Bournemouth won the Championship title with a comfortable 3 -0 victory at Charlton, as Watford slipped up late on against Sheffield Wednesday in a game that ended 1 -1. Watford had been on course to win the league but Atdhe Nuhiu’s late equaliser denied them three points and the Cherries took advantage at The Valley. Two goals from Matt Ritchie and one for Harry Arter sealed the win and capped a memorable season for Eddie Howe’s side. They finished a point clear of Watford at the top of the table. Bournemouth will take their place in the top flight of English football having been close to liquidation in 2008 and a game away from going out of the Football League in 2009. Under manager Howe, they have now earned three promotions, two of which have come in the past three seasons, and a spot in the top division for the first time in the club’s history. Howe, 37, also joins a select band of managers to guide a team through the Football League and into the top flight, where they will earn an estimated £120m from their promotion.
Watford also joins Bournemouth in the promotion to premier league. Norwich, Middlesbrough, Brentford and Ipswich will engage in play-offs to determine the third team that will gain promotion to the premier league.