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AFC Bournemouth's miracle season relived on YouTube

13 Nov 2019
AFC Bournemouth's Jason Tindall and Eddie Howe

"Minus 17" tells story of when Eddie Howe led the Cherries' escape from relegation to non-league despite 17-point deduction and huge debts

They are now an established Premier League club but just 10 years ago things were very different for AFC Bournemouth.

In 2008/09 the Cherries pulled off the most incredible escape from relegation to non-league and warded off the threat of extinction. And now fans can relive their miraculous season in a special documentary on YouTube.

"Minus 17", which first aired on afcbTV back in April, was published on AFC Bournemouth's YouTube channel on Wednesday and tells the story of when they were handed a 17-point deduction while they were in League Two.

The south-coast club were heading out of the Football League due to crippling debts and had bucket collections on match days just to stay afloat. They also turned to former player Eddie Howe as manager with the threat of relegation to the fifth tier of English football looming.

In the film Howe and his assistant Jason Tindall, who are now an established Premier League management duo, join the playing squad from that season and key figures at Vitality Stadium in describing the Cherries' remarkable survival.

The season laid the foundation for a spectacular turnaround as, under the guidance of Howe and Tindall, the Cherries rose from the fourth tier to the Premier League in six years.

"I have always said this was an historic moment in the club's history and it turned out to be a huge turning point from what happened afterwards," said Howe.

"It's very important that we don't forget the fabric of the club and where the club has come from. It's been a very difficult history, which makes it one of the great football stories."

AFC Bournemouth are now enjoying their fifth successive top-flight campaign.

Watch "Minus 17" on YouTube

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