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Moments after the final whistle, red smoke billowed from the midfield that had been so fiercely contested for the previous 98 minutes. The Bournemouth ground had been filled with cheering fans from every imaginable demographic: right down to the woman who, supported by a crutch, waved a Colombian flag in the air to honor Jefferson Lerma. Inside the locker room, his hero was otherwise busy, shaking a bottle of champagne vigorously enough to ensure club chairman Jeff Mostyn had no chance of escaping a soaking.

Mostyn will gladly foot the dry cleaning bill. This promotion isn’t brimming with the romance of their first rise to the top flight, albeit infused by the vast resources of their Russian-born owner, Maxim Demin, but it does come with its own measure of intense satisfaction. In their second season after relegation, Bournemouth needed to show they had the resilience, as a club, to bounce back and avoid a longer-term slide into the quagmire of second-tier speculators and waterrunners. They did it with this win and it’s also a triumph for Scott Parker at just 51 weeks after a relegation with Fulham which left him, in his own words, “wounded and gutted”.

This time, after a few slightly choppy attempts to clean the surface, Parker was able to address his audience in a warm glow. “This group is a special group,” he told the crowd. “I’m immensely proud of what they’ve done. They deserve their moment and they deserve to be in the Premier League. Later, in front of a much smaller audience, he struck a reflective note. “I’m emotional, of course I am,” he said, before promising to break the career habit and lose himself in the moment over a few beers. His three seasons in charge brought him two climbs and last season’s punch to the stomach. “If you had told me, growing up in central London, that I would have these opportunities, I would have bitten your hand.” His main focus, however, was the collective that saw Bournemouth at home. They first worked hard against a Nottingham Forest team that had momentum, dynamic support on the outside, pace to burn on the counterattack and a chance to take control of the race for second place with three points.

Nottingham Forest defender Steve Cook revealed paramedics saved his father’s life before his side’s 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth.

Former Bournemouth skipper Cook, who joined Forest for an undisclosed fee in January, said his father had had a heart attack at the Vitality Stadium in a post on Twitter congratulating his former club for sealing promotion.

Cook, 31, said: \”First of all a big congratulations to Bournemouth on promotion but tonight I need to thank the paramedics at the game. Unfortunately my dad suffered a cardiac arrest just before the game and they managed to bring him back to life. I’ll forever be grateful for their actions.\”

Cook started the game for Forest, who needed to win to keep alive their own chances of automatic promotion going into the final game on Saturday. The centre-half was substituted in the 84th minute and replaced by Forest forward Joe Lolley soon after Kieffer Moore had scored Bournemouth’s decisive goal, which clinched them a second-placed finish.

Cook, who played in over 370 games in all competitions for Bournemouth during his 10-year spell at the south-coast club, was making his 17th appearance for Forest on his first return. PA Media

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Nottingham Forest defender Steve Cook has revealed paramedics saved his father’s life ahead of his side’s 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth.

The former Bournemouth Cook skipper, who joined Forest for an undisclosed fee in January, said his father suffered a heart attack at Vitality Stadium in a post on Twitter congratulating his former club on the sealing promotion.

Cook, 31, said: “Firstly a big congratulations to Bournemouth for promotion but tonight I have to thank the match paramedics. Unfortunately my dad suffered cardiac arrest just before the match and they managed to bring him back to life. I will always be grateful for their actions.”

Cook started the game for Forest, who needed to win to maintain their own chances of automatic promotion ahead of Saturday’s final match. The centre-half was substituted in the 84th minute and replaced by Forest striker Joe Lolley shortly after Kieffer Moore scored Bournemouth’s decisive goal to earn them a second place finish.

Cook, who played more than 370 games in all competitions for Bournemouth during his 10 years at the south coast club, was making his 17th appearance for Forest on his first return. PA Media

Photo: Graham Hunt/Rex Features

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Steve Cooper’s players could well take their club back to the top, for the first time since 1999, through the playoffs and it would be one of the most thrilling stories of the season. If Sam Surridge hadn’t hit the bar after nine minutes and if they had been awarded a penalty before half-time when the striker was wrongly ruled offside as Mark Travers cut him down, history might have been remodeled. “The referee [Stuart Attwell] and the linesman just fired me to apologize, they admitted a huge mistake,” an exasperated Cooper said.

In the end, both sides got what they deserved on the night and throughout the campaign. Bournemouth emerged from the interval an entirely different proposition and dominated the second half, at least until an eight-minute stoppage time period which saw goalkeeper Brice Samba advance for a corner and pass from little. Their winner was wonderfully crafted and conjured up its own happy subplot.

Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers joins fans in the celebrations after his team's promotion is sealed.
Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers joins fans in the celebrations after his team’s promotion is sealed. Photography: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Kieffer Moore broke his foot three minutes into his career at Bournemouth following a mid-season move from Cardiff and it was miraculous enough that, despite a setback, he was able to come off the bench and score two times in a draw against Swansea last week.

This time Parker deployed him for the final half hour and when Jordan Zemura won a free kick near the 18 yard line, Moore moved to the left of the box. Nobody paid much attention to it: the situation was ripe for Philip Billing to have a crack.

Billing ran and, fooling everyone, passed the ball to Moore. The finish was first time, foolproof and perfectly placed on Samba; it was a touch of trickery from a 6ft 5in striker of many freebies, and Bournemouth were back in the big time.

“It was off the cuff: good players showing initiative and being amazing,” Parker said of the routine. “It’s an incredible story. [Moore]deserve this moment.

Even so, there was little on the pre-match announcement that Bournemouth’s gifted schemer David Brooks was given stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma green light with which he was diagnosed in October.

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“The news we got today was amazing,” Parker said. “The club, the team, were shaken when we heard the [diagnosis] and that puts things into perspective.

Brooks will grace the Premier League and Parker has another chance to build a team that can do the same.

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