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Ever Wonder why Bournemouth are nicknamed The Cherries?

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Joe Prince-Wright traces the origins of AFC Bournemouth's nickname of the Cherries, from the Cooper-Dean Estate's cherry blossoms to the club's traditional colors.

Our ‘Ever Wonder’ series will run throughout the 2022-23 Premier League season and focuses on key stories behind the history, tradition and culture of all 20 Premier League clubs.

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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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This season we will be digging deep to tell the stories of the rich history, tradition and culture from around the Premier League and give you the answers to things you want to know more about.


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?

Aerial Views of Vitality Stadium Bournemouth.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 30: (EDITORS NOTE: This photograph was taken using a drone) An aerial view of Vitality Stadium on August 30, 2022 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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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.

AFC Bournemouth v Aston Villa - Premier League

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: A general view of the outside of the stadium prior to kick off of the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Aston Villa at Vitality Stadium on August 06, 2022 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

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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.

Blooming blossoms of a cherry tree in an orchard

PIRNA, SAXONY, GERMANY - 2020/04/24: Blooming blossoms of a cherry tree in an orchard. (Photo by Frank Bienewald/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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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.

Delightful.

AFC Bournemouth v Leicester City - Premier League

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: A Bournemouth fan is seen outside the stadium at the Cherries Cafe prior to the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Leicester City at Vitality Stadium on October 08, 2022 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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