AFC Bournemouth is an English football club based in Bournemouth. After decades in the third and fourth divisions, they currently feature in the Premier League.


AFC Bournemouth were established in 1899 out of the hubris of the Boscombe St. John’s Club as Boscombe FC. In 1923 they assumed the name Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic FC and in 1972 they became AFC Bournemouth.

In 1986 under the managership of Harry Redknapp, Bournemouth reached the second tier of English club football but were relegated immediately. The club enjoyed their period of success in recent years under Eddie Howe, moving up the divisions to win promotion to the Premier League in 2015-16.

AFC Bournemouth play their home matches at Dean Court (currently known as Vitality Stadium) that can accommodate 11,379 spectators. They bear the nickname ‘The Cherries’.


  • Second Division/Championship Champions (1): 2014–15
  • Third Division South/Third Division/League One Champions (1): 1986–87
  • Football League Trophy Winners (1): 1983–84
Country England England
City Bournemouth, Dorset
Founded 1899
Ground Vitality Stadium
Nickname The Cherries
Captain Norberto Murara Neto
Coach Gary O'Neil

Under Howe, Bournemouth enjoyed several seasons in the Premier League until relegation in the 2019-20 season. Howe exited in August 2020 after eight years in charge. Bournemouth won promotion under Scott Parker in 2021-22, but he was sacked four games into the 2022-23 Premier League campaign, replaced by Gary O’Neil.