Written by Jonathan Nagioff (@jonathannagioff)
The remarkable rise of AFC Bournemouth under the guidance of Eddie Howe has really put sport in Dorset on the map.
The Cherries were on the brink of relegation out of the Football League a decade ago, however ten years on and Howe’s men are a fully-fledged Premier League side, sitting in sixth place at the time of writing.
Nevertheless, the Cherries are not the only attraction that Dorset has to offer.
Take a look at the other sporting individuals and teams prospering in Dorset.
Chris Billam-Smith is Bournemouth’s big hope in the world of professional boxing. ‘The Gentleman’ as he is nicknamed, is a former Poole Amateur Boxing Club member and has a perfect record as a professional, winning six from six.
Billam-Smith joined forces with world renowned trainer Shane McGuigan and now trains in London during the week, returning to the South Coast on the weekends.
Following two successive victories at Boscombe’s O2 academy, the 28-year-old will be heading to the iconic York Hall to face Robin Dupre on October 13th, with a victory paving the way for a shot at the Commonwealth title.
Chris is hopeful of a blockbuster fight at the Vitality Stadium in the future.
Poole Town FC
A desperately difficult season for Poole Town resulted in relegation to the Southern League Premier Division.
However, Tom Killick’s side seem a resurgent force, having lost just once at the time of writing and find themselves in 9th place in the division.
Killick is a passionate manager, who will be determined to lead the Dolphins straight back up, with the crowd at the Tatnam Ground likely to play a huge role in returning Poole to where they belong, so get yourself down to the stadium to support the Dolphins.
The key games to look out for will be two local derbies against Dorchester Town on November 20th and Wimborne Town on December 26th.
Poole Pirates have had another stellar season in the highly contested SGB Premiership.
The Pirates are all but assured of another play off finish and will be gunning for their first Championship win since 2015.
The Pirates, who race at Poole Stadium in Wimborne Road celebrated their 70th year anniversary this year.