AFC Bournemouth: The Fall and Rise is the ultimate rags-to-riches football story, exploring how a small lower-league club on the south coast fought back against all the odds to reach the riches of the English Premier League. With fascinating insights from renowned manager Eddie Howe and all the key players, the book reflects on the club's day of destiny against Bolton Wanderers in April 2015, when Premier League promotion was secured just six years after the club almost went out of existence. Former captain Tommy Elphick candidly reveals how Howe plotted the Cherries' route out of the Championship, while club legend Steve Fletcher tells the emotionally charged story of his return - and the goal in 2009 that halted the club's slide into non-league. Howe, meanwhile, provides amazing detail into how he took a club on the brink to the top of the beautiful game.
Neil Meldrum is a former sports editor and deputy editor of the Bournemouth Daily Echo, who covered AFC Bournemouth's rise from League Two to the Premier League between 2007 and 2015. His work has been published in a host of newspapers and magazines and he was twice nominated for regional Sportswriter of the Year awards. He now runs a Dorset public relations business.