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Thursday, 8 November, 2001, 14:29 GMT
Five memorable Dean Court games
Bournemouth's Dean Court ground before its reconstruction
The old Dean Court witnessed some classics
As Bournemouth prepare to move into the redeveloped Dean Court, BBC Sport's Mark Mitchener looks back at some of the most memorable games played at the stadium.


FA Cup Sixth Round
2 March 2 1957

Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 1-2 Manchester United

Bournemouth's best FA Cup run came in 1957 when Freddie Cox's side, languishing in the Third Division (South), disposed of top-flight giants Wolves and Tottenham to reach the quarter-finals for the first and only time.

The 28,799 spectators shoehorned into Dean Court to see Matt Busby's Babes - a year before the Munich tragedy - even saw the Cherries take a first-half lead through Brian Bedford.

But thoughts of a semi-final appearance were dispelled as United hit back with two goals by Johnny Berry, although surviving Pathe newsreel footage shows the first to be suspiciously offside, while the second came after a controversial penalty award.


FA Cup First Round
20 November 1971
Bournemouth 11-0 Margate

Thirty years ago this month, striker Ted MacDougall earned legendary status on the south coast after this incredible match.

The Cherries ran riot as MacDougall fired nine goals - still an FA Cup record - past the unlucky Margate keeper Chic Brodie, whose league career had previously been ended when he was bitten by a dog during a game.

MacDougall finished the season with 47 goals in all competitions, having scored 49 in Division Four the year before.


FA Cup Third Round
7 January 1984
Bournemouth 2-0 Manchester United

Harry Redknapp as Bournemouth boss
Redknapp in his Bournemouth days

By his own admission, Harry Redknapp's Bournemouth side in 1984 was a collection of cast-offs and free transfers, who surely stood no chance on paper against cup holders United, managed by Ron Atkinson.

But no-one had told that to Milton Graham, who capitalised on a Gary Bailey error to put the Cherries ahead.

Then, when England skipper Bryan Robson's attempted clearance fell to Ian Thompson who hammered in a second, the late BBC Radio reporter Peter Jones, overwhelmed by the eruption of crowd noise, simply commented: "Bournemouth are going mad here."


Division Two
2 May 1995
Bournemouth 3-0 Shrewsbury

At Christmas in 1994, Bournemouth were staring down the barrel of relegation after taking just nine points from their first 21 games.

But their subsequent recovery, masterminded by boss Mel Machin, became known as "The Great Escape".

A thrilling 2-1 win at Brentford in their penultimate game meant that victory over the Shrews would guarantee safety.

Watched by a capacity crowd, the game itself was almost an anti-climax, compared to the season as a whole.

Goals by Steve Robinson (2) and Scott Mean left Bournemouth 3-0 ahead after just 20 minutes - and kept them in Division Two.


Auto Windscreens Shield Southern Final, Second Leg
17 March 1998
Bournemouth 2-3 Walsall (Agg: 4-3)

A year after a fan-run takeover had saved the club from the brink of extinction, the Cherries booked their first visit to Wembley in a topsy-turvy game in front of a nervous, expectant crowd.

Leading 2-0 from the first leg, Bournemouth were shocked to concede two goals early in the second half - but a despairing lunge into his own net by a Walsall defender restored the aggregate lead.

Another Saddlers strike threatened to shatter Cherries hearts - before Mark Stein's late cross found French centre-back Franck Rolling, who arrived from nowhere into the penalty area to fire in the winner and book Bournemouth's place in the final.

See also:

08 Nov 01 |  Bournemouth
Cherries' new era
22 Mar 01 |  Bournemouth
Bournemouth start stadium work
19 Oct 00 |  Bournemouth
Bournemouth get stadium boost
07 Aug 01 |  Bournemouth
A new dawn at Dean Court
26 Sep 01 |  Bournemouth
Cherries announce stadium return
22 Jun 01 |  Bournemouth
Cherries to ground-share
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