Athletic Football Club Bournemouth, often abbreviated as AFC Bournemouth or simply Bournemouth, is a professional football club based in Kings Park, Boscombe, a suburb of Bournemouth, Dorset, that plays in the Premier League, the top tier of the English football league system. Formed in 1899 as Boscombe St. John's Institute F.C., the club adopted their current name in 1972. 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 Football League Trophy 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 have remained there ever since.