1 May 2015

Bournemouth set for Premiership

11:09 am on 1 May 2015

Bournemouth have effectively sealed promotion to English football's Premier League for the first time in their 116-year history after a 3-0 win over Bolton Wanderers.

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.

Bournemouth football manager Eddie Howe and assistant Jason Tindall.

Bournemouth football manager Eddie Howe and assistant Jason Tindall. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Watford were promoted from the Championship over the weekend.

Promotion to the Premier League is expected to bring a potential cash boost of more than 240 million dollars to a club who six years ago were mired in financial turmoil and just avoided relegation from the Football League.

Bournemouth football players

Bournemouth football players Photo: PHOTOSPORT

That figure and the success of this season may forever change a club with a home ground which can hold just over 12-thousand.

At the age of 37 manager Eddie Howe secured the greatest win in the Cherries' history in style, and further enhanced his own burgeoning 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 remaining when the club's top scorer Callum Wilson got the third.