Bromley F.C.

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Bromley
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Full nameBromley Football Club
Nickname(s)The Ravens, The Lillywhites
Founded1892;129 years ago (1892)
Ground Hayes Lane, Bromley
Capacity5,150 (1,606 seated) [1]
ChairmanRobin Stanton-Gleaves
Manager Andy Woodman
League National League
2020–21 National League, 7th of 22
Website Club website

Bromley Football Club is a professional football club based in Bromley, Greater London, England. They are currently members of the National League , the fifth tier of English football, and play at Hayes Lane.

History

Established in 1892, [2] Bromley initially played in the South London League, [3] before becoming founder members of the Southern League in 1894, joining Division Two. [4] However, after finishing bottom of Division Two in 1895–96 they left to become founder members of the London League, also joining Division Two. [4] They won the division at the first attempt, and were promoted to Division One. [5] They switched to the Kent League for the 1898–99 season, but after finishing bottom of the league, they returned to Division One of the London League. [4] During the 1899–1900 season the club withdrew from Division One, taking over their reserves' fixtures in Division Two. [5] They withdrew from Division Two at the end of the 1900–01 season. [5]

In 1907 the club were founder members of the Spartan League and went on to become its inaugural champions. [4] They joined the Isthmian League for the following season, and won back-to-back titles in 1908–09 and 1909–10. In 1910–11 the club won the FA Amateur Cup, beating Bishop Auckland 1–0 in the final. [4] The season also saw them finish seventh in 1910–11, [4] the club returned to the Kent League and were placed in Division One. [6] They remained in the league until World War I, [6] but joined the Athenian League when football resumed in 1919. [4] The club were Athenian League champions in 1922–23. In 1937–38 they reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time. After beating King's Lynn in the first round, they lost 4–1 at Scarborough in the second. [4] They also reached the final of the FA Amateur Cup again, beating Erith & Belvedere 1–0. [4] The club repeated the feat the following season, this time playing Football League opposition for the first time as they lost 8–1 at Lincoln City in the second round. [4] In 1945–46 another second round appearance resulted in a 4–2 aggregate defeat to Watford. [4] In 1947–48 they held Reading to a 1–1 draw in the first round, before losing the replay at Elm Park 3–0. [4]

The club won another Athenian League title and the FA Amateur Cup in 1948–49, with the following season seeing another FA first round defeat, this time 2–1 to Watford. In 1950–51 the club won their third Athenian League title; the season also saw them lose 1–0 to Aldershot in the FA Cup first round. Going straight into the first round the following season, they lost 3–2 at Torquay United. [4] In 1952 they rejoined the Isthmian League, and after finishing as runners-up in their first season back in the league, they were champions in 1953–54. [4] They won the league for a fourth time in 1960–61. [4]

After finishing bottom of Division One in the 1974–75 season Bromley were relegated to Division Two. In 1976–77 the club appeared in the FA Cup first round for the first time in over twenty years, losing 7–0 at Swindon Town. Division Two became Division One in 1977, and the club were promoted to the Premier Division after finishing as runners-up in 1979–80. [4] They were relegated to Division One again in 1983–84, but returned to the Premier Division as Division One runners-up in 1985–86. Another relegation followed in 1989–90, but was followed by an immediate return to the Premier Division as Division One runners-up in 1990–91. [4] In 1996–97 they qualified for the FA Cup first round again, but were beaten 3–1 at home by Enfield. [4]

Bromley were relegated to Division One again at the end of the 1998–99 season. A fourth-place finish in 2004–05 saw them qualify for the promotion play-offs, and after defeating Metropolitan Police on penalties in the semi-finals, they beat Horsham 3–1 in the final to earn promotion to the Premier Division. [7] In 2006–07 they finished as runners-up in the Premier Division, again qualifying for the promotion play-offs. A 1–0 win over AFC Wimbledon in the semi-finals and a victory against Billericay Town on penalties in the final saw them promoted to the Conference South. The season had also seen them reach the FA Cup first round again, eventually losing 4–1 at Gillingham. Further appearances in the first round were achieved in 2009–10 (against Colchester United), 2011–12 (Leyton Orient), 2012–13 (Fleetwood Town) and 2014–15 (Dartford), but they were beaten on each occasion. [4]

In 2014–15 Bromley won the Conference South, earning promotion to the renamed National League, [4] where they have remained since. Another FA Cup first round appearance in 2017–18 saw them defeated by Rochdale. The season also saw them reach the final of the FA Trophy, where they lost 5–4 on penalties to Brackley Town after the match had ended in a 1–1 draw. [8]

Ground

The club initially played at the Queensmead Recreation Ground, before moving to Glebe Road. [9] Seven years later they moved to the Plaistow Cricket Club ground when Glebe Road was bought for use as housing. [9] However, the cricket club's ground was also obtained for housing in 1904, leading to the football club (and the other sports club using the ground) to move to a site on Hayes Lane. The new ground was opened on 3 September 1904. [9]

In 1938 the club moved to the current Hayes Lane ground. The record attendance of 10,798 was set during a game against a Nigeria XI in September 1948. [9] The ground currently has a capacity of 5,000, of which 1,300 is seated and 2,500 is covered. [3]

Players

Current squad

As of 14 July 2021 [10]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Mark Cousins
4 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Billy Bingham
5 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Chris Bush
7 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Luke Coulson
9 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Michael Cheek
10 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG James Alabi
14 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Kory Roberts
15 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Taylor Maloney
16 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Liam Trotter
No.Pos.NationPlayer
17 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Byron Webster
- GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Lewis Moore
- DF Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Joe Partington
- MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Marcus Sablier
- MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jude Arthurs
- MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Sam Skeffington
- FW Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Courtney Duffus
- FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Corey Whitely

Coaching staff

RoleName
Manager Flag of England.svg Andy Woodman
Sporting Director Flag of England.svg Mark Hammond
First Team Coach Flag of England.svg Roger Johnson
First Team Coach Flag of Ireland.svg Alan Dunne
Goalkeeping coach Flag of England.svg Brannon Daly
Fitness Coach Flag of England.svg Ben May
Physiotherapist Flag of England.svg Rich Sterling
Head Of Performance Analysis Flag of Scotland.svg Stuart McFadyen
Performance Analyst Flag of England.svg Ronan Howard
Kit Man Flag of England.svg Paddy Gray

Club personnel

As of 5 August 2019 [11]

RoleName
Chairman Flag of England.svg Robin Stanton-Gleaves
Vice-Chairman Flag of England.svg Jon Plassard
Director of Football Flag of England.svg Jeremy Dolke
Assistant Director of Football Flag of England.svg Matt Hall
Vice President Flag of England.svg Paul Greenwood
Director Flag of England.svg David Waller
General Manager Flag of England.svg Jeff Hutton
Commercial Manager Flag of England.svg Emma Santer

Honours

Records

See also

Lifelong fan Dave Roberts has written several books on his experiences following Bromley FC: The Bromley Boys (2008), [13] 32 Programmes (2011) [14] and Home and Away (2016). [15] The Bromley Boys has also been made into a film available on DVD and via streaming, starring Martine McCutcheon, Alan Davies and Jamie Foreman. [16]

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  8. FA Trophy final: Brackley Town beat Bromley 5-4 on penalties after 1-1 draw BBC Sport, 20 May 2018
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  14. Roberts, Dave (2011). 32 Programmes. London: Bantam Books. ISBN   9780593067376.
  15. Roberts, Dave (2016). Home and Away : Round Britain in Search of Non-League Football Nirvana. London: Bantam Books. ISBN   9780593076804.
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