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Stephen Purches

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Date of birth:
14th January 1980

Stephen Purches first joined AFC Bournemouth as a player in 2000 and went on to make 310 appearances for the club during two spells.

His tally of 277 games in the league makes him the 13th highest appearance-maker in the club’s history.  

Following his retirement in the summer of 2014, Purches became development squad coach before being promoted to his current position in February 2017.

Purches, who joined the Cherries from West Ham, was a versatile performer and operated across midfield and in both full-back positions during his playing days with the club.

In 2000/01, his first season, he starred as a Jermain Defoe-inspired Cherries team went close to reaching the Division Two play-offs.

Purches scored one of the most spectacular team goals ever seen at the Millennium Stadium as the Cherries triumphed 5-2 against Lincoln City in the Division Three play-off final in May 2003.

He was involved in another play-off near miss in 2004/05 before he signed for his boyhood club Leyton Orient in June 2007.

Appointed captain at Brisbane Road, Purches made 122 appearances in all competitions before returning to the Cherries in 2010.

However, his playing career was ended after he sustained a double leg fracture during the Cherries’ 1-0 defeat at Rochdale in February 2012.

Purches was awarded a richly-deserved testimonial and welcomed former club West Ham to Vitality Stadium in July 2013.

He cut his teeth in coaching with the club’s development squad and under-21s before being appointed first-team coach.

In June 2018, Purches was presented with his UEFA Pro Licence, the highest coaching qualification in Europe.

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