AFC Bournemouth: Boss Eddie Howe predicts Portsmouth clash will be a pre-season highlight

IN CHARGE: Eddie Howe

IN CHARGE: Eddie Howe

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

MANAGER Eddie Howe says tonight’s friendly at Portsmouth will represent one of his personal highlights from Cherries’ pre-season campaign.

Cherries, beaten 1-0 by Southampton on Friday, continue their preparations with a trip to Fratton Park where they will face Howe’s former club (7.45pm kick-off).

Boss Howe joined Pompey from Cherries in 2002, only to sustain a serious knee injury in his second game for the Hampshire outfit.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “It is a great club with great fans. They supported the club through the bad times and, fingers crossed, it is now on the way back up.

"We’ve got some friends there in Wes Fogden and Danny Hollands and I know Andy Awford very well. We wish them nothing but success for next season.

“I think it will be a really good game and it will be a tough one. It will be a great experience for some of our younger lads to go there with their crowd.

"I am really looking forward to it and, for me, it will be one of the highlights of the pre-season campaign.”

Howe, who is expected to field all his fit first-team players with some getting more game time than others, added: “We will have a look at it and try to give more minutes to some of the players who didn’t play as long against Southampton.

“Tommy Elphick came through 90 minutes which was really good to see and a couple of others played past the 80-minute mark.

"It was good to get some game time into a lot of the guys and we will probably look to step up some of the others as well.”

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7:05am Tue 29 Jul 14

Pjb1970 says...

Please sign another striker Eddie .just in case
Please sign another striker Eddie .just in case Pjb1970
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7:42am Tue 29 Jul 14

Square Old Codger says...

Amen - to that! As the fire sale continues at Southampton, be glad that you are a Cherries supporter. Can't see any decent player agreeing to go there and they must be favourites for relegation now, no offer for a player sems to be refused, surely it's time for their supporters to rebel and for their Season Ticket holders to ask for their money back, clearly their owner wants out after they complete their asset stripping.
Amen - to that! As the fire sale continues at Southampton, be glad that you are a Cherries supporter. Can't see any decent player agreeing to go there and they must be favourites for relegation now, no offer for a player sems to be refused, surely it's time for their supporters to rebel and for their Season Ticket holders to ask for their money back, clearly their owner wants out after they complete their asset stripping. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 4

8:21am Tue 29 Jul 14

cheeriedriteup says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
Amen - to that! As the fire sale continues at Southampton, be glad that you are a Cherries supporter. Can't see any decent player agreeing to go there and they must be favourites for relegation now, no offer for a player sems to be refused, surely it's time for their supporters to rebel and for their Season Ticket holders to ask for their money back, clearly their owner wants out after they complete their asset stripping.
I agree to what you are saying, the Leiburr woman declared last season that the club was up for sale, she then reversed the decision hoping that Southampton would make Europe and raise the stock price, it didn't happen so the only what to get the money is to sell the players, she will be out of it very soon- and to be fair the club cost her nothing so any price would be a good one
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: Amen - to that! As the fire sale continues at Southampton, be glad that you are a Cherries supporter. Can't see any decent player agreeing to go there and they must be favourites for relegation now, no offer for a player sems to be refused, surely it's time for their supporters to rebel and for their Season Ticket holders to ask for their money back, clearly their owner wants out after they complete their asset stripping.[/p][/quote]I agree to what you are saying, the Leiburr woman declared last season that the club was up for sale, she then reversed the decision hoping that Southampton would make Europe and raise the stock price, it didn't happen so the only what to get the money is to sell the players, she will be out of it very soon- and to be fair the club cost her nothing so any price would be a good one cheeriedriteup
  • Score: 1

9:12am Tue 29 Jul 14

Chris60 says...

cheeriedriteup wrote:
Square Old Codger wrote:
Amen - to that! As the fire sale continues at Southampton, be glad that you are a Cherries supporter. Can't see any decent player agreeing to go there and they must be favourites for relegation now, no offer for a player sems to be refused, surely it's time for their supporters to rebel and for their Season Ticket holders to ask for their money back, clearly their owner wants out after they complete their asset stripping.
I agree to what you are saying, the Leiburr woman declared last season that the club was up for sale, she then reversed the decision hoping that Southampton would make Europe and raise the stock price, it didn't happen so the only what to get the money is to sell the players, she will be out of it very soon- and to be fair the club cost her nothing so any price would be a good one
Agreed, funny really, MiltonArcher said they fielded their reserves against us but he obviously hasn't realised that, whilst most of our reserves played, the team they put out is now their first team!

I make it 5 gone, 2 going in the next day or two (unless those deals have already gone through now) and one more at least to go (so at least 8 out). Still, I think they've made one signing haven't they?

Just looked at their official website and although I couldn't see any signings on there, they had some vacancies at the ground advertised...perhaps they should add a few vacancies for players.

The club will be up for sale or in administration as soon as they think they've stripped it to the bone. I feel sorry for genuine fans but have to laugh at the idiots who come on here commenting on stories about us.
[quote][p][bold]cheeriedriteup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: Amen - to that! As the fire sale continues at Southampton, be glad that you are a Cherries supporter. Can't see any decent player agreeing to go there and they must be favourites for relegation now, no offer for a player sems to be refused, surely it's time for their supporters to rebel and for their Season Ticket holders to ask for their money back, clearly their owner wants out after they complete their asset stripping.[/p][/quote]I agree to what you are saying, the Leiburr woman declared last season that the club was up for sale, she then reversed the decision hoping that Southampton would make Europe and raise the stock price, it didn't happen so the only what to get the money is to sell the players, she will be out of it very soon- and to be fair the club cost her nothing so any price would be a good one[/p][/quote]Agreed, funny really, MiltonArcher said they fielded their reserves against us but he obviously hasn't realised that, whilst most of our reserves played, the team they put out is now their first team! I make it 5 gone, 2 going in the next day or two (unless those deals have already gone through now) and one more at least to go (so at least 8 out). Still, I think they've made one signing haven't they? Just looked at their official website and although I couldn't see any signings on there, they had some vacancies at the ground advertised...perhaps they should add a few vacancies for players. The club will be up for sale or in administration as soon as they think they've stripped it to the bone. I feel sorry for genuine fans but have to laugh at the idiots who come on here commenting on stories about us. Chris60
  • Score: 6

1:17pm Tue 29 Jul 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Customs and Excise have designed a new type of passport appliction form for all residents of Southampton after receiving numerous complaints about an awkward question............


HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU INTEND VISITING EUROPE IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS.!!!!
Customs and Excise have designed a new type of passport appliction form for all residents of Southampton after receiving numerous complaints about an awkward question............ HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU INTEND VISITING EUROPE IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS.!!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 1

3:37pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Square Old Codger says...

Rather more than 5, Shaw, Lambert, Lallana, Chambers,Lovren, the striker on loan to Roma, almost certainly Rodriguez and Schneiderlin to Spurs and a host of youngsters to Premiership or Championship Clubs, Fox, Robinson, Leggett, Nehemie, Forte,de Prada, 14 so far and counting.
Rather more than 5, Shaw, Lambert, Lallana, Chambers,Lovren, the striker on loan to Roma, almost certainly Rodriguez and Schneiderlin to Spurs and a host of youngsters to Premiership or Championship Clubs, Fox, Robinson, Leggett, Nehemie, Forte,de Prada, 14 so far and counting. Square Old Codger
  • Score: -1

4:59pm Tue 29 Jul 14

holdinkæft says...

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
Customs and Excise have designed a new type of passport appliction form for all residents of Southampton after receiving numerous complaints about an awkward question............



HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU INTEND VISITING EUROPE IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS.!!!!
Southampton is full of eastern europeans and we are catchng up fast.
[quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: Customs and Excise have designed a new type of passport appliction form for all residents of Southampton after receiving numerous complaints about an awkward question............ HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU INTEND VISITING EUROPE IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS.!!!![/p][/quote]Southampton is full of eastern europeans and we are catchng up fast. holdinkæft
  • Score: 0

9:57pm Tue 29 Jul 14

matt68 says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
Amen - to that! As the fire sale continues at Southampton, be glad that you are a Cherries supporter. Can't see any decent player agreeing to go there and they must be favourites for relegation now, no offer for a player sems to be refused, surely it's time for their supporters to rebel and for their Season Ticket holders to ask for their money back, clearly their owner wants out after they complete their asset stripping.
Why should we even been talking about them?
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: Amen - to that! As the fire sale continues at Southampton, be glad that you are a Cherries supporter. Can't see any decent player agreeing to go there and they must be favourites for relegation now, no offer for a player sems to be refused, surely it's time for their supporters to rebel and for their Season Ticket holders to ask for their money back, clearly their owner wants out after they complete their asset stripping.[/p][/quote]Why should we even been talking about them? matt68
  • Score: 3

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