Bromley Back At Wembley.. After Nearly 70 Years!

By Sam Elliott

Neil Smith says leading Bromley to Wembley is that extra bit special because it’s his hometown club.

The Ravens are at the National Stadium for the first time since 1949 thanks to their draw at Gateshead on Saturday.

It was enough to progress to the FA Trophy final on May 20 because they took a 3-2 lead to Tyneside - and held firm as the Heed piled on the pressure.

Smith is from the area and knows just what it means to the people in that corner of south east London to go back nearly 70 years on.

Few of their fans will be making a return trip but the managers knows it’s a perfect chance to demonstrate what a great future the modern day Lilywhites have.

“It was an incredible day and we got the job done - now the reward is Wembley, it’s fantastic,” said the Hayes Lane boss.

“The club has always been close to my heart. I’m from around here, it’s where I grew up so it’s special.

“It will be a great day for everyone - it wasn’t so long ago Bromley were in the Ryman South, but in May we will be waking out at the home of football!

“It will be one of the greatest moments in our history. We’re all very proud.”

Bromley return to the North Easy to face Hartlepool on Tuesday night - and they need a win as they chance the play-offs.

“The early goal settled our nerves a little but they don’t disappear and Gateshead gave us a great game,” he added.

“We’ve got a lot of football to play now before the final and a lot can still happen.”

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