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Review: Records broken on and off the field in 2023-24 campaign

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It has been a record-breaking season on and off the pitch for AFC Bournemouth during the 2023-24 campaign. 

The club’s first team recorded their greatest ever Premier League points tally under head coach Andoni Iraola, with 48 points accumulated from 38 games.

That total equated to a 12th place finish in the top flight, an improvement on the previous finishing position of 15th.

Iraola’s impressive first season in charge has also seen the boss sign an extended deal, keeping him under contract at the club until at least the end of the 2025-26 season. 

Meanwhile, the AFC Bournemouth women’s team recorded a remarkable season in National League Division One South West. They finished unbeaten in the league, winning 19 out of 22 games to finish second in the table.

In their inaugural campaign under the club’s umbrella, they also claimed silverware, beating Southampton under-21s 3-1 to lift the Hampshire Senior Cup.

AFC Bournemouth’s academy has gone from strength-to-strength, having also broken new ground. 

Competing at category two level for the first time, the club’s development squad finished third in the Under-21 Professional Development League South Group, narrowly missing out on the play-offs.

The under-18s recorded a fifth-place finish in their respective division. They also reached the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup following a stunning 5-0 win over Newcastle United at St James’ Park.

Off the field, the building of the club’s Canford Magna training complex continues to progress in several key areas, following the opening of the covered 4G pitch which an array of sides regularly use.

At Vitality Stadium, AFC Bournemouth points holders for home fixtures reached 21,100 supporters, a figure which represents an increase of 193 per cent on the 7,200 at the end of the previous season.

A total of 14,199 unique home supporters attended league games, in comparison to 12,000 in 2022-23. 

This comes through the use of the club’s Ticket Exchange system, Cherry Tuesday, ticket returns and the new hospitality options now available to supporters.

A total of 3,425 supporters earned their first home point while attending women’s fixtures at Vitality Stadium, as Steve Cuss’s side totalled record-breaking attendances of more than 6,000 in games against Portishead and Keynsham.

In the first team, 7,825 supporters earned their first home point while attending pre-season friendlies – giving more people the chance to watch the Cherries in action. 

AFC Bournemouth have also made strides in a bid to improve the matchday experience for supporters at home games. 

That included extending the trial which allowed home supporters to purchase food and beverages from the various points of sale situated around the stadium with fans free to roam anywhere within the green perimeter fencing.

On the road, a total of 8,184 Cherries supporters attended an away game in 2023-24, up 26 per cent on the previous 6,489 during the previous campaign, and with five fixtures seeing the ticket allocation grow compared to last year.

It has been a year of great success across the entire organisation, and everybody at the club is excited to deliver more of those memorable moments.

Together, Anything Is Possible.

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