Bournemouth's Rise From Almost Oblivion To The Top Is Truly Incredible
In 10 years Bournemouth have gone from the very brink of no longer being a football team to being in the top eight of the Premier League and their rise is quite incredible.
A decade is a relatively long time in anyone's evolution. Think about where you were 10 years ago and where you're likely to be in 10 years and there's a good chance the two scenarios are an awful lot different to your current one.
Football can be similar but for a lot of football teams life doesn't chance. As cyclictic as it can be often the lower teams stay the lower teams and the best teams stay near the top. 10 years ago Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs were in the Premier League's top eight.
Of course there are exceptions with Aston Villa also making up part of that top eight and Manchester City in 10th. One club were a lot further off the top eight that are now in it though, Bournemouth.
On the weekend the Cherries were somewhat unlucky in their 2-1 loss against Arsenal, with Jefferson Lerma's incredible own goal essentially the difference between the two sides.
10 years ago though Bournemouth were bottom of League Two after being handed a 17 point points deduction at the beginning of the season. A 0-0 draw with Morecambe on November 25th took them to minus one point, after 17 games.
A week later they would finally get back to zero points after a draw with Luton and just for days after that the south coast side finally had positive points thanks to their 1-0 win against Chester City.
Administration had seen the club be deducted 10 points the previous season, which led to their relegation from League One, and the continuing effects had left them with minus points again.
On December 31st 2008 the club appointed Eddie Howe as their manager. The Cherries would end the season in 21st, nine points clear of relegation, despite the points deduction.
Things moved quick after Howe's appointment with the Bournemouth boss getting them promoted three times in six seasons, although he headed to Burnley for a short time, and taking them into the Premier League.
In the top tier the Cherries have quickly established themselves as mainstays in the past three seasons. They've finished 16th, ninth and 12th in three seasons.
This season has started in a similar vein and it shows just how far they've come that fans would have had every right to be disappointed in the result against the Gunners at the weekend.
They've now lost their last three league games and have tricky ties against Manchester City, Liverpool, Spurs and Manchester United in December to come. It's still better than playing against Gillingham and being on minus 17 points.
Just where will Howe and Bournemouth be in 10 years time?