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5 ex-AFC Bournemouth players who only ever made one appearance for the club – Do you remember them?

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AFC Bournemouth have been in scintillating form under manager Scott Parker so far this season.

Losing just one of their opening 17 league games of the campaign going into their next set of fixtures, they have established themselves as early automatic promotion favourites in the race for a spot in the Premier League next season.

It’s almost easy to forget they lost a key man in Arnaut Danjuma in the previous transfer window, considering how quickly they have started the 2021/22 campaign on the south coast.

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Recording 15 goals and seven assists in 33 second-tier games last term, he was crucial in guiding the Cherries to a top-six finish in their first season back in the Championship, but was unable to take his former side all the way and opted to join Europa League champions Villarreal in August.

In this piece though, we’re taking a look at five players who contributed slightly less to the cause at the Vitality Stadium, making just one competitive appearance each during their time at the club.

We take a look at them below.

Harry Cornick

Soccer Football – FA Cup – Fourth Round – Chelsea v Luton Town – Stamford Bridge, London, Britain – January 24, 2021 Luton Town’s Harry Cornick reacts after missing a chance to score REUTERS/David Klein

Perhaps the most recognisable face on this list, 26-year-old winger Cornick currently plies his trade at Luton Town and has been a regular at Kenilworth Road since his arrival from the Cherries in the summer of 2017.

Overseeing the Hatters’ rise from League Two to the top half of the Championship, he will be fondly remembered when he does leave the club, something that could potentially happen after seeing him score seven goals and register three assists in 17 league games this term.

Unfortunately for him, Bournemouth were in the Premier League at the time of his departure and he hadn’t developed enough at that stage to compete in the top flight under Eddie Howe, leaving for Luton for an undisclosed fee and enjoying a prosperous career since after making just one senior appearance for his former side in the FA Cup.

Marek Stech

Soccer Football – FA Cup Third Round – Newcastle United vs Luton Town – St James’ Park, Newcastle, Britain – January 6, 2018 Luton Town’s Marek Stech and Newcastle United’s Dwight Gayle REUTERS/Scott Heppell

The Czech shot-stopper wasn’t exactly a player who was surplus to requirements at the Vitality Stadium, he only made one appearance for the club due to the fact he only joined the club on an emergency loan from West Ham United.

How did he fare? Not very well. His only game between the sticks came in a humiliating 5-0 away defeat in December 2009, capping off a very unsuccessful short spell on the south coast.

He went on to play more regularly for Yeovil Town, went back to his home city to ply his trade with Slavia Prague, spent three years with Cornick at Luton Town between 2017 and 2020 and is now at fourth-tier outfit Mansfield Town, where he has been transfer-listed.

Alex Dobre

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Soccer Football – Men – Group D – Germany v Ivory Coast – Miyagi Stadium, Miyagi, Japan – July 28, 2021. Alex Dobre of Romania in action with Dane Ingham of New Zealand REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Another one-appearance wonder, another winger. Dobre first arrived on the south coast in 2016 and joined the club’s academy in an attempt to rise through the ranks as a teenager and impress then-manager Howe.

But despite being a Romanian youth international, he was unable to make the grade during his time at the club as he was shipped out on temporary spells to Bury, Rochdale, Yeovil Town and Wigan Athletic, with his sole appearance for the Cherries coming against Luton Town in the FA Cup back in January 2020.

He only made a short ten-minute cameo, coming on for Ryan Fraser but being unable to register a goal or an assist.

The 23-year-old joined Dijon for an undisclosed fee last year – playing 22 times in the French top-tier during 2020/21 and scoring twice in nine appearances in Ligue 2 this season – also representing his nation in the Olympics back in the summer.

Ajani Burchall

Soccer Football – Premier League – Aston Villa v West Ham United – Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain – October 31, 2021 General view inside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Tony Obrien EDITORIAL USE ONLY

All Bournemouth fans of the current era may recognise this name – and with good reason.

He made his professional debut as a 16-year-old for the Cherries last December, coming on for the final few minutes in a 5-0 home hammering of Huddersfield.

With clubs able to make five substitutions, the winger probably benefitted from this. But he was given his chance by Jason Tindall for a reason and to make his debut at such a young age, only just turning 16 the previous month at the time and being the third-youngest player to play for Bournemouth, that was an impressive achievement for Burchall.

Being poached by Aston Villa in the summer for a compensation fee, he has scored three goals and picked up three assists in just four U18 Premier League games, being labelled as one of the best young talents in the English top-flight by The Guardian last month and signing his first professional contract with Villa last week.

Matt Worthington

Soccer Football – League Two – Milton Keynes Dons v Yeovil Town – Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Britain – March 23, 2019 Milton Keynes Dons’ Jordan Houghton in action with Yeovil Town’s Matt Worthington Action Images/Andrew Boyers EDITORIAL USE ONLY

23-year-old Worthington was one man who did make an appearance for the club in the Premier League, being part of a very inexperienced bench alongside then-fellow teenagers Aaron Ramsdale and Sam Surridge on the final day of the 2016/17 campaign.

He was introduced for the final quarter of an hour against opponents Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, coming on for the injured Fraser and helping to secure a solid away point against a side that had won the Premier League the previous season.

Failing to make another first-team breakthrough after that, he moved permanently to Yeovil Town in January 2019 and currently plies his trade in the fifth tier with the Glovers.


A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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