AFC Bournemouth favourite Warren Cummings thoroughly enjoyed his testimonial against Italian giants AC Milan.
The former left back was given a testimonial more than four years after his last appearances for the Cherries.
Warren Cummings first made the move to Dean Court in October 2000 when he made 11 appearances during his first loan spell from Chelsea.
He returned again in January 2003 and he finally made a permanent move in April 2003 and he was part of Sean O’Driscoll’s squad to win promotion from Division Three via the play-offs which ended in a glorious 5-2 victory over Lincoln at the Millennium Stadium.
Unfortunately during the 2004/05, with Cummings in the form of his career, in challenge with Swindon Town’s Steve Jenkins on 5th March 2005, Cummings broke his tibia and fibula.
Sadly a season of frustration followed for Cummings. Having discovered that 3 months after the injury had happened, that his leg was still broken and needed a plate to be inserted to help the bones heal.
More and more setbacks followed, resulting in just one 40 minute reserve appearance for Cummings in 2005/6.
The 2006/07 season was another frustrating time, Cummings broke back into the first team while playing through the pain barrier, but by October the pain was too much and Warren had to have more time off to have the plate removed from his leg.
He returned towards the last third of the season, but was never the same consistent performer he once was.
He spent the final few months of the 2011/12 season on loan at League Two side Crawley Town and helped the club to automatic promotion, but at the end of that season he was released by the Cherries after ten years at the club, making over 300 appearances.
His last proved to be a 2-2 draw away to Walsall in January 2012.
He would go on to play for AFC Wimbledon and Havant & Waterlooville before announcing his retirement.
Cummings stepped back out on to the Dean Court pitch for the final ten minutes of the game against seven time European Champions AC Milan.
Every touch was cheered by the crowd, as he once again returned to bombing down the left flank.
The game would end 2-1 to the visitors, on a very wet afternoon, but neither dampened Warren’s spirits after the game.
Cummings told BBC Radio Solent…
‘…Despite it being rather damp and wet it certainly wasn’t miserable. Even watching I was enjoying the game and the ovation I got was something I will never forget.
‘I really wanted it to continue and I got a 100% pass completion! I thoroughly enjoyed it, the lads really welcomed me and their attitude and application was first class.
‘In fairness to the boys they were ever so gracious with me, and the fans were quite brilliant. The ovation I got, it felt like me debut, it was something I will never forget.
‘It was a great occasion for my last game, and the fans who supported me for my whole career came out once again despite the weather so I cannot thank them enough.’
Ken Baileys Ghost said…
There’s one player who I hope trousers all the money raised rather than giving it all to charity, which seems to be the way of it with players these days.
He probably walked away with bugger all after all his time with us. – Join the conversation here.
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