10 facts about Premier League newcomers Bournmeouth ahead of Sunderland clash

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe celebrates on the pitch
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe celebrates on the pitch
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Sunderland make the long trip south to AFC Bournemouth this weekend looking for their first Premier League win of the campaign.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Cherries - who are managed by Eddie Howe - ahead of Saturday’s match:

Michael Woods in action for Hartlepool United against Bournemouth

Michael Woods in action for Hartlepool United against Bournemouth

1) Originally named Boscombe FC, Bournemouth has a history dating back to the turn of the 20th century. Most of it has been in the third and fourth tiers.

2) On April 25, 2009 Bournemouth beat Grimsby 2-1 to preserve their status in the Football League - Hartlepool-born Steve Fletcher scored the winner.

3) Steve Fletcher, a club legend, now has a stand named after him and works for the club as a scout and ambassador.

4) Manager Eddie Howe started his professional career with the club and, after leaving for Portsmouth, such was his popularity that fans raised money online to pay for his return.

Steve Fletcher looks on from the directors box Hartlepool United against Bournemouth

Steve Fletcher looks on from the directors box Hartlepool United against Bournemouth

5) Howe was made player-coach at the age of 29, retiring from football in 2007 because of injury. He lost his job when Kevin Bond was sacked but returned under a new regime and would go on to become the manager himself.

6) Eddie Howe’s overall record for Bournemouth is an impressive one. He has won more than half of the 250 games he has managed.

7) In Bournemouth’s history, a 116-year one, they have played in or below the third tier for all but five years.

8) Bournemouth were Harry Redknapp’s first club as a manager. He took charge of them for nine years, overseeing 464 games - the most he has managed any team.

Bournemouth in action against Hartlepool United in the Capital One Cup

Bournemouth in action against Hartlepool United in the Capital One Cup

9) Their 10th-placed finish in the Championship in 2013-14 was their best-ever finish until securing promotion to the Premier League.

10) Their stadium has a capacity of 11,700, making it the smallest-ever stadium in the Premier League. It could, however, have been even more cramped - as recently as the 2010 the stadium only had three-sides, and seated just 9,600