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Spotlight on the Cherries; FOOTBALL: UP FOR THE CUP.

Sean O'Driscoll

MANAGER

SEAN is the holder of the most appearances for Bournemouth and was appointed as first-team coach and then senior coach earlier this year after spending the past five years with the youth side which has produced many fine players. He joined Bournemouth 15 years ago from Fulham and was a virtual ever- present in a ten-year spell which saw him break the appearance record in 1994. Sean took complete control of the first team on 19 August,replacing Mel Machin who has now a new capacity as Director of Football.

Peter Grant

PLAYER/COACH: Squad No:8

Previous clubs: Celtic, Norwich, Reading.

PETER joined Bournemouth during the summer from Reading as the Cherries new player/coach. He is a player with a great deal of experience behind him after spending most of his career with Scottish giants Celtic. He was a regular in the Bhoys team throughout much of the '80s & '90s and represented Scotland before moving south to Norwich and then Reading. Peter made his Cherries debut in the Worthingotn Cup draw at Norwich.

Michael Menetrier

GOALKEEPER: Squad No:1

Previous club: FC Metz

FRENCH keeper who signed for the Cherries seven days before the season started. He made an impression during a trial match against Fulham and has signed a three-year deal with the club. He made his debut at Bristol Rovers on August 12 but has since been injured with a hand problem. Now fit, he is being kept out of the side because of the excellent form of Gareth Stewart.

Neil Young

DEFENDER: Squad No:2

Previous club: Tottenham Hotspur

REGULAR right-back who passed the 200 league appearance mark for the Cherries late last season. The elder brother of Spurs star Luke Young, he arrived from White Hart Lane in 1994 and his confident, solid performances have seen him become one of the most respected defenders in Division Two. This season has seen Neil in his most consistent form since joining the club - unusually, he missed a number of games last season through injury, but recovered and was back to his dependable best when he returned. He made his 250th league appearance for Bournemouth in the recent game against Oldham but is currently out of the side and has had an operation and will be out until Christmas.

Stephen Purches

DEFENDER: Squad No: 3

Previous club: West Ham United

STEPHEN first came to Dean Court on trial last season from West Ham and was in the side that beat Ipswich in the reserve cup final, setting up the opening goal in a 3-1 success. He signed a two-year professional contract in June and made his first-team bow in the 1-1 draw at Bristol Rovers.

Eddie Howe

DEFENDER: Squad No: 4

Previous clubs: None

HIGHLY-RATED central defender whose mature displays have won him a regular first place and international honours. He has been at the club for many years, working his way through from the youth team, where he was captain, to secure a regular first-team slot. The 1998-99 season will surely go down as Eddie's best ever. It started with two appearances for England Under-21s in the Toulon Tournament in France and it was quickly followed by Eddie signing a record seven-year deal with Bournemouth. He then represented the Nationwide League against the Italian Serie B.

Carl Fletcher

MIDFIELDER: Squad No: 7

Previous clubs: None

CARL is now starting his third year as a professional. He has come through the ranks and made his first-team debut at Grimsby in 1998 whilst still a YT. He made great progress last season and earned two good runs in the first team and by the end of the campaign, really caught the eye with his performances which saw him score twice and he has carried that form through.

Chukkie Eribenne

STRIKER: Squad No: 9

Previous club: Coventry City

NOW 19, Chukkie signed for the Cherries from Coventry City on a three- year deal on June 2000, . Chukki scored four goals in his first three friendlies and is looking to forge a partnership with Steve Fletcher. He celebrated his Football League debut at Bristol Rovers with a stunning equalising goal but since then has suffered from injuries and he has had to battle his way through the reserve side where he has found the net regularly.

Steve Fletcher

FORWARD: Squad No: 10

Previous club: Hartlepool

FLETCH is one of the most popular players at Dean Court. He is the longest- serving player after he joined the club in 1992 from Hartlepool United. In that time he has overcome seasons where he suffered from injury to establish himself as one of the best target men in Division Two. Once again last season his goal tally reached double figures and it was also a season that saw him named club captain. A whole hearted player who is an inspirational captain.

Richard Hughes

MIDFIELDER: Squad No: 11

Previous clubs: Atalanta, Arsenal

RICHARD made his Bournemouth debut on the opening day of the 1998-99 campaign against Lincoln, and he quickly established himself as a first- team regular. He has won honours for Scotland at Under-21 level and scored in the defeat against the Czech Republic. A player who displays maturity well beyond his tender years and he will be looking to continue his tremendous progression over the current season, if he can overcome the injury problems that blighted his 99-00 campaign. Started this season in good form and scored for Scotland Under 21s in their 3-1 win over Latvia.

Gareth O'Connor

MIDFIELDER: Squad No: 12

Previous clubs: Shamrock Rovers, Bohemians

THE 21-year-old Irishman can play in midfield or up front. He moved into the full-time game last summer, playing his football in the League oOf Ireland before being spotted by Mel Machin. He made his senior Cherries debut when he went on as a substitute at Colchester United.

Gareth Stewart

GOALKEEPER: Squad No: 13

Previous club: Blackburn Rovers

CONFIDENT young Preston-born keeper who commands his area well, Gareth joined the Cherries as understudy to Mark Ovendale. He has learned his trade with Blackburn and has served England at Schoolboy level in the same side at Michael Owen. Gareth made his Football League debut at Wigan when Ovendale injured his back in the warm-up and then made his home debut against Bristol City. At the end of the season he made a third appearance against Chesterfield. An injury for Michael Menetrier gave Gareth another chance this season and he has responded with some superb displays to hold on this his place.

James Hayter

FORWARD Squad No: 14

Previous club: Salisbury City (loan)

NOW IN his fourth year as a professional at Dean Court after progressing through the ranks, James signed a new contract when a surprise recall from non-league Salisbury saw a massive upturn in his career. Mark Stein had the flu and due to a shortage of strikers, the Isle of Wight born player was recalled from Salisbury, went on against Stoke as a substitute and scored his first senior goal in 1999. He proved to be a versatile and brave player last season and he will be looking to establish himself as a regular this term.

Narada

DEFENDER: Squad No: 15

Previous club: Arsenal

EXCITING new signing from Arsenal. A left wing back, he played in the Combination Cup final last season for Bournemouth on trial and impressed enough for the Cherries to hand him a two-year deal. His preparation for the new season was hampered when he suffered a bad head injury at Basingstoke when he collided with the wall surrounding the pitch.

Wade Elliott

FORWARD: Squad No: 16

Previous club: Bashley.

SIGNING from Bashley for pounds 5,000, Wade is a highly-rated player who has already had a successful trial period at Dean Court and the 21 year old is a former England Schoolboy. Made an immediate impression with a 45- minute run-out against Liverpool and made his league debut when he came on as a sub at Reading. He enjoyed a good end to the season and marked the final match against Wigan with the opening goal. This season has seen most of his performances come from the bench.

William Huck

MIDFIELD: Squad No: 17

Previous clubs: Monaco, Arsenal

TWENTY-year-old Frenchman who signed on transfer deadline day in 1999 from Arsenal for a pounds 50,000 fee. A left-sided midfielder, he made his debut in the win over Colchester as his exciting runs and flair quickly saw the Dean Court faithful warm to him. He suffered an injury at Northampton, however, and never really recovered to show his full potential in a disappointing 1999-2000 campaign. Is determined to make a name for himself this season.

Jason Tindall

MIDFIELDER: Squad No: 18

Previous club: Charlton Athletic

MIDFIELDER who joined the Cherries in the summer of 1998 from Charlton Athletic. Jason has had some incredible bad luck since joining Bournemouth - seemingly every time he has got into the first team, he has suffered an which has prvented him from establishing himself in the side. He captained the reserves to the Combination Cup win last season. He has shown great attitude and determination during pre-season and that has earned him a first-team call up and has had a good run in the side in a central defensive role where he has improved with each game.

Claus Jorgensen

MIDFIELDER: Squad No: 19

Previous clubs: AC Horsens

UTILITY player who joined the Cherries in the summer from Danish club AC Horsens. He originally came over to England on trial in 1998 and impressed during a reserve match against Chelsea. Made his Football League debut on the opening day of the season and marked it with the man-of-the-match award. He then adapted to the English game extremely well and missed few games during the season. His form last season won him no fewer than five player awards.

Jamie Day

MIDFIELDER: Squad No: 20

Previous club: Arsenal

JAMIE signed for the Cherries from Arsenal in March 1999 from Arsenal. A young player with great potential who made his full league debut at Burnley last season, scoring his first senior goal in the 2-0 win at Cambridge. Jamie has shown excellent form during pre-season and he earned himself a place in the first team on the opening day of the season. He lost his place and is on the transfer list at his own request.

Karl Broadhurst

DEFENDER: Squad No: 21

Previous clubs: None

CENTRAL defender who has progressed through the Cherries Youth scheme to gain a professional prior to last season and his progression last season has seen him earn a new one-year deal. His progress was highlighted when, after losing his place through injury, he immediately returned to the side when fit. He suffered from injury last season and has not fully recovered which has meant that he was not able to kick a ball during pre-season. Recently had an operation but underlined his commitment when, amazingly, he turned out as a substitute at Bristol City a few days after he had returned to full training.

Brian Stock

DEFENDER: Squad No: 22

Previous clubs: None

BRIAN made his debut at home to Oldham last season while still a YT. His form in the youth, reserves and then the first team earned him a two year professional contract and he has a bright future in front of him. He appeared as a sub at Northampton for his first outing this season.

James Ford

MIDFIELDER: Squad No: 24

Previous clubs: None

PROMISING youngster who signed a one-year professional deal last season. He made his Bournemouth debut at home to Chesterfield and has appeared three times this season as a substitute.

Danny Smith

DEFENDER: Squad No: 25

Previous clubs: None

FORMER YT player who made his debut at Stoke last season and has signed a pro contract. Centre-half Danny made his full debut at Norwich in the Worthington Cup butwas sent off three minutes after going on as a sub at Colchester. He responded superbly and showed great maturity in the next two games before serving his suspension.

Justin Keeler

MIDFIELDER: Squad No: 26

Previous clubs: Christchurch, Dorchester (loan)

UTILITY player snapped up from Wessex League side Christchurch last season after a trial period. He made his debut when he went on as a substitute in the AWS match at Bristol City. Having signed a new contract in the summer for the club, Justin was recently at Dorchester on loan.

CAPTION(S):

BOURNEMOUTH AFC: Back frow from left: Karl Broadhurst, Eddie Howe, Richard Hughes, Nick Fenton (now Notts County), Gareth Stewart, Steve Fletcher, Dimitri Brinias, Joe Sheerin (no longer at club), Chukki Eribenne, Brian Stock, Neil Young. Middle: Ken Walton (sprint coach), Sean O'Driscoll (manager), James Ford, Wade Elliott, Jamie Day, Carl Fletcher, Stevland Angus (Now back at West Ham), Garreth O'Connor, Wayne Crutcher, Danny Smith, William Huck, John Cooper (physio), Bernie Morton (kit manager). Front: Narada, James Hayter, Claus Jorgensen, Mel Machin (director of football), Peter Grant (player/coach), Jason Tindall, Justin Keeler, Stephen Purches. STAR MAN: Danish ace Claus Jorgensen picked up five player-of-the-year awards last season SKY BLUES OLD BOY: Chukki Eribenne has been hampered by injury
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