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Andy Cryer

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  1. Post update

    That is it from us for this evening. I imagine the party in Bournemouth will be going on a lot longer.

    Join us again from 08:00 for Sportsday live, while we also have a live text commentary of Hull v Liverpool in the Premier League tomorrow night.

    For now though, cheerio.

  2. How it stands

    Championship table

    There is still one game left for all Championship sides but - barring the most ridiculous goal swing in Premier League history - the automatic promotion slots are sorted.

    Plenty to play for underneath that though with Ipswich, Derby, Brentford and Wolves playing it out for the final two play-off spots. Plenty of promotion drama to come.

  3. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Gimme Shelter: I remember Bournemouth playing a three-legged charity game against the girls at my school in 97 to raise cash to save the club!

  4. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Daniel Button: Unbelievable that Bournemouth promoted to Premier League. Incredible job from Eddie Howe.

    Allan Abbas: Already made Bournemouth my second team next season. They have won my heart.

    Tom Osborne: Huge congrats to #afcbournemouth, coming from a Norwich fan. Promoted in style outscoring all the rest, hope we can join you!

  5. Bournemouth reaction

    Bournemouth keeper Artur Boruc on BBC Radio Solent: "This is beautiful. We have been working hard all season and the dream has come true. You can see the hard has paid off - there are no stars, just a bunch of lads who want to work together."

    On whether he will join from parent club Southampton on a permanent basis in the summer: "It is a possibility - it is up to the clubs now."

  6. Manager reaction

    Eddie Howe

    Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has finished on the tannoy and is now speaking to BBC Radio 5 live:

    "This club was on its knees six years, 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 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.

    "It is never a journey we expected to go on but through some hard work and some investment we managed to do it. The players have been magnificent and an achievement they deserved."

  7. Rise to the Premier League


    From bucket collections to the Premier League.

    Read all about Bournemouth's incredible rise to the top flight here.

  8. Howe on the tannoy

    Manager Eddie Howe takes to the tannoy system to speak his adoring public.

    You can tell how much he is loved as a hush falls upon the Goldsands to listen to what their boss has to say.

  9. Bournemouth reaction

    Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, speaking to Sky Sports: "I am an eternal pessimist but it would take some blow up from this position not to make it. We have one more game and we want to finish on a high.

    "This club was heading nowhere, it was heading out of business and in such a short turnaround it is impressive. You don't achieve anything on your own. It has taken monumental effort from the players and coaching staff. Jason Tindall has been by my side all the way and it is a joint achievement.

    "We would love to win the title. We will do our best to win the last game and see what happens."

    Bournemouth assistant Jason Tindall: "It is an incredible achievement everyone has worked so hard. What a manager Eddie Howe is. The hard work he puts in, no-one deserves it more than him."

  10. Bournemouth reaction

    Bournemouth striker Brett Pitman on Cherries boss Eddie Howe: "Words can't describe how good a job he has done - ever since he took over that first game when we were in trouble. He has done a superb job."

  11. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Dai Little: Best 2 footballing sides in the Championship have deservedly gone up. Many parallels between the Cherries and the Jacks.

    Luke Jones: My dad and I found the only other Bournemouth supporter in St Andrews, and we had a brilliant time! Superb!

    Sam Victory: I don't even think Real Madrid could beat Bournemouth 19-0 let alone Charlton. Welcome to the Premier league Bournemouth

  12. Bournemouth reaction

    Bournemouth leading scorer Callum Wilson on Sky Sports: "I can't really describe how I'm feeling at the moment! I'm delighted for my team mates the club, my family, it is everything we ever dreamed of.

    "When I joined I knew Bournemouth had ambitions of the Premier League and thankfully we have achieved that."

    On pipping Watford to the title next weekend: "We want to finish the job and win the title. We will enjoy today, tonight, tomorrow and hopefully they will slip up."

  13. Bournemouth reaction

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Jeff Mostyn

    Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn: "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.

    "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."

  14. Howe's that?

    Bournemouth 3-0 Bolton

    Eddie Howe is one of the last on the pitch.

    What a job he has done. Howe stands with his arms aloft in front of the photographers.

    The Bournemouth fans love him and rightly so. From League Two to the Premier League.

  15. Bournemouth reaction

    Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick on BBC Radio 5 live: "It has not sunk in. We are just trying to be as professional as possible because we have a title to play for.

    "I am so happy for the people who have been here for so long, but none more so than the gaffer. I can't tell you I how happy I am for him. He deserve a knighthood. I hope we have many, many years in the Premier League with him. Hopefully we have won a few new hearts and followers along the way."

  16. Bournemouth reaction

    Jeff Mostyn

    Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn on Sky Sports: "We have achieved the impossible. We have gone from the abyss in League Two to the Premier League - these guys are incredible.

    "Eddie Howe has created a siege mentality and the boys have carried them up four divisions against the odds. The manager has an insatiable attitude to self development and the development of the team.

    "He is calm and collected - and you can see that on the pitch. He wants to develop team in his own style."

    On which team he is most looking forward to playing next season: "Manchester City. I've been a City fan all my life. I can't wait to go the Etihad next season and get three points."

  17. Post update

    Bournemouth 3-0 Bolton

    The players are going to milk every moment of this and so they should.

    One by one, the players' names are announced and they come onto the pitch to huge cheers.

    A lot of the players have their children in the arms. as they come back out. Although Callum Wilson's little un doesn't look too impressed...

  18. Post update

    Bournemouth 3-0 Bolton

    The fans are back in the stands. Now they are waiting for the re emergence of their heroes. Here they come....

  19. Player reaction

    Bournemouth 3-0 Bolton

    Tommy Elphick

    Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick on Sky Sports: "It has been an unbelievable achievement from everyone at the club. The medical staff, the analysts, the manager - what can you say about the manager?! And the lads of course, they have performed so well week in week out.

    "We're up unless we concede 20 goals but we've got to be professional at Charlton and see the season out. The title is up for grabs and it would be nice to finish by lifting the trophy.

    Bournemouth midfielder Matt Ritchie: "Winning promotion to the Premier League is a dream come true. The club's turnaround in the last few years has been unbelievable. "

  20. Post update

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Sport

    "There are so many clubs who had this money and more and did nothing with it. Their accounts they lost about £14m but that just gave them a chance. They didn't have £14m when Eddie Howe got them promoted."

  21. Post update

    Bournemouth 3-0 Bolton

    The fans are being ushered back into the stands to allow the players the opportunity to get back onto the pitch to soak up the acclaim. Smiles all round the dressing room as the players perform the obligatory jigging up and down moves.

    Chairman Jeff Mostyn is loving it. He is mobbed by the players before voicing his delight in a way I couldn't possibly publish...

  22. Post update

    Bournemouth 3-0 Bolton


    If anyone is waiting up at home for their loved ones to get back from the Goldsands this evening, I wouldn't bother. They are going to be some time yet.

    The party continues. A day like this could only happen once in a lifetime.

  23. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Charlton Athletic: Bournemouth celebrating like they've completely ruled out a 19-0 defeat at The Valley on Saturday. We'll see..

    Now that would be incredible.

  24. Text us on 81111

    Unnamed on text: Impossible? Pah! Everyone back in 1885 remembered Arbroath 36-0 Bon Accord! Robin, Boro fan stuck in Essex.

  25. Post update

    Bournemouth 3-0 Bolton

    You get the feeling these Bournemouth players aren't going anywhere in a hurry.

    Strangers are hugging each other, the pitch is packed with fans waving flags and scarves and they are waiting for their heroes to emerge on the balcony.

  26. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Paul Moore: I'm not even a Bouremouth fan and I am so happy. Congratulations to the cherries. See you at The Etihad next season.

    Peter Collins: If the FA punish Bournemouth for this pitch invasion, I think I might boycott the national team. Great show of passion!

    MJE: What a fairy tale for AFCBournemouth. Who'd have thought a club with a super-rich owner could get to the Premier League

  27. Post update

    Bournemouth 3-0 Bolton

    There are people in tears at Bournemouth.

    They have been through the bad times now they are enjoying the very good times.

    Young children on the field look almost bewildered. Their elders look as though they can't believe it. This a day for the history books.

  28. Pitch invasion

    Bournemouth 3-0 Bolton


    Incredible scenes at the Goldsands as thousands of Bournemouth fans race onto the pitch in celebration.

    They may not be officially promoted but these fans know they are in the Premier League.

    They have a 19-goal swing in their favour with one match to go. Enjoy the party.


    Bournemouth 3-0 Bolton

    Game over. Bournemouth are in the Premier League - well as long as something absolutely ridiculous doesn't happen in the final game of the season.

  30. Post update

    Bournemouth 3-0 Bolton

    Callum Wilson shoots just over the bar as Bournemouth keep on coming.

  31. Post update

    Bournemouth 3-0 Bolton

    Dorset has long been known for its beauty. Now it is about to welcome a Premier League football team for the first time.

    Ten thousand fans singing four magic words. We. Are. Going. Up.

    Three minutes of injury time signalled.

  32. Post update

    Bournemouth 3-0 Bolton

    The Bournemouth fans are doing the conga. Fans of all generations are dancing and singing their side home.

    It is almost four as Harry Artur strikes just wide. Brett Pitman is furious with his team mate for not passing.... Give him a break Brett.

  33. Text us on 81111

    Mark, Berkshire, on text: As a Saints fan; Many Congratulations to Bournemouth. Looking forward to playing them in a couple of real local derbies next season.

    Unnamed: Bournemouth have got under 11k as they go to premier league, Bristol rovers had 11k+ in the conference on Saturday! Amazing story for Bournemouth, good luck next season.

    Jamie Pragnell in Eastleigh: Eddie Howe and Ronald Koeman have done wonders for South Coast football this season, both should be applauded for fantastic achievements!

  34. Post update

    Bournemouth 3-0 Bolton

    Everyone is standing, everyone is clapping, everyone is singing.

    Bucket collections to raise money for the club, watching their side start the 2008 season on -17 points in League Two....

    It was all worth it wasn't it Cherries fans?

  35. Post update

    Bournemouth 3-0 Bolton

    Bournemouth won't officially be promoted this evening but tell that to the home fans.

    Middlesbrough can still get the same amount of points as the Cherries but to over take them they would need to improve a goal difference which is 19 goals worse than Bournemouth's.


  36. Post update

    Bournemouth 3-0 Bolton

    Callum Wilson

    You get the feeling manager Eddie Howe will never have to buy a beer in Bournemouth again.

    What a job the former Cherries player has done. The club were languishing in League Two when he was appointed eight years ago and now they are Premier League bound.


  37. GOAL

    Bournemouth 3-0 Bolton - Callum Wilson

    Callum Wilson

    Pull those champagne corks out Bournemouth fans. You are going up!

    Another lovely goal as Andrew Surman gets in down the right, cuts the ball back for Callum Wilson and he turns brilliantly before firing home low into the net.

    Wilson's 23rd of the season and thoroughly deserved. The Premier League awaits.

  38. Post update

    Bournemouth 2-0 Bolton

    It is all one-way traffic now. Bolton just want the final whistle as Bournemouth continue to come at them.

    Having said that, I think a few Bournemouth fans are just waiting for the whistle too. There is a party to be had.

  39. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Kenn: I promised my bro I would tear my shirt off & run round this Caerphilly pub if Bournemouth got a 3rd. & they missed penalty.

    Neil South: Great to see @afcbournemouth playing class football-they could sit back and play out the win, but I think they don't know how.

    Mathew Penistone: As an Arsenal fan the way Bournemouth play is fantastic. Proof anti-football isn't the way to play. Welcome to the top.

  40. Post update

    Bournemouth 2-0 Bolton

    Yann Kermorgant

    Yann Kermorgant's missed penalty - and it was fairly awful - has done little to spoil the party mood at the Goldsands. Matt Ritchie almost makes amends with a powerful shot that flies over the bar.


    Bournemouth 2-0 Bolton

    Yann Kermorgant

    Ouch. Yann Kermorgant steps up confidently enough but scoops the ball over the bar. A let off for Bolton but that shouldn't be costly.


    Bournemouth 2-0 Bolton (Dorian Dervite)

    Dorian Dervite

    The Bolton defender Dorian Dervite can have few complaints after seeing red for a a clear professional foul.


    Bournemouth 2-0 Bolton

    A chance to seal Premier League promotion as Callum Wilson is hacked down by Dorian Dervite when through on goal.

  44. Post update

    Bournemouth 2-0 Bolton

    Midway through the second half and Bournemouth are well in control. There would be some misery around this evening if the Cherries managed to throw this one away now.

    They can't can they?

  45. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Dr David Wheeler: Attended every Bournemouth home game 1967-73 aka the Keith East - Ted MacDougall era. Proud night tonight if it stays like this.

    Keiron Riza: Be great to see Swansea vs Bournemouth next season. Their rise from the bottom is so similar. Two fantastically managed clubs.

    Rich Wrigley: Saints fans will be looking forward to a south coast derby next season! Pompey might even get one if Eastleigh get promoted.

  46. Post update

    Bournemouth 2-0 Bolton

    Marc Pugh has his hands on his head. He carries the ball down the left, cuts inside but drills just wide. The official attendance is 10,700 this evening. Can you imagine that in the Premier League next season?


    Bournemouth 2-0 Bolton

    Showboating time for Bournemouth. Yann Kermorgant, about 50 yards from goal, looks up and lobs the ball goal wards. Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan just about recovers and tips the ball over.

    Bogdan then scrambles Steve Cook's volley clear from the resulting corner.

  48. CLOSE!

    Bournemouth 2-0 Bolton

    Emile Heskey

    Almost a goal back as Emile Heskey slides in at the far post but his half volley towards goal is deflected wide by Steve Cook.

    The second corner comes to nothing. Bournemouth fans are still singing.

  49. Post update

    Bournemouth 2-0 Bolton

    Corner to Bolton though...

  50. Post update

    Bournemouth 2-0 Bolton

    You get the feeling the Bournemouth fans are readying themselves for a pitch invasion in about 30 minutes time...

    Almost another goal as Steve Cook is a whisker away from tuning in Callum Wilson's low cross from the right. He should actually get a touch to that.

  51. Post update

    Bournemouth 2-0 Bolton

    Liam Feeney

    Another chance for Bolton as Liam Feeney heads Tom Walker's left-wing cross wide.

  52. Post update

    Bournemouth 2-0 Bolton

    Bournemouth simply don't know how to settle for what they have got. They keep coming forward and Harry Arter fires a shot from 25 yards well, well over and wide. You get the feeling the Cherries will win a lot of admirers next season.

  53. Text us on 81111

    On text: Back in the 90s when I was a young kid I used to go to Dean Court where we had a whole family row, sat on wooden benches. I used to watch Luther Blissett and hope that one day we could get to the top but never really thought we could make it. Never supported another team and never felt this nervous, come on you cherries! My Granpop was a lifelong fan, he passed away this year in his late nineties and we had his wake at the stadium! I hope we do it for Jo Gilbert!

  54. Post update

    Bournemouth 2-0 Bolton

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at the Goldsands Stadium: Not quite party mode here at Dean Court, but it's not far off, We've had "we are going up" as well as the Match of the Day theme music being sung by Bournemouth's fans as promotion to the Premier League edges ever closer.

  55. Post update

    Bournemouth 2-0 Bolton

    Wait a minute though. There is still a game to win. Bolton's Barry Bannan has an 18-yard shot deflected wide for a corner. That could have gone anywhere.

    The resulting corner is cleared. A Bolton goal would make this a little bit more nervy.

  56. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Alex Kaminjuki: All the way from Kenya and I have supported Bournemouth throughout the season. I fell in love with their name from the start.

  57. Post update

    Bournemouth 2-0 Bolton

    Bournemouth start where they left off in the second half. First Matt Ritchie is crowded out then Yann Kermorgant over hits a cross from the loose ball.

  58. Post update

    Bournemouth 2-0 Bolton

    Eddie Howe

    Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is looking a relaxed man. It must be hard to wipe that smile from his face - I'm sure all Cherries fans know how he feels.

  59. KICK-OFF

    Bournemouth 2-0 Bolton

    So Bournemouth have got two legs, a nose, two eyes and an ear in the Premier League. Just 45 minutes to go to edge that final ear over the finishing line.

    Bournemouth could be drunk dry this evening. Game on.

  60. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Steve Hankey: @afcbournemouth welcome to the Premier League next season. You have restored my faith in the beautiful game.

    Daniel Tinkler: Bournemouth going up. I give it till January before we see Arry managing again.

    David Ahluwalia: Bournemouth making a strong case to be most people's second favourite team next year.

  61. Text us on 81111

    Lee stuck in Birmingham: I've been a Bournemouth fan all my life and remember the dark days of the club raising money on a stage in the town to stay in business. Credit to the club and Eddie Howe what a legend and bring on premier league. Oh we do like to live beside the seaside !!!!

  62. Post update

    Bournemouth 2-0 Bolton


    Nerves? Not if that first half was anything to go on. Bournemouth look every inch a Premier League football team.

  63. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Michael Hutley: Woken up my 11 month girl as that second Bournemouth goal went in. Can't control myself. Think the whole of Norway heard me.

    Trev Harrison: Congrats to #afcb from a Boro fan you beat us twice and deserve to go up. Hopefully we can join you through the play-offs.

    Kate Hatchard: Watched AFCB play schoolboy football all through childhood. Never been prouder to see beautiful football today.

  64. Post update


    Bournemouth fans will remember this day for a very long time. Eight years ago, the club looked like they were heading out of the Football League. Now, they look certain to be in the top flight next season.

    A win leaves them three points clear in second with a game to go, with a goal difference 18 better than Middlesbrough's.

  65. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Will Watson: As a lifelong Bournemouth fan through thick and mostly thin, this is unreal. All hail King Eddie.

    Mike W: The two most entertaining teams in the championship are going up, Bournemouth and Watford definitely deserve it.

    James Porter: I'm slightly worried Howe might get poached but would that mean dream job for Redknapp? Ugh that could be great.

  66. Post update

    Bournemouth 2-0 Bolton

    One note of warning for Bournemouth fans. Apologies for being the party pooper.

    The Cherries have lost more points from winning positions than any other side in the Championship this season. Surely that isn't going to happen tonight is it?


    Bournemouth 2-0 Bolton

    Bournemouth fans are singing the Match of the Day theme tune.

    They are going up to the Premier League and they are doing it in style.

  68. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Mike Ash: Such a surreal situation for an #afcb fan; on the brink of the Premier League after almost dropping out of the football league!

    John Kiszely: What a goal by Bournemouth. Something else. Eddie Howe is a very talented coach.

  69. Post update

    Bournemouth 2-0 Bolton

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Sport

    "Some people will have waited a lifetime for this moment, for this night, this result, these goals. This is what being a football fan is all about for these Bournemouth supporters."

  70. GOAL

    Bournemouth 2-0 Bolton - Matt Ritchie

    Matt Ritchie

    Beautiful football and the party has just got bigger.

    Callum Wilson gets in down the left, he squares to Yann Kermorgant, whose one touch pass is perfectly into Matt Ritchie's stride. Ritchie makes no mistake with a first-time drive into the bottom corner.

    Surely Bournemouth are Premier League bound.

  71. Post update

    Bournemouth 1-0 Bolton

    Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe kept his calm on the sidelines as the ball went into the net but the rest of his bench were not so restrained. Incredible scenes and noise at Bournemouth. The fans are already in party mode.

  72. Post update

    Bournemouth 1-0 Bolton

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Sport

    "What a wonderful time for them to score. That was a fantastic finish from an acute angle."

  73. GOAL

    Bournemouth 1-0 Bolton - Marc Pugh

    Marc Pugh

    The Goldsands erupts.

    Matt Ritchie does well down the right and dinks a cross to the far post from the byeline. Marc Pugh calmly collects, beats his marker and drills the ball into the net.

    "We are going up" sing Bournemouth fans and they are if this stays the same.

  74. Post update

    Bournemouth 0-0 Bolton

    Harry Arter cuts inside from the left but, as the defence opens up for him, he scuffs his shot straight at goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.

    At the other end, after a bit of pin ball inside the penalty area, Liam Feeney volleys horribly wide from 20 yards.

  75. Post update

    Bournemouth 0-0 Bolton

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Sport

    "It has been such open stuff so far, great entertainment, great fayre."

  76. Text us on 81111

    Harry Arter

    On text: Been a AFCB supporter since I was a young lad and I'm gutted I couldn't make it tonight. Had my first exam of my third year at uni today and I'm more nervous about the match!

    Remember, please send your names and location.

  77. Post update

    Bournemouth 0-0 Bolton

    Still Bournemouth come forward. Matt Ritchie has a tame shot blocked but the ball comes back to them. The Cherries are playing some lovely, patient stuff but, so far, have lacked that final touch.

  78. Post update

    Bournemouth 0-0 Bolton

    Callum Wilson

    Bournemouth have done everything but score. They have had seven shots already this evening, compared to Bolton's one.

  79. Text us on 81111

    James Marshall on text: Just got the feeling that Bournemouth may not get the win tonight and it will go down to the last day. Great achievement though if Bournemouth do make it to the Premier League.

  80. Post update

    Bournemouth 0-0 Bolton

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at the Goldsands: "Understandably nervy here with the experienced players in Bolton's side starting to settle into this game. The sun is setting over the Steve Fletcher Stand as the Cherries continue their search for that vital opener."


    Bournemouth 0-0 Bolton

    Adam Bogdan take a bow. Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson races clear on goal, touches the ball past the Bolton goalkeeper, who recovers brilliantly to touch the ball away.

    Wilson collects the loose ball, pulls it back to Matt Ritchie and his low shot from 18 yards is stopped on the line by a diving Bogdan. Great goalkeeping.

  82. Post update

    Bournemouth 0-0 Bolton

    Bolton immediately hit back and Emile Heskey's low cross from the right is deflected into Artur Boruc's grasp.

  83. Post update

    Bournemouth 0-0 Bolton

    Cheeky from Yann Kermorgant. The striker, who has scored more match-winning goals than any other player in the Championship, dinks the ball goalwards from 20 yards but it sails over the bar.

  84. Post update

    Bournemouth 0-0 Bolton

    Adam Smith

    The longer this goes on, the more nervy the evening will get at the Goldsands. Bolton are playing like a team with very little pressure and appear to be enjoying themselves.

  85. Text us on 81111

    David in Bournemouth on text: As a Newcastle fan living in Bournemouth, it would be typical for the Cherries to be promoted and Newcastle go down. Been wishing for that fixture to come here for years.

    George in Abingdon. I really want Bournemouth to go up... Partly so that they can't put 5 past Fulham every time but also because they genuinely deserve it.

  86. Post update

    Bournemouth 0-0 Bolton

    It comes to nothing as Bolton gratefully smack the ball up the other end of the pitch.

    The quality football is coming from the hosts and they almost take the lead as Harry Arter's cross from the left is headed over from close range by Yann Kermorgant.

  87. Post update

    Bournemouth 0-0 Bolton

    Matt Ritchie

    A reminder that if Bournemouth win this evening, they will effectively be promoted to the Premier League.

    Mathematically, Middlesbrough could still catch Bournemouth on points but, with their goal difference 16 worse, the Cherries would surely be up.

    A draw or a defeat for the hosts though and it goes to the final day. Corner to Bournemouth...

  88. Post update

    Bournemouth 0-0 Bolton


    Middlesbrough and Norwich fans will have been given a little bit of encouragement from the opening 15 minutes. There have been chances for both sides as Bolton look anything but ready to roll over. This could be tasty.

    Adam Smith fires wildly over for the hosts from 30 yards...

  89. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Nick Bennett: If @afcbournemouth win tonight they'll be top of the Premier League on August 8th due to the A.F.C in their name! Amazing.


    Bournemouth 0-0 Bolton

    Bolton's turn now.

    A long ball is pumped into Bournemouth's box, the ball is flicked on and Adam Le Fondre is through on goal and just yards from goal. He tamely heads towards goal though and goalkeeper Artur Boruc saves.

    A huge let off for the Cherries.


    Bournemouth 0-0 Bolton

    What a start to the match this is. Bournemouth go straight up the other and Matt Ritchie looks certain to open the scoring as the ball falls to him 10 yards out.

    Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bodgan reacts quickly though and smothers the shot wide.

  92. CLOSE!

    Bournemouth 0-0 Bolton

    Relief for Bournemouth. Dorian Dervite is left unmarked to head across goal but Adam Le Fondre can't quite get a touch at the far post. Linesman's flag is raised for offside anyway.

  93. Post update

    Bournemouth 0-0 Bolton

    A rare break by Bolton as Adam Le Fondre looks to latch on to Emile Heskey's flick-on. Steve Cook tidies up and hacks clear for the hosts.

    The visitors keep pressing though and force a corner. Nervy moments...

  94. Post update

    Bournemouth 0-0 Bolton

    Things calming down a little bit after a frantic start. Bolton will just be relieved to survive that early spell from the hosts.

  95. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Adam Smith

    Matthew Willingham: Seriously hoping for a @OfficialBWFC win tonight. To keep @NorwichCityFC in with a chance of automatic promotion.

  96. Post update

    Bournemouth 0-0 Bolton


    That early chance has raised the decibel levels even further here - if that is possible.

    Bournemouth knocking the ball around patiently and waiting for another opportunity.

    It almost comes as Adam Bogdan just beats Yann Kermorgant to a loose ball.

  97. CLOSE!

    Bournemouth 0-0 Bolton

    What a start that could have been. Callum Wilson bursts down the left, cuts inside but - with just Adam Bogdan to beat - he shoots straight at the goalkeeper and the ball is deflected wide.

    That would have calmed some nerves.

  98. Post update

    Bournemouth 0-0 Bolton

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at the Goldsands: "According to the local paper one Bournemouth fan was offered £2,000 for a pair of tickets to this evening's game at Dean Court. He declined and who can blame him? The Cherries are on the verge of all but reaching the top flight of English football for the first time in their history and understandably there is not a spare seat in the house as no one wants to miss this piece of club history.

    "The minute's silence was perfectly observed and was met by a huge roar that has not stopped since kick off. Incredible atmosphere here at Goldsands Stadium on what could be a memorable night. "

  99. KICK-OFF

    Bournemouth 0-0 Bolton

    So what does promotion to the Premier League mean financially?

    It is estimated to be worth between £100m to £120m - mostly thanks to the lucrative TV deal.

    Not bad for a club like Bournemouth who lost £15.3m in the financial year ending in June 2013.

    Remember a win and the Cherries will be in the Premier League - unless Middlesbrough pull off a 16-goal swing in the final game. Game on.

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    Conor McNamara

    BBC commentator


    "Commentary hazards. Hope there isn't an early goalmouth scramble down that end. Pass the sunglasses."

  101. Post update

    Bournemouth v Bolton (19:45 BST)

    Firs though a minute's silence for those who lost their lives in the Bradford fire 30 years ago.

  102. Relief for Trotters

    Bournemouth v Bolton (19:45 BST)

    Bolton will be fairly relieved they go into tonight's match with nothing to play for - having been in the relegation zone before Neil Lennon's appointment as manager in October.

    The ex-Celtic boss has steadied the ship and steered them away from the drop.

    He tells Sky Sports: "We are here to win the game and if we do someone a favour, so be it."

  103. Post update

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    The teams are out and the Goldsands is absolutely bouncing. Balloons, scarves and plenty of songs. A great atmosphere.

  104. Post update

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    Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe on Sky Sports: It is a massive game for us, we are aware of that. The league has been tight. It has been a joy to be part of but we want to end on a high."

  105. Murphy out in front

    Championship top scorers

    Bournemouth may be leading the way in terms of goals scored this season but they only just squeeze onto the list of the top six scorers in the league this season.

    The Cherries though have goals all over the pitch...

  106. Team of the season

    Team of the Year BBC

    Unsurprisingly, Bournemouth were recognised in this season's PFA Championship team of the year.

    Winger Matt Ritchie - who has scored 12 goals this season - and right-back Simon Francis are in the side from the Cherries.

    Ritchie was at Swindon Town in 2013, while Francis was at Charlton two seasons earlier.

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    Mr Hind: Yes Bournemouth have spent a lot but so did Wigan and they are going down. Plus Tubbs was a bit of a flop. Give credit!

    Montymadman: Come on Cherries! Watching nervously from Northern Germany before returning for next season after 8 years. Fingers crossed!

    Paddington: Criticism of Russian 'sugar daddy' is pretty risible - majority of AFCB players were at the club before he arrived.

  108. One hundred and counting

    Bournemouth v Bolton (19:45 BST)


    Not a bad tally in all competitions this season is it?

  109. 'Beyond our wildest dreams'

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    Former Bournemouth manager Harry Redknapp talking to Sky Sports: "It is beyond our wildest dreams. I never thought I would see this day come. It has been an amazing achievement by everyone at the football club."

    "I never saw Premier League football coming here, I don't think anyone in the town did."

    Harry still lives the area by the way...

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    Conor McNamara

    BBC commentator


    Is the Premier League coming to Bournemouth next season? Listen on @bbc5live.

  111. Howe has he done it?

    Bournemouth v Bolton (19:45 BST)

    Eddie Howe

    Move over Harry Redknapp.

    The former Tottenham and QPR boss used to be considered Bournemouth's best ever manager but surely that title has long since gone?

    Current boss Eddie Howe, 37, has only been a manager for six years but has already achieved enough to be named as the first Football League manager of the decade.

    In two spells - together with assistant Jason Tindall - he has guided them to Football League safety and promotion into League One the following season. After leaving to manage Burnley he returned and led them from near the foot of League One to promotion in the Championship and now the brink of the Premier League. Incredible stuff.

  112. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    As well as live text commentary you can also listen to tonight's match online and on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Commentary follows the Monday Night Club, which is already under way with all the build-up.

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    Christopher Wilton: A concoction of nerves and excitement... Biggest day in our history.

    Dan Fookes: Bournemouth to get promoted, struggle next season, fire their manager and hire Harry Redknapp for his 'last job.

    Rob Meech: Diehard Cherries fan here. There is no pressure on us. Try needing a win to stay in the Football League, now that's pressure.

    Can't argue with that Rob...

  114. Champions in waiting

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    It would be easy to miss but this evening's match is also huge for already-promoted Watford.

    A Bolton victory would hand the Hornets the title with a game to go, so the champagne will be on ice in Hertfordshire this evening.

    Watch Watford hearing about their Premier League promotion on the team coach here. Great scenes.

  115. 'Do us a favour Bolton'

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    Middlesbrough and Norwich were both well in the hunt for automatic promotion ahead of this weekend's Championship fixtures, being level on points and two behind Bournemouth respectively.

    But a thrilling 4-3 defeat at Fulham for Middlesbrough and a disappointing 1-1 draw at Rotherham for Norwich on Saturday gifted Watford promotion and puts Bournemouth in pole position for the second spot.

    There will be a few Bolton fans in the North East and Norfolk this evening...

  116. Gate crashing the party

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    Tonight's visitors Bolton must feel a little like they are gate crashing a wedding.

    Neil Lennon's Trotters are safe from relegation, have no chance of making the play-offs and, without a win in three, may already be laying down their beach towels.

    There will be a couple of Championship sides though desperate for them to play the role of party poopers.

  117. Bournemouth in the money

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    Bournemouth could become arguably the smallest club in the history of the Premier League - with a ground capacity of just 11,700. It has to be noted they have had a bit - or a lot - of financial help in recent years though.

    Little is known of Bournemouth's mystery Russian billionaire owner Maxim Demin but there can be no complaints about the cash he has spent to help the south coast club get where they are.

    Buying the club in 2011, he has yet to give an interview but win tonight and maybe the man who made his money in petrochemicals will finally be tempted out of the shadows.

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    Giannina Caraceni: If AFCB are in the PL next year, this will be the nothing-to-everything fairytale I'll start telling my brother at bedtime.

    Alex Acklam: Some fairytale, Bournemouth got a sugar daddy, nothing romantic. How many clubs can spend 800k on Tubbs, 2.5mil on Rantie etc

    We want to hear your views on how big an achievement it would be if Bournemouth were promoted to the Premier League and what are your other favourite sporting fairy tales? Tweet #bbcfootball or text 81111.

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    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan: Arrived at the 'Boscombe Bernabeu' to hopefully watch #afcb (all but) seal promotion the Premier League.

  120. Team news

    Bournemouth v Bolton (19:45 BST)

    Adam Smith replaces the suspended Simon Francis as Eddie Howe makes one change for AFC Bournemouth's match against Bolton Wanderers.

    Former England striker Emile Heskey starts in attack for Bolton with ex-Chelsea and Barcelona front man Eidur Gudjohnsen on the substitutes' bench.

    Bournemouth XI: Boruc, Smith, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie, Surman, Arter, Pugh, Kermorgant, Wilson. Subs. Camp, Ward, Harte, Gosling, Fraser, Pitman, Jones.

    Bolton XI: Bogdan, Moxey, Ream, Dervite, Feeney, Walker, Bannan, Danns, M Davies, Heskey, Le Fondre. Subs. Lonergan, Gudjohnsen, Twardzik, Threlkeld, Coke, Taylor, Woolery

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    Ste: Bournemouth got where they are with foreign investment. Middlesbrough have a local chairman with the fans interests at heart.

    Dave Watkins: Only people digging at #afcb are those jealous and/or uninformed about what we have actually achieved here!

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    That is exactly how chairman Jeff Mostyn describes his club's rise, saying it "would be the greatest fairytale since Hans Christian Andersen wrote his last one."

    The club were so penniless in 1997 they required a bucket collection to survive and just seven years ago they five minutes from liquidation.

    What do you think? How big an achievement would promotion be for Bournemouth? What other sporting fairytales can you remember? Tweet #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK users only).

  123. The greatest fairy tale in sport?

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    Exaggeration isn't uncommon in football.

    The word legend is banded around like confetti, goals are regularly described as the best strike ever, while fans often sing about their side being "by far the greatest team the world has ever seen."

    There is no stretching the truth though when it comes to the Cherries' rise to the brink of the Premier League.

    The world fairytale has rarely been so apt in football?

  124. Premier League awaits

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    Championship table

    No Bournemouth fans, this isn't a dream.

    Pinch yourselves all you like but win this evening against Bolton and you can effectively start planning your trips to Old Trafford, Anfield and Stamford Bridge.

    Okay, mathematically Middlesbrough could still catch you on the final day of the season but, with Boro currently 16 goals worse off, victory will secure the Cherries Premier League football for the first time in their history.

    Excited? Good. Live text all the way.

  125. Cherries on the brink


    Picture the scene.

    It is August 2008, Bournemouth have been declared insolvent for the second time in as many years and start the season on -17 points in League Two. They are £4m in debt and begin the campaign with an uninspiring 1-1 draw at home to Gillingham in front of little more than 5,000 fans.

    Now, fast forward less than eight years and the Cherries are on the verge of the Premier League.

    Football eh?