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May the fourth be with you - part 1

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AFC Bournemouth’s class of 2021 will be looking to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup for only the fifth time in the club’s history when they meet Crawley Town.

Jason Tindall will be hoping to carve his name alongside the four managers to achieve the feat – Frank Richards (1928/29), Freddie Cox (1956/57), Harry Redknapp (1988/98) and Eddie Howe (2015/16).

Here, afcb.co.uk looks back at the first two of the four fourth-round victories.

1928/29

Bournemouth & Boscombe 6 Watford 4

Prolific marksman Ron Eyre took centre stage as Bournemouth & Boscombe reached the fifth round for the first time in 1928/29, their sixth season in the Football League.

Eyre plundered no fewer than eight goals in the FA Cup on his way to scoring 40 times in 46 games in what proved to be a record-breaking campaign for the Cherries.

Under Frank Richards, they amassed their highest points total in the league, had their best home record and scored 84 goals, a tally which was only beaten some 28 years later.

The FA Cup run started against neighbours Poole as Eyre’s double and further goals from Percy Cherrett and Pat Clifford earned them a 4-1 win over the Southern League outfit.

Eyre’s hat-trick, another goal from winger Clifford and a Jack Hayward penalty eased the Cherries past non-league Guildford City in the second round, setting up a trip to Accrington Stanley.

Clifford was on target as the Cherries drew 1-1 at Stanley before his goal and a Bob Bryce effort saw them triumph 2-0 in the replay four days later.

A crowd of 13,311 at Dean Court (pictured above in 1927) were treated to a ten-goal thriller in the fourth round as the Cherries prevailed 6-4 against Division Three (South) rivals Watford.

Eyre had hit a hat-trick in the Cherries’ 3-0 win at Vicarage Road in November 1928 and would score twice against them in a 3-3 draw at Dean Court in March 1929.

He stung the Hornets with another treble in the cup with Scotsman Bryce, inside-right Cherrett and winger Clifford also among the goals.

According to reports, the result was largely due to an erratic performance by Watford goalkeeper Joe Hewitt.

Victory set up a visit from First Division West Ham in the fifth round, the Hammers drawing 1-1 at Dean Court before winning the replay 3-1 at Upton Park.

1956/57

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Bournemouth & Boscombe 1

The club’s best FA Cup run saw them reach the quarter-finals in 1956/57 when they faced three of England’s footballing powerhouses.

It started with an 8-0 hammering of non-league Burton Albion in the first round before Reg Cutler grabbed the only goal in a 1-0 win at Swindon Town in the second round.

And in the third round, Ollie Norris, who had hit a hat-trick against Burton, and Brian Bedford were on target in a 2-0 victory against Division Three (North) leaders Accrington Stanley at Dean Court.

This set up a visit to Molineux where Freddie Cox’s ‘Pippins’ would face the might of Wolverhampton Wanderers in a classic David-versus-Goliath contest.

Wolves, managed by Stan Cullis, were flying high near the top of the First Division and boasted an array of household names and internationals in their ranks.

It was suggested their starting line-up had been assembled at a cost of £300,000 with the visiting team put together for the princely sum of £3,000.

A crowd of 42,011, including more than 4,000 travelling supporters, turned out for what most pundits thought would be a stroll in the park for the hosts.

After just six minutes, Cutler fired narrowly wide for the Cherries before he crashed into one of the uprights and brought down the goal.

It took seven minutes to repair the damage and the visitors looked the more dangerous team in the first half with Nelson Stiffle hitting the crossbar.

Stiffle was the architect of the Cherries goal as Bert Williams was beaten to his 40th-minute cross by Cutler who tapped home from five yards.

Although Wolves pressed hard for an equaliser in the second half, the Cherries defence stood firm with goalkeeper Tommy Godwin in unbeatable form.

Jubilant celebrations greeted the final whistle before the Cherries squad were treated to a champagne and chicken dinner at a local country house hotel.

Another giant-killing followed in the fifth round when the Cherries ousted Tottenham before their cup dream was ended by a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United’s Busby Babes in the last eight.

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