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Eddie Howe

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D.O.B.

29-11-1977

Birthplace

Bournemouth

Height

5.11

Weight

11.10

Position

Player & Manager

Signed

12-11-2004

Fee

Free

Former Clubs

Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Swindon

International

England Under 21's

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At the age of 29, Eddie Howe announced his decision to retire from professional football after many seasons of struggle with a knee injury, serving the Cherries on two separate occasions.

Steady Eddie had been a product of the Cherries youth structure.

While at Bournemouth, Howe played for the England Under 21's but during a season of struggle, Howe was sold to Portsmouth in a deal that included Richard Hughes and £400,000.

The move would be a nightmare for Howe, as a run of injuries, starting on his debut for Portsmouth.

He went on a loan spell to Swindon but never managed to play a game, before returning to Fratton Park.

He returned to Bournemouth 2 years later after fans' pulled together to fund his return from Portsmouth.

A Cherries man through and through, either in the stands as a fan during the play-off final, or on the pitch putting his head where others wouldn't put their feet.

He joined the Cherries coaching staff under Kevin Bond in 2007, taking the role of reserves manager and first team coach.

However in September 2008, Howe lost his job as coach when he was sacked along with manager Kevin Bond and assistant Rob Newman.

But only a few weeks later he was re-hired as part of the School of Excellence team.

On New Years Eve 2008, Eddie Howe was named as caretaker manager following the departure of Jimmy Quinn after just 121 days as manager.

Howe went on to complete the unbelievable feat of avoiding relegation from the Football League, after a seventeen point deduction and being 10 points behind with half the season to play, the Cherries avoided the drop with a game to spare.

The club avoiding the drop to non league football was enough to avoid the club going out of business altogether.

The following season Howe once again defied the odds by winning promotion from the fourth tier of English football with the same set of players after operating under a transfer embargo for 16 months.

In January 2011 Howe left the Cherries third in League One after accepting the managerial vacancy at Championship side Burnley.

During his 102 games in charge Howe had a win ratio of 50% and averaged 1.73 points per league game in charge.

Howe and assistant Jason Tindall both made a sensational return to the Cherries on 12th October 2012, with Howe sighting personal reasons for his departure from Burnley.

With the team in the relegation zone after just one victory in eleven games, the impact was instant, an eighteen game unbeaten run followed, with fifteen games in the league, while the Cherries also enjoyed an FA Cup run which included a draw away to FA Cup winners Wigan.

The run eventually ended, but the Cherries heads didn't drop, with five consecutive wins completing a turnaround that saw the side close down a 21 point deficit to former leaders Tranmere, to league leaders in just four months.

With the difficult task of playing catch up completed, the Cherries then suffered a wobble, losing the next five consecutive matches and the team slipped from the top of the table to seventh and out of the play-off places.

The chance for automatic promotion looked to have gone despite the impressive run over the previous four months, but Eddie Howe had one more trick up his sleeve and that was to declare that he wanted his side to win all of their remaining games.

With nine games to go in the season the Cherries recovered with victory over Stevenage. Then wins came against Oldham, Bury, Colchester, Scunthorpe, Notts County, Shrewsbury and Carlisle. An all time club record of consecutive victories and with Doncaster Rovers, Brentford and Sheffield United all slipping up, promotion to the Championship was confirmed with one game of the season to go.

The Cherries missed out on the League One title after drawing with Tranmere on the final day, but the only thing that really mattered was achieving promotion to the second tier for only the second time in the clubs history.

The following season saw more records broken, with AFC Bournemouth setting a new club record highest finish in the second tier of 10th.

But the best was yet to come.

In 2014/15 AFC Bournemouth enjoyed their greatest ever season as an array of not only club records, but Football League records fell.

AFC Bournemouth's 8-0 victory over Birmingham City in October 2014 was the biggest away victory ever recorded in the second tier of English football, by anyone.

It was the Cherries biggest victory since joining the Football League in 1923 and it was Birmingham City's largest home defeat in their history.

Callum Wilson's goal at Reading was the Cherries 47th away goal during the 2014/15 season, a tally which beats the all time record in the second tier previously held by Sheffield Wednesday in 1951/52 and Chelsea in 1988/89. That tally would eventually hit 50.

In November 2014 the Cherries won six games in succession, breaking the clubs previous record in the second tier.

The Cherries unbeaten run of 14 league games, between October and December was also a record for the Cherries in the Championship.

Victory over Rotherham United in January 2015 set a new record for the most away victories in the second tier for the Cherries, eventually recording 13 wins away from home.

Against Fulham in March 2015, Brett Pitman's opener was the clubs 68th goal of the season, breaking the record for the number of goals scored in a single season in that division. By the end of the season it would reach 98.

On the final day of the season a dramatic twist between league leaders Watford and Sheffield Wednesday saw the Cherries win the title in stoppage time.

Winning the Football League Championship title at the end of the 2014/15 season ensured a new points record (90) and highest finish for the club as promotion to the top flight

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