AFC Bournemouth

FL125 VOTE

 

   When was Bournemouth's best season?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 2012/13 53%
2 1986/87 26%
3 2008/09 14%
4 1994/95 7%
     

The FL125 Greatest Season voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #OurBestSeason.

The nominations were:

1986/87 - Harry Redknapp led the Cherries into the second tier of English football for the first time in the club's history.

2008/09 - Overcoming a 17-point deduction after coming out of administration, the Cherries had two managers before Christmas. Eddie Howe was appointed on New Years Day, and against all the odds steered the Cherries to Football League safety.

2012/13 - Eddie Howe returned in the Autumn and dramatically led the Cherries to an 18-match unbeaten run. Despite a five-match losing streak, the Cherries win eight out of their last nine to clinch promotion to the second tier.

1994/95 - The Great Escape mark one. The Cherries started the season without a manager before the appointment of Mel Machin. With a shoestring budget and only nine points at Christmas, he somehow managed to save the Cherries from certain relegation, including an unforgettable win against promotion chasing Brentford in the penultimate game.

 

  Who is Bournemouth's best ever manager?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Eddie Howe 63%
2 Harry Redknapp 24%
3 John Bond 7%
4 Sean O'Driscoll 5%
5 Freddie Cox 1%
     

The FL125 Greatest Manager voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #GreatManagers.

The nominees were: 

Eddie Howe - Only the second manager to guide the Cherries to the second tier in the club's 114-year history. Saved the club from certain extinction by keeping them up in 2009 despite a 17-point deduction.

Harry Redknapp - The first manager to take the Cherries to the second tier and arguably the most successful manager in the club's history. The club also recorded a famous victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup in January 1984, while they were managed by Harry Redknapp.

John Bond - Bond led the club to promotion as Fourth Division runners-up at the end of his first season, and almost to promotion again the following season, as Bournemouth finished third in the Third Division. He also presided over one of the most exciting teams in Bournemouth's history with players such as Phil Boyer and Ted MacDougall.

Freddie Cox - Freddie Cox led the club to a brilliant FA Cup run in 1956/57, pulling off a giant-killing by beating Tottenham Hotspur.

Sean O'Driscoll - Spent six years as boss in a period that included a 5-2 triumph over Lincoln City at the Play-Off Final.