Wednesday, 29 April 2015

What a great time to be a fan of the Cherries!

I know that everyone is still in a state of shock and that is just the supporters at AFCB. Now the whole world is waking up to hear the story about this amazing football club on the south coast of England that has surmounted incredible odds to land, slap bang, in the Premier League where who knows what will happen next?
Eddie Howe pre-match with fan.
Jeff Mostyn speaks to BBC Radio 5 live. 
It has been a good 24-36 hours and more since the Cherries reached their historic milestone and the sense of realisation is just starting to settle on matters. There are some big decisions for the club now to take regarding seating arrangements, media coverage and sorting out budgets for the coming season, let alone dealing with an influx of calls regarding season tickets and their administration as well as what Eddie Howe and his management and scouting teams needing to arrange and discuss about player contracts and possible new signings.

The club has released a special batch of audio commentary interviews from Monday night and have grouped them all together on a dedicated page called Bournemouth make history. You can also listen to the interviews down the side of Cherry Chimes in the right hand panel.

The buzz is simply not going to stop or at least the phones won't stop ringing now right up the start of next season and I am sure that the Bournemouth Tourist industry is already getting ready for what could be a bumper summer in the seaside resort with all this new interest in one of the town's greatest assets - AFC Bournemouth. I am guessing that Mr Parry of TalkSport is already limbering up in his Cherries' swimming trunks ready to take his plunge off of Bournemouth Pier!

I do hope that Eddie Howe can just get a few days off although I don't expect he'll be keen to step off the pedal with such an exciting new project ahead of him. We have seen how euphoric the celebrations were on Monday night and I am sure that many local companies will be beating down the door to see themselves linked with the club in some way going forward. It is a milion miles away from the club we all knew back in 2009 and it has all happened like a whirlwind.

Building the pre-match atmosphere The Bournemouth Concert Brass
 - The Great Escape March. A good memory of past seasons.  

The players may wish to get away and get on their summer holidays but of course we still have one fixture left and I would expect news very shortly about what is going to happen regarding a bus tour of the town following Saturday's final game - oh yes, the official club site has it here. In the meantime, the airwaves and the internet are humming with the sound of chat on AFC Bournemouth and as fans we can all just enjoy being part of the most talked about football club in the land.

Mike Botto and Steve Cook with their game faces on.
All Departments has released its special AFC Bournemouth v Bolton podcast with special guest stadium announcer Mike Botto. Visit the sidebar on Cherry Chimes and click on the All Departments' sound bar to listen or go to the All Departments' website. Mr Botto and club photographer Steve Cook was captured before the match trying to photo bomb my pictures of the player of the year awards.

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