Pick Of The Cherries - October 3rd, 2003
Warren Feeney (Northern Ireland under-21) and Brian Stock (Wales under-21) miss the Sky broadcast Bristol City game. San O’Driscoll could have Steve Fletcher (shoulder) out, but hopes Jason Tindall (knee) will be available for selection.
Former Cherry Warren Aspinall is said to be interested in the managerial vacancy at Bashley.
Sean O’Driscoll is urging supporters to shop the racist bigots at Dean Court. Several incidents were reported during the televised game with Bristol City. “We should not let people be getting away with this especially at a club that’s deemed to be a community club”.
The club is taking the problem seriously and there have been three or four reports already this season.
Warren Feeney scored in the Northern Ireland under-21’s 3-1 victory over Armenia. Brian Stock was voted man of the match in the Wales under-21 0-0 draw with Finland, apparently delighting Manager Jimmy Shoulder in the process.
Jason Tindall and Alan Connell both came through the Swindon Town Reserves (0-2 defeat) without a problem so hope to be in contention for a place on the coach to Blackpool. Wayne Crutcher has joined Bournemouth (Poppies).
Fawzi Saadi has gone on (long-term) loan to Bournemouth Poppies in order to get first team experience; he joins goalkeeper Kevin Scriven at Victoria Park.
Cherries face an awkward tie in the first round of the LDV Trophy with a trip to League newcomers Yeovil Town. The tie is due to be played in week starting 13 October.
Steve Fletcher (knee) and Carl Fletcher (groin) missed training yesterday, but are expecting to play tonight. Neil Young (ankle) faces a late fitness test.
The 8219 gate was a record for the (new) Dean Court ground. Chairman Peter Phillips was delighted and "if we keep playing (like we did) there'’ no reason we shouldn’t'’ be filling the stadium…”
Steve Purches is hoping to get his name on the score sheet against Colchester United tomorrow to complete a treble in consecutive away league games.
Karl Broadhurst is set to make his 100th League appearance for the Cherries.
Restructuring of the Football League is making Chairman Peter Phillips very wary. He fears that the appointment of a Managing Director of Division One in the coming months could be the thin end of a wedge that could be to the detriment of the clubs in the lower two divisions.
The club is likely to appeal against Warren Cummings’ dismissal at Layer Road on Saturday.
Steve Fletcher wants to make it third time lucky in his visits to Saltergate with AFCB. His previous games have seen him sustain serious knee injuries that ended his seasons in November 1995 and November 2001.
Marcus Browning could miss the game, facing a late fitness test on his back and hamstring injury.
Ryan Woolfenden has had his contract terminated by mutual consent.
The club has hooked up with financial services provider Friends Provident, to launch Cherries Financial Services. It is a scheme similar to that set up by Southampton offering fans financial services products whilst generating funds for the club.
Initial concerns over injury victims Karl Broadhurst and Shaun Maher may not be as bad as first thought. Maher will have a scan on his left knee to make sure that there is no serious damage. Broadhurst will train at the end of the week providing there is no reaction to his injury.
Carl Fletcher (knee) and Neil Young (ankle – seeing a specialist this week) may be available for the Hartlepool United game.
Sean O’Driscoll could be forced into making a loan signing ahead of the temporary signing deadline. The club are having a bit of a crisis over injuries at the moment.