List of A.F.C. Bournemouth seasons

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This is a list of seasons played by A.F.C. Bournemouth in English football, as of 1919 to the most recent completed season. The club was originally known as Boscombe F.C.. The exact date of the club's foundation is not known, but there is proof that it was formed in the autumn of 1899 out of the remains of the older Boscombe St. John's Lads’ Institute F.C.. In their first season 1899–1900 Boscombe F.C. competed in the Bournemouth and District Junior League, part of the Hampshire Football League.

In the season of 1905–06 Boscombe F.C. graduated to senior amateur football. For the first time during the season of 1913–14 the club competed in the F.A. Cup. The clubs progress was halted in 1914 with the outbreak of the war and Boscombe F.C. returned to the Hampshire Football League. In 1920 the Third Division was formed and Boscombe were promoted to the Southern Football League. Three years later the club was promoted to the Football League Third Division South at which time they renamed themselves to Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic Football Club. The club remain on the records as the longest continuous members of the Third Division.

However this period ended in 1970 with relegation, but the club were promoted again the following year. In 1972 the club adopted the more streamlined AFC Bournemouth name. For the first time in 1987 they won promotion to the Football League Second Division. But they only managed to remain there for just three seasons being relegated in 1990. In 2008 Bournemouth had 10 points deducted for entering administration and were relegated. In the 2008–09 Football League Two season they started with a 17 point deduction, but after narrowly avoiding relegation from the Football League that season, they were promoted to League One at the end of the following season. The climb continued. After making the League One play-off semi-finals in 2010–11, and achieving a mid-table finish in 2011–12, Bournemouth won promotion to the Championship at the end of the 2012–13 season, putting them in the second tier of the league for only the second time in their history. In the 2014–15 season, they won the Championship title, and earned promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their history.[1]

Seasons[edit]

Season Division Position Significant Events
Formed in 1899 as Boscombe
Joined Hampshire League
1919–1920 Hampshire League
Joined Southern League
1920–1921 Southern League 5
1921–1922 Southern League 7
1922–1923 Southern League 2 Runners-up
Joined Football League
Renamed Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic
1923–1924 Division Three – South 21
1924–1925 Division Three – South 20
1925–1926 Division Three – South 8
1926–1927 Division Three – South 7
1927–1928 Division Three – South 14
1928–1929 Division Three – South 9
1929–1930 Division Three – South 10
1930–1931 Division Three – South 10
1931–1932 Division Three – South 15
1932–1933 Division Three – South 18
1933–1934 Division Three – South 21
1934–1935 Division Three – South 17
1935–1936 Division Three – South 8
1936–1937 Division Three – South 6
1937–1938 Division Three – South 13
1938–1939 Division Three – South 15
League postponed due to the Second World War
1946–1947 Division Three – South 7
1947–1948 Division Three – South 2 Runners-up
1948–1949 Division Three – South 3
1949–1950 Division Three – South 12
1950–1951 Division Three – South 9
1951–1952 Division Three – South 14
1952–1953 Division Three – South 9
1953–1954 Division Three – South 19
1954–1955 Division Three – South 17
1955–1956 Division Three – South 9
1956–1957 Division Three – South 5
1957–1958 Division Three – South 9
Division Three – South renamed Division Three upon Football League re-organisation
1958–1959 Division Three 12
1959–1960 Division Three 10
1960–1961 Division Three 19
1961–1962 Division Three 3
1962–1963 Division Three 5
1963–1964 Division Three 4
1964–1965 Division Three 11
1965–1966 Division Three 18
1966–1967 Division Three 20
1967–1968 Division Three 12
1968–1969 Division Three 4
1969–1970 Division Three 21 Relegated
1970–1971 Division Four 2 Runners-up
Renamed AFC Bournemouth
1971–1972 Division Three 3
1972–1973 Division Three 7
1973–1974 Division Three 11
1974–1975 Division Three 21 Relegated
1975–1976 Division Four 6
1976–1977 Division Four 13
1977–1978 Division Four 17
1978–1979 Division Four 18
1979–1980 Division Four 11
1980–1981 Division Four 13
1981–1982 Division Four 4 Promoted
1982–1983 Division Three 14
1983–1984 Division Three 17
1984–1985 Division Three 10
1985–1986 Division Three 15
1986–1987 Division Three 1 Champions
1987–1988 Division Two 17
1988–1989 Division Two 12
1989–1990 Division Two 22 Relegated
1990–1991 Division Three 9
1991–1992 Division Three 8
Division Three renamed Division Two on formation of Premier League
1992–1993 Division Two 17
1993–1994 Division Two 17
1994–1995 Division Two 19
1995–1996 Division Two 14
1996–1997 Division Two 16
1997–1998 Division Two 9
1998–1999 Division Two 7
1999–2000 Division Two 16
2000–2001 Division Two 7
2001–2002 Division Two 21 Relegated
2002–2003 Division Three 4 Play-off winners
2003–2004 Division Two 9
Division Two renamed League One upon Football League re-branding
2004–2005 League One 8
2005–2006 League One 17
2006–2007 League One 19
2007–2008 League One 21 Relegated *10 points deducted
2008–2009 League Two 21 *17 points deducted
2009–2010 League Two 2 Promoted
2010–2011 League One 6 Defeated in play-off semi-finals
2011–2012 League One 11
2012–2013 League One 2 Promoted
2013–2014 Championship 10
2014–2015 Championship 1 Champions
2015–2016 Premier League 16
2016–2017 Premier League 9
2017–2018 Premier League 12

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