The Poppies – Bournemouth’s original football club

Victoria Park, home of the Poppies

Nerve Sport Deputy Ross Millen (@rossmillen) takes a look at the history of Bournemouth FC, or the Poppies as they are commonly known as.

Bournemouth FC is a team name often overshadowed by the likes of AFC Bournemouth, however, they’ve been established a lot longer than the Cherries.

They were originally founded in 1875 as Bournemouth Rovers before later becoming Bournemouth FC in 1889.

Despite not being the most well-known club, they participated in one of the first ever floodlit football matches back in 1888 as part of “a grand exhibition of the new electric light”.

They won the West Division in 1905 and 1910 and became County Division Champions in 1914 and 1922.

The Wessex League was formed in 1985 and the club have remained in this division, the ninth tier of England football ever since, with their best finish being runners up to Fleet Town in the 1994-5 season.

Despite their relatively small profile, the club has plenty of ambition and hopes to climb the leagues in the years to come.

The Poppies play their home matches at their 3,000-capacity ground, Victoria Park, in Winton.

Tickets for matches are available at the ground entrance and concessionary tickets are available for students.

A lot of work has gone in over the last few months to set up new sponsorships, improvements to the stadium, media promotion with the aim of helping the Poppies charge for promotion.

Nerve Sport is proud to have a partnership with Bournemouth FC this year and works consistently to help them strive towards new levels.

Exciting opportunities will be available every week to students who want to get involved and start working towards a career revolving around sports journalism, photography, filming and editing and much more.

We are aiming to recruit a team of people to help us provide constant coverage and content for the club not only on matchdays but throughout the week as well.

Students who help out regularly can be rewarded with opportunities to attend press conferences and matches for AFC Bournemouth and work on more exciting projects.

If you’re interested in the above opportunities look out for the Nerve Sport stand at Freshers Fair. Alternatively speak to your Head of Sport, Dan Davis, or Deputy Head of Sport, Ross Millen.