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Connections: Ahead of our game against Watford, we look at three to play for both

Posted: Thu 25 Feb 2016
Author: afcb.co.uk
Luther Blisset, David James & Mark Morris

Connections: Luther Blisset, David James and Mark Morris have played for both sides

Ahead of AFC Bournemouth's game against Watford, we look at three players who have played for both sides.

This week's trio feature two England internationals who share 67 caps between them and a former Cherries captain of the 90's.

LUTHER BLISSETT

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A legend with the Hornets, Blissett started his career with the club and went on to become one of the best players in their history.

The striker helped the club make a massive impact in English football in the 80’s, leading the London side in their promotions all the way from the fourth division to the top flight.

AC Milan then poached the striker for £1m and he returned to the Hornets from Italy in 1988. 

Blissett then joined the Cherries and spent three years with the club, hitting top form under Harry Redknapp and scoring 56 league goals.

He returned to Watford for a third spell and is the club’s all-time appearance and goal scorer record holder, with 503 games played and 186 goals scored.

DAVID JAMES

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Former England goalkeeper David James started his career with the Hornets, and was promoted to their first-team at the age of 20.

The young talent at the time was named the club's Player of the Season for the 1990–91 season, when he was first choice in all 46 Second Division games as Watford escaped relegation. After a great start to his career, he was signed for £1.25m by Liverpool in 1992.

53 England caps later, James signed for the Cherries in 2012 at the twilight of his career and made 19 appearances in League One, before leaving the club and joining Icelandic side ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar.

MARK MORRIS

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Previously a member of the Wimbledon ‘Crazy Gang,’ Morris was a Hornets players between 1987 and 1989.

After two years at Vicarage Road, he moved to Sheffield United and then to the Cherries in 1991 where he was seen as a replacement for Shaun Teale, who was Aston Villa bound.

Morris was made skipper by Tony Pulis in 1993 and was just six appearances shy of playing in 200 league games for the club.

The defender fell down the pecking order in 1996 and was moved on loan to Gillingham where he actually played against the Cherries, before moving permanently to Brighton.