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Premier League: Who are AFC Bournemouth?

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With the new Premier League season fast approaching, we take a look at the sides that will battle it out for the title at English football's summit. We start with AFC Bournemouth, who will play their fourth successive season of top-flight football.

AFC Bournemouth was originally founded as Boscombe FC back in the autumn of 1899 and originally competed in the Bournemouth district leagues.

The club opted to represent the community more openly by becoming Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic F.C in 1923 and in that same year they were duly elected to be part of the newly expanded Third Division in the Football League.

They adopted the more famous "AFC Bournemouth" name in 1972 under manager John Bond. At the same time, they changed their badge to the one commonly used today, the stripes signify the club process through time and the player heading the ball in the foreground is in honour of Dickie Dowsett who was a prolific goal scorer for the club in the 50's and 60's.

During the late 20th century, the club was managed by Harry Redknapp who guided them to a famous cup shock against FA Cup holders Manchester United. He led them to the second tier of English football for the first time in their history.

Their rise to the Premier League is one of the fairy-tale proportions. At the start of the 2008/09 season they plunged into a -17 point deficit for failing to comply with Insolvency rules. Eddie Howe took charge and they survived on the final day to avoid relegation and guarantee their Football League status.

In the next few years, with help from a consortium led by Jeff Mostyn, the club found itself back in the second tier of English football once again.

They reached the promise land in 2015 after finishing top of the Championship, ensuring The Cherries would play Premier League football for the first time in their history.

In their debut season, they managed to stay up whilst picking up famous victories against Chelsea and Manchester United. They took part in a memorable 3-3 draw with Everton in which winger Junior Stanislas scored a 97th-minute equaliser. That game was seen as a turning point for The Cherries, using that as a catalyst for their eventual survival.

Transfer news:

In

David Brooks - Sheffield United, undisclosed

Diego Rico - Leganes, £10.7m

Out

Benik Afobe - Wolves, £12.5m

Max Gradel - Toulouse, undisclosed

Lewis Grabban - Nottingham Forest, undisclosed

Sam Matthews - Bristol Rovers, free

Ryan Allsop - Wycombe, free

Baily Cargill - released

Ollie Harfield - Dagenham & Redbridge, free

Patrick O'Flaherty - released

Joe Quigley - released

Rhoys Wiggins - retired

Adam Federici - Stoke, undisclosed

Mikael Ndjoli - Kilmarnock, loan

Prediction 

I see another season of mid-table stability for Bournemouth. Their squad is far too strong to go down, but I don't think they quite have a squad strong enough to truly break into the top ten. 12th place looks like a solid bet. 

Media Credit - Wikipedia Commons. Geograph. Youtube, AFC Bournemouth. 

Image above shows Bouremouth's Connor Mahoney on the ball against Wigan Atheltic in an FA Cup Third Round tie. 

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