WHAT an unforgettable night of raw emotion and gripping drama at The Galpharm!
Six goals, a sending-off, a nail-biting penalty shoot out and a pitch invasion.
Still, as long-serving Town fan Malcolm Kaye said: “It wouldn’t be Town if it was any other way”.
The fans, who had created an unbelievable atmosphere inside the stadium from long before the kick-off, partied long into the night.
Thousands of them poured on to the Galpharm turf - soon to be dug up and re-laid - seconds after Anthony Kay blasted home the winning penalty.
It saw Town through after an incredible 3-3 draw after extra time.
But what had gone before will live long in the memory.
“The atmosphere in here tonight was amazing” said Kaye, of Milnsbridge, who has been following Town for a mere 55 years.
“I thought it was such a wonderful game, the type of experience that people will never forget.
“To be honest long before the end I thought that penalties would be the only way to decide it. Bournemouth are a good side and they pushed us all the way.
“But that’s 27 games now unbeaten and I think we can make it 28 at Old Trafford”.
Twenty-year-old Kerr Sleven made the 500-mile journey down from Aberdeen to see Town clinch victory, and joined his dad Gordon in the celebrations at the final whistle.
“What a brilliant result.
“It was a great game for all the right reasons and it was certainly nerve-wracking for us all”.
Emley player Sean Hazelden swapped the Welfare Ground for a seat in the Galpharm stands alongside wife Kirsty.
He’s convinced Town have it in them to snatch victory on May 29 at Old Trafford, against either MK Dons or Peterborough.
“What a game. I think Town tried to play the long ball a little too much but it was a game that had everything, and Bournemouth gave it their all.
“It’s just been a fantastic night”.
It was a Galpharm occasion to rank up there with the best of them.
Some marketing genius in the Town set-up distributed blue and white clapper sticks to every home fan and the noise they created was deafening from the off.
They also made for a stunning display of club colours - with the word “BELIEVE” emblazoned on the back of the boards.
They were out before kick-off, at half-time and before the nail-biting drama of the penalty shoot-out.
Town’s blistering start to the game had many of the crowd on their feet and many stayed like that, singing and chanting for the whole pulsating 130 minutes of a unforgettable night.
They went through every emotion - the joys of the Town goals from Peltier and Ward, the disbelief as Bournemouth twice hit back and the awful anguish as the Cherries stole a late, late lead.
But Kay’s fine equalising header and the heroics of Ian Bennett in the shoot-out sparked a wave of euphoria and of bodies on to the pitch, swamping the players, the support staff and the officials.
Matthew Brook, of Golcar, savoured it all with young son Harvey, 8, and his friend Tom Sharp, 8.
“That was very, very tense.
“I don’t think it should have gone to 90 minutes but what a way to finish. And what a trip we can have now, to Old Trafford”.