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

Bournemouth Echo: STEVE FLETCHER: A tough act to follow as quizmaster STEVE FLETCHER: A tough act to follow as quizmaster

“We finally got round to hearing the new lads sing their songs for their initiation last night and I think some of the other guests in the hotel must have thought it was the cabaret! Callum Wilson set the tempo with a little Motown number which went down really well with the lads. It spurred on Dan Gosling who did an RnB number which, mixed with his Devon accent, sounded a bit like the Wurzels!

“Junior Stanislas was still a little shy and had to be coaxed on to the floor. His choice of song wasn’t the best but proved to be quite apt after something which had happened earlier in the day. He did Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and it made Smudger (Adam Smith) feel a lot better because he was licking his wounds after a hiccup in the afternoon.

“Some of us went for a bike ride to the shops and Smudge was like a kid at Christmas with his new mountain bike. He was showing off and doing a few bunny hops. However, what he failed to realise was that he was wearing a pair of baggy shorts with no zips on the pockets and he smashed his phone to smithereens. He is still missing his mum and dad a bit so Junior singing one of his favourite songs helped him get over this mishap!

“Alex, the new Mexican kit man, wasn’t shy at all and he stole the show with his performance of La Bamba. Pete Barry, the football liaison officer, offered to do a Perry Como number but we weren’t having any of that!

“It was a quiet night and most of the lads went to bed early because the Argentina-Holland game was so boring. Everybody had a good night’s kip which was good because we have been training hard ever since we arrived.

“In preparation for the game tomorrow, we stepped up training on the tactical side this morning. With the game in mind, the gaffer lowered the work-rate and it was a good opportunity for him to get the ground rules over and what he is looking for in certain situations.

“This afternoon, we had a quiz and the staff challenged the players. Pete Barry was quizmaster and he had big boots to fill because Big Fletch used to do them and he was excellent. Pete stood in and I can honestly say it was the worst quiz we have ever done. He seemed to think it was the Pete Barry Show!

“As Pete is a member of staff, some of the players were convinced they were getting all the easy questions and we were getting the hard ones. I mean, how is Ryan Fraser supposed to know the national flower of Scotland and Benji Buchel the capital of Liechtenstein?

“There were suspicions that it was rigged and the players decided to have a mutiny and downed tools. We have lost Richard Hughes, who was our main man on the Friday night quizzes, and replaced him with Dan, Junior and Callum. We were so far behind that we all agreed to give it the swerve and I don’t think the staff were too happy because they were so far in front and there was a few quid at stake.

“It has been a fairly low-key and quiet 24 hours because everybody is starting to get their heads on the game. We are looking forward to playing Copenhagen because it is going to be a great test to start the friendlies with. We prepare and treat these games as if they were league games. We are due to train again in the morning and then rest before kick-off.”

  • As Cherries are kicking off their pre-season friendly campaign against FC Copenhagen tomorrow, this will be the final diary piece from Tommy Elphick. Many thanks to the Cherries skipper for his help with this.

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10:31pm Thu 10 Jul 14

holdinkæft says...

after a days drive in the mobile home we have arrived at the local campsite at Sankt Veit/Vogau, a few danes here too, the match is tomorrow, and like the cherries, copenhagen will also be playing with some new players in their squad, so we expect a hig scoring game, in our favour of course.
after a days drive in the mobile home we have arrived at the local campsite at Sankt Veit/Vogau, a few danes here too, the match is tomorrow, and like the cherries, copenhagen will also be playing with some new players in their squad, so we expect a hig scoring game, in our favour of course. holdinkæft
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11:16pm Thu 10 Jul 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

TOMMY ELF-KICKER has closed his diary. . . . . . . . . What a relief
TOMMY ELF-KICKER has closed his diary. . . . . . . . . What a relief RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: -18

6:37am Fri 11 Jul 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Nice one Tommy, an enjoyable series and it opened up the training camp experience for all (albeit tongue in cheek).
UTC
Nice one Tommy, an enjoyable series and it opened up the training camp experience for all (albeit tongue in cheek). UTC TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 3

7:21am Fri 11 Jul 14

onefortheditch says...

RED LETTER DAY wrote:
TOMMY ELF-KICKER has closed his diary. . . . . . . . . What a relief
elf-kicker.... seriously, what does that even mean?

good work, tommy, and well done all for posting this little mini-series!

happy friday!
[quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: TOMMY ELF-KICKER has closed his diary. . . . . . . . . What a relief[/p][/quote]elf-kicker.... seriously, what does that even mean? good work, tommy, and well done all for posting this little mini-series! happy friday! onefortheditch
  • Score: 1

11:01am Fri 11 Jul 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

Onefortheditch, . . It means nothing, . . . . . . Who cares who one the Bar Quiz. . . . . . . . . . I ts more exciting when he wins the tackle
Onefortheditch, . . It means nothing, . . . . . . Who cares who one the Bar Quiz. . . . . . . . . . I ts more exciting when he wins the tackle RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 2

11:09am Fri 11 Jul 14

robbiesmum1@hotmail.co.uk says...

I've only just found this site as being an oldie I'm a bit slow on the uptake! But I've really enjoyed it ! I can't believe that anybody could find it anything other than great! Thank you Tommy for an enjoyable read. Good luck tonight,can't wait to start the season! Bah humbug to the few saddies :-)
I've only just found this site as being an oldie I'm a bit slow on the uptake! But I've really enjoyed it ! I can't believe that anybody could find it anything other than great! Thank you Tommy for an enjoyable read. Good luck tonight,can't wait to start the season! Bah humbug to the few saddies :-) robbiesmum1@hotmail.co.uk
  • Score: 5

11:16am Fri 11 Jul 14

elite50 says...

Free at last, free at last. ............... you know the rest (or maybe you don't).
Free at last, free at last. ............... you know the rest (or maybe you don't). elite50
  • Score: -2

1:22pm Fri 11 Jul 14

afcbtintin says...

robbiesmum1@hotmail.
co.uk
wrote:
I've only just found this site as being an oldie I'm a bit slow on the uptake! But I've really enjoyed it ! I can't believe that anybody could find it anything other than great! Thank you Tommy for an enjoyable read. Good luck tonight,can't wait to start the season! Bah humbug to the few saddies :-)
well said. some people need to get a life !

UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]robbiesmum1@hotmail. co.uk[/bold] wrote: I've only just found this site as being an oldie I'm a bit slow on the uptake! But I've really enjoyed it ! I can't believe that anybody could find it anything other than great! Thank you Tommy for an enjoyable read. Good luck tonight,can't wait to start the season! Bah humbug to the few saddies :-)[/p][/quote]well said. some people need to get a life ! UTCIAD afcbtintin
  • Score: 2

2:09pm Fri 11 Jul 14

susi.m says...

Been fun reading - thanks
Been fun reading - thanks susi.m
  • Score: 1

2:36pm Fri 11 Jul 14

raybren says...

My final report on fans pre - season training ! It ' s been tough , as had to be up by 9 a . m . to check oil , water and tyres for journeying wife . Didn ' t have fry up but settled for Shreddies with linseed , good for movement ! Had to pop to Lidl in the car to get some supplies , this really wore me out . Spent the rest of the morning reading , hands and eyes weary . After lunch settled down to watch the racing from Newmarket . Later it will be big meal , beers and the Alan Hansen programme . So signing off now , see you all at the Court , raring to go in pristine condition !
My final report on fans pre - season training ! It ' s been tough , as had to be up by 9 a . m . to check oil , water and tyres for journeying wife . Didn ' t have fry up but settled for Shreddies with linseed , good for movement ! Had to pop to Lidl in the car to get some supplies , this really wore me out . Spent the rest of the morning reading , hands and eyes weary . After lunch settled down to watch the racing from Newmarket . Later it will be big meal , beers and the Alan Hansen programme . So signing off now , see you all at the Court , raring to go in pristine condition ! raybren
  • Score: 3
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