1949 – The Team

When football had no substitutes, a 2-3-5 formation was preferred and when goalkeepers had no gloves.

Tom Cornthwaite – Goalkeeper
Bromley’s shot stopper stood at over 6ft and was born in Bury in 1926. He had only joined Bromley the season before the successful 1948/49 campaign and by day he was a lathe worker.

Doug Cameron – Right Back
Cameron was a bomber command pilot during the Second World War. After the conclusion of the war Doug played for Hayes before joining Bromley at the start of the 1948-49 season. Described as “tall” and a “fearless tackler”, the right back was a member of clerical staff for the Railway.

Ken Yenson – Left Back
Yenson was another new recruit ahead of the Amateur Cup winning season, joining from Gray’s Athletic. His father had been a professional footballer for West Ham and Bolton. Yenson played against Bromley for Leytonstone in the London Senior Cup Final of 1945-46, by day he was a wireless mechanic.

Tommy Fuller – Right Half
Grimsby born Fuller had played for Dagenham Schoolboys and then joined Bromley in 1946 from Erith and Belvedere. Tommy Fuller was a painter by day.

Charlie Fuller – Centre Half, Vice-Captain
Older brother of Tommy, Charlie had a number of honours to his name leading up to the 1948-49 season. He had played for Southend, Wrexham and Crystal Palace during war-time football. He was also a member of  the England Amateur team as they took on Scotland at Hampden Park just weeks before the FA Amateur Cup final at Wembley. Charlie was a bricklayer by trade.

Eric Fright – Left Half, Captain
Born in Margate in 1917, Fright was the Bromley captain. The sheet metal worker had 12 Amateur International Caps including Captaincy of England XI. Fright had also been a member of the Great Britain football team in the 1948 London Olympics, coached by non other than Sir Matt Busby. During war-time he played for Arbroath for two seasons before joining Bromley in 1945.

Cyril Martin – Outside Right
Born in Herne Hill in 1918 the sales manager held a number of honours including a First French Division Championship medal, gained with Olympique de Marseille in the 1947-48 season. Martin had been playing with Bromley since joining in 1939 making him one of the longest serving players at the Club.

Tommy Hopper – Inside Right
Hopper owned a fruit and flower business and joined Bromley in 1947. Hopper had huge sporting prowess, representing Great Britain at the Olympics. Hopper would be the hero of the FA Amateur Cup success, scoring the only goal of the final in the first-half.

George Brown – Centre Forward
Born in 1919, George Brown joined Bromley at the age of 17 in 1936. Within a season he would be lifting the FA Amateur Cup for the first time, and Bromley’s second, a feat making him the youngest man to ever win an Amateur Cup Final medal. Brown had also featured in the Great Britain Olympic team but it was with Bromley where he would continue to make the headlines. Brown would score 100 goals in the 1948-49 season and during more than 20 years at Bromley Football Club he would score upwards of 800 goals in total.

Reg. Dunmall – Inside Left
Keston born Dunmall was an electrician by trade and had joined Bromley in the 1947-48 season. He had played representive football for the Royal Navy and joined Tottenham Hotspur as an Amateur after the war.

Martin Ruddy – Outside Left
Born in 1912 Ruddy was the veteran of the team. Lining up in the final at the age of 37 at outside left, Martin had played in every position on the pitch during his career. He had joined Bromley in 1946 and was considered to be one of the best all-round players in amateur football. Ruddy’s profession was as a mechanic.