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Incredible scenes as Cherries set for Premier League

Jubilant scenes at Dean Court Credit: PA

Bournemouth will play in the Premier League next season for the first time in their 116-year history after cruising past 10-man Bolton 3-0 in front of a disbelieving Dean Court.

Eddie Howe's men were cut adrift at the foot of the Football League in 2009 but only a virtually impossible swing in goal difference on the final day would deny the Dorset-born manager from clinching the third promotion of his managerial career with the Cherries.

Goals from Marc Pugh, Matt Ritchie and Callum Wilson sparked incredible scenes of celebration amongst the home fans.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and Chairman Jeff Mostyn celebrate on the pitch Credit: PA


Bournemouth 2 - 0 Bolton

Bournemouth have gone 2-0 up against Bolton. They scored two goals within the space of a few minutes, thanks to Marc Pugh and Matt Ritchie.

Bournemouth v Bolton: Game underway

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AFC Bournemouth: The remarkable journey

A new era in the history of Bournemouth football club is on the horizon. Never before have the Cherries made it to the top-flight of English football, but now fans are allowing themselves to believe that it might well happen.

The club has had its fair share of struggles over the years, but for many manager Eddie Howe has provided a glimmer of hope. Only six years a manager, but recently crowned the Football League's manager of the decade, he's had to contend with point deductions and transfer embargoes during his time at the helm.

Yet he has taken the club from the bottom of League Two to the verge of the most thrilling league in the world. But Eddie Howe is just one chapter in an incredible story:

Bournemouth hopes for promotion to Premier League

Manager Eddie Howe's team take on Bolton Wanderers this evening Credit: PA

AFC Bournemouth is hoping to secure promotion to the Premier League when they take on Bolton Wanderers this evening.

They need just three points to move up - only a sixteen goal result from Middlesborough in their last game could stop it.

What do you think about the prospect of Bournemouth's promotion? Will it change the club for the better? Let us know on Twitter or on our Facebook page.


Maidstone United celebrate Ryman League title win

Maidstone United fans celebrated today as the club all-but secured the Ryman League title.

The Stones drew 0-0 with Dulwich Hamlet this afternoon which means Hendon would need to make up some 19 goals and six points in their last two matches to reach Maidstone.

The Stones will go into National League South, as it will be known next season.

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Resolute Royals made Arsenal look like underdogs

Reading boss Steve Clarke told us his side were going to have to play the perfect game here today and for much of the game they did just that - more organised and more resolute throughout.

Reading's Jamie Mackie controls the ball in the air despite the challenge of Laurent Koscielny Credit: PA

They looked like a side determined to put themselves in the history books. Only a stroke of Sanchez class gave Arsenal the edge before the break and when Garath McCleary equalised the Royals looked to be on the brink of a famous giant killing.

Any part Federici played in Arsenal's eventual winner was instantly forgiven by fans and teammates alike. He is so often the difference for a Reading side that today made Arsenal look like the underdogs.

Sir John Madejski 'immensely proud' of Royals

Sir John Madejski has spoken of his pride, as Reading more than matched their Premier League opponent Arsenal.

The Reading Chairman was quick to leave the stands and address the team in the dressing room where he described the mood as sombre.

Sir John speaking after the match Credit: ITV Meridian

I am immensely proud of the manager and every one of those players.

I am also incredibly proud of our fans. Each and every one of them played their part here today. This has been the most wonderful day for everyone in the Thames Valley.

– Sir John Madejski
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