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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.

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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

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.

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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 www.crimestoppers-uk.org. 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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