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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.


Police want to speak to man after missile was thrown during Reading’s FA Cup quarter final match

Thames Valley Police want to speak to this man following an offence during a Reading FC match Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police would like to speak to the man shown in the image, as officers believe he may have vital information about an offence that occurred during a Reading FC match.

An image of the same man was released by the Force yesterday.

The incident of throwing a missile occurred during Reading’s FA Cup quarter final match at home to Bradford AFC on Monday 16 March this year.

During the incident a broken piece of chair from the stadium was thrown towards the Bradford fans.

I would appeal to anyone who knows the man in these two images, or the man himself to contact police immediately via 101. We believe that this man may have vital information about an incident where a piece of chair from the stadium was thrown at Bradford supporters.

I know that some people don’t feel comfortable speaking to the police, so alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppersanonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

– Investigating officer, PC Richard Hester, Football Intelligence Officer with Thames Valley Police
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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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