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Bournemouth 3-0 Bolton Wanderers

By Nabil HassanBBC Sport at Goldsands Stadium
Eddie Howe celebrates on the pitch
Bournemouth fans sang the Match of the Day theme tune as they celebrated during the game
  • Bournemouth all but promoted to Premier League
  • Three points and 19 goals ahead of Middlesbrough
  • South-coast club were minutes from liquidation in 2008
  • Title race with Watford goes down to final day

Bournemouth effectively sealed a £100m promotion to the Premier League - just seven years after the south-coast club almost went out of business.

Victory over Bolton took the Cherries three points clear of third-placed Middlesbrough with just one game left.

Only defeat, a Boro win and a 20-goal swing on the final day of the season can deny them a top-flight spot.

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

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Charlton, who play Bournemouth on Saturday, could yet spoil the promotion party

Bournemouth's impending promotion marks an amazing rise through the Football League for the club, who were in administration and close to liquidation in 2008.

They only just avoided relegation in 2009 - Eddie Howe's first season as manager - but promotion to League One followed the season after.

Former Cherries defender Howe then led them into the Championship in 2013 after returning to the south coast from Burnley.

Howe's contribution cannot be overstated, with the 37-year-old set to join an elite band of managers to guide a club through the Football League and into the top flight.

"This club was on its knees six years ago," Howe told BBC Radio 5 live.

"We had nothing. A group of supporters put their money in their pockets to keep the club alive and they are reaping the rewards. It is the club I watched as a kid, the club that gave me an opportunity in the game as a player and a manager.

"It shouldn't be them thanking me, it should be me thanking them. It is a family club and deserves its moment in the sun."

Bournemouth's success this season owes much to the goals of record signing Wilson, a £3m capture from Coventry at the start of the season.

Both Wilson and Ritchie went close to giving the Cherries the lead several times in a frenetic opening.

But after several fine saves from Adam Bogdan, the opener arrived on 39 minutes, when Pugh beat the Bolton goalkeeper with a left-foot shot.

It prompted joy in the stands of the 11,700-capacity Goldsands Stadium - and there was better to come just four minutes later, when Ritchie latched onto Yann Kermorgant's lay-off to drive home from 12 yards.

Bournemouth's fans started signing the theme tune to Match of the Day as the realisation hit home that they would be seeing their side in the top flight of English football for the first time in the club's history.

Kermorgant had the chance to make the final 20 minutes a formality, but he blazed over the bar from the penalty spot after Dorian Dervite was dismissed for hauling down Wilson.

Wilson made it 3-0 after he spun and shot smartly past Bogdan to turn the remaining 12 minutes into a carnival.

The final whistle sparked a pitch invasion from home fans, who could yet be celebrating the Championship title if results go their way on Saturday.

Callum Wilson has scored 23 goals this season following a £3m move from Coventry
Callum Wilson has scored 23 goals this season following a £3m move from Coventry
Bournemouth's fans invaded the pitch at full-time
Bournemouth's fans invaded the pitch at full-time



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 31Boruc
  • 15A Smith
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 11Daniels
  • 30RitchieSubstituted forFraserat 83'minutes
  • 6Surman
  • 8ArterBooked at 85mins
  • 7PughSubstituted forGoslingat 89'minutes
  • 18KermorgantSubstituted forPitmanat 80'minutes
  • 13Wilson


  • 1Camp
  • 4Gosling
  • 10Pitman
  • 14Harte
  • 20Fraser
  • 22Ward
  • 49Jones


Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Bogdan
  • 14DerviteBooked at 70mins
  • 5ReamBooked at 68mins
  • 3Moxey
  • 7FeeneySubstituted forThrelkeldat 63'minutes
  • 16DaviesSubstituted forGudjohnsenat 63'minutes
  • 18Danns
  • 29Bannan
  • 52Walker
  • 9Le FondreSubstituted forWooleryat 79'minutes
  • 19Heskey


  • 22Gudjohnsen
  • 24Lonergan
  • 27Twardzik
  • 30Woolery
  • 37Taylor
  • 41Threlkeld
  • 51Coke
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bournemouth 3, Bolton Wanderers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bournemouth 3, Bolton Wanderers 0.

  3. Post update

    Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

  4. Post update

    Hand ball by Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth).

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Brett Pitman.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Barry Bannan following a set piece situation.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).

  8. Post update

    Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Dan Gosling replaces Marc Pugh.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Brett Pitman (Bournemouth).

  12. Post update

    Oscar Threlkeld (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Booking

    Harry Arter (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

  15. Post update

    Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Charlie Daniels with a cross following a set piece situation.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser replaces Matt Ritchie.

  18. Post update

    Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Oscar Threlkeld (Bolton Wanderers).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Yann Kermorgant.

As It Stood

12Nottm Forest451514167067359
14Sheff Wed451417144248-659
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