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Ten of the best: Jeff Mostyn's standout moments from ten-year reign

Posted: Fri 17 Mar 2017
Author: afcb.co.uk

Chairman highlights ten memorable moments on the ten-year anniversary of his appointment as club chairman

Ten years ago, on Saturday 17th March 2007, Jeff Mostyn first became chairman of AFC Bournemouth. The years that have since followed have been eventful, mixed with not only some memorable highs, but some testing lows.

On his ten-year anniversary, the club chairman highlights ten standout moments to afcb.co.uk from his tenure at the club to date.

Getting a feel for the place…
My first ever visit to the club was in October 2006. That was really special and as soon as I walked through the doors I realised I loved everything about the club, from the people around the place to the stadium itself. When I first made the decision to buy the club, it was more with my heart than my head!

I remember I was a guest at a home game of the then-chairman Abdul Jaffer and it was at that point that I met Steve Sly, who would go on to become my vice chairman and someone who would stand by my side throughout all of the initial problems we experienced. 

Appointed chairman…
Having concluded the purchase of the club the previous day, I became chairman on 17th March 2007, with Steve Sly by my side. We played Millwall at Dean Court on that same day and won the game 1-0 thanks to a goal from Darren Anderton. That was a special moment.

The great escape…
The date and memory of course now lives long in our club’s folklore - and rightly so! In the 2008/09 season we were languishing at the foot of Division Two after a 17 point deduction and were minutes away from the abyss. The story has been told many times, but obviously that game against Grimsby will live with me for the rest of my life.

Promotion number one…
To experience promotion with the club was an amazing feeling. That first came when we were promoted to League One in 2010. Supporters and staff will always cherish promotions and winning trophies. Although we didn’t win the league and get a trophy as such, this was our first taste of success and it was a remarkable feeling.

Eddie’s return…
When Eddie Howe returned to the club in 2012 it was a significant moment. I was actually first introduced to the club by the then-manager Kevin Bond, who is a good friend of mine. Kevin was the one who brought Eddie into the club, so we’ve always had quite a close relationship and friendship. Eddie was at the club when I first arrived back in 2007 and our relationship has developed ever since. Even in his time away, that friendship never waned.
Eddie Howe, Jeff Mostyn
Promotion number two…
I’ll never forget the promotion to the Championship in May 2013 and the incredible scenes at Tranmere on the final day. We actually drew the game 0-0. At that point it was only the second time in the club’s history that we’d ever been promoted to England’s second tier. I can still remember joining our supporters in the pub afterwards and celebrating. It was an incredible moment.

Destination Premier League…
Another never-to-be-forgotten day and evening! The celebrations in the dressing room that followed the Bolton game here at Dean Court were incredible. To then go on and win the league title at Charlton was a remarkable achievement from all involved, especially when you consider the quality of the teams that were in the Championship that year. That period of time was really special.

With the big boys…
To be chairman of the club and to be visiting some of our country’s greatest in our first season in the Premier League were very proud moments. The respect that we received, particularly when we visited Manchester City, my boyhood club, was incredible.
Jeff Mostyn, Man City
Meeting Maxim…
One of the most significant moments was meeting Maxim Demin in 2010. He’s a wonderful person and not only did he facilitate the purchase of my shares in the football club, but he became a true family friend. Such is the tightness of our relationship, he’s a very special person in my life.

A global brand…
Last year, during my time visiting China I gave an interview about the journey of our club from the Great Wall of China. When I look back to where the club had come from, to think that I was now standing on the Great Wall of China as the chairman of AFC Bournemouth was remarkable. It was clear to see how far we had come as a club. To now have a global interest in our club is something we can all be really proud of.

It has been a great honour and privilege to have served as chairman of our great club. I owe a deft of gratitude to all the staff, players and supporters of the club who have shared the incredible journey with me.