Former Saints midfielder Andrew Surman targeting shock promotion Premier League

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Andrew Surman is aiming to make it a second Premier League promotion – this time with Bournemouth.

The former Saints Academy product, who played 146 times for the club before moving to Wolves for £1.2m in 2009, has already won one top flight elevation with Norwich.

Now he is trying to achieve an even more remarkable feat by getting the Cherries into the Premier League.

Surman has played 34 times this season during a loan spell at Bournemouth from Norwich with Eddie Howe’s side making a charge for the top six. The Cherries were mid-table until picking up eight wins from their last ten games.

Howe has called on his side to “seize the moment” after a relentless attacking display saw them close the gap on fifth-placed Reading to just two points in the hunt for a shock Championship play-off place.

Their eye-catching victory on Tuesday left a sold-out Dean Court dreaming of the most unlikely of play-off spots.

“I can believe we are here as I’ve seen how hard the lads have worked,” Howe said.

“We didn’t expect it but why not seize the moment and see where we can go?

“I know people will talk about the play-offs and I’m not stupid, I can see how many points we have and where we are in the league but it is in Reading’s hands. If they win their five games, they are in it.”

Howe – bidding to oversee a third Cherries promotion in five amazing seasons – added of the win against Nigel Adkins’ Royals: “It was an incredibly hard-working performance, probably the quickest game we’ve played in this year.

“I was absolutely delighted with how hard our players worked.”

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7:53am Thu 10 Apr 14

Buddy SFC says...

Wouldn't it be great to have a proper Derby day .......... Rather than the Sad 'BLUE FEW' , B'mouth would be great fun !!!

Good luck to them ....................
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Wouldn't it be great to have a proper Derby day .......... Rather than the Sad 'BLUE FEW' , B'mouth would be great fun !!! Good luck to them .................... .......... Buddy SFC
  • Score: 42

8:24am Thu 10 Apr 14

promised land says...

Buddy SFC wrote:
Wouldn't it be great to have a proper Derby day .......... Rather than the Sad 'BLUE FEW' , B'mouth would be great fun !!!

Good luck to them ....................

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Agree. It'll be good to see Bournemouth in the Premier League, and have a local Derby. Let's face facts, it's never going to be the skates for a long long time. All we can hope for is they get lucky and draw us in a cup.....good luck Surman and Bournemouth.
[quote][p][bold]Buddy SFC[/bold] wrote: Wouldn't it be great to have a proper Derby day .......... Rather than the Sad 'BLUE FEW' , B'mouth would be great fun !!! Good luck to them .................... ..........[/p][/quote]Agree. It'll be good to see Bournemouth in the Premier League, and have a local Derby. Let's face facts, it's never going to be the skates for a long long time. All we can hope for is they get lucky and draw us in a cup.....good luck Surman and Bournemouth. promised land
  • Score: 35

8:40am Thu 10 Apr 14

st.athan saint says...

Carpe diem indeed - good luck AS.
Carpe diem indeed - good luck AS. st.athan saint
  • Score: 13

8:52am Thu 10 Apr 14

Norwegian Saint says...

promised land wrote:
Buddy SFC wrote: Wouldn't it be great to have a proper Derby day .......... Rather than the Sad 'BLUE FEW' , B'mouth would be great fun !!! Good luck to them .................... ..........
Agree. It'll be good to see Bournemouth in the Premier League, and have a local Derby. Let's face facts, it's never going to be the skates for a long long time. All we can hope for is they get lucky and draw us in a cup.....good luck Surman and Bournemouth.
Poopey have to get to the third round in the cup to even dream of playing us.... how did they do this year?
[quote][p][bold]promised land[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Buddy SFC[/bold] wrote: Wouldn't it be great to have a proper Derby day .......... Rather than the Sad 'BLUE FEW' , B'mouth would be great fun !!! Good luck to them .................... ..........[/p][/quote]Agree. It'll be good to see Bournemouth in the Premier League, and have a local Derby. Let's face facts, it's never going to be the skates for a long long time. All we can hope for is they get lucky and draw us in a cup.....good luck Surman and Bournemouth.[/p][/quote]Poopey have to get to the third round in the cup to even dream of playing us.... how did they do this year? Norwegian Saint
  • Score: 9

8:54am Thu 10 Apr 14

Norwegian Saint says...

I think of B'mouth as our little brother and it would be fantastic to see them do well... it is also nice to give them a little beating now and again :-)
I think of B'mouth as our little brother and it would be fantastic to see them do well... it is also nice to give them a little beating now and again :-) Norwegian Saint
  • Score: 23

10:15am Thu 10 Apr 14

Clever Dick says...

Good luck to them. They are on a great run. They don't have the facilties for a premier league side but who knows if they use their SKY money wisely.
Good luck to them. They are on a great run. They don't have the facilties for a premier league side but who knows if they use their SKY money wisely. Clever Dick
  • Score: 14

10:25am Thu 10 Apr 14

Jan28th1984 says...

Go AFC Fruit!
Go AFC Fruit! Jan28th1984
  • Score: 6

11:04am Thu 10 Apr 14

ToastyTea says...

Would love to see Bournemouth in Premier, but either them or Reading is good as both fairly local games.
Would love to see Bournemouth in Premier, but either them or Reading is good as both fairly local games. ToastyTea
  • Score: 3

11:33am Thu 10 Apr 14

bigfella says...

its funny, the majority of Saints fans like Bournemouth but from when we played a couple of times in L1 a few years back there was a lot of hatred towards us. And to be honest from then my opinion of them changed a little, I've gone from following their results and wanting them to do well to almost no interest whatsoever.

still, good luck Andrew :)
its funny, the majority of Saints fans like Bournemouth but from when we played a couple of times in L1 a few years back there was a lot of hatred towards us. And to be honest from then my opinion of them changed a little, I've gone from following their results and wanting them to do well to almost no interest whatsoever. still, good luck Andrew :) bigfella
  • Score: 14

12:01pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Jan28th1984 says...

bigfella wrote:
its funny, the majority of Saints fans like Bournemouth but from when we played a couple of times in L1 a few years back there was a lot of hatred towards us. And to be honest from then my opinion of them changed a little, I've gone from following their results and wanting them to do well to almost no interest whatsoever.

still, good luck Andrew :)
You said it mate - do you remember the benefit game we played at their cow-shed in 97? 90 mins of abuse for helping them out, I didn't understand it. I later learned that they are trying to suck up to the Skunts and isolate us - you look at any Fruit message board, it's embarrassing how far they have their tongues up the Skunts' arseh*les.
Still, they don't do anyone any harm, so let em play on.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella[/bold] wrote: its funny, the majority of Saints fans like Bournemouth but from when we played a couple of times in L1 a few years back there was a lot of hatred towards us. And to be honest from then my opinion of them changed a little, I've gone from following their results and wanting them to do well to almost no interest whatsoever. still, good luck Andrew :)[/p][/quote]You said it mate - do you remember the benefit game we played at their cow-shed in 97? 90 mins of abuse for helping them out, I didn't understand it. I later learned that they are trying to suck up to the Skunts and isolate us - you look at any Fruit message board, it's embarrassing how far they have their tongues up the Skunts' arseh*les. Still, they don't do anyone any harm, so let em play on. Jan28th1984
  • Score: 5

1:27pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Costa Baz says...

Jan28th1984 wrote:
bigfella wrote: its funny, the majority of Saints fans like Bournemouth but from when we played a couple of times in L1 a few years back there was a lot of hatred towards us. And to be honest from then my opinion of them changed a little, I've gone from following their results and wanting them to do well to almost no interest whatsoever. still, good luck Andrew :)
You said it mate - do you remember the benefit game we played at their cow-shed in 97? 90 mins of abuse for helping them out, I didn't understand it. I later learned that they are trying to suck up to the Skunts and isolate us - you look at any Fruit message board, it's embarrassing how far they have their tongues up the Skunts' arseh*les. Still, they don't do anyone any harm, so let em play on.
I guess they will start infesting this forum, again, should they come up.

On the bright side, that would be one of the relegation places sorted and 6 points for us, so bring it on.
[quote][p][bold]Jan28th1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella[/bold] wrote: its funny, the majority of Saints fans like Bournemouth but from when we played a couple of times in L1 a few years back there was a lot of hatred towards us. And to be honest from then my opinion of them changed a little, I've gone from following their results and wanting them to do well to almost no interest whatsoever. still, good luck Andrew :)[/p][/quote]You said it mate - do you remember the benefit game we played at their cow-shed in 97? 90 mins of abuse for helping them out, I didn't understand it. I later learned that they are trying to suck up to the Skunts and isolate us - you look at any Fruit message board, it's embarrassing how far they have their tongues up the Skunts' arseh*les. Still, they don't do anyone any harm, so let em play on.[/p][/quote]I guess they will start infesting this forum, again, should they come up. On the bright side, that would be one of the relegation places sorted and 6 points for us, so bring it on. Costa Baz
  • Score: 10

2:02pm Thu 10 Apr 14

lowe esteem says...

Whilst I enjoy patronising the Cheerios, and I've never really liked Leicester or Reading (warming to the crispy snack theme) I think I'd prefer them both to our coastal neighbours because I respect their Managers, Nigel Pearson and Nigel Adkins, and what they did for us, they both put in a good shift down here.
Hopefully that particular 'conveyor belt' has slowed now- please Mo Po?
Whilst I enjoy patronising the Cheerios, and I've never really liked Leicester or Reading (warming to the crispy snack theme) I think I'd prefer them both to our coastal neighbours because I respect their Managers, Nigel Pearson and Nigel Adkins, and what they did for us, they both put in a good shift down here. Hopefully that particular 'conveyor belt' has slowed now- please Mo Po? lowe esteem
  • Score: 3

4:59pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Norwegian Saint says...

The other thing I like about our little neighbours to the west over the smelly lot to the east, is the fact they didn't cheat to get where they are.
The other thing I like about our little neighbours to the west over the smelly lot to the east, is the fact they didn't cheat to get where they are. Norwegian Saint
  • Score: 6

5:17pm Thu 10 Apr 14

saintbobby says...

Like several on here I have a big soft spot for the Cherries. They have an excellent manager first of all, and, last of all they beat QPR - ("QPR, QPR ,dirty QPR ") - we always said in Southend) last Saturday. Good, as we have gone off Harry!

Also, it was said on here that we cannot beat teams beginning with 'S' and it looks like Sunderland have now had it, as it were. So it follows that we might pick up 6 points against a team beginning with 'B'. That would be good. Simples!
Like several on here I have a big soft spot for the Cherries. They have an excellent manager first of all, and, last of all they beat QPR - ("QPR, QPR ,dirty QPR ") - we always said in Southend) last Saturday. Good, as we have gone off Harry! Also, it was said on here that we cannot beat teams beginning with 'S' and it looks like Sunderland have now had it, as it were. So it follows that we might pick up 6 points against a team beginning with 'B'. That would be good. Simples! saintbobby
  • Score: 1

5:45pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Clever Dick says...

Jan28th1984 wrote:
bigfella wrote:
its funny, the majority of Saints fans like Bournemouth but from when we played a couple of times in L1 a few years back there was a lot of hatred towards us. And to be honest from then my opinion of them changed a little, I've gone from following their results and wanting them to do well to almost no interest whatsoever.

still, good luck Andrew :)
You said it mate - do you remember the benefit game we played at their cow-shed in 97? 90 mins of abuse for helping them out, I didn't understand it. I later learned that they are trying to suck up to the Skunts and isolate us - you look at any Fruit message board, it's embarrassing how far they have their tongues up the Skunts' arseh*les.
Still, they don't do anyone any harm, so let em play on.
There is always a small percentage who want to throw abuse at bigger and better supposed rivals. Look at the muppets we've had over the years and that's without Bmuff fans contributing. If you think they were trying to suck up to Poopey does that mean they now have to suck down to them?
[quote][p][bold]Jan28th1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella[/bold] wrote: its funny, the majority of Saints fans like Bournemouth but from when we played a couple of times in L1 a few years back there was a lot of hatred towards us. And to be honest from then my opinion of them changed a little, I've gone from following their results and wanting them to do well to almost no interest whatsoever. still, good luck Andrew :)[/p][/quote]You said it mate - do you remember the benefit game we played at their cow-shed in 97? 90 mins of abuse for helping them out, I didn't understand it. I later learned that they are trying to suck up to the Skunts and isolate us - you look at any Fruit message board, it's embarrassing how far they have their tongues up the Skunts' arseh*les. Still, they don't do anyone any harm, so let em play on.[/p][/quote]There is always a small percentage who want to throw abuse at bigger and better supposed rivals. Look at the muppets we've had over the years and that's without Bmuff fans contributing. If you think they were trying to suck up to Poopey does that mean they now have to suck down to them? Clever Dick
  • Score: 1

9:40pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Reality-man says...

Jan28th1984 wrote:
bigfella wrote:
its funny, the majority of Saints fans like Bournemouth but from when we played a couple of times in L1 a few years back there was a lot of hatred towards us. And to be honest from then my opinion of them changed a little, I've gone from following their results and wanting them to do well to almost no interest whatsoever.

still, good luck Andrew :)
You said it mate - do you remember the benefit game we played at their cow-shed in 97? 90 mins of abuse for helping them out, I didn't understand it. I later learned that they are trying to suck up to the Skunts and isolate us - you look at any Fruit message board, it's embarrassing how far they have their tongues up the Skunts' arseh*les.
Still, they don't do anyone any harm, so let em play on.
Yeah I was always bought up to like Bournemouth. I always used to wish them well.......until we were in league one together and their fans started to refer to us as Scummers, invading the Echo site and generally giving it the large one. As much as I hate Pompey they will always be our main rivals and I'm quite happy with them calling us Scummers, but the Cherries (silly name) trying to muscle in on the rivalry felt wrong.
[quote][p][bold]Jan28th1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella[/bold] wrote: its funny, the majority of Saints fans like Bournemouth but from when we played a couple of times in L1 a few years back there was a lot of hatred towards us. And to be honest from then my opinion of them changed a little, I've gone from following their results and wanting them to do well to almost no interest whatsoever. still, good luck Andrew :)[/p][/quote]You said it mate - do you remember the benefit game we played at their cow-shed in 97? 90 mins of abuse for helping them out, I didn't understand it. I later learned that they are trying to suck up to the Skunts and isolate us - you look at any Fruit message board, it's embarrassing how far they have their tongues up the Skunts' arseh*les. Still, they don't do anyone any harm, so let em play on.[/p][/quote]Yeah I was always bought up to like Bournemouth. I always used to wish them well.......until we were in league one together and their fans started to refer to us as Scummers, invading the Echo site and generally giving it the large one. As much as I hate Pompey they will always be our main rivals and I'm quite happy with them calling us Scummers, but the Cherries (silly name) trying to muscle in on the rivalry felt wrong. Reality-man
  • Score: 4

9:57pm Thu 10 Apr 14

wwozzer says...

It's certainly a shock to me, I thought they were still in the third division!
It's certainly a shock to me, I thought they were still in the third division! wwozzer
  • Score: 0

1:12am Fri 11 Apr 14

St.henley says...

Come on Bournemouth and danny ings!! Keep Dirty Harry down!
Come on Bournemouth and danny ings!! Keep Dirty Harry down! St.henley
  • Score: 4

3:25am Fri 11 Apr 14

redsnapper says...

I would rather see Nigel and Reading back up rather than the wurzels from Bomo Eddue is a good solid guy but the club is too small in every sense to survive the Premier.
I would rather see Nigel and Reading back up rather than the wurzels from Bomo Eddue is a good solid guy but the club is too small in every sense to survive the Premier. redsnapper
  • Score: -2

8:58am Fri 11 Apr 14

mark.s says...

Cherries fan here (who lives in Soton for my sins). We don't hate Saints. We'd just love to beat you. And Saints based in Dorset tend to be fairly unbearable, and more ignorant of their local club Bournemouth than I find Soton Saints, who are always interested in how we’re doing. Those Dorset Saints give Saints as a whole a bad name, in the eyes of Cherries.

The big brother analogy is fair enough, the smaller sibling always wants to 'get one over' on the older sibling. And for about 25 years Saints haven’t exactly been graceful at being the bigger sibling towards us. It started to change around the time the 1st Division became the Premiership brand, being in it seemed to go to your heads.

As for us, we’re really progressing on and off the pitch these days. Thanks to a Bournemouth lad in Howe progressing us up the leagues, he’s given us a strong identity. And in the last few years that’s been married with investment from a board of Russian directors one of which lives in Sandbanks, enabling us to attract some excellent players – and massively improve our infrastructure. The training ground and youth setup has seen significantly built up. It’s a great time to follow Bournemouth.

It would be far too early for us to come up this year, but if it happens we’ll certainly take it! Take the Premiership's ill gotten money and run back to the Championship, which is a cracking league.
Cherries fan here (who lives in Soton for my sins). We don't hate Saints. We'd just love to beat you. And Saints based in Dorset tend to be fairly unbearable, and more ignorant of their local club Bournemouth than I find Soton Saints, who are always interested in how we’re doing. Those Dorset Saints give Saints as a whole a bad name, in the eyes of Cherries. The big brother analogy is fair enough, the smaller sibling always wants to 'get one over' on the older sibling. And for about 25 years Saints haven’t exactly been graceful at being the bigger sibling towards us. It started to change around the time the 1st Division became the Premiership brand, being in it seemed to go to your heads. As for us, we’re really progressing on and off the pitch these days. Thanks to a Bournemouth lad in Howe progressing us up the leagues, he’s given us a strong identity. And in the last few years that’s been married with investment from a board of Russian directors one of which lives in Sandbanks, enabling us to attract some excellent players – and massively improve our infrastructure. The training ground and youth setup has seen significantly built up. It’s a great time to follow Bournemouth. It would be far too early for us to come up this year, but if it happens we’ll certainly take it! Take the Premiership's ill gotten money and run back to the Championship, which is a cracking league. mark.s
  • Score: 4

8:59am Fri 11 Apr 14

mark.s says...

Cherries fan here (who lives in Soton for my sins). We don't hate Saints. We'd just love to beat you. And Saints based in Dorset tend to be fairly unbearable, and more ignorant of their local club Bournemouth than I find Soton Saints, who are always interested in how we’re doing. Those Dorset Saints give Saints as a whole a bad name, in the eyes of Cherries.

The big brother analogy is fair enough, the smaller sibling always wants to 'get one over' on the older sibling. And for about 25 years Saints haven’t exactly been graceful at being the bigger sibling towards us. It started to change around the time the 1st Division became the Premiership brand, being in it seemed to go to your heads.

As for us, we’re really progressing on and off the pitch these days. Thanks to a Bournemouth lad in Howe progressing us up the leagues, he’s given us a strong identity. And in the last few years that’s been married with investment from a board of Russian directors one of which lives in Sandbanks, enabling us to attract some excellent players – and massively improve our infrastructure. The training ground and youth setup has seen significantly built up. It’s a great time to follow Bournemouth.

It would be far too early for us to come up again this year, but if it happens we’ll certainly take it!
Cherries fan here (who lives in Soton for my sins). We don't hate Saints. We'd just love to beat you. And Saints based in Dorset tend to be fairly unbearable, and more ignorant of their local club Bournemouth than I find Soton Saints, who are always interested in how we’re doing. Those Dorset Saints give Saints as a whole a bad name, in the eyes of Cherries. The big brother analogy is fair enough, the smaller sibling always wants to 'get one over' on the older sibling. And for about 25 years Saints haven’t exactly been graceful at being the bigger sibling towards us. It started to change around the time the 1st Division became the Premiership brand, being in it seemed to go to your heads. As for us, we’re really progressing on and off the pitch these days. Thanks to a Bournemouth lad in Howe progressing us up the leagues, he’s given us a strong identity. And in the last few years that’s been married with investment from a board of Russian directors one of which lives in Sandbanks, enabling us to attract some excellent players – and massively improve our infrastructure. The training ground and youth setup has seen significantly built up. It’s a great time to follow Bournemouth. It would be far too early for us to come up again this year, but if it happens we’ll certainly take it! mark.s
  • Score: 0

9:56am Fri 11 Apr 14

samjdavis says...

AFCB fan again here... personally, I've got no deal with Saints. Obviously I contributed towards the banter when we were in the same division, but I look at South coast success (even for Pompey too), as being a good thing - competition wise, banter wise, finance wise, rivalry wise.

One of the issues I've only had is with the few who are happy to bleat on that one friendly managed to save a football club. Yes it did help and it was much appreciated. Along with the several bigger clubs than Saints that we played in friendlies, all of it helped, but the way some SFC folk put it is slightly arrogant. But I'm pretty sure now that those who say it fully know it winds us up, so that's up to us to deal with.

Similarly, yes, during the nineties and 00's I got agitated where some kids in the Bournemouth area - and further west, are brought up by default to support Southampton and just overlooked tin-pot Bournemouth. It doesn't happen so much nowadays, as painfully, people only want to support a successful team, and now that they've relatively got that on their doorstep, they're actually giving AFCB a go for once, and our attendances as a result have doubled.

PL next season for AFCB? Not sure, but worth a pop.
AFCB fan again here... personally, I've got no deal with Saints. Obviously I contributed towards the banter when we were in the same division, but I look at South coast success (even for Pompey too), as being a good thing - competition wise, banter wise, finance wise, rivalry wise. One of the issues I've only had is with the few who are happy to bleat on that one friendly managed to save a football club. Yes it did help and it was much appreciated. Along with the several bigger clubs than Saints that we played in friendlies, all of it helped, but the way some SFC folk put it is slightly arrogant. But I'm pretty sure now that those who say it fully know it winds us up, so that's up to us to deal with. Similarly, yes, during the nineties and 00's I got agitated where some kids in the Bournemouth area - and further west, are brought up by default to support Southampton and just overlooked tin-pot Bournemouth. It doesn't happen so much nowadays, as painfully, people only want to support a successful team, and now that they've relatively got that on their doorstep, they're actually giving AFCB a go for once, and our attendances as a result have doubled. PL next season for AFCB? Not sure, but worth a pop. samjdavis
  • Score: 0

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