Eddie ‘Howdini’: League One, Saints and PFA annoyance…

Champagne Cherries: Dressing room celebrations after 2-0 win over Burton

By Joshua Hoare

AFC Bournemouth dared to dream playing League One football next season, but against all the odds, promotion was achieved on Saturday thanks to goals from Brett Pitman and Alan Connell. Season 2009/10 will go down as one of the Cherries finest, possibly the club’s greatest? and now the reds and gaffer Eddie Howe can look forward to a visit to St.Marys next season to face Southampton.

Its little surprise to know, there were grown men crying at the final whistle on Saturday, as the 1,750 fans who made the long trip up from the south coast invaded the Pirelli Stadium pitch. The players managed to hop into the executive seating area to escape the fans, but stayed outside to celebrate the success for over an hour after the game it is believed. What a fantastic tribute to the supporters, which further symbolises the close-knit togetherness between the fans and players, after all Bournemouth has always been known to be a family club.

Cherry chaps: (From left to right) Jason Pearce, Alan Connell and Brett Pitman

Saturday’s achievement was an exceptional turn of events for the cherries after two years of doom and gloom at the club. The football league have done more hinder than provide hope for the club and this was further echoed this week with the announcement of the PFA League Two Team of Year; evidently not a single Bournemouth player amongst the 16 man squad! Well, I suppose we should not be surprised, accolades do not come around a lot, but it would be nice to recognise the work some of the boys have done this season, considering the circumstances, i.e transfer embargo’s, debt, injuries and so on.

Loyal support: over 1,500 Cherry fans made the trip to Staffordshire

Mobbed: Pitman salutes the fans after his goal sent Cherries up

Brett Pitman has still got a chance to end the season as top goal scorer and he’s currently on 25 league goals for the season, with two games to go, he may just end a terrific season on an almighty high.

Just two games to go, first up Port Vale at Home on Saturday 1st May. Well its been a pleasure following the side on here and I hoped you have enjoyed reading my blog……What a season, hell of a rollercoaster ride….

WE ARE GOING UP……… 😉

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