Book Release: The Disrupted Season (2019-20)

The Disrupted Season (2019-20) is the second football book to be written by Peter Bell, author of the Cherry Chimes blog. The book charts what turned out to be an unprecedented 2019-20 Premier League season and a historic one for Eddie Howe and Bournemouth. Little did we know at the start of the season that it would be the start of a campaign that might not have even been completed.

This book is a must for Bournemouth fans who want to:
• Relive the tension of Bournemouth’s scramble to try and stay up
• Reminisce in what would turn out to be Eddie Howe last season as manager at Dean Court
• Remember the impact of a football summer with virtually no fans at games
• Rejoice again at the wins over Southampton, Manchester United and Chelsea
• Chart the games which could have given Bournemouth that vital extra point
• Recall the brilliance of player of the year Aaron Ramsdale.

Bournemouth was in its fifth season in the top flight and had become regular guests on Match of the Day. The red and black shirts were winning fans worldwide and Eddie Howe remained the longest-serving manager at the same club in all four divisions of the football pyramid. Stability could be associated with Dean Court.

However, this season was like no other for the Cherries. The goals didn’t flow, the clean sheets were hard to come by and the injuries kept coming. While great wins against Manchester United and Chelsea kept Bournemouth reassured everyone that they were still capable of giant killings, getting out of the bottom three would require a massive effort come the New Year.

What nobody expected was for COVID-19 to strike and bring the league to a standstill for 100 days. Project Restart finally promised a summer of football, but with nine games to go, every point seemed like a tantalising step to safety. Bournemouth went chasing the points and took their challenge to stay in the Premier League to the very last game, knowing that even a win might not secure their safety.

Bournemouth’s gripping fifth season in the Premier League should never be forgotten and the Disrupted Season 2019-20 tries to encapsulate all that was riveting and exasperating about the Cherries’ fight to stave off relegation.

The Disrupted Season (2019-20) will be released on 12 September in ebook format on Amazon at a price of £9.99 with 15 per cent of the earnings being donated to Julia's House Children's Hospice - the charity to which Eddie Howe is patron. The ebook has direct web links to posts on Cherry Chimes and a final Match stats chapter with AFCB's season results, attendance and goal scorers. You can pre-order now online.

An £11.49 paperback version of the book, with 298 pages, will be released later this autumn. You can now purchase the paperback version by clicking on this link.

Since this post was made The Disrupted Season ebook is now £7.99 and the print book is reduced to £9.99. Fifty per cent of all future sales author earnings from the Eddie Had a Dream and The Disrupted Season books will now be donated to Julia House Children's Hospice.  

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