Top 5: Bromley on the road

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"Tranmere Rovers v Bromley... in a league game!"

In our latest supporters feature, James Tanner looks back at five memorable trips on the road this season. 

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Bromley faithful who made the long trip to Gateshead

5. Gateshead 3-1 Bromley – 120 Away Supporters

The last away trip of the season is always going to draw up a decent following from the Bromley faithful. Despite us having to face Gateshead on the penultimate weekend, 120 Ravens made their way up to cheer on the boys. The game itself wasn’t a classic, however it was plain to see so many enjoyed their day with a number travelling on the supporter’s coach as well as a group making their way up by plane! The number is even more impressive when you look at the form that the team was in, it certainly wasn’t the best run of results in the dying embers of the season but the Bromley fans always turn out for the squad regardless of the circumstances!

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Bromley supporters at Torquay United

4. Torquay United 3-7 Bromley – 139 Away Supporters

This wasn’t the first time Bromley travelled to Plainmoor, we visited the South West last season where we well beaten on the day. The Gulls put four past us in the FA Trophy but the Ravens made amends for that result back in September. I’m sure I’m correct in saying that no one in the away end would have expected to have seen 5 goals in the first half, with 3 going in our favour! Moses Emmanuel bagged himself a 22-minute hat-trick with Jack Holland, Louis Dennis, Ali Fuesini and Anthony Cook all adding to the score line in the second half. We won the game 7-3 and in doing so inflicted Torquay’s heaviest defeat since 1995 with the result seeing us move towards the top of the goal-scoring charts in the National League. The 139 fans were sent home happy and the result was in the middle of our six game winning streak through the month of September.

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“Tranmere Rovers v Bromley… in a league game!”

3. Tranmere Rovers 4-0 Bromley – 147 Away Supporters 

The trip to Birkenhead would be the second of our visits to what some would have termed the “big clubs” with Grimsby being the only other occasion similar to it at this stage of the season. The 16,500 all-seater stadium was a spectacle especially for fans like myself who are used to travelling with Bromley to grounds with capacitates around a quarter of Prenton Park’s. The awe of playing in the stadium certainly got to the players as we went down 4-0 but the travelling support made loads of noise throughout the game. The number was also the largest travelling Bromley contingent north of the Watford Gap this season which is why it ranks highly amongst my top five.

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The hardcore supporters at Barrow

2. Barrow AFC 1-1 Bromley – No away support figure given – Attendance: 1,123 

The away support at Barrow may not have numbered as highly as some of the other trips this season, however it happens to be one of my favourite away days of the campaign with it also being one of the longest! A trek up to the Peak District came in the month of March with The Ravens having beaten the former National North champions 5-0 in the previous fixture at Hayes Lane. This reverse tie could only muster up 2 goals, but the day wasn’t dampened by the 1-1 draw as the scenery, weather and the laughs along the way made it hugely enjoyable. I have been unable to come across an exact number of Bromley supporters that made the trip but I wouldn’t be surprised if it were to be around the 100 mark once more.

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“One nil, and you…”

1. Welling 1-2 Bromley – 359 Away Supporters

A hugely impressive 359 Bromley fans made the trip to Park View Road on a Tuesday night back in October and were made to brave the weather for much of the game. The torrential rain certainly didn’t spoil the match from a Bromley perspective as we came away with all three points after Welling had originally took the lead. The home side went 1-0 up early on from a corner but Bromley managed to get themselves back into the game thanks to a sweetly struck Ali Fuesini effort. Louis Dennis missed a golden chance in the first half but his blushes were saved in the second by the ever reliable Jack Holland. Playing as a centre forward (one of his three positions this season) he took on the Welling defence and calmly slotted it past Tom King to send the Bromley fans into delight. I’m really hoping this year’s success will bring out similar away numbers to this fixture next term with the added bonus of some closer southern fixtures in the 2016/17 campaign.

Other honourable mentions that didn’t make my top 5 include: 158 at Aldershot Town, 110 at Lincoln, 101 at Kidderminster Harriers, 85 at Wrexham and 73 at Altrincham.

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