The Giant Killers



Boscombe were formed out of the remains of Bournemouth St John's Institute back in 1899, entering the FA cup as a Non-League side in 1914. The club changed their name to Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic in 1923 and set about what would become the longest unbroken run as a Third tier club. It was in this guise that the club first made waves in the cup when two of the leading sides in the land, Tottenham and Wolves were both dismissed by them in 1957. The club became Bournemouth in 1972, officially AFC Bournemouth to differentiate from the local junior Bournemouth FC. but the seventies also saw them drop into the Fourth Division for the first time. The next decade saw the club reach the second tier for the first time but it wouldn't be until the 21st Century, and a close run brush with going out of business that the Cherries would reach the big time of Premier League Football. The chance to play the likes of Manchester United as divisional equals always reminds fans of their greatest moment in the cup when the then cup holders of Old Trafford were humbled at dean Court in 1984



2-0 vs Manchester United

Third Round: Saturday January 7th 1984

Attendance: 14,782

Scorers: Milton Graham, Ian Thompson

Team:  1: Ian Leigh, 2: Everard La Ronde, 3: Chris Sulley, 4: Robbie Savage, 5: Roger Brown, 6: Phil Brignull, 7: Ray Train, 8: Mark Nightingale, 9: Trevor Morgan, 10: Milton Graham, 11: Ian Thompson. Manager: Harry Redknapp