d hurry up and get the Huddersfield tickets on sale I could do with some game time!!

COYR
[quote][p][bold]coops1965cherry[/bold] wrote: Fair play lads, lap it up there is a long hard season ahead of you. It sounds like you are all bonding very very well. Team spirit is a much underrated facet and you can never have too much of it, I wish I was there with you it sounds fantastic. This is a step up from a run round Kings Park and then a jog along the beach followed by a round of golf at Queens Park. We are a different club now in a different league, looking onward and upwards towards the Premier league that much is clear. U T C I A D.[/p][/quote]Morning Coops! Just back from my training camp in the wild north of Scotland, you’ll be pleased to hear I am fit and ready for the upcoming season and had a few jolly japes along the way! It’s great the boys are back in training and it sounds like they are getting on well, integrating the new guys and working hard – despite what some critics on here suggest - it is possible to work hard and enjoy yourself Elite50! It will be good to hear how the game goes tomorrow and I wish they’d hurry up and get the Huddersfield tickets on sale I could do with some game time!! COYR TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 0

11:38am Thu 10 Jul 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

ChilledCherry wrote:
Really enjoying these columns - a great blend of interest and humour. For anyone who thinks they should "knuckle down" - it's hardly a holiday camp is it? Early starts and bike rides, together with the other training they're doing sounds like a perfect preseason to me. Please can we stop the complaints, these are excellent articles and I'd like to see more. if you don't like it don't read it!
Here, here!! These are young sports men and if they're not enjoying it they shouldn't be doing it.

Interesting diary from Tommy and I'm looking forward to the next instalment.
[quote][p][bold]ChilledCherry[/bold] wrote: Really enjoying these columns - a great blend of interest and humour. For anyone who thinks they should "knuckle down" - it's hardly a holiday camp is it? Early starts and bike rides, together with the other training they're doing sounds like a perfect preseason to me. Please can we stop the complaints, these are excellent articles and I'd like to see more. if you don't like it don't read it![/p][/quote]Here, here!! These are young sports men and if they're not enjoying it they shouldn't be doing it. Interesting diary from Tommy and I'm looking forward to the next instalment. TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 4

12:44pm Thu 10 Jul 14

balsallcherry says...

elite50 wrote:
afcbcrackerjack wrote:
ELITE 50 YOU MUST BE A SAINTS FAN OR A SAD MAN
No, I am far from sad.
The last time that I saw the saints (live) was at the Dell when I think Stan Newsham scored the winning goal for us.
I am one of these old fashioned types that believe that highly paid people should EARN their pay.
Most of the people on here seem to actually worship these players and think that any criticism deserves abuse or death.
This is a game, to take it to the levels that is happening here is SICK!
Okay people, over to you.
Just the (almost) sane ones, PLEASE!
I don't think these engaging (and funny) blogs from our captain say anything about not working hard or not earning their money. I also fail to see the relevance of your last trip to the Dell.

Eddie (Howe) and his senior team know what they are doing. This is the way 'elite' sports people train and prepare these days.

I think some more 'elite' comments from people commenting on here might be useful too...
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]afcbcrackerjack[/bold] wrote: ELITE 50 YOU MUST BE A SAINTS FAN OR A SAD MAN[/p][/quote]No, I am far from sad. The last time that I saw the saints (live) was at the Dell when I think Stan Newsham scored the winning goal for us. I am one of these old fashioned types that believe that highly paid people should EARN their pay. Most of the people on here seem to actually worship these players and think that any criticism deserves abuse or death. This is a game, to take it to the levels that is happening here is SICK! Okay people, over to you. Just the (almost) sane ones, PLEASE![/p][/quote]I don't think these engaging (and funny) blogs from our captain say anything about not working hard or not earning their money. I also fail to see the relevance of your last trip to the Dell. Eddie (Howe) and his senior team know what they are doing. This is the way 'elite' sports people train and prepare these days. I think some more 'elite' comments from people commenting on here might be useful too... balsallcherry
  • Score: 5

3:06pm Thu 10 Jul 14

raybren says...

I ' m on the fans pre - season training programme . Got up late , big fried breakfast with two mugs of tea ! After walking all the way to the lounge , read the Sporting Life , then time for elevenses , coffee and chocolate biscuits . Hung the washing out for the wife ( she working ) , then Chicken Curry ( home made ) for lunch . When I have finished this masterpiece it will be time for a nap . On awakening , prepare a bite to eat for me and her , settle down to watch " The Chase " . Beers in the fridge and popcorn for the evening ' s viewing . Can ' t wait for the first Championship game , reckon my regime will put me in tip - top condition !
I ' m on the fans pre - season training programme . Got up late , big fried breakfast with two mugs of tea ! After walking all the way to the lounge , read the Sporting Life , then time for elevenses , coffee and chocolate biscuits . Hung the washing out for the wife ( she working ) , then Chicken Curry ( home made ) for lunch . When I have finished this masterpiece it will be time for a nap . On awakening , prepare a bite to eat for me and her , settle down to watch " The Chase " . Beers in the fridge and popcorn for the evening ' s viewing . Can ' t wait for the first Championship game , reckon my regime will put me in tip - top condition ! raybren
  • Score: 5

11:10am Sat 12 Jul 14

robbiesmum1@hotmail.co.uk says...

To elite 50, I am also an oldie, but it seems to me that you are sad ! I'm sure that last seasons pre-season was on a par to this ,and what happened? We finished tenth in the champion ship so it couldn't have been that bad,or don't you remember ! uptciad
To elite 50, I am also an oldie, but it seems to me that you are sad ! I'm sure that last seasons pre-season was on a par to this ,and what happened? We finished tenth in the champion ship so it couldn't have been that bad,or don't you remember ! uptciad robbiesmum1@hotmail.co.uk
  • Score: 0
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