Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic Football Club v Liverpool

WARNING THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF HIPPY CRACK - IT'S WHAT THEY ARE ALL INHALING DOWN AT THE EMIRATES THESE DAYS

Boscombe St Johns Institute Football Club was founded in 1890 and later changed its name to Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic Football Club. What a mouthful they are as the actress said to the Bishops. Their nickname is "The Cherries" and the thing that everyone wants to know is that their mascot is called Cherry Bear.


Bournemouth-mascot

I cannot find any stories about their mascot but looking at it I think it probably takes all its concentration just to get itself from the changing rooms to the pitch side. Yogi it ain't.

Another Shankly story for you. It might be true and it might not be, but they all add to the Legend that is Bill Shankly:

A young reporter asked Shankly if he thought Mick Channon, a rising young star at Southampton, was a good player, Shankly said "yes" and the reporter emboldened by the positive response said "as good as Stanley Matthews?" Shankly thought about if for a minute and said "aye laddie probably as good as him" The reporter earnestly scribbled in his notepad and wandered off very pleased with his "scoop" then Shankly called after him and said "what you have to remember though is Stanley Matthews must be all of 65 now..............."

Back to business. Bournemouth are going to be no pushover on Saturday. I think though, with one eye on Napoli, Klopp will again start with the side that started against Burnley but with Matip in place of Gomez. This is risky and will require a very disciplined performance and for the team to take their chances but if we are to be successful this season the squad players need to step up and do a job when they are called upon. Still I wouldn't want to be in a team that is desperately trying to stay in the match only to see Salah and Firmino coming on in the 70th minute........

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Bonus questions for the Prediction League:
1. First goal scorer (either team) for 1pt
2. LFC’s possession % (+/- 3%) for 1pt
3. The Beeb’s MOTM for 1pt

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