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Make Bournemouth the People's Club

The return of the glory days

Ask any Cherries fan about the glory days and they'll reminisce about the Harry Redknapp era in the '80s. Third Division Champions in 1987 and three years in the Second Division (what is now The Championship) mark the greatest period in the club's history.

Years of operating with the threat of bankruptcy hanging over the club have set the tone for general disappointment, and results so far this season mean relegation is a distinct possibility.

However, Bournemouth are a great club with a loyal fan base - the 2006/07 season saw average attendances above 6,000 - and you deserve to be watching your team playing well and striving for promotion, not fighting to avoid the drop.

If you would like the chance to help put Bournemouth on the path to glory and have a say in the future of the club, then maybe The People's Club can help.

Bournemouth - The People's Club ?

The People’s Club are looking to sign up 40,000 football fans who are interesting in buying and running a real football club, which will be chosen by our members. We expect to bring in excess of £1,500,000 investment per season to the chosen club.

If our members choose Bournemouth to be The People's Club, then what will we do?

Firstly, we'll bring much needed investment to the club in a number of ways. A large proportion of the annual membership fees will be ploughed into the transfer market - in excess of £1,000,000 per year on transfer funds alone - to bring in good quality players as and when they are needed.

You can expect gate receipts at home games to go up as members travel to see games and boost the attendance figures. Innovative commercial activities will bring in additional revenue and the very nature of The People's Club concept will naturally mean The Cherries will receive a massive publicity boost as the local and national media all monitor the success of the club.

Secondly, you, the fans, will run the club. You will have the ability to vote on whether to hire or fire a manager, which players start each game each week and who is on the bench. As the transfer window opens, you'll be able to choose who we sign and who we transfer list.

We're giving you the opportunity to take Bournemouth forwards - and, who knows, maybe one day you'll be boarding coaches to take you to Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge and Villa Park every other Saturday.

Importantly, what we won't do is change Bournemouth for the worse. We're all football fans and we fully understand the importance of the heritage and identity of the club and the feeling of belonging that each and every Cherries fan feels. Rest assured, we won't be mucking around with the club crest or relocating the team to Milton Keynes.




How will your membership help?

As politicians are fond of saying, your vote truly counts. The People's Club is built entirely on the concept that the fans know best and the collective decision making power that our members have will ensure success for many years to come.

At the moment, AFC Bournemouth is not The People's Club. It can only become so if you sign up and choose Bournemouth as the club you think we should make a bid for once we have enough members and therefore enough funds to do so.

Register for free and select Bournemouth as your choice for the club we should buy. Then tell all your friends about us - their votes count too! If Bournemouth is one of the most popular choices, it stands a very good chance of attracting substantial investment.

We're also on the lookout for a local representative in Bournemouth to encourage fans to sign up, so please contact us if you think you can help get enough fans to make AFC Bournemouth The People's Club.

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