FLETCHER FACT­FILE

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Born: Hartle­pool, 1972 (Age 42) 1990-92 A striker, Fletcher be­gan his ca­reer at home­town club Hartle­pool in 1990, mak­ing his de­but at the age of 18 and go­ing on to score six goals in 41 ap­pear­ances. He also won pro­mo­tion to Di­vi­sion Three in 1990-91. 1992-2007 Signed by new Bournemouth manager Tony Pulis for £30,000 in 1992,Fletcher would spend the next 15 years at Dean Court – all but one of them in the third tier. Rel­e­gated whilst Fletcher was in­jured in 2002-03, the big man’s come­back sparked an im­me­di­ate re­turn, with Fletcher netting nine goals en route to play-off victory over Lin­coln. His record even­tu­ally stood at 106 goals in 580 games, with his most pro­lific sea­son (14 goals) com­ing in 1997-98. 2007-09 Re­leased by Kevin Bond in 2007,Fletcher spent a year in League Two with Ch­ester­field (scor­ing five goals in 39 games) be­fore a de­sire to re­turn south saw him drop into the Con­fer­ence with Craw­ley Town where he net­ted three goals in 24 matches. 2009-2015 Asked to re­turn to Dean Court by the new­lyin­stalled Ed­die Howe, Fletcher once more be­came the totem of Bournemouth’s side, scor­ing to se­cure League Two sta­tus in 2009 and play­ing 48 times (at the age of 37) as the Cher­ries won pro­mo­tion from League Two in 2010. Fletcher played on for three more sea­sons (in­clud­ing a loan spell at Ply­mouth), scor­ing 16 goals in 134 games be­fore hang­ing up his boots in 2013. He is now Bournemouth’s head of UK re­cruit­ment and a club am­bas­sador.

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