THERE has never been a night or a day like it at Dean Court.

Or perhaps anywhere in football, given the incredible story.

AFC Bournemouth have achieved a dream that seemed impossible. Promotion to the Premier League, joining football's elite.

There were tears of joy from fans who saw their beloved club go to the brink of extinction six short years ago.


The stadium exploded with emotion at the final whistle against Bolton.

In the East Stand last night, Malcolm Shore 71, saw his first match in the 50s.

"It's just unbelievable. I am pinching myself. What an incredible achievement."

And 19-year-old Joe Manley was ecstatic. "This will only sink in when the fixtures come out and we are playing Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United."

The crowd sang and roared on their team from beginning to end.

So the club stands on the verge of the world's richest, most watched and most powerful football competition.

The chant reverberating around Dean Court at the end was one that few supporters ever thought they would sing or hear.

"We are Premier League, we are Premier League."

Those supporters will be visiting the likes of Old Trafford, the Emirates, Anfield and Stamford Bridge next season.

The history books have been rewritten by Eddie Howe, the players and everyone involved with AFCB after the club itself was nearly consigned to history.

At a public meeting January 1997 in the now demolished Winter Gardens, 3,000 fans raised £35,000 to keep their beloved club alive.

Now the riches of the Premier League beckon, estimated at anywhere between £90m and £130m.

The eyes of the football world - across the globe -will now be following the next chapter of the AFCB story in the Premier League next season.

The impossible dream has come true.

But as the club motto says: Together, anything is possible.

That motto could not be more fitting.