Tuesday, 16 April 2013

AFCB are riding on a wave of optimism

It is refreshing that so many AFCB fans are suddenly more confident of the team succeeding on their efforts to reach the Championship. I am really looking forward to Saturday's game with an excitement of what great scenes we may all see at Dean Court - something not seen in some 27 years!

I remember when Harry Redknapp's team reached the second tier of English football back in 1987.  I was not so old then but had been following the team for a few years with some other school mates and, while I do not remember much about the final home match when we went up (was it Bristol Rovers we played?), I do remember the pitch invasion and hundred's of cushions from the main stand being thrown down in celebration on to the pitch.

No doubt the stewards will be lining up again on Saturday to ask everyone to keep off the pitch after the game - I wish them luck.

Before then we have some crucial entertainment tonight as Sheffield Utd take on inform Brentford at Bramle Lane. Already AFCB fans are wondering what is the best result for our club? I guess a nil-nil draw would be most favourable. Sheffield's home record has taken a bit of a battering of late although the Bees have not been winning many games away from home. A draw is not unfancied and if the pressure of not wanting to make a mistake is playing on the minds of those on the pitch, a safety first attitude could mean we end up with a stalemate. But if it is gung-ho action from the kick-off, I have a feeling that Brentford may be the victors on current form.

So AFCB could be third in the table going into the last two games, but with Doncater having to play Brentford on the last weekend that would still leave the Cherries every opportunity to get promoted if they win those last two games. Our goal difference is also slightly better than Sheffield Utd so if they win tonight against Brentford we need to keep that goal difference going if we are to pip the Blades to promotion.

Yet, strangely I don't seem as worried about what the others do anymore. Like many of you I have a faith that the Cherries will go up now, be it automatically or - spare us please - through the play-offs. 

Some things are meant to be and this story I am sure will have a happy ending. UTCIAD!


  1. hi mate. Last match in 87 was Rotherham at home. Great day...also the best save I have at seen by an oppo goalie that day.

  2. It was Rotherham last home game in 1987. Won 2-0. Think Carl Richards got one of the goals. A great day!

  3. I got goosebumps thinking of Saturday when I was reading. I Really hope results go our way tonight.