Pick Of The Cherries - 28 March, 2003
The row over whether to ban football traffic in Kings Park has made progress in that the local people, fans and AFCB bosses have agreed that the plans should be put on hold, at least until the end of June.
Sean O’Driscoll will not be rushing to use his final loan signing of the season.
Twenty players and staff have agreed to become models for a Daily Echo backed event to help raise funds for the AFC Bournemouth Community Fund. The event is to be held at Sewards Showroom in Christchurch on 8 and 9 April.
Apparently the closure of the AFC Bournemouth Community Learning Centre in Boscombe last Autumn has raised some eyebrows amongst the local councillors, especially over the financial help given in setting it up in the first place.
Alan Connell is on the verge of signing a new deal at Dean Court that could keep him here until June 2005.
Karl Broadhurst will have to miss the rest of the season, facing an operation on torn ligaments in his right shoulder.
19 year old striker Chris Cerroni, set to be released by Charlton Athletic at the end of the season, hopes to follow in Alan Connell’s footsteps, at least as far as joining the club and not the injury it is hoped! He bagged a brace in his Reserves’ debut 3-5loss against Brentford.
Dean Court will be graced tomorrow morning by a visit from BBC Radio One on the last leg of the Comic Relief Football Challenge.
It is hoped that students at Brockenhurst College will join a scheme that gives them a chance to play for the club and gain an educational qualification.
AFCB will provide top class football coaching at the College two and a half days a week. Trials will be held in late April, and pre-season training will start in the first week in July.
Carl Fletcher has picked up a back injury against Leyton Orient and could be doubtful for the visit of Torquay United this weekend. Jason Tindall and Warren Feeney both came through the same match without any apparent reaction to their respective injuries.
Steve Fletcher urges his teammates to maintain the promotion push by getting revenge over Torquay United.
James Hayter has been credited with the second goal against Leyton Orient, which had initially been recorded as an own goal.
Amos Foyewa has joined Conference side Woking on a free transfer.
Sean O’Driscoll has no worries about calling on Derek Holmes to fill Steve Fletcher’s boots if he is unable to play in some games due to his knee injury.
A new away kit is revealed basically all sky blue with navy trim. The home kit is also slightly changed with a black stripe down the back with white name and numbers. Apparently there has been some reported difficulty over the current black letters not being that clear. The contract with TFG has been terminated by mutual consent. The club hopes to have their own range of sports leisurewear available for next season.
Jason Tindall is the latest visitor to the treatment room; a hamstring injury forced his early withdrawal against Torquay, although he does also have an ankle problem.
Attempts to re-sign Liam Ridgewell have apparently failed, but a defender remains Sean’s priority with the lengthy injury list AFCB has at present.
Neil Young hopes a switch to a central defensive role can help him win back a regular first team place. Sean O’Driscoll’s search for a short term (defensive) loan signing appears to have fallen on stony ground.
Warren Feeney misses the trip to Cambridge United as he is on Northern Ireland under-21 duty.
AFCB hope to sign Australian under-20 captain Scott McDonald (a striker) from Southampton and scored twice in yesterday’s 3-3 reserve draw away to Leyton Orient. His contract has been cancelled by mutual consent so it is hoped he will be with AFCB for at least the rest of this season.
Mel Machin has been appointed “Caretaker” Manager at relegation candidates Huddersfield Town. Another ex-player from Machin’s playing days, David Jones is new Assistant Manager at Lymington & New Milton.
A (potential) cash shortage this month could see some staff being paid late. It is hoped no players will be amongst them as the club could suffer from another transfer embargo being imposed.
Cherries have signed Scott McDonald and defender Philip Gulliver (from Middlesbrough) on loan until the end of the season, both with a view to making the moves permanent. Both players go into the squad for the trip to Hartlepool United.