AFC Bournemouth: Eddie Howe urges Cherries to make history

Howe wants to repeat 1984 heroics

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has urged his side to seize their chance to make history by recreating the heroics of the club's famous FA Cup victory over Manchester United in 1984.

The Championship club host Liverpool in the fourth round on Saturday.

The fixture comes 30 years to the month that the Cherries beat holders United 2-0 in round three

"It's a chance for someone to go down in history and it might define their career," Howe told BBC South Today.

Goals from Milton Graham and Ian Thompson sealed victory for Bournemouth against United in a game that has become part of Dean Court folklore.

And Howe believes the match with Liverpool is an opportunity for his squad to ensure they too are "remembered forever" by the club's fans.

"Everyone remembers the 1984 team and it is still talked about to this day. So it is a chance for our players to take that glory," the 36-year-old former Cherries defender said.

The Liverpool tie is another boost for a club that was in the throes of a serious financial crisis before the investment of former chairman Eddie Mitchell and current owner Maxim Demin.

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"This is going to be a very special day for the club when you consider what it's been through," said Howe.

"Not so long ago we were down and out and I know people can have short memories, but this is fantastic day for the supporters who stood by the club through thick and thin only a few years ago."

Howe is fully aware of the challenge awaiting his side against a Liverpool squad boasting players of the calibre of Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard - but he is deliberately limiting the amount of time his squad have had to study videos of their opponents.

"We cannot show them too much because they will be blown away," he said.

"They have obvious strengths and at the end of the day if Suarez turns and swivels and hits one from 40 yards, we won't be able to stop that. It's very much about working on what we can do and that has been our focus.

"We can rise to the occasion, I have no doubt, but there is a huge gulf between where we are and the top of the Premier League. It's a huge gulf, so a huge task, but this is an FA Cup game and anything can happen."

Despite Liverpool's strengths, Howe says his side will stick to their footballing philosophy of playing attractive, fluid football and hopes they can do themselves justice on the day.

"We want to play as we always do and give a good account of ourselves," he added.

"As individuals I want my players to express themselves and show how good they are."

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