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A.F.C. Bournemouth was formed in 1899 as Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic. It should not be confused with Bournemouth F.C., who were formed earlier in 1875, but have never been members of the Football League. The club became A.F.C. Bournemouth in 1972, which for many years made them notable as the club with the longest name in the Football League. The club made their initial steps to professionalism in 1910, signing their first paid player from Southampton for £10. They joined the Southern League in 1920 and joined the Third Division (South) of the Football League for the 1923-24 season. The team first made a real impact in the FA Cup of 1956-57. After winning through three rounds already they faced Wolves, then third in the top division. Having disposed of Wolves they then faced Spurs, second in Division One! A stunning 3-1 win saw Bournemouth earn a clash with Manchester United, who unfortunately ended the dream run in front of 28,799 fans at Dean Court. In 1971-72 the team hit the headlines again in the FA Cup when they ended Margate's cup run by defeating them 11-0, including nine goals from Ted MacDougall. Harry Redknapp managed the team to another FA Cup headline when the team defeated Manchester United in 1984.


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