The small town of Reigate, tucked away at the bottom of the North Downs in Surrey, is not an obvious place to find an international footballer. 27-year old James Shearman has played for his local amateur side there for years via the most unlikely representation of a Caribbean island thousands of miles away.
The adventures of the Championship season have been mixed for AFC Bournemouth so far but the difficulties and crises of the past remain fresh in the memory. Since the early 1990s the story of the club has been one of promotions, relegations, takeovers and more than one instance of near financial oblivion.
On 18th February 2004, Northern Ireland became the holders of the most unwanted record in international football. It had been a long time coming.
As the clock ticked over to 31 minutes in Lawrie Sanchez’s first match in charge, a friendly in Belfast against Norway, the home supporters began to chant "Championes, Championes." Their side had just tipped over into enduring the longest goal drought in international history. 1,273 minutes without appearing on the scoresheet.