The club was founded on 11 September 1875, and is one of the oldest clubs in the country being founder Members of the Football Association, the Hampshire F.A. and the Bournemouth F.A. They were also founder members of the Hampshire League and up to joining the Wessex League in 1986 had spent their entire existence in the Hampshire League, except for a short spell at the turn of the century. The club played the second game in the inaugural Hampshire League campaign of 1896/97, going down 1-0 to Ryde Sports on 12 September 1896. The club eventually finished sixth in an eight team League. The club has had three homes during its history with their first ground being at a place called East Common near the railway station.
These grounds are also known as Vitality Stadium for sponsorship. It acts as the football stadium and is the home base of one of England’s top football clubs Bournemouth Poppies. This field has held other names in the past such as Goldsands Stadium, Fitness First Stadium and Seward Stadium. It is at Kings Park, Bournemouth in Dorset, BH7 7AF, England. The field measures one hundred and five meters by seventy-eight meters, and its surface is grass. Owned by Structadene, the area has a capacity of eleven thousand three hundred and sixty. It got opened in the year 1910 and underwent renovation in 2001. Bournemouth Poppies has rented the place since 1910 until the present day. This field has a rich history appreciated by both the football clubs that use it as well as the spectators who flock to the stadium now and then to watch their favorite teams go head to head.
Enjoy a Home game at Bournemouth
FROM THE NORTH AND EAST
A338 from Ringwood – Take the second exit; signed A3060 Wimborne, going under the road you`ve just left. Stay on this road passing Castlepoint Shopping Centre (on your right). Cross one roundabout and continue on this road until you reach a second roundabout, just after passing a pub called the “Horse & Jockey” on your left, keeping in the nearside lane. Take the exit marked A347, Redhill Avenue, and pass Redhill Common on your right. Go round the one way system just after the Fire Station and continue on the A347 turning left at the filter with the pub “The Ensbury Park Hotel” immediately to your front. Turn left at the next set of traffic lights into Victoria Avenue, and then third right into Namu Road, turning right at the end into a lane for the ground entrance.
FROM THE WEST
A35 from Poole – Take the A3049 Dorset Way, passing Tower Park (which is hidden from view) on your right, at the next roundabout take the second exit, and then first exit at the next roundabout, taking up a position in the outside lane. At the next roundabout (with a pub called the “Mountbatten Arms” on your right), take the third exit, Wallisdown Road A3049. Go through the shopping area of Wallisdown across two roundabouts. At the third one take the first exit, you will see the ground on your right as you approach the pelican crossing. At the traffic lights turn right into Victoria Avenue, and then third right into Namu Road, turning right at the end into a lane for the ground entrance.