Pick Of The Cherries

Last updated : 09 March 2004 By Mike Robins
11 February
Neil Young hopes to get the nod to step up his fitness progress.
Steve Cooke is back in the Midlands and waiting for news on his ankle injury before an extension to his loan spell can be arranged.
Stephen Purches is hopeful of training tomorrow, following a heavy challenge in the Plymouth match.

12 February
Kieron Baker (54) has had a kidney transplant, with his wife giving up the organ for him. The operation was in early January and a full recovery would take around 2-3 months.
An extension to Stephen Cooke’s loan spell looks unlikely. Fifteen Youth team players could be released with a restructure of the Football League Youth Alliance next season, when the age groups will be altered. Three, Tim Bond, Jamie White and Jon Rodriguez have already been told that they will not be offered professional terms, whilst the other twelve named are; Jason O’Connor, Jason Harvell (currently keeping for Bournemouth Poppies as well), Lee Wood, Matt Day, Darren Spong, Ross Gregory, Mark Howlett, James Stokoe, Tom Ridley, Dan Cann, Peter Kingman and Danny Taylor.

17 February
Carl Fletcher is called up for Wales’ international match against Scotland this week.
Warren Feeney faces a race against time to be fit for the Brighton & Hove Albion game this weekend. His ankle injury sees him sidelined until the end of the week at the earliest.
Karl Broadhurst should be ready if he recovers from concussion, but Alan Connell is still being troubled with his knee injury.

18 February
Cherries get a special commendation from the FA for volunteering to put on the England Denmark women’s International at Dean Court when Portsmouth tried to call the game off.
Carl Fletcher could gain his first cap today, the same day that Sean O’Driscoll celebrates 20 years at the club, murderers get less!
Portsmouth youngster Terry Parker, a left back should get a run out in today’s Reserves game at Bristol City. He comes recommended by ex Cherry Mark O’Connor.

19 February
Carl Fletcher won his first (Welsh) international cap by coming on for the final 18 minutes in last night’s 4-0 win over Scotland.

23 February
Gareth Williams has signed on a one month’s loan from Crystal Palace, coming on for his debut in the 3-0 reverse against Brighton & Hove Albion.

25 February
James Hayter hits the fastest hat trick in League history (in 140 seconds), and all this after coming off the bench with just six minutes remaining. Quite a day for the player – making his 250th appearance for the Cherries, and four days after the birth of his first child.

28 February
Alan Connell is back in full training and hopes to be able to return to first team action before the end of the season. It’s back to earth for James Hayter after all the media attention. However he did pick up the League Managers’ Association award for the Performance of the Week.

4 March
Neil Moss is Division 2’s PFA Fans Player of the Month. Karl Broadhurst is ready for the call up for first team duty having recovered from concussion.
The Cherries visit to Blackpool has been moved to Wednesday 24 March, because of Blackpool being involved in the LDV Trophy Final.

5 March
Warren Feeney has been offered a new two year deal to stay at Dean Court until 2006, and is said to be considering it.