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Cherries to celebrate as Champions on open top bus

Bournemouth celebrate as champions on Saturday Credit: PA

AFC Bournemouth fans will celebrate their historic promotion with an open top bus parade through the town today.

The Cherries will show their appreciation for the support the town has shown Eddie Howe's squad.

Thousands of fans are expected to line the streets as it travels from Boscombe to Bournemouth pier from 11am.

Meridian will be there too and you can see our report on this evening's news.

It all went to plan for Eddie Howe and Jeff Mostyn Credit: PA
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Prince George gives a wave on way to meet baby sister

Prince George gave an adorable wave on the way into the Lindo Wing to meet his new baby sister.

Dressed in matching outfits, his father Prince William planted a kiss on his head as they headed into the hospital.

It is thought his mother Kate will bring the new baby home later today.


Man banned from football matches for three years

Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, a man has been given a three year banning order from football matches.

Charlie Sumner, aged 20, of Grays Crescent, Woodley, was given a three year football banning order at Reading Magistrates’ Court.

The order prevented him from attending all football matches, as part of the Football Offences Act 1991.

Sumner entered the pitch during Reading Football Club’s FA Cup quarter final match at home to Bradford City AFC on Tuesday 17 March.

He entered the pitch, ran towards the Bradford fans, made obscene gestures and then performed a number of somersaults.

Sumner was arrested at the scene and charged the following day with going onto the playing area at a football match.

He pleaded guilty to the offence at the same court on 1 April.

“This was a high profile game which was broadcast live on the BBC. Sumner’s stupidity could have serious consequences, as he antagonised the Bradford fans by running towards them and making obscene gestures. This type of action will not be tolerated and we will do our utmost to bring those who feel they need to commit this type of offence or other football related offences to justice.”

– Investigating officer, Sgt Richard Noone of Tactical Operations and Football Intelligence

Harry Redknapp: Cherries achievement 'beyond belief'

Eddie Howe should be the "Lord Mayor of Bournemouth", according to Harry Redknapp.

Howe's Bournemouth side beat Bolton 3-0 last night and are now effectively promoted to the Premier League.

Their ascent will be confirmed on Saturday at Charlton, and watching on at his old club, Redknapp lauded the 37-year-old manager:

Redknapp had 464 games in charge of the Cherries and could not hide his delight at their success.

I'm very happy. Everybody has played a great part, the owner has put the money in, the chairman, the chief exec... Eddie has done an amazing job. A fantastic manager.

This is the best team in the history of Bournemouth.

– Harry Redknapp


Facts about AFC Bournemouth

  • On April 25, 2009 Bournemouth beat Grimsby 2-1 to preserve their status in the Football League - Steve Fletcher scored the winner.
  • Steve Fletcher now has a stand named after him and works for the club as a scout.
  • Manager Eddie Howe started his professional career with the club and, after leaving for Portsmouth, such was his popularity that fans raised money online to pay for his return.
  • Howe was made player-coach at the age of 29, retiring from football in 2007 because of injury. He lost his job when Kevin Bond was sacked but returned under a new regime and would go on to become the manager himself.
  • Howe's overall record for Bournemouth is played 243, won 126, drawn 49, lost 68.
  • In Bournemouth's history, a 116-year one, they have played in or below the third tier for all but five years.
Bournemouth's Elliott Ward is kissed by Chairman Jeff Mostyn after the final whistle Credit: PA
  • Bournemouth were Harry Redknapp's first club as a manager. He took charge of them for nine years, overseeing 464 games - the most he has managed any team.
  • Last season's 10th-placed finish in the Championship was their best-ever - until now.

Eddie Howe: "It's been incredible"

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has spoken of his pride at the journey his side has made in recent years.

I am an eternal pessimist and we still have a game to play, but... It's been incredible, it really has.

This club was heading nowhere, out of business, and it's been such a short turnaround. A lot of people have put hard work in, the fans have put their hands in their pockets.

You don't achieve anything on your own. It's taken a monumental effort from the players and the management team. This is a joint achievement.

I can't even think about that (the Premier League). I want to savour this.

– Eddie Howe
Fans looked on as the Cherries all-but secured promotion Credit: PA

When asked if the Championship title still remains a priority, Howe added:

"The title matters, we'd love to win it."

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
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