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Happy returns

Posted on 17 July 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp and Kevin Bond are looking forward to returning to their former club AFC Bournemouth for tonight's friendly.

Happy returns

Harry Redknapp and Kevin Bond are looking forward to returning to their former club AFC Bournemouth for tonight's friendly.

Both managed the Cherries - Harry enjoyed success in his first managerial job at Dean Court between 1983-92, including promotion and a famous FA Cup win against United in 1983, while Kevin was in charge between 2006-08.

It's our second friendly of the summer having kicked-off with a 3-0 win against Exeter City on Wednesday night.

Harry said: "They are a club struggling financially so any bit of help we can give clubs like that I'm always willing to do it, if possible. Communities need their football clubs.

"I'm sure there will be a big crowd there and it's a new stadium, a good set-up and it's another ideal friendly for us at this stage."

For assistant boss Kevin, it's a case of ‘same again, please' after Exeter City. Goals from Jamie O'Hara, Aaron Lennon and Darren Bent secured the 3-0 win and 22 players got 45 minutes under their belts.

He said: "Bournemouth have had their problems but have a great set-up, a new stadium, the pitch will be spot on and they will try to play football.

"I've been there a lot of times with previous clubs and they give you a game.

"Hopefully all the lads will get another period of time on the field and if we have another evening like at Exeter then it will be a nice progress for us."