Wednesday, 25 January 2012

AFC Bournemouth - Fitness First Stadium

AFC Bournemouth
Fitness First Stadium
Dean Court
Kings Park

01202 726300
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Matchday Number: 65
Saturday 16th February 2002
AFC Bournemouth 1-2 Wycombe Wanderers
Nationwide League Division 2

My first visit came to Bournemouth came during probably the highest point in our league career, apart from possibly under Martin O'Neill. Wycombe were going well and would get into the playoffs if they won. And win they did, 2-1 in the final minute with a Jermaine McSporran goal. Cue pandemonium in the Wycombe end. Not that the joy lasted for long though, the next game we lost 4-1 at home to Blackpool and overnight we went from a great team to a poor team. It was the beginning of the end for Sanchez - 18 months down the line it was the sack for Sanchez, and it's a shame that more remember him for the final period at Wycombe, rather than the first half. I have been to Bournemouth on 2 further occasions, but we lost both and generally have a poor record against them.

THE FITNESS FIRST STADIUM was formerly known as Dean Court. The original stadium was completely rebuilt in the late 90's - Bournemouth even shared at Dorchester Town's Avenue Stadium for a while, while this work was completed. Now they have a brand new stadium. Well 3/4 of a stadium at least - one stand is just rubble behind one of the goals - though there was temporary seating there for a while. The reason for the incomplete stadium is one of finances. Like many clubs, the Cherries have had many financial issues over the years, including administrations. So therefore they did not have the money to complete the ground. What is there though is pretty decent - 3 all seated stands of roughly the same height. These are all modern, so you will get a good view of the action. Away fans get the end of one of the side stands. As for pubs and food places - there are quite a few around, though none stand out for me.