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New book celebrates 50 years since 70/71 promotion


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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the club’s first ever Football League promotion, AFC Bournemouth are proud to announce the publication of Goal Along with the Cherries.

Written by club historian Neil Vacher, the 250-page book is available to pre-order now ahead of its release on 1st May, and charts the story of the still well-remembered season which broke new ground for the club as they were promoted from the Fourth Division at the end of the 1970/71 season.

Priced at £15, the book can be pre-ordered at the club Superstore at Vitality Stadium as well as online here.

The first 100 pre-ordered copies of the book will be signed by author Vacher, and by members of the 1970/71 Cherries squad.

From Ted MacDougall’s club record 49 goals across the campaign to the celebrations in Boscombe after promotion was secured in May, the whole story is told with the aid of modern-day insights from some of the players combined with contemporary reports and interviews as John Bond’s buccaneering side made history here on the south coast.

Including illustrations across each page, many in full-colour, the book also puts the season into context throughout with interesting stories occurring at the same time from football and the news events taking place around the world.

Speaking about his latest publication, Vacher explained: “This time marked the beginning of an exciting period at Dean Court, which saw plenty of attacking football and attracted the sort of publicity and acclaim normally reserved for clubs in the league’s top tier.

“For those who were also there, I hope the book will enable fans to recapture some of the excitement and anticipation we experienced at Dean Court.

“And to those who missed the VAR-free 1970s and have since become accustomed to watching the Cherries in the EFL Championship and Premier League, I would urge you to please join us as we look back at another thrilling chapter of Boscombe football history and the times that accompanied it."

Pre-order your copy of Goal Along with the Cherries here.

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