Championship previews | AFC Bournemouth
Real Championship football fans give the Paddy Power Blog their honest previews for the new season. Steven Jenkins from The Southend blog (@TFTSE) tells us how everything is sweet now the Cherries are marching up the Football League.
State of play: Saturday April 27 2013: The day that Doncaster snatched away the League One title from the mighty Cherries in the most dramatic of circumstances. It was an anti-climax to what had been a sensational season, but, that final day had been in our own hands. A single goal at Tranmere would have seen Tommy Elphick lift aloft the championship trophy.
But, we still got promotion and an open-top bus parade, just NO TROPHY, we’re not bitter…honest.
How’s the gaffer? With last season now a fading memory, albeit a very happy one, the excitement of playing in the Championship is finally starting to kick-in. With a new stand, a sell-out crowd and Eddie Howe at the helm, life is good.
Terrace hero: One of Howe’s new additions, striker Mohamed Coulibaly, from Swiss side Grasshoppers, on a free, looks set to make a big impact. He is quick, direct and skilful, similar to defender Elliot Ward who was another free transfer from Norwich. With Premiership experience on his CV the centre-back will have the subtlety to stick a few strikers up in the air.
Big-time Charlie: One striker that could do with a good kicking is our very own Wes Thomas. After knocking in a few goals he suddenly started to believe his own hype. But, after loan spells at Portsmouth, Blackpool and Birmingham, he found out he wasn’t so hot after all. No-one wants him and that includes us. The ideal scenario would be for Wes Thomas to f**k off with Billy Sharp replacing him.
Worst away ground in the Championship and why? Life before the Championship saw the Cherries sink to the very depths of the Football League. So, when asked the question, ‘Worst away ground in the Championship’, it’s hard to thing of many we’ve been to!
When you‘ve been to Aldershot, Exeter and Torquay any Championship ground is going to look pretty decent. With the exception of Leeds maybe, but, that’s all in the history.
What is your best terrace chant? Exciting times lay ahead and come May 3rd 2014, we can dream of the New Den wiping away the memories of Tranmere as we sing…
‘We’re on way, up the Football League we go once again, but this time with a trophy’
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