Open-top bus parade in Bournemouth celebrates promotion

Bournemouth's players and backroom staff took part in an open-top bus parade to celebrate their promotion

Bournemouth's players and backroom staff have taken part in an open-top bus parade to celebrate their promotion to The Championship.

The Dorset side missed out on the League One title in dramatic style on Saturday when rivals Doncaster secured a last-minute victory at Brentford.

But thousands of people turned out in Bournemouth to cheer their return to the second tier of English football.

The parade began at the Goldsands stadium and ended in The Square.

The club tweeted: "Fantastic scenes. Overwhelming support from the town."

Bournemouth knew a win against Tranmere on Saturday would secure the title, but instead they could only manage a 0-0 draw.

That result would still have been good enough but James Coppinger's injury-time goal for Doncaster meant Rovers took the title.

Cherries' manage Eddie Howe said: "It was the cruellest way it could ever be snatched away but what can you do?

"I have to look at the overall picture and how far this club's come from a few months ago. If someone had said you'd be disappointed if you don't win the title on the last day we wouldn't have believed it."

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