On Saturday, FC Halifax Town take the long trip down to Kent to play Bromley FC.
Here are ten things to note about our hosts on Saturday:
- Bromley were originally established in 1892, when they joined the South London League. They left to becoming founding members of the Southern League in 1894, however after finishing bottom of division 2 a year later they left to join a different league once again.
- In 1938 the club moved to the current Hayes Lane ground. The record attendance of 10,798 was set during a game against an Nigeria XI in September 1948. The ground currently has a capacity of 5,000, of which 1,300 is seated and 2,500 is covered.
- In the squad are players like Roger Johnson, who was a key player for Birmingham City when the Premier League side won the league cup against Arsenal. Alan Dunne also played around 350 games for Millwall. Meaning the side has experience at the highest levels of English football.
- Manager Neil Smith also has Football League experience playing for Fulham and Reading during the late 90s.
- Bromley are nicknamed The Ravens or The Lilywhites.
- Neil Smith’s side won the National league South in the 2014/15 season. Smith was acting as assistant manager at the time.
- The sides home form now hasn’t been what the fans at Hayes Lane would be expecting from a side sitting in 7th Bromley have won only 3 of their last 10 home games, the same as The Shaymen.
- If Bromley gained promotion to League 2 they would have to replace their current pitch. The side in Kent play on a synthetic 3G pitch meaning they would need a grass pitch to progress to the Football League.
- The club has reached the second round of the FA Cup on three occasions: 1937–38, 1938–39, 1945–46.
- Top Scorer Louis Dennis is 4th top scorer in the league with an impressive 12 goals.
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