On August 9th 2014, Bournemouth won 4-0 in their opening day game away in Huddersfield - fast forward nine months and they are preparing for life in the Premier League.
Fans and pundits alike would be forgiven for, at the start of the season, having no inkling with regards to Bournemouth's Championship winning season; to put it in less floral terms: no one saw it coming.
From the opening day win to the now infamous 8-0 victory away at Birmingham come October, Eddie Howe's side set the division alight with a fearless, exciting brand of football coupled with exceptional teamwork - a brand of football that opponents just could not deal with.
The team-sheet itself may not have been full of 'big names' but their was an abundance of talent that originally skipped the eye.
2014 summer signing Callum Wilson was a proven goalscorer at League One level upon his arrival at Dean Court, but few knew whether he could convert that form into goals at a higher level. Come the culmination of the Championship season in 2015, Wilson has 20 league goals and is gearing up for life as a Premier League striker.
On-loan goalkeeper Artur Boruc (as well as resident keeper Lee Camp) was vital to the Bournemouth cause, providing a 'brick wall' behind the Cherries backline. Boruc has experience of the highest international level with Poland as well as Champions League experience with Celtic, thus leading us to believe his loan signing was a masterstroke of nous and genius from Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe.
The likes of Charlie Daniels and Harry Arter were vital cogs in the well-oiled Cherries midfield machine, however none were more important in that regard than midfield-maestro Matt Ritchie. Voted the Football League's 'best player' in a poll by magazine FourFourTwo, Ritchie provided both copious goals and assists for Howe's team, leaving fans in awe with his trickery and skill - capabilities that then saw a Scotland call up for Ritchie, who scored his first international goal shortly thereafter.
Any Summer Signings?
Artur Boruc has signed a permanent deal following his 19 clean sheets last term, and he is followed to Dean Court by Reading 'keeper Adam Federici.
The defence is set to be bolstered by the ever-present Premier League stalwart Sylvain Distin, whilst exciting live-wire Christian Atsu joins on loan from Chelsea.
Bournemouth having also agreed a bosman signing in the way of Norway and former Manchester United forward Josh King.
What does the future hold?
No one can be entirely sure how Bournemouth will fare in the Premier League, however it is clear they will continue to ply the fearless style of football that got them there. Bournemouth proved last year that a 'team' is better than a mass of 'individual talent' and it is that teamwork that they will be looking to to keep them up, and to transform the club into a Premier League staple.
Can Bournemouth avoid the drop from the Premier League?
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