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Grimsby v Bournemouth Preview

By: Marc Reed
Date: 18/03/2010 (Last updated: 19/03/2010)

WE welcome promotion chasing Bournemouth to Blundell park this Saturday, for what will be an important game for both sides. Saturday also sees my return to Blundell Park for what will be an emotional day for me personally.

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Who are they?

Their History

AFC. Bournemouth is an English football club currently playing in Football League Two. The club plays at Dean Court in Kings Park, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset and have been in existence since 1899. Their name prior to 1971 was Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic, which was notable as the longest in the football league.

Last Season.

The team's future in the Football League was put into doubt before it even began play, when on 6 August—three days before the start of the season—the league threatened to block Bournemouth's participation in League Two, due to problems with the team's continuing administration and change in ownership. It ordered both Bournemouth and Rotherham United to demonstrate that they can fulfill all of their fixtures and find a way out of administration.

In the final home game of the 2009 season the Cherries guaranteed their Football League status by beating Grimsby Town. They finished their troubled season with their best away win for 30 years with a 4-0 victory at Morecambe. Because of their dip into administration they started on minus points but still managed to finish higher than us Mariners with a 21st place finish.

This Season.

This season Bournemouth are at completely the other side of the table, currently sitting in 2nd behind runaway leaders Rochdale with no real chance of winning League 2.

Brett Pitman has been on fire for ‘The Cherries’ this season, banging in 18 towards their promotion push. Danny Hollands has contributed a further 6 and club legend Steve Fletcher has scored 4.

Despite their excellent league position they were knocked out in the second round of The Football League Trophy, first round of The Carling Cup and the second round of the second round of The F.A. Cup

Biggest Hero Is…

Their biggest hero has to be Steve Fletcher, in two separate spells at Bournemouth, in total spanning over 17 years with over 500 appearances and over 100 goals.

Most Famous Player to Wear the Shirt.

Former Liverpool and England midfielder Jamie Redknapp started his career at Bournemouth.

His dad Harry was also manager at one point. Steve Claridge also turned out for The Cherries in the mid 80’s, but then again there are not many teams he has not played for.

Key Player...

Leading scorer Brett Pittman has to be a threat to us for as long as he is on the pitch, other players to look out for include Wales under 21 full back Rhoys Wiggins who is on loan from Norwich also former Scotland defender Warren Cummings is a bit useful in my opinion.

Recent Form

Currently 23rd in League Two.
DNotts Co(a)2-2
Currently 2nd in League Two.

Top Scorers


Team News


  • Lancashire (foot) once again misses out, but Sweeney (knee), Sinclair (knee) and Devitt (thigh) all are expected to be fit.
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  • Squads

    1GKNick Colgan
    2DFRobbie Stockdale
    3DFJoe Widdowson
    4MFDean Sinclair (on loan from Charlton)
    5MFOliver Lancashire
    6MFPeter Sweeney
    7MFAdrian Forbes
    8FWNathan Jarman
    9FWAdam Proudlock
    10FWBarry Conlon
    13MFNick Hegarty
    14MFPeter Bore
    15DFMatthew Bird
    16DFPaul Linwood
    19MFMichael Leary
    20MFJammal Shahin
    21FWMichael Coulson (on loan from Barnsley)
    22MFMark Gray
    24DFJamie Devitt (on loan from Hull City)
    25DFRob Atkinson
    26FWJean-Louis Akpa Akpro
    28FWJosh Fuller
    29FWBradley Wood
    31FWMark Oxley (on loan from Hull City)
    32MFMark Hudson
    33FWAshley Chambers (on loan from Leicester City)
    34FWParis Cowan-Hall (on loan from Portsmouth)
    35GKLeigh Overton
    36FWTommy Wright
    37FWLee Peacock
    1 GK Shwan Jalal
    2 DF Scott Guyett
    3 DF Ryan Garry
    4 MF Shaun Cooper
    5 DF Jason Pearce (Team Captain)
    6 MF Marvin Bartley
    7 MF Sammy Igoe
    8 MF Anton Robinson
    9 FW Brett Pitman
    10 FW Alan Connell
    11 MF Liam Feeney
    14 MF Danny Hollands
    16 DF Rhoys Wiggins (on loan from Norwich)
    17 MF Josh McQuoid
    19 FW Jeff Goulding
    20 MF Mark Molesley
    22 MF Joe Partington
    23 FW Lee Bradbury
    28 DF Warren Cummings
    29 FW Jayden Stockley
    30 GK Dan Thomas
    31 DF Jason Tindall
    33 FW Steve Fletcher (Club Captain)
    34 FW Danny Ings

    Head to Head

    Town have a good record at home historically against the Cherries, but they have not beaten them since last century.

    P36 W13 D11 L12 F 43 A 38

    Head-to-Head (40th The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Grimsby 3 Bournemouth 1 (Sat 24th Oct 2009)

    Town got off to a terrible start and never recovered.



    The Fishy Prediction

    I don’t predict we will beat Bournemouth so I am guessing a draw 1-1

    Grimsby 1-1 Bournemouth

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