Ever Wonder why Bournemouth are nicknamed The Cherries?
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Have you ever sat there and wondered why certain chants became iconic at a club? Why a team has a certain nickname? Why they play in those colors? How they were founded? Yep, us too.
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Ever Wonder why Bournemouth are nicknamed the Cherries?
AFC Bournemouth are the southernmost team in Premier League history and the town is known for its lovely golden sandy beaches along the English Channel.
But why is the club from the English county of Dorset nicknamed the Cherries?
Seeds planted in wasteland
Formed in 1899 as Boscombe FC, they were granted wasteland by local businessman Mr J.E. Cooper-Dean in 1910.
They then named their new stadium after their benefactor. Originally named Dean Court, the stadium has changed drastically over the years but the location remained.
And it is that location which is behind one of the reasons why AFC Bournemouth are nicknamed the Cherries.
Orchards and kit colors explain all
The luxurious Cooper-Dean Estate was based next to their stadium and that estate was lined with Cherry Orchards.
The other much simpler reason for the nickname: Bournemouth play in Cherry Red stripes.
Imagine being a Bournemouth fan over 100 years ago, strolling along the beach in the sun and plucking a few cherries off the perfectly lined orchards on the way to watch the cherries play.