Why Bournemouth's promotion is music to the ears of Premier League fans

Bournemouth AFC player huddle

Bournemouth's fairytale promotion has ended a long wait for many fans desperate to visit what is widely considered the perfect away day destination.

There may have been a lot of disbelief about Bournemouth's rise through the leagues to the English top tier but Cherries fans were not the only ones celebrating when they sealed an automatic place on Tuesday night.

The tiny club on the English south coast will join the big boys for the first time in their 116-year history next season. And theirs will be the first away game on every fan's minds when the fixtures are released in June.

The renowned nightlife and its position on the coast make it the perfect destination for an away trip and with many of the Premier League's clubs based in the big land-locked cities, demand is set to be high for tickets in both the home and away sections.

A 3-0 win over Bolton Wanderers sparked remarkable scenes for a club that came close to folding in 2009 because of crippling debts.

Even if they lose their final game of the season, The Cherries' goal difference means they already have one foot in the Premier League along with Watford, who have also been automatically promoted.

But actually getting hold of the aforementioned tickets will not be easy. Their ground only holds 12,500 fans and has overnight become the smallest ever Premier League stadium.

The Cherries have already insisted they won't be rushing to increase the capacity over the summer and will instead try to use the small ground to their advantage, as reported by the Daily Mail.

The man behind the club's resurgence on the field is their 37-year-old manager Eddie Howe. Now in his second spell as manager on the coast after a stint at Burnley, it was Howe who took the red and blacks into the Championship and now the most watched league in world football.

Speaking to the Sky Sports TV cameras after sealing their promotion, Howe said: "This club was on its knees six years ago, 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 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."

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