Summer Break - Bournemouth
It has become something of a received wisdom within the present day that the mainstream media exist as the pinnacle of what is possible in sports journalism. Whilst it is not in our interest to reject this assumption, here at A Team of John O’Sheas we believe that some of the most perceptive insight regarding the top teams in the country comes from the fans themselves. In the course of this podcast series, we will be bringing together some of the most influential fans from across the Premier League to give you the low-down on the teams that they watch week in, week out. We’ll look back over the season just gone, try to get a handle on the transfer activity that rumbles on through the summer months, and look forwards to the next season which, as always, seems to creep up on us with ever increasing speed.
In this episode, we’re heading off one last time for a final holiday jaunt on the south coast. The meteoric rise of AFC Bournemouth is nothing short of remarkable. But for a brief flirtation with the second tier in the mid-80s, the club had been solidly cemented within the third division for most of its not ephemeral existence. This would all change with the arrival of Eddie Howe (albeit an arrival that was followed by a departure and then a second coming). Howe, with his Roy of the Rovers good looks, soon had the Cherries flying up the league structure and eventually they found themselves in the Premier League in 2015. Many expected them to immediately drop back down but, against all the odds, Eddie Howe has settled the club into a comfortable life in the mid table of the country’s highest division. The question is: where will they go from here? Are they here to stay in the Premier League? Or will this be the season where they finally struggle for survival?
Joining us on the show today are two luminaries of the world of AFC Bournemouth: Tom Latchem and Alex Deutsch. Tom is a journalist and broadcaster who presents talkSPORT Extra Time on Friday nights. When he isn’t working, he’s usually travelling to Bournemouth, where he is a season ticket holder. A third generation Cherries fan despite having grown up in Shrewsbury and London, Tom has been supporting the club home and away for around 30 years - although he anticipates that may change this coming season when he becomes a first-time dad in September! Alex has been an AFC Bournemouth fan the majority of his life. Often spotted on BT sport as a fan pundit and once described as 'former Ipswich Town' player by Jim White on TalkSPORT, Alex is enjoying the fun that comes with the national media's recent discovery that AFC Bournemouth do exist, having seemingly not done only five years ago.