Friday, 5 October 2018

Win a copy of AFCB the Fall & Rise

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Pitch Publishing have kindly offered three readers of Cherry Chimes the chance to own a copy of the latest book to chart the history of AFC Bournemouth, Neil Meldrum's 'AFC Bournemouth – The Fall & Rise'. This is the astonishing rags-to-riches tale of the Premier League’s smallest club.

Neil explains how a small, lower league club on the south coast fought back against all odds to reach the riches of the English Premier League.  With fascinating insights from renowned manager Eddie Howe and all the key players, the book reflects on the club’s day of destiny against Bolton Wanderers in April 2015, when Premier League promotion was secured just six years after the club almost went out of existence.

Former captain Tommy Elphick candidly reveals how Howe plotted the Cherries’ route out of the Championship, while club legend Steve Fletcher tells the emotionally charged story of his return and the goal in 2009 that halted the club’s slide into non-league.

Howe, meanwhile, provides amazing detail into how he took a club on the brink to the top of the beautiful game.

Neil Meldrum is a former sports editor and deputy editor of the Bournemouth Daily Echo and  covered AFC Bournemouth’s rise from League Two to the Premier League between 2007 and 2015. His work has been published in a host of newspapers and magazines and he was twice nominated for regional sports writer of the year awards. He now runs a Dorset marketing business.

Neil provides an insightful account of a tiny football club’s rise to the top division of English football – and tells how one young manager, with no experience, led his club from the grit of Grimsby to the bright lights of Manchester United. Among the stories:

· Kevin Bond tells how former Cherries chief Alaistair Saverimutto axed him – and then phoned him for advice before sacking his replacement Jimmy Quinn three months later

· Marvin Bartley believes Rochdale boss Keith Hill was “jealous” of Eddie Howe’s success.

Hill publicly slammed Cherries’ spending ahead of the Spotland side’s 4-0 win over Howe’s men in November 2009

· Former Cherries keeper Shwan Jalal labels ex-boss Paul Groves’s treatment of Cherries’ senior stars as “disgraceful”

· Legendary Cherries captain Tommy Elphick reveals a bus bust-up with boss Eddie Howe led to Kenwyne Jones’s signing during the club’s dramatic Championship title-winning season of 2014-15

· Boss Eddie Howe hails striker Brett Pitman’s impact on Cherries’ rise to the Premier League and insisted the Channel Islander will “go down in history” at the Dorset club

To enter the competition, simply answer this question:
At which football ground were AFC Bournemouth crowned title winners of the Championship in 2015? 

Send your answers to @CherryChimes on Twitter or by email to

We will pick three winners from those who send in correct answers by 12pm on Sunday 7th October 2018.

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