Pick Of The Cherries - April 15th, 2003

Last updated : 16 April 2003 By Mike Robins
1 April
Thanks to generous sponsorship (Dean Park properties), a train has been chartered for the May 3 trip to Carlisle United. The train is scheduled to leave Bournemouth at 0700 (arriving 1330), and will have 616 spaces. Prices range from £35 to £75 for the trip.
Warren Feeney hopes to win his fifth cap for Northern Ireland in their under-21 European qualifier against Greece tonight.
Scott McDonald and Philip Gulliver look like being involved in tomorrow’s reserve match against Portsmouth. Triallists Shaun Dootson (Bolton), Nick Buxton (Watford), Robbie Williams (Watford) and Matthew Crouch (Southampton) may also get an opportunity in the game.

2 April
Chairman Peter Phillips reveals that in his opinion, the current League set-up is ludicrous and backs calls for regionalisation of Divisions Two and Three. This has probably come to the fore following the horrendous amount of travel in March.
Carl Fletcher was pipped by Exeter City goalkeeper Kevin Miller to the PFA Division 3 Player of the Month award for March.
Philip Gulliver opted for AFCB after seeking advice from several people, including former Cherry Ray Train.
Defenders James Beauchamp (Birmingham City) and Cameron Stuart (Aston Villa) are both likely to get Reserve run-outs over the next few weeks.
AFCB under-15 coach Hugh Lewis is appointed as new Manager at Wessex League outfit Brockenhurst. Both clubs could benefit; Brock will provide a senior non-League environment to bring youngsters through, or to provide a place should the player fail to make the grade at League level.

4 April
Warren Feeney is likely to be offered a new contract for next season, despite being ruled out for the remainder of this one with a knee injury.
Scott McDonald could get a call up for first team action tomorrow following his third goal in two games.

5 April
It is time for supporters to vote for the Micky Cave Daily echo player of the year award.

8 April
Following AFCB’s first road victory for what seems like an eternity, Neil Moss comes in for praise following two superb saves that helped maintain a clean sheet. Gareth O’Connor picked up a large gash on his ankle that required a number of stitches internally and externally.

9 April
Cherries are launching an offer to sell reserved season tickets for three, five or even ten years in an attempt to secure much needed cash for the costs of the ongoing building work at Dean Court. This scheme would mean price changes would be frozen and could be sold back to the club in two years. Full details of the scheme will be announced at next week’s match against Southend United.
Hugh Lewis, Youth Academy Coach and new manager at Brockenhurst is hoping to forge links between the two clubs.
Front page news sees the club awarded an entertainment licence that could mean that AFCB can stage six large-scale events, with the green light given to host 20,000 capacity events. Peter Phillips admits that this could also give the club much needed revenue. On the down side though, concerns over parking and transportation on days of the event, would be considered upon application for a renewal. The need to get people out of the area after any event is the main problem it would seem.

12 April
Lewis Buxton returns to Portsmouth after today’s game against Southend United, and admits he is unhappy to be leaving.
The £500k required for stadium completion would see the 300 seater Functions suite completed, it would also see the lifts in the Main Stand and East Stand working and to see the completion of Community facilities in the East Stand, and the Dean Court capacity rise to 9600.

13 April
Brian McGorry hopes to be in the Tamworth line-up to face Shaun Teale’s Burscough side in this season’s FA Trophy.
Paul Wood was in the defeated Havant & Waterlooville side that despite taking a 1-0 lead eventually went out after extra time to Dr Marten’s Premier League leaders Tamworth on Saturday.
Burscough Manager Teale scored a (controversial) 90th minute penalty to see his side through 2-0 (on aggregate) over Aylesbury United.