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The Bromley Boys: The True Story of Supporting the Worst Football Team in Britain

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  13 reviews
In the late 1960s, in the warm glow of England winning the World Cup, Dave Roberts, like most teenage boys his age, was soccer mad. There was just one difference: rather than supporting the likes of soccer teams Arsenal or Manchester United, Dave’s team of choice was the ever so slightly less glamorous Bromley Football Club—one of the last genuinely amateur soccer teams le ...more
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Published August 18th 2008 by Portico
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Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Bromley Boys: The True Story of Supporting the Worst Football Team in Britain, published in 2008, is an enormously enjoyable and nostalgic book by Dave Roberts in which he looks back on the 1969-1970 football season for non-league Bromley Football Club. In 1969 Dave Roberts was 14 years old and probably their most passionate and fanatical supporter.

There are a number of aspects that make The Bromley Boys: The True Story of Supporting the Worst Football Team in Britain so enjoyable: Dave hims
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sport-football
Loved it. In most part a book about a non-league club having a horrible 69/70 season, in part about the author's life as a staunch Bromley supporter in his teen years (including getting kicked out of school but finding friends and a happier life at a new school) and by the end it's a commentary about supporting your team no matter what. It was funny but by the end rather touching as well. ...more
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Like Fever Pitch where the love interest is a football team. It's a very British football story - enduring a series of sporting failures with no happy ending, just lots of genuine self-effacing laughs at a very human obsession. It's a gently amusing tale, with some touching moments, but there's not much of a story here beyond the "diary of a football nerd". Only for those who absolutely love football or who live in Bromley. ...more
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was hands down one of the best books I've read in the last 13 months (out of ~40). I liked it so much that I emailed the author to thank him for writing it - which is something I've never done before, ever. Bromley Boys was created with the perfect recipe: high levels of nostalgia, mixed in with a lot of football, a dash of 1970s pop culture and an ounce or two of irreverent self-irony. It tells the story of young Dave Roberts and his love affair with The Bromley Boys, a hopeless non-League ...more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the Film Loved the book even more

I learned about this book just over a week ago when I bumped into the forward Bobby Lennox (who featured in the 1970 squad) while putting out my rubbish.

He started to tell me about this unsuccessful football team he played in and how this story of failure had been made into a book and film. Intrigued I downloaded the film and loved the fact that devotion was more important than success. The book is more focussed on football and Dave Roberts unwavering supp
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
More about the trials of growing up than about football. Paints a good picture of just how crap it can be to be fixated on something that your hormones won't allow you to see for what it really is. Although I enjoyed it I have to be honest and say it took a little bit of time to get into - the first 40 pages or so are not particularly well-written nor interesting but as the football season progresses and Dave faces more and more adolescent hills and mountains the book gathers momentum and gets t ...more
Kay Smillie
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Granted my team, Dunfermline Athletic, were nowhere near as low down the pyramid as Bromley but I feel the pain and occasional, well less than often, joy. I have seen my club go through bad spells, including over three months without a win and when they broke that barren spell, I celebrated like we had won the world cup. This will appeal to older fans who lived for 3pm on a Saturday or 7.30pm on a Tuesday or Wednesday. The result on Saturday would set the mood for the remainder of the weekend. G ...more
Niall Pickup
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Being brought up in Bromley and having followed the team in the mid to late 70's this book was a little before my time there but it meant I was always going to read this. Adolescent obsessions though cross enough boundaries to make this an accessible read for anyone willing to admit to the same in their/our past. Great fun. ...more
Paul Curd
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Most football fans (except my brother, who refuses to have anything to do with anything that has anything to do with the Arsenal) will have read Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby. It's the definitive book on what it's like to be a bloke who also supports a football team. It's also quite funny. It influenced every subsequent book about what it's like to be a football supporter. It also gave birth to a genre of writing that was subsequently termed 'lad lit'. Despite its imitators, nothing has been as goo ...more
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Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Childhood Memories

A well written memoirs about the love and relationship between an adolescent boy and his football club. Being a Non-League team, the commitment and camaraderie knows no bounds as he recalls life as one of the "inner circle". Provoking many personal memories for me, this is a very good read. My only reason for only giving 4 stars is because I'd never give 5 !!
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
The story of One boys obsession with his local non league Football team in their worsed ever season 1969/70.
The author provides a nice account of an obsessive 14 year old, following Bromley home and away, as well as school, Subbuteo,TV,girls, and anything else that entertained in 1969.
Pete Clements

A book many football supporters of the lower and non league clubs can relate to! Entertaining and makes you realise there are others out there that share the pain!
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