Pick Of The Cherries - Nov 15th, 2003
Warren Cummings has lost his appeal against the dismissal at Layer Road, and will miss the Notts County and Brighton league games, and the LDV trip to Yeovil. Marcus Browning (sciatic nerve) should resume training this week to be ready for the trip to Meadow Lane.
Thursday 16 October is the date for the latest fans forum. LDV tickets go on sale today.
James Hayter is due to make his 200th League appearance for the Cherries, and Wade Elliott is not far behind with his 150th league appearance should they appear in this weekend’s match against Notts County. Former favourite Ian Bishop is now with Unibond Premier side Radcliffe Borough, following a spell as player Assistant Manager at Burscough.
Warren Feeney scored for Northern Ireland in the under-21 victory in Greece. Sean O’Driscoll has been invited to table his proposals for a rule review over international call-ups. Problems over squad sizes are quoted, not just for clubs like AFCB. Cherries are using ice baths! Bins (supplied by Key Industrial of Verwood) are filled with ice and water and players will soak in them for a couple of minutes after a game to help muscle fibres heal after matches.
Gareth Stewart is in line-up for the trip to Yeovil Town tonight. Brian Stock is keen to return to the first team squad after winning his fourth under-21 cap for Wales recently.
Marcus Browning picked up his fifth caution of the season in last night’s defeat at Yeovil Town, and consequently misses the trip to Tranmere Rovers at the beginning of November. Derek Holmes suffered a knee injury and could miss the visit of Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend. The extent of the injury is as yet unknown.
Derek Holmes faces a six week bench warming following his knee injury at Yeovil. He has torn a cartilage pad in his right knee.
Football traffic looks likely to be banned from leaving the ground car park by the Gloucester Road exit after all. The Cherries host their Annual Christmas Carol Service on Sunday 14 December (at 3 p.m.); almost 200 schools have been invited to take part. Neil Young, Marcus browning and Steve Fletcher are taking their first steps on the coaching ladder – helping out former favourite John Williams at the Homefield School Football Academy.
Karl Broadhurst had vital footwear removed from outside the players’ bar on Saturday. The insoles, known as orthotics, help him reduce the risk of ankle injury. Warren Feeney and Neil Young are added to the growing injury list. The former has a facial injury and amnesia, whilst the latter picked up an ankle injury. Carl Fletcher, Karl Broadhurst and Marcus Browning are also nursing injuries ahead of the visit of Luton Town.
Warren Feeney faces (sorry!) a late fitness test to see if he can play in tonight’s Luton Town (who may include old boy Steve Robinson in their line-up) game. The club doctor has apparently given him the all clear. Neil Young, Carl Fletcher and Karl Broadhurst will also undergo late tests.
Alan Connell is likely to be sidelined for up to four weeks after sustaining cartilage damage against Bristol Rovers (at Mangotsfield) last month. This coupled with long term losses Derek Holmes and Neil Young mean AFCB have just 16 fit squad members. This is exacerbated by the one-match ban on Marcus Browning, which will be this coming weekend trip to Tranmere Rovers.
Oldham Athletic manager Iain Dowie is tipping Warren Feeney for full Northern Ireland honours. On-line bookings handled by Ticketweb link to the AFCB Ticket Office. Tickets can be purchased this way for the FA Cup match against Bristol Rovers, and go on sale today.
Lewis Buxton has re-signed for a one-month loan spell. He is said to have jumped at the chance.
Matthew Robinson a striker recently freed by Ipswich Town has been invited for a week’s trial at Dean Court. Lewis Buxton has been granted permission by Portsmouth to play in the FA Cup for AFCB this season; Playershare is helping the defender’s loan spell. Shaun Maher and Brian Stock have been laid low by a flu bug, and this is seriously hampering the side prepare for tomorrow’s long trip north.
Matthew Robinson should be in the reserves side facing Bristol City at Fawcetts Field tomorrow. Playershare will make their first Raffle cheque presentation (at the Bristol Rovers cup game), which represents funding of Lewis Buxton’s loan deal.
Dan Cann scored on his Reserves’ debut, replacing triallist Matt Robinson- who picked up a hand injury after just 12 minutes of the match! Peter Phillips has issued a warning over the serious financial situation that AFCB are still in. Improvements on last year have all but been lost through the ITV Digital fiasco.
Neil Young resumes training this week following an ankle injury. Alan Connell should return around the end of the month, but can start running again at the end of this week. Derek Holmes is also progressing well.