Tuktuk Day 120


A.F.C.Bournemouth

I was looking to get to Bournemouth but by chance (or perhaps Facebook algorithms our friends at Pitch Publishing sent me details of a new book outlining their Championship Winning Season.

“Anything is Possible” is the inside story of Bournemouth’s remarkable Championship-winning season and tells how the smallest club in the division defied bookmakers, pundits and the Football League to emerge triumphant from a fiercely fought promotion contest and gate-crashed the richest league in the world.

But that is just the end of the story! Only six years earlier, the club was on the brink of liquidation following a series of financial crises and points deductions. The club took a last-ditch gamble on former player Eddie Howe. A 31-year-old former player with zero management experience. It paid dividends and some, as Howe sowed the seeds for an astonishing rise up the leagues.

The club rose from League Two to the Championship in four seasons, successes made all the more remarkable as Howe spent 20 months of that period managing Burnley.

In 2014/15, Howe eclipsed his previous successes as he led a squad described as “misfits” by captain Tommy Elphick to the Championship title in the final seconds of the season. Anything Is Possible is the quite astonishing story of how a club on the brink of extinction rose through the divisions and reached to promised land of the Premier League.

The author, Michael Dunne, is not new to the south coast and was the author of “Dean Court Days: Harry Redknapp at AFC Bournemouth.” He has written about football in the GuardianObserver, When Saturday Comes and many other publications and websites. He has supported Bournemouth for more than 40 years and for several seasons produced and presented the All Departments podcast, which charted the Cherries’ fairy tale rise from the brink of extinction to the Premier League

I will be back tomorrow but in the meantime, kindly remember that the purpose of this 90 day challenge is to raise funds for my local club, FC Deportivo Galicia and an equal amount for Prostate Cancer. As always, I hope that you are all enjoying the tour of the UK and that you will consider a donation to support FC Deportivo Galicia and/or Prostate Cancer UK 

If everybody chipped in with just £1 I would easily hit my target of £10,000 and life would be easier in West London whilst the charity could continue their great work. A HEARTFELT thanks, if you can.

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