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Monday, July 27, 2009

Bromley

25-07-2009: Bromley 1 Ebbsfleet United 0 (Friendly)

Bromley

Hayes Lane (currently named the Courage Stadium) has been the home of Bromley FC since the late 1930’s. While the town of Bromley is well within the bounds of Greater London, the football ground has a distinctly rural feel to it surrounded as it is on all sides by paddocks, fields and, along one touchline the cricket pitch of Bromley Town CC. To emphasise this a horse was gambolling in the paddock next to the main turnstile block as my host for the weekend Bromley native SE20Blue (a Bromley & Ipswich Town fan of long standing) was parking the car.

Bromley

There is a VIP car park directly behind the main stand, and behind one goal a more than ample public car park. When larger crowds are expected a second set of turnstiles are brought into use. These are accessible directly from the main car park, but so far they have seen action just once, that for the visit of AFC Wimbledon the year before last. Ground grading regulations insist on a certain number of turnstiles and this second block was built to meet the requirements of level 6 of the national pyramid (or Blue Square South as it is more commonly referred) when Bromley were promoted out of the Isthmian League two seasons ago.

Bromley

Entering through the main turnstiles the main stand is on your right. At one time the ground boasted a 2,000 seater wooden stand but this was lost during a fire in 1992 and replaced by a brick and metal clad job that seats a rather more modest 320. In the last couple of years this has been extended to include a new bar and executive area (with a small viewing platform, under which is the club shop) and been renamed the John Fiorini stand. A portakabin style building sits between the stand and the turnstiles and houses the match day public bar.

Bromley               Bromley

Back to the entrance and on your left is the obligatory burger van, while directly in front is the match day programme vendors hut. Crystal Palace fan’s will almost certainly recognise the hut’s occupant. The “Walrus”, as he is affectionately known, has been performing a similar task outside Palace’s Selhurst Park for many many years.

The ground originally had earth banking on three sides but this has since been converted to concrete terracing. Most of it is open to the elements but there is a small amount of cover behind each goal. Behind the far goal seating has been installed in the form of wooden planks. This may all sound a bit archaic but it is all very pleasing to the eye and all in a state of excellent repair.

Bromley

They say a picture paints a thousand word, so I'll leave my snaps to do exactly that.

More pictures here.

posted by chevblue at 8:14 pm






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