Bournemouth F.C.

Bournemouth Football Club /ˈbɔːrnməθ/ (About this soundlisten) is an English football team currently playing in the Wessex League Premier Division, in the ninth tier of the English football league system. Their nickname is "The Poppies", and they are often known as Bournemouth Poppies to avoid confusion with the EFL Championship club AFC Bournemouth. The club plays at Victoria Park, Namu Road, in Bournemouth and are founding members of the Hampshire FA and Bournemouth FA.[1]

Bournemouth F.C.
Full nameBournemouth Football Club
Nickname(s)The Poppies
Founded1875 (as Bournemouth Rovers)
GroundVictoria Park, Namu Road, Bournemouth
ChairmanRobert Corbin
CoachLeonardo Cabeleira
LeagueWessex League Premier Division
2020–21Wessex League Premier Division (season curtailed)
WebsiteClub website


The club was founded as Bournemouth Rovers on 11 September 1875 at a meeting held in Abbotts Auction Mart in Old Christchurch Road.[2] In 1878 on Tuesday 26 November the club participated in one of the first floodlit matches, when they played under experimental electric lights at Dean Park for "a grand exhibition of the new electric light". In 1888 the club moved to Dean Park, and changed their name to Bournemouth Dean Park. The club changed its name again to Bournemouth F.C. in 1889 when the club amalgamated with local side Bournemouth Arabs, and moved grounds a season later to Victoria Park.[2] In 1896–97 the club became founder members of the Hampshire League.

The club won the West Division in 1905 and repeated this again in 1910, this time playing at their new home of Namu Road. Namu Road was given to the club in 1908 by Mr. Jack Joy, a local landowner and former member of the club. A year later a grandstand was erected and formally opened by the Mayor.[2] The Poppies had more success in the early years becoming County Division Champions either side of the Great War in 1914 and 1922. However, in 1929 the club was relegated into the newly formed Division Two, but were promoted back to Division One as champions in 1932. After the war, the club entered the FA Cup for the first time in the 1946–47 season.[3] The club achieved some success in other cup competitions in winning the Hampshire Intermediate Cup in 1950 and again in 1970 and 1972. In 1974 the stand that had been erected in 1909 was destroyed by fire.

The club at the end of the 1978–79 season were promoted back to Division one of the Hampshire League but could only last a season in the top division. This relegation was followed two seasons later by a further relegation putting the club back into Division Three. They would remain in this Division until joining the newly formed Wessex League in 1985. The club two seasons later made its Debut in the FA Vase losing to Bridport in the Extra Preliminary round in the 1987–88 season.[3] The club has since remained in this division with its best performance being in the 1994–95 season when under manager Alex Pike, they finished as runners-up to Fleet Town.[3]

In the 2010–11 campaign the club won the League Cup, winning the final 1–0 against Winchester City.[4]


Bournemouth play their games at Victoria Park, Namu Road, Winton, Bournemouth BH9 2RA. The ground was sold to Bournemouth Council after the Second World War for £4,500, they now lease it to the club on a peppercorn rent. The clubhouse was opened in 1985. The ground features a 205-seater stand and several rows of bench seating replacing the stand that was destroyed by fire in 1974. The remaining three sides are flat standing separated from the playing area by a permanent metal barrier.[2]


  • Wessex League Premier Division :[3]
    • Runners-up: 1994–95
  • Hampshire League Second Division [5]:
    • Runners-up: 1978–79
  • Wessex League Cup :[4][6][7]
    • Winners: 2010–11
    • Runners-up: 2006–07
  • Hampshire League Shield
    • Winners 1913-14
  • Hampshire Intermediate Cup :[2]
    • Winners: 1949–50, 1969–70, 1971–72
  • Russell-Cotes Cup :[4]
    • Runners-up: 1995–96, 2001–02


  • Highest League Position:[3] 2nd in Wessex premier Division 1994–95
  • FA Cup best performance:[3] second qualifying round 1949–50, 1990–91, 2011–12
  • FA Vase best performance:[3] Quarter-finals 2011–12
  • Biggest win:[8] 14–1 versus Tadley Calleva on 5 October 2010


  1. ^ "Page not found – Bournemouth FC". Cite uses generic title (help)[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e "History | Bournemouth Fc | Bournemouth Fc". Bournemouth F.C. Retrieved 16 August 2012.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Bournemouth at the Football Club History Database
  4. ^ a b c Perrett, Neil (9 May 2011). "Non-league: Poppies' first cup dedicated to Ernie (From Bournemouth Echo)". Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Non League Tables for 1978–1979". NonLeagueMatters. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  6. ^ Sydenhams League Cup Archived 23 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine Wessex football League
  7. ^ "Crutcher gunning for Wessex Cup consolation (From Bournemouth Echo)". 13 March 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Homepage | Bournemouth Fc | Bournemouth Fc". Retrieved 16 August 2012.

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