Friday, 6 March 2020


I'm currently wading through an enormous pile of Bournemouth football programmes I recently bought!

They date from the early 70s through to the late 80s, and are a fascinating read.
Back in the 70s they were still clunkily known as Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic FC, but rebranded themselves as AFC Bournemouth, with a fantastic new club badge to go with it.

Striker Ted MacDougall was the hero of the hour back then, especially when he hit 9 goals in one FA Cup match against Margate.

The optimism and determination to succeed really comes across in these early programmes, but despite promotion to the Third Division in 1971, and a close shave with promotion to the Second Division, it never quite happened.

Excitement picked up again though in the early 80s when, bizarrely George Best briefly played for them, and Harry Redknapp became manager.

The collection I've got are in amazing season-by-season volumes, which would look great displayed on shelves.
There's also loads of extra loose programmes, and tonnes of Bournemouth aways.
They have personal touches as well, scores and team changes have been written in, (which personally I don't mind, but some avid collectors hate!!), and some even contain the original match tickets.

A fantastic collection for any Bournemouth fan!

When I'm done reading through them I'll be bunging them on sale, so keep an eye out!!!

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