​Bournemouth's fairytale ascent to the English top flight is a beautiful reminder of why we all fell in love with football in the first place.


Formerly known as Boscombe FC, as well as Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic (yes, it is quite a mouthful), the Cherries have brought unexpected and unprecedented joy to football fans on the south coast, with their 21st century rise to the top still bewildering large parts of their fanbase.


But while the club's greatest success has come in recent times, Bournemouth have been plying their trade for 121 years, boasting a history built on solid foundations, togetherness and spirit.


Let's look at an A to Z of Bournemouth's esteemed past and present.


A is for Nathan Ake

Nathan Ake

More than just a top-class defender, the Dutchman's move to the south coast was a signal of intent for Bournemouth, prising him away from Chelsea for £20m. The centre back remains the club's second-most expensive signing in their history, and may fetch a penny or two more should he leave.


B is for Brett Pitman


While we could have cheated and said B is for Bournemouth, we decided to opt for former star striker Brett Pitman instead.


The forward enjoyed two spells with the club spanning seven years, and is Bournemouth's fourth-highest goalscorer of all time with 102 goals.


C is for Cherries


The nickname associated with the club arises from the cherry-coloured shirts in which they play, as well as the fact that the stadium has many cherry trees near it. Over the years, Bournemouth have played in a variety of colours, but one constant has been the cherry red which we all recognise today.


D is for Dickie Dowsett


There you go, two for the price of one.


Dowsett was a famous striker for Bournemouth in the late 1950s and early '60s, racking up 85 goals for the club. His diving header against Aston Villa became so iconic that it inspired the club's badge in which a silhouette of the striker is seen heading the ball.


E is for Eddie Howe 

Eddie Howe

The man who made Bournemouth's Premier League dream come true, Eddie Howe has transformed the Cherries during his 11-year tenure over two separate periods. 


Representing the club 300 times as a player, the 42-year-old has made himself the most loved man in Bournemouth due to his commitment and success on the south coast as Cherries boss.


F is for Steve Fletcher


No, not the Sheffield Wednesday striker.


Fletcher made a staggering 726 appearances for the Cherries in 18 years with Bournemouth, making him the club's record appearance maker by a whopping 243 matches. The Englishman is also the club's second-highest goalscorer, netting 122 times during his spell with the Cherries.


G is for Tommy Godwin


Widely considered as Bournemouth's greatest ever goalkeeper, the Irishman made 388 appearances for the club between 1952 and 1962. He also represented the national team 13 times, and boy do Bournemouth wish they had a shot-stopper like him around today.


H is for High-Octane Football

Ryan Fraser,Shkodran Mustafi

Bournemouth arrived in the Premier League as a fairly unknown entity for the majority of the league's fans, but they immediately managed to set a few pulses racing with their swashbuckling and free-flowing football. 


While this has undoubtedly led to a more or less absent defence, it sure has been entertaining for Bournemouth fans to watch week in and week out.


I is for John Impey


Spending eight years with Bournemouth during which he made 303 appearances for the club, Impey had little competition for his place on this list as the letter 'I'. 


Regardless, the defender is here on merit, and put his body on the line repeatedly for the Cherries between 1975 and 1983.


J is for Journey


The journey Bournemouth's fans have been on since 2009 is unbelievable, and far from over yet. The club rose from the fourth division of English football to grace the Premier League in just a six-year period, having never played a game in the top flight previously.


K is for Josh King

Joshua King

Despite nearly leaving Bournemouth for former club Manchester United in January, King has still given the Cherries some of the best years of his career. 


48 goals since his arrival from Blackburn back in 2015 means he's the club's ninth-highest goalscorer of all time and the Norwegian has helped the club maintain their Premier League status during difficult periods.


L is for Jefferson Lerma


The club's record signing set them back £25m in 2018 and proved to be a smart acquisition, despite having raised a few eyebrows at first. 


The Colombian has managed an incredible feat since his arrival, picking up a staggering 21 yellow cards in just 56 games for the Cherries.


M is for Ted MacDougall


Despite only playing 212 games for the club, MacDougall scored a record 142 goals for the Cherries, making him their most prolific striker to date. The Scotsman is so loved in Bournemouth that a stand was named after the attacker in honour of his service.


N is for New Kit

A.F.C. Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

While Bournemouth are now strongly associated with the red and black stripes they don weekly, the club only adopted said colours in the early 1970s. 


Before the re-brand, Bournemouth played in red and white, rather than black.


Unthinkable, isn't it?


O is for Sean O'Driscoll 


Playing 423 times for Bournemouth over an 11-year period wasn't enough for the Irishman, who decided to become the club's manager for six years in 2000. 


Club legends don't come much bigger. 


P is for Promotion


Following three promotions between 2009 and 2015, the Cherries finally made their debut appearance in the Premier League - a charge for the top masterminded by Eddie Howe. 


Not only that, but the club achieved automatic promotion on all three occasions, never needing to survive the drama and angst of the play-offs.


Q is for Jimmy Quinn


Yes, we are scraping the bottom of the barrel here.


Jimmy Quinn enjoyed just one season at Bournemouth as both a player and a manager, with the latter ending rather abruptly. However, he's still the best 'Q' the club have had.


Silver linings.


R is for Seth Rogen

​​Likely a day doesn't go by without Hollywood actor Seth Rogen checking up on his beloved Bournemouth, and it's great for the club to have such a 'committed' celebrity fan from across the pond.


S is for Simon Francis

Simon Francis

Club captain, no-nonsense defender and loyal nine-year servant to the club, Bournemouth sure love Simon Francis.


While his best days may be behind him, and his ability on the pitch is a wee bit suspect, the Englishman deserves all the plaudits he gets along the south coast, having been with the Cherries since the bad old days.


T is for Tony Pulis


A former player and manager at Bournemouth, Wales' answer to Pep Guardiola has undoubtedly had better days in the hot seat than during his two seasons with the Cherries. 


However, like it or not, Pulis has become a staple of English football in the past couple of decades, and god knows how much more exciting Bournemouth's playing style would be if he was still in charge. 


It would probably be worse.


U is for Unbelievable Comeback


Look away now, Liverpool fans.


Arguably Bournemouth's greatest Premier League result, the Cherries were 3-1 down with just 15 minutes remaining against the Reds in December 2016, only to score thrice, including a 93rd minute winner to claim an almighty scalp.


V is for Vitality Stadium

AFC Bournemouth v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League

While it's now known as the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth fans still refer to their home ground as Dean Court - where they have played since 1910.


The stadium may have a small capacity, but the Bournemouth fans certainly make one hell of a noise come 3pm on a Saturday.


W is for Callum Wilson


The Bournemouth striker boasts a rags to riches story almost as grand as the club itself, having gone from lowly Kettering Town all the way to the England national team.


His 66 goals for the Cherries make him Bournemouth's sixth-highest scorer of all time and one of the most technically-gifted attackers the club has ever had.


X is for X-Factor


Bournemouth have always had a swagger to their play since arriving in the top flight, never being restricted by their relatively low status as a Premier League club.


Yes, that is all you're getting for 'X'.


Y is for Neil Young

While it would have been nothing short of amazing to see legendary musician Neil Young make 483 appearances for Bournemouth, it seems some dreams aren't made to come true.


Instead, we have to rely on the Cherries' second most-capped player of all time.


I'm sure he has a heart of gold, anyway. 


Z is for Stephane Zubar


You're probably right to be questioning whether or not we just made up a player whose surname began with 'Z', but Zubar really did play for Bournemouth. 


The defender still plays in England for Weymouth and managed 24 appearances for the Cherries.