2007–08 A.F.C. Bournemouth season

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A.F.C. Bournemouth
2007–08 season
Manager England Kevin Bond
Stadium Dean Court
League One 21st (relegated)
FA Cup Second round
League Cup First round
Football League Trophy Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League: Jo Kuffour and Sam Vokes (12)
All: Jo Kuffour (13)[1]
Highest home attendance 9,632 (vs. Leeds United, 6 November 2007)
Lowest home attendance 3,489 (vs. Luton Town, 22 January 2008)
Average home league attendance 5,504[2]

During the 2007–08 English football season, A.F.C. Bournemouth competed in Football League One.

Season summary[edit]

Bournemouth struggled all season amidst an injury crisis, and when they were docked ten points by the Football League after entering administration, with debts around £4 million,[3] on 8 February, relegation appeared to be almost certain. The only bid that administrators Gerald Krasner and Begbies Traynor accepted came from a consortium led by chairman Jeff Mostyn. However, in a press conference on 3 April, Krasner said that, due to a breach of the agreement between the administrators and the consortium relating to the funding of the consortium and the sale of the club, the agreement broke down.[4] Krasner also warned that the club might also be closed before the end of the season, unless appropriate funding came forward.

In spite of off-the-field issues with the club, Bournemouth achieved a remarkable string of results in League One. By 19 April, a winning streak of five matches left Bournemouth four points away from safety with two games remaining. The winning streak was increased to six matches on 26 April with a vital 1–0 victory over Crewe Alexandra.[5] Victory or a draw away at Carlisle United on 3 May, depending on Cheltenham Town and Gillingham's results, would ensure Bournemouth's survival in the division. Former manager Harry Redknapp commented that escaping relegation "would be more than a great escape, it would be a miracle" and added that "if Kevin (Bond) doesn't get Manager of the Month there's something wrong".[6] Bournemouth managed to achieve a 1–1 draw in the match against Carlisle United but, with Cheltenham Town winning 2–1 at home to Doncaster Rovers, were relegated to League Two.

Had Bournemouth not been given a points deduction as a result of entering administration, the club would have finished in 15th, at the expense of Crewe, who would have been relegated in their place.[7]



Squad at end of season[8]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Neil Moss
2 England DF Neil Young
3 England DF Ryan Garry
5 England DF Josh Gowling
6 England DF Russell Perrett
7 England DF Shaun Cooper
8 England MF Darren Anderton
9 Wales FW Sam Vokes[9]
10 England FW Jo Kuffour[10]
11 Republic of Ireland MF Steven Foley-Sheridan
12 England GK Gareth Stewart
13 England GK Ryan Pryce
14 England MF Danny Hollands
15 England DF Jason Pearce
16 England MF Marvin Bartley
No. Position Player
17 Ivory Coast MF Max Gradel (on loan from Leicester City)
18 Republic of Ireland GK David Forde (on loan from Cardiff City)
19 England MF Steve Hutchings
21 England FW Josh McQuoid[11]
22 England MF Joe Partington
23 England FW Lee Bradbury
24 England DF Rob Newman
25 Norway FW Jo Tessem
26 Jersey FW Brett Pitman
28 Scotland DF Warren Cummings
29 England DF Billy Franks
30 England DF James Queree
31 England MF Matt Finlay
33 England FW Jamie Davidson

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
4 Scotland DF Paul Telfer (released)
18 Canada GK Asmir Begović[12] (on loan from Portsmouth)
18 England DF Dominic Shimmin (on loan from Queen's Park Rangers)
19 France MF Jean-François Christophe (on loan from Portsmouth)
20 Republic of Ireland MF Garreth O'Connor (on loan from Burnley)
No. Position Player
20 Turkey MF Jem Karacan[13] (on loan from Reading)
25 Republic of Ireland DF Marc Wilson[14] (on loan from Portsmouth)
31 England FW Adam Lallana (on loan from Southampton)
34 England MF James Henry (on loan from Reading)
35 England DF Alex Pearce (on loan from Reading)
36 England DF Scott Golbourne (on loan from Reading)


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ "Bournemouth go to administration". BBC Sport. 8 February 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "3 April Press conference transcript". Afcb.premiumtv.co.uk. Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Match Report Bournemouth 1–0 Crewe". BBC News. 26 April 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Redknapp backs Cherries 'miracle'". BBC News. 28 April 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
  7. ^ [3]
  8. ^ [4]
  9. ^ Vokes was born in Southampton, England, but also qualifies to represent Wales internationally through his grandfather and made his international debut for Wales in May 2008.
  10. ^ Kuffour was born in Edmonton, England, but also qualifies to represent Ghana internationally.
  11. ^ McQuoid was born in Southampton, England, but also qualifies to represent Northern Ireland internationally and made his international debut for Northern Ireland in 2010.
  12. ^ Begović was born in Trebinje, Yugoslavia (now part of Bosnia and Herzegovina) but also grew up in Germany and Canada. Begović represented Canada at U-20 level and was called up for the international side in August 2007 and November 2008 without making an appearance. Begović later pledged his international allegiance to Bosnia and made his international debut for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2009.
  13. ^ Karacan was born in Catford, England, but also qualifies to represent Turkey internationally through his father, and represented Turkey at U-19 level during the season/
  14. ^ Pearce was born in Aghagallon, Northern Ireland, but also qualifies to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally. Wilson previously represented the Republic of Ireland at U-18, U-19 and U-21 level before making his international debut for the Republic of Ireland in February 2011.