Pick Of The Cherries - Jan 5, 2004

Last updated : 06 January 2004 By Mike Robins
17 December
The club hopes to get the go ahead to increase the ground capacity at a Safety Advisory Group meeting today.

18 December
Dean Court can increase capacity to 9200, now that a further 1000 seats can be released for ticket sales. A temporary stand on the vacant south end of the ground could be in place for next season, to accommodate 2500 extra fans, although this would have it’s own issues over safety and facilities.
Howard Goddard is now Manager at Welsh League Division 1 side Llanwern, whilst Shaun Teale has been appointed as Manager at Conference side Northwich Victoria. Both sides are currently at the wrong end of their respective leagues.

19 December
Steve Purches suffering from a leg injury picked up at Accrington, and Wade Elliott feeling the effects of flu could both miss the trip to Wycombe.
Steve Fletcher wants the side to forget last Monday and concentrate on the League in the “most vital part of the season”.

23 December
Peter Phillips quells rumour that a mystery benefactor has pledged £100k to help bolster the Cherries squad.
Warren Feeney seems to have recovered from a knee injury sustained at Wycombe on Saturday and should be available for the upcoming holiday period. Derek Holmes is targeting a return to action in the reserves’ match at Yeovil Town on 14 January 2004.

24 December
Carl Fletcher makes his 200th League and Cup appearance for the Cherries in the Boxing Day clash with Plymouth Argyle.
Chairman Peter Phillips says the gate (of around 9200) for the visit of the Devon side will be a record attendance and a major step forward for the club.

30 December
Following Richard Hughes’ tenth Pompey appearance, AFCB stand top pick up around £6k as part of the deal that took the midfielder to Fratton Park, it would be more but for payments due to Arsenal and the Football League.

31 December
Following Lewis Buxton’s season long deal being tied up, there are no funds left in the Playershare scheme at this moment in time.
Carl Fletcher misses the Swindon trip because of his hamstring injury, and only has an outside chance of being fit for the Port Vale game.
The Cherry Hotshots lottery gets another write up.

3 January
Sean O’Driscoll has been given the opportunity to bolster the squad with loan signings, after over £20k is raised for Playershare.

5 January
Despite the 1-2 defeat, Sean O’Driscoll is reported to be pleased with the side’s performance against Swindon Town.
Neil Young is ruled out until mid-March at the earliest. He will be having an operation to reconstruct his ankle ligament shortly.