AFC Bournemouth is a professional association football club based in Kings Park, Boscombe, a suburb of Bournemouth, Dorset. They are currently competing in the Championship, the second tier of English football, following relegation at the end of the 2019–20 Premier League. Formed in 1899 as Boscombe St. John's Institute, the club adopted their current name in 1971.
Nicknamed "The Cherries", Bournemouth have played their home games at Dean Court since 1910. Their home colours are red and black striped shirts, with black shorts and socks, inspired by that of Italian club A.C. Milan.
AFC Bournemouth's honours include winning the second and third tiers of English football once, the Associate Members' Cup once and the Football League Third Division South Cup.
The club has spent the majority of their history bouncing between the third and fourth tiers of English football. Under manager Eddie Howe, they have risen through the pyramid; the 2015–16 season was their first ever in the top flight, and they remained there for five seasons, until and including the 2019–20 season, when they were relegated following an 18th place-finish.