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Stephen Purches

First Team
Date of birth:
14th January 1980

Stephen Purches first began playing for the club in 2000, making 238 appearances in his first seven years as a central defender.

After a three-year spell at Leyton Orient he returned to the Cherries from 2010-2014, making 33 appearances and scoring five more goals, taking his tally to 15 in total for the club.

Upon retirement, Purches took up the role as Development Coach and also took charge of the under-21s for a period of time.

He has subsequently become a First Team Coach alongside Simon Weatherstone.

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