A BRIEF HISTORY OF BROMLEY FOOTBALL CLUB
Football Club are one of the biggest and famous names in non-league football.
Formed in 1892, they played twenty-five friendly matches in their first
campaign – the first against Westminster on 1st October 1892, which
resulted in a 1-0 win.
In season 1893-94 Bromley won the first of many honours, winning the South London League and Kent Junior Cup at the first attempt. Two seasons were spent playing Southern League football before they clinched the London League Second Division title in 1896-97, Brentford and Queen’s Park Rangers finished in second and third place respectively. The next campaign Bromley played in the London League before switching to the Kent League in 1898-99. However, they found the competition more difficult and finished the season in bottom place, as they did the following season, in the London League Division One. Bromley switched leagues regularly in the early days, having played in the London League Division Two, West Kent League Division One, Southern Suburban League, West Kent League Division One, and were runners up in the Southern Suburban League in 1904-05.
winning the Spartan League championship in 1907-08, Bromley played Isthmian
League football for the first time in season 1908-09 and won two titles in their
first three seasons (1908-09 and 1909-10). Bromley played three years in the
Kent League before moving to the Athenian League in 1919-20, winning the
championship in 1922-23.
the Second World War Bromley gained more honours. They won two Athenian League
titles (1948-49 and 1950-51) before achieving runners-up spot on their return to
the Isthmian League before winning the league title in 1953-54.
Runners-up spot was achieved two seasons later and were champions for the
fourth and final time in 1960-61.
the 1970’s the club have been far from successful in league action, and the
club is working very hard to return to the glory days of old.
They finished bottom in 1969-70 and 1974-75 but were Isthmian Division
One runners-up in 1979-80. Four seasons were spent in the Premier Division before they
finished bottom in 1983-94, but returned to the top flight and finished
runners-up in the 1987-88 season to Yeovil Town.
club were relegated again to Division One in 1989-90 but were promoted straight
back to the Premier Division at the first attempt, under former manager George
Wakeling, finishing runners-up to Chesham United. However, Bromley were relegated again in 1998-99
despite enjoying their best start to a season for many a year – 13 points out
of the first five games – but the team won only four of their remaining 37
league games and as a consequence were relegated for the fourth time since
promotion and relegation was introduced to the Isthmian League.
latest spell in the lower division has seen them finish in 9th, 18th,
19th, 6th and finished last season in eighth place.
manager Stuart McIntyre originally took over the reigns in October 2001, but
resigned two years later. The club
went through Eddie Saunders, chairman Jerry Dolke, assisted by John Myatt and
Derek Parnham and Alan Walker, before McIntyre returned to Hayes Lane in January
won the FA Amateur Cup three times, the third being in 1949 when a then record
crowd of 96,000 watched them beat Romford in the first Wembley Final.
In 1911 they beat Bishop Auckland at Herne Hill, and in 1938 were victors
over Erith & Belvedere in the only all-Kent Final.
All three Finals were won by the same 1-0 scoreline, and the goal in each
game being scored by the player wearing the number eight shirt.
Since entering the
FA Trophy in 1974 – following the cessation of the FA Amateur Cup – Bromley
have not gone beyond the Second Round until season 2000-2001 when they reached
the Third Round after the competition was revamped. Either side of the Second World War Bromley played in the
Second Round of the FA Cup three times, with First Round appearances on a
further six occasions, but the appearance in the competition proper in 1996,
when Bromley lost 3-1 against fellow league rivals Enfield at Hayes Lane, was
their first in 19 years. Bromley
have won the Kent Senior Cup four times, most recently beating Dover Athletic
4-1 in 1997’s Final, and the Kent Amateur Cup has been won on twelve
occasions. The London Senior Cup
has been won four times – the last time was when Ford United were beaten 1-0
in the 2002-2003 campaign – and the London Challenge Cup came to Hayes Lane in
After playing at
White Hart Field, Widmore Road and Plaistow Cricket Ground, Bromley moved to
Hayes Lane – some 300 yards from their present ground – which was purchased
in 1938. They had to leave the
ground when first destroyed the main stand in October 1992, groundsharing at
Dulwich Hamlet, Croydon and Walton & Hersham, but returned home in September
1993. The record attendance stands
at 12,000 for a game against Nigeria in 1950, but the capacity is now much
Local club Lee
United have joined forces with Bromley this season to provide youth football
from under eleven’s to under eighteen’s.
A newly formed reserve team, managed by two former Bromley players, Andy
Silk (manager) and Gary Hewitt (assistant) will be playing in the Go Travel Kent
League Second Division, playing at Cray Wanderers’ Oxford Road ground in
Sidcup. Hayes Lane will also have
its newest addition, a new set of floodlights, replacing the original ones
erected in 1960.