So the day is upon us, the kick off to the 2017/18 Premier League season is just four hours away with London team Arsenal taking on Leicester City in the first Friday Night Football of the season.
But that comes later and hopefully its a game with goals and full of entertainment. But for now a bit about Bournemouth FC a club that seems to over achieve almost every season. A club that has the smallest stadium in the Premier League, but probably the most heart as well, not to forget their talented manager Eddie Howe.
The Cherries were formed in 1890 and the original name of the club was Boscombe St. John’s Institute F.C. but nine years later the club reformed as Boscombe F.C. But these weren’t the only names the club have taken on with them being called both Boscombe Athletic, and just Bournemouth before 1923.
They finally settled in 1972 on the current name and hopefully they stick with it. They have played their football at Dean’s Court since 1910 and is currently one of the more outdated stadiums within the Premier League.
The clubs trophy room over the years have become pretty dried out, with the only recent silverware coming from when they gained promotion to the Premier League back in the 2014-15 season. And there over only notable trophy was in the form of the League Cup which the club won in the 1983-84 season.
The club have in later season saw some very talented players wear the red and black strip. One of these players was called Ted MacDougall only played for the club for three seasons, but scored 103 goals in 146 appearances with 49 goals being scored in a single season, he will go down as one of the clubs greatest forwards.
Sean O’Driscoll played 11 seasons for the club playing 422 games, he later returned to the club in a managerial position. One player that possibly could have had a great career but injury saw his playing time at the club cut short and only ended up playing five seasons, but was the only player to score a goal at the old Wembely stadium.
The Cherries seem to be doing what most mid-table team are doing, that is raiding Chelsea reserve, or under 21 teams. They brought back on a permanent basis versatile defender Nathan Ake for a fee believed to be around £20m which for a player that had a great time on the south coast last season is a small fee to pay.
They didn’t just bring Ake to the club this transfer widow, but reliable shot stopper Asmir Begovic for a cheaper fee of just £10m which has been one of the best buys for the amount of money spent this season. And not to forget veteran striker Jemaine Defoe being brought in on a free transfer from Sunderland, a player that goals could mean the club finishing either bottom half of the table or top half of the table come end of the season.
So the Premier League is finally upon us, the excitement has overshadowed any football fans other emotions for the past week. And whilst other games kick off over the weekend, the Arsenal vs Leicester game will be a great insight into what fans can expect in the coming weeks. But will Bournemouth be able to keep their Premier League status another season? have the signings been right so far? what are your opinions, leave a comment below and have your say.