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Bournemouth on the up as they beat Bolton to secure promotion to top flight

Bournemouth 3-0 Bolton

Published 28/04/2015

Joy unlimited: Captain Tommy Elphick celebrates with the fans
Joy unlimited: Captain Tommy Elphick celebrates with the fans

Bournemouth effectively sealed promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their 116-year history after a 3-0 victory over Bolton last night, sparking joyous scenes for a club who almost went out of existence in 2009.

The Cherries have a superior goal difference that makes it virtually impossible for the south-coast club to be overtaken by Middlesbrough for the second automatic promotion place, even if they lose their final match.

Promotion is expected to bring a potential cash boost of more than £120m to a club who six years ago were mired in financial turmoil and just avoided relegation from the Football League.

At the age of 37, manager Eddie Howe secured the greatest win in the Cherries' history in style, and further enhanced his own reputation.

Two fine goals in the last five minutes of the first half, first from Marc Pugh and then Matt Ritchie, sparked the celebrations.

The victory was sealed with 12 minutes left when the club's top scorer Callum Wilson got the third after Bolton had been reduced to 10 men, Dorian Dervite seeing red.

Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn said afterwards: "It is an absolutely incredible feeling, even for me this is achieving the impossible.

"For all football fans, this is the perfect story and hopefully it gives hope for every club that you can come back from oblivion and get to the Premier League."

He added: "I am so proud of everybody and my total respect to the owner, the chief executive and all the staff. When I first arrived, we could not afford a first-class stamp."

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