Pick Of The Cherries - 8 February
An anonymous fan has pledged £125k to AFCB, once the benefactor has sold a development property. It is not expected that the funds would be ready before March 2003.
The club is hopeful of securing the one month loan of defender Lewis Buxton from Portsmouth, in time to feature in the game at Cambridge United tomorrow. Marcus Browning misses the game due to a one match suspension.
Chairman Peter Phillips announces that following discussions with various bodies, AFCB could have Public Holiday fixtures again on the Monday rather than the Tuesday evening. The first could be the Shrewsbury game at Easter, provided they are amicable to such a switch.
A celebrity charity boxing match between Peter Grant and Ian Durrant is not likely to go ahead given the intense rivalry that exists between the “Old Firm” clubs.
Tony Pulis describes Sean O’Driscoll as “the life and soul of AFC Bournemouth”, and counts himself as one of his closest friends. Marcus browning (groin), Jason Tindall (hip), James Hayter (foot) and Wade Elliott (calf) are all struggling to be fit for the cup tie at Stoke City. Lewis Buxton is in the side having been given the OK from Portsmouth.
AFCB will continue to appeal against Marcus Browning’s sending off in the LDV game, despite the referee rejecting the plea to rescind the first yellow card.
Adrian Pennock has signed for Gravesend & Northfleet.
Chris Tardif was “absolutely gutted” by his dismissal, but described the supporters (who he sat with for most of the second half) as “absolutely fantastic”; the referee has declined to review the incident on video.
Warren Feeney lines up against Finland next month for the under-21 Northern Ireland squad. The Irishman is also featured in this month’s Four Four Two magazine.
Ipswich town defender Justin Miller is available on a free transfer. He impressed whilst with Leyton Orient and they (together with Hartlepool United and Carlisle United) are also ken on him. The fact that he knows Alan Connell very well may be to the club’s advantage.
Karl Broadhurst is set to return to action in tomorrow afternoon’s Reserve clash with Colchester United. Carl Fletcher, Warren Feeney and Marcus Browning all miss the trip to Kidderminster Harriers with suspensions.
Justin Miller will spend four days with AFCB training. The under-19 side hope to finish in the top three of the South West Conference to qualify for a place among the elite in the Merit League. This is made up of three divisions in the north and south with the top three from each regional Conference entering Division 1 the next three in Division 2 and the last three in Division 3.
A threat from Bristol & West Investments plc to close the club down has been averted. It seems to stem from an alleged bounced cheque earlier this week, prompting this threat.
Barr are returning to Dean Court, BUT AFCB still need a further £400k over the next 3-4 months. CherryShare (which had £700k in pledges) has only about £500k in real money. Peter Phillips is confident the transfer embargo will be lifted today, providing there are no hitches. The paperwork has been finalised and the bank has promised to release the funds to the PFA. Sean O’Driscoll has been given approval to strengthen the squad when said embargo is lifted.
Warren Cummings is said to be returning to Dean Court and could sign for the rest of the season. Neil Moss has had his contract cancelled by mutual consent at Southampton and could also be on his way back to Dean Court, but Stoke City and hearts are said to be interested. Justin Miller has decided to sign for Leyton Orient though.
Michael Dean has moved from Weymouth to Wessex League title hopefuls Eastleigh, Christer Warren is also on the club’s books. Neil Moss signed a three and a half year deal on Wednesday. Chris Tardif is concerned over his future at DC, and it needs remembering he is on a season long loan here, is seeking talks with Sean O’Driscoll. Gareth Stewart says he is up for the challenge. His contract is due to expire at the end of this season as well.