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Steve Fletcher

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D.O.B.

26-07-1972

Birthplace

Hartlepool

Height

6'2 (188cm)

Weight

14st 9lbs (93.07kg)

Nickname

Supa Fletch

Position

Former striker, now scout

Signed

28th July 1992 & 22nd January 2009

Fee

30,000 (original signing)

Former Clubs

Hartlepool, Bournemouth, Chesterfield, Crawley

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Fletch retired at the age of 40, just one week after the Cherries clinched promotion to the second tier of English football for only the second time in the clubs history.

Fletch initially joined the Cherries in July 1992 from hometown club Hartlepool United. That first stint lasted 15 years, where Fletch first broke the all time record for the most appearances for Bournemouth.

He is one of only two players who have played for the Cherries at both Wembley and the Millennium Stadium, scoring at the latter on route to the Cherries lifting the 2003 Division Three Play-Off Trophy.

When he was released by then AFC Bournemouth manager Kevin Bond at the end of the 2006/07 season he went on to sign a deal with Chesterfield who had just been relegated to League Two. Chesterfield went on to narrowly miss out on the play-offs, with Fletch being involved in the majority of games. However he left after one season due to wanting to play closer to home and joined Crawley in the Conference.

However just 5 months later, he left and returned to his natural home of Dean Court, thanks to new Cherries manager Eddie Howe.

His arrival proved to be the catalyst to a remarkable 16 months which first saw the Cherries avoid relegation out of the Football League despite a 17 point deduction and with all well written scripts, Fletch was the man to score the goal to secure the Cherries survival.

The following season, despite being 37, Fletch went on to miss just one game all season as the Cherries clinched promotion to League One despite a full season transfer embargo.

In April 2010, Fletch had the honour of having the North Stand named after him and in January 2011, Fletch was named as assistant to new caretaker manager Lee Bradbury following the departure of Eddie Howe to Burnley, he later stepped down from the position in November 2011 to concentrate on his playing career.

A short loan move to Plymouth in March 2012, saw Fletch make six appearances helping them avoid the drop out of the Football League.

But there was to be one more career highlight for Fletch, the 2012/2013 season.

Despite sitting in the relegation zone in October, Eddie Howe's return to the club turned the side around once again and went on to win promotion to the Championship.

Fletch made 12 appearances along the way, securing his third promotion as an AFC Bournemouth player, record appearance maker and legend.

Fletch made 834 appearances during his career, scoring 134 times.

He has spent just short of 20 years at AFC Bournemouth. He made 727 appearances in a Cherries shirt scoring 121 goals.

Following his retirement he moved into scouting and was rewarded with a club ambassador role.

In March 2014 he was presented with the Football League Sir Tom Finney Award for 'outstanding career'.

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