When were AFC Bournemouth founded?
The club has been in existence since 1899, originally founded as Boscombe FC. They also bore the name Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic FC before becoming AFC Bournemouth in 1972, as we still know them today. However this only a trade name, as they are still officially registered as Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic Football Club as a result of an ownership change in 1997.
Where do they play their home games?
AFC Bournemouth play their home games at Dean Court football ground. Its official name is Goldsands stadium as part of a sponsorship deal, however the majority of fans still name it Dean Court. Opened in 1910, its location is Kings Park in Bournemouth and had a maximum capacity of about 10,700. The grounds attendance record was set at an FA Cup match against Manchester United in 1957, with 28,799 there to watch.
The stadium faced full refurbishment in 2001, with the whole shape and direction of the ground being transformed, and it was also moved away from adjacent housing.
The stadium has also been used for music concerts, hosting Elton John in 2006.
What colours do they play in?
The team traditionally wore red shirts with white sleeves up until 1971, when the club changed to the more familiar black and red stripes (similar to that of AC Milan) as they wear today. The shirt was changed to predominantly red for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, however a return to black and red stripes was announced the next season to fan demand.
Why are they nicknamed ‘The Cherries’?
There are two possible tales which gave the football club this pet name. The first being subsequent to the cherry-red striped shirts that the team always played in. However the second gives a slightly more plausible story as Dean Court was built adjacent to the Cooper-Dean estate, which encompassed numerous cherry orchards.
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