Sunday, 5 May 2013

Which ex-players can we expect to play against next season?

While AFCB fans will simply just be ecstatic that our club is now in the Championship can I just remind you all that we will be bumping into a few old friends when we go up. These will be familiar faces but should just be visitors. Mind you, you never know, our spending spree over the summer could take in another batch of ex-Cherry players who have decided to come back to the south coast on a permanent basis.

So who might we see then as a visitor to the Goldsands stadium who used to wear Red & Black?

First stop must be Burnley FC where most of our 2010-11 squad seemed to end up. Danny Ings has managed to make 32 appearances for the Clarets in the 2012-13 season, but made 17 of those as sub and has scored just 3 times.

Wait for it, I can hear the boos and hisses already! Midfield maverick Marvin Bartley has  made 24 appearances for the Clarets, 14 as a sub and has not netted this season. He"ll get an interesting reception at Dean Court.

How about Jon Stewart, who plays in goal but has not appeared for Burnley FC this season? I am not sure he would be a popular sight on the bench at Dean Court, having been dismissed by AFCB.

We could also include Burnley's Charlie Austin who had a trial but I don't think he ever played a senior game for AFCB, perhaps that could change in the future. 

Who might we pick out from Charlton Athletic? Midfielder Danny Hollands is out on loan at Swindon at the moment but he would be a great face to see again. Then there's yet another less popular figure in (I want a transfer request) Mr Rhoys Wiggins who has only made 19 appearances for the Addicks in the Championship this last season.

Keeping with the bad boys, I wonder if Wes Thomas will still be on loan or have a permanent deal at Birmingham City before the summer is out. I don't think he will come back to AFCB even if Eddie Howe seems to like his ability, but I have been wrong before.

Sometimes in the past I have wondered if we have been too much of a feeder club to Millwall FC. It is as if Kenny Jacket has his own season ticket at Dean Court and can pick the Cherries he most wants to help them stay in the Championship. He hasn't done badly in picking up Scott Malone who has surprising only made 16 appearances this season for Millwall and the much liked Liam Feeney who has made 25 appearances and has two goals. Of course Josh McQuoid is back with us, but he was another Kenny Jacket raid.

A big welcome will also go to Jason Pearce who has made 40 appearances this season and is ever present in the Leeds team. I don't suppose Eddie could entice him back to the south coast, could he? 

Anton Robinson is on loan at Gillingham, but is still a Huddersfield Town player. Might Eddie decide to see if Anton wants a return to the Cherries?

We may even see James Hayter if Yeovil are successful in the League One play-off. 

I expect we can add Marcos Painter from Brighton to our list having dabbled at being an AFCB player last season at left back.

I am guessing that the player who would be top of the list to see is Jason Pearce, but is there a more popular ex-Cherry player currently carrying out his craft in the Championship?

There is just one other familiar face that we will see, although he is a manager and not a player - Harry Rednapp. That will be a great day at Dean Court. I hope we can send Harry home to Sandra rather unhappy that weekend.

Have I missed any heroes or villains out? I expect you can add some more players who are likely to come visiting next season. Won't it be great though if we can beat Burnley, Charlton, Birmingham, Leeds, Brighton, Yeovil (if they make it), Huddersfield and Millwall just for starters? UTCIAD

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