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Sleepy Bournemouth’s top-flight dream close to reality

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For much of their 116-year existence, Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, still their official title under the trading name AFC Bournemouth, have reflected the perception of the town as a nice place for a quiet retirement or a weekend beside the sea.

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One statistic which perfectly sums up their sleepy image is that from 1923, the year they were elected to the Football League as a Third Division club, until 1970, when they finally went down, they were neither promoted nor relegated.

Until the last two seasons, any impact they have had on the English game has largely been confined to the FA Cup.

In 1971 Ted MacDougall scored nine goals in an 11-0 win over Margate — still a record individual tally for the competition.

Then in January 1984 their young manager Harry Redknapp guided Bournmeouth to a 2-0 win over the holders Manchester United, still their most famous victory.

But this season they have been making headlines almost every week as they race towards a place in the Premier League.

FIRST TIME

Under another young manager, Eddie Howe, a former player, in his second spell in charge at Dean Court, the Cherries are pushing for promotion to the top flight for the first time.

If they make it, as seems likely, it will complete one of the most remarkable transformations by any club in recent times.

Seven years ago their very existence was in doubt.

Mired in debt, they were placed in administration and going nowhere in League Two, the English game’s bottom tier.

They are within touching distance of a third promotion in six seasons with their success built on a flowing attacking game that has produced a club record 109 goals in all competitions, with Howe, architect of these achievements, still only 37.

He first took over as player-coach when he was 29 before becoming the club’s permanent manager in 2009.

After moving to Burnley in January 2011 Howe returned as boss in October 2012 and neither he nor Bournemouth have looked back since.

“The players have been magnificent from the first day to this,” he said after their 2-2 draw at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

“They’ve given everything. They are the most professional side I’ve worked with and the most talented. The boys have done us proud so far and they’ve just got two more games to finish it off.

“We can only look forward with real excitement and enthusiasm for what are going to be two massive games for this football club, the biggest in the club’s history.

“We’ve been involved in this titanic battle at the top of the division all season. Everyone is fighting for the same prize and we hope we can win promotion again.”

BIG WINS

In October, Bournemouth set their record league victory when they won 8-0 at Birmingham City and they have also thrashed Blackpool 6-1 and Fulham 5-1 away and Cardiff City 5-3 at home in the Championship and beat Rotherham 5-1 away in the FA Cup.

The goals have flowed from strikers Callum Wilson (22), Yann Kermorgant (17) and Brett Pitman (14) while the midfield has contributed 44 goals, including 12 from Matt Ritchie.

Redknapp, who led the Cherries to promotion from the third tier in 1987 before embarking on an illustrious career that saw him take charge of London clubs West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur among others, still lives in the area and is delighted.

Redknapp, now 68, made Howe his first signing for Portsmouth when he was manager at Fratton Park in 2002, and he told the BBC: “I had 10 years at Bournemouth and was the most successful manager in their 100-year history.

“Eddie Howe has come along and blown me out of the water. He is fantastic — I love watching them play. If I wasn’t involved next year, I’d buy a couple of season tickets and watch them every week.”

He told Talksport: “I’ve been going along to watch them with my grandchildren and I love the football they’ve been playing. I hope they go up.”

Bournemouth, who are second in the Championship standings a point behind Watford, will do that if they beat Bolton Wanderers next Monday and Charlton Athletic in their last match on May 2.

If they are promoted the party that follows is likely to keep the whole town up all night and not just the youngsters.

(Reporting by Mike Collett; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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Power prepare for crunch clash with Hawks

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Rebounding defender Matthew Broadbent says Saturday’s clash with Hawthorn could help set up Port Adelaide’s entire AFL season.

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The Power host the reigning premiers in a rematch of last year’s thrilling preliminary final, when the Hawks held on by three points after a barnstorming final-quarter fightback.

The upcoming Adelaide Oval match will offer both sides a rare chance to play on Anzac Day, making it even more special.

“It’s massive for us. This week might be the most important week of the regular season,” Broadbent told AAP.

“It’s just a massive game, there’s no other way to describe it.

“They’re the best side in the comp at the moment. They’re animals at it (tackling and contested ball).

“Hopefully we get a big crowd at Adelaide Oval and it’ll help us get over the line.”

No team has faced as tough a start to the season as Port.

Ken Hinkley’s men started their campaign with a trip to Perth where they faced Fremantle, hosted Sydney then pipped North Melbourne to bank their first win of the season.

They next tackle Hawthorn and in-form Adelaide.

Broadbent suggested the Power were relishing the testing run, opining there was no better time than the start of the season to measure up against the best.

“We’re going to have to play them all at some stage of the year anyway, so why not do it now? The good thing is we get an early gauge on where we’re at,” the 24-year-old said.

“To be a good side you have to beat good sides.

“We had a bit of a disappointing start to the year, now we can really get some momentum rolling and establish a good platform to launch our season.”

Broadbent was one of Port’s best in their dramatic eight-point win over the Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium.

The visitors kicked two goals in the last five minutes of the game to seal victory, with Broadbent praising how “brave” his teammates were in the final stages.

“You’ve just got to keep taking the game on in that situation,” he said.

“We wanted to come out and make a statement with our tackling and contested ball numbers.

“At times we were really good with that, but at times it dropped away.

“We’ve still got a bit to work to do, but it was a good step for us.”

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Risky drivers more likely to die: study

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Drivers with demerit points or traffic convictions are more likely to be seriously injured or killed in a road accident, West Australian research says.

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A study of patients admitted to the State Trauma Centre between 1998 and 2013 has found the more traffic offences someone has, the greater the risk they will die or be maimed in a crash.

Offenders who had been convicted of drink-driving, not wearing a seat belt or using a handheld electronic device were especially more likely to end up in intensive care or dead.

For example, a patient with three drink-driving offences had an 80 per cent or more chance of ending up in hospital after an accident compared to a 3.8 per cent risk faced by someone with no prior convictions.

Men were also more likely to be in an accident, making up 78 per cent of all patients admitted.

Lead researcher Kwok Ho said the most surprising result of the study was some people would reoffend despite their traumatic experience.

“People seemed to learn if they were really close to dying,” Dr Ho told AAP.

“But the mildly injured, they might think they can get away from it and those people don’t learn.”

Dr Ho said the median time between a patient’s last traffic offence and their accident was 11 months, which could be a window of opportunity to save lives.

He said road safety programs should target people who have accumulated a high number of traffic convictions, especially drink driving and seat belt offences, and road trauma patients before they are discharged from hospital.

The study says preventing road injuries and death with simple injury awareness programs could be much cheaper than treating road trauma patients, which costs an estimated $22,217 per serious injury.

WA ROAD TRAUMA STUDY

* 10,330 patients admitted 1998-2013

* Median age 34

* 78 per cent men

* 60.7 per cent prior traffic offences

* 18.9 per cent alcohol exposure

* 267 patients died

* No deaths among those without prior offences

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Ditch passports for ditch: NZ minister

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New Zealand’s minister in charge of passports has invoked the spirit of Anzac in urging Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to scrap them for New Zealanders and Australians crossing the ditch.

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In a pre-Anzac Day statement, Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the trans-Tasman relationship is “more akin to that of the distant cousin, rather than the close sibling we like to portray it as”.

Since New Zealand rejected the invitation to join the Commonwealth of Australia at the time of federation in 1901, there have been attempts to reinvigorate the relationship, most notably the Closer Economic Relations agreement of 1983, the United Future party leader says.

“But benign neglect has been the more general characteristic,” he said.

“And in such interactions as occur, the presumption is always of New Zealand being not quite on a par with New South Wales, rather than as an equal sovereign nation.

“The nadir most surely aside from the infamous underarm incident must have been the Keating government’s decision via a curt late night fax in the early 1990s to terminate consideration of a single aviation market.”

Mr Dunne says there are arguably no more similar peoples on earth than Australians and New Zealanders, who “genuinely like each other” despite all the rivalries.

As the Anzac spirit is invoked this weekend, he suggested marking the occasion by reinvigorating the Australia-New Zealand relationship.

“A practical starting point would be to allow our respective citizens free movement across our borders, without the need for a passport, as is increasingly the case in Europe,” he said.

“The spectacular memorial gift to grace Wellington’s Pukeahu park is one thing but, Mr Abbott, a move on passports would be a much more enduring recognition of the bond we say we forged at Gallipoli.”

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