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First of all my name is Daniel Ajakaiye and i am currently 18 years of age. I am in my second year of college at Bromley football academy which is going great. My main position is striker but can play as a left winger, right winger and just behind the striker as I am versatile.

Life at Bromley academy has been fantastic both my first year and second year. All the coaches and staff has made me progress and develop into a better player than I was before joining this great club. The facilities they have is one of the best I’ve been to and couldn’t ask for more from them.

This is my second season at Bromley and its going fantastic as i have already scored 14 goals for my team this season and have most importantly made my first team debut for the first team which was the best experience of my life.

During my second year I have been called up to train with the first team many times and have loved every chance and opportunity I get. The training is intense, everything is sharp and has to be sharp. So as I continued training with them I became use to the level and speed of the game which helped prepare me for when I came on against Guiseley.

When i got the call on that Friday that I will be in the squad travelling away to Guiseley my heart jumped with joy as I struggled to believe this was real. So that Friday night before the game I made sure I went to sleep as early as possible (which is a struggle for me). But travelling with the first team was a great experience and they made me feel welcome and part of them so I thank all of them for that. They even made me sing on the coach which was quiet embarrassing but I had to do it.

When the assistant manger Neil told me I was coming on it felt so good, it was the greatest feeling knowing I was about to come on in the national league for Bromley was the best thing ever and will never forget this experience and hope there is more to come. I would like to thank my manager Steve for helping me with everything so far and would like to thank all of the first team staff and players for giving me this chance and welcoming me to first team life which is absolutely great.

Daniel Ajakaiye

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Wembley 1949

1949 – A Historic Victory

On the 23rd April 1949, Bromley won the FA Amateur Cup in front of over 93,000 people at Wembley Stadium.

1949 – The Team

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

1949 – The Gallery

We are incredibly fortunate to have a collection of images and video from our 1949 FA Amateur Cup Final win.