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Bromley: Potted history

26 January 2023

Bromley are Saturday's visitors to Glanford Park for our latest National League fixture. The London club has been in existence since 1892, starting life in the South London League before becoming a founding member of the Southern League in 1894.

Bromley jumped around the leagues and divisions of local football for many years, enjoying a purple patch in the early 1900s. In the space of just four seasons, the club won the Spartan League, Isthmian League (twice) and the FA Amateur Cup.

The club spent much of the first half of the 20th century in the Athenian League, before rejoining the Isthmian League in 1952. A long stint in this league began before back-to-back promotions saw Bromley reach the Conference South for the first time in 2007.

Bromley won the Conference South title in 2014-15, securing a spot in the National League they have retained ever since.

Nickname and Crest
Bromley are known as The Ravens, with three of these birds appearing on the club crest. This is a take on the official Bromley coat of arms. The club is also sometimes referred to as The Lillywhites due to the colour of the home strip.

Bromley have played at Hayes Lane since 1938, having previously called  Queensmead Recreation Ground, Glebe Road, and Plaistow Cricket Club home. The current ground is actually the second location on Hayes Lane that the club has played at. 

Major Titles and Matches
Alongside the Conference South Championship win in 2014-15, Bromley’s biggest success came in last season’s FA Trophy. The team secured a 1-0 win against Wrexham at Wembley thanks to Michael Cheek’s 64th minute goal.

Club Legends
George Brown stands out as an indisputable club legend at Bromley. Brown played for the club between 1938 and 1961, and racked up 570 goals during his time with The Ravens.

Fun Fact
Not many National League clubs have had a film inspired by them, but the 2018 coming-of-age hit ‘The Bromley Boys’ was inspired by the book of the same name written by Ravens fanatic Dave Roberts. Telling the story of a teenanger growing up in suburban London and falling in love with the club, the film starred Brenock O’Connor, Alan Davies and Martine McCutcheon.

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