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Bournemouth against Southampton – The “other” South Coast Derby…

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The “other” South Coast Derby, The New Forest derby, El NewForrestico, El Clasicoast, the “it’s not a derby” derby.

Various titles for the game between AFC Bournemouth and Southampton, none of which have ever caught on.

What has caught on though, in the days and weeks building up to the fixture are Southampton supporters’ efforts to play down the game and often go to some lengths to explain just why they don’t care about the fixture or their neighbours from the other side of the New Forest.

Exhibit A came recently via Sotonmania.

He tried to run wild on our own forums 10 days ago, claiming a “short memory” problem for the Dean Court faithful.

Then there are the Southampton fan websites, who often go into grave detail to write about a subject they claim to have no interest in.

This has been a very common occurrence.

Starting in 2010 when AFC Bournemouth and Southampton found themselves together in the third tier of English football, running right through to this week with the very latest edition of why they don’t care about us.

There were various other articles down the years as well, for example, they went all out in 2015 with two when the Cherries were promoted to the Premier League!

In 2016 they did ask for a Cherries fans view on the game and now UpTheCherries forum member cockbeard has written their very own retort…

Yay for Kickyball, and ‘hip, hip’ for ‘South Coast Club’

Like all of us ‘Cherries’ I’m well aware of the history of Association Football, and how it was invented at Craven Cottage one Friday evening in March 2015. I was initially surprised that such a young sport had such a large following. But luckily it seems that there are a few lads calling themselves ‘South Coast Club’ who shun the limelight of the press and keep writing about football before 2015. It’s initially confusing, a little like how Sony Pictures keep rebooting Spiderman so I’m never sure which one is canon. These guys sound like they’ve almost convinced themselves so I’m going to listen to them

I keep seeing these educational articles on various blogs, and the ‘South Coast Club’ fans write that they also like my Boscombe, which is hardly surprising really. I mean they copied our kit a fair few times, first the stripes, then we changed from blue to black shorts, and they followed a few years later again. What? No, it’s not weird, who doesn’t share clothes with their siblings. Normally it’s the little brother borrowing the big brother’s clothes but maybe the big brother wanted to look younger and hang around with 13 or 14-year-olds

They keep talking about Portsmouth, who also play kickyball, I know them because Bert Chicken (Bournemouth legend from way back, in case you younger fans didn’t know) went there to retire, having fired the Cherries to various divisional wins. Seems that they’ve never copied Portsmouth kits, which is probably the root of that rivalry. Like many folk who claim to hate each other, they also have special words that shouldn’t be used out of context. A bit like my wife and I have ‘penguins’ and ‘gander’ as words we only use at special times, normally when the ‘special time’ has to end unfortunately

I guess when my club has existed for more than 3 years we might start to get enemies too. Until then we’ve just got friends, and that’s great because friends fill buckets for us. The final piece of the Dean Court development was the fourth stand, this was wholly paid for by donations from ‘South Coast Club’, that’s why we named it after their legendary striker Teddy MacDougall. I think he also played in MLS with Jermaine Defoe, so there’s also a Bournemouth link too. But in reality, I have to say thank you to South Coast Club for donating so we can finally be ‘Premier League ready’ in every department including our league position

I have to say thank you for all these articles. I see about four or five in the week before every game we play against each other, and that’s why I feel the need to share it with my fellow Cherries, especially those who are more recent converts than me (I supported us way back in the Championship, see), and so might not be as learned. Some of them might only have seen two or three articles saying that you don’t care. So I think they need to see the others so they’re definitely certain. I mean if you don’t shout really really loud about not caring no one will know you don’t care. I don’t want Cherries thinking you do care

Good luck for the rest of the year, except on Saturday, only joking, good luck Saturday too. You look like you need the points, so just like last season, we’ll try to help make sure we get to spend lots of afternoons together in the future. Though it does sound like you miss friends down the coast, so maybe you’ll enjoy playing against them next season. Watch out for Bert Chicken though, he’s pretty good.

Cheers bruv
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