AFC Bournemouth End of Term Report: From Pizza Nazis To Play-Off Nasties

Eddie Howe dallied before leaving, a Pizza Hut manager turned into Enoch Powell but Lee Bradbury should be given time to build on his good start as AFC Bournemouth manager...
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Eddie Howe dallied before leaving, a Pizza Hut manager turned into Enoch Powell but Lee Bradbury should be given time to build on his good start as AFC Bournemouth manager...

Eddie Howe dallied before leaving, a Pizza Hut manager turned into Enoch Powell but Lee Bradbury should be given time to build on his good start as AFC Bournemouth manager...

The ‘I f*cking love this game’ highlight of the season?

Beating Brighton 1-0 in one of Lee Bradbury's first games in charge.

The season ticket shredding moment?

Equalising against Tranmere in injury time, then conceding seconds later to lose 2-1 at home. The play-offs looked impossible then.

Moment that just about summed it all up?

A pitiful home performance against Bristol Rovers reclaimed by two late goals, including Steve Fletcher's winner. At 38, Fletcher still wants to play & whether you like him or not his reaction to that winner (shirt off, a booking) showed what the club means to him after nearly two decades there.

Got the right manager?

AFC's form dipped after the revered Eddie Howe left but Lee Bradbury has done what Harry Redknapp, Tony Pulis, Mel Machin & Sean O'Driscoll have all failed to do in the last 20 years & get Bournemouth into the third tier play-offs so he deserves a bit of time.

Player of the season?

Captain Jason Pearce was officially player of the year & deservedly so but the likes of Anton Robinson & Danny Ings would have been equally worthy recipients.

Lee Bradbury has done what Harry Redknapp, Tony Pulis, Mel Machin & Sean O'Driscoll have all failed to do in the last 20 years & get the club into the third tier play-offs so he deserves a bit of time.

Muppet of the season?

The Referees, frequently poor right up to Neil Swarbick's erratic performance in the play-off semi-final second leg. How can players at any level be expected to respect referees when the likes of Kevin Kilbane get to literally push the ref about without any punishment during matches.

What would you change next term if you were the gaffer?

Danny Hollands & Anton Robinson are both hard-working, but sometimes a bit defensive at the heart of midfield. A bit more creativity might be good.

Which player would you like to sign

Adam Smith. On loan from Spurs in 2010/11 & excellent all season.

Best goal?

Steve Lovell's second against Huddersfield. Injured most of the season & looking only half-fit when he did eventually play, this was an excellent effort in a memorable game.

Biggest tosser?

The Referees.

Player’s tweet of the season?

"I was gonna tear the place up but then it would just prove that he was right not to give us our food. The fact we left without even raising our voices will count against him.” Anton Robinson on Facebook (not Twitter) revealing his reaction to a Pizza Hut waiter who asked a group of black Bournemouth players to pay for their meal before eating.

Most inspired chant?

'We hate Leeds' from both sets of supporters during the four Bournemouth vs Huddersfield games.

Best laugh you had all season?

The call during a game asking if anyone in the crowd was a qualified referee after an official was injured during a match. Says it all.

How do you plan to get through the summer without football?

Seeing if Bournemouth can keep the current squad together. Four players are out of contract & following those negotiations should be as eventful as the last playing season.

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