1 August 2019

Vanarama National League fan preview

  • Club

It’s nearly here! What are you are looking forward to most about the new season?

Our first season with our shiny new stand, which looks incredible. Not to mention the absurd new sprinkler system which has been getting fans showered in pre-season!

Only four teams in the division conceded more goals than Bromley last season. Do your new signings give you any hope of that changing or do you feel you still need more?

Neil Smith has brought in some quality defenders who have looked very impressive in pre-season. Chris Bush in particular looks as though he’s going to be a crucial part of the defence and should hopefully shore things up a little at the back.

It’s been mid-table finishes for the past five seasons and Neil Smith seems determined to change that. Just how far do you feel you are away from challenging for promotion?

The players that Neil Smith has brought in this summer makes me feel quietly confident that we can get ourselves into a play-off place this term. Hopefully we’ll have more luck than we did last season on the injury front.

What signing has impressed you the most?

The aforementioned Bush looks to be a classy operator and should be a calming influence on those around him. Keeping Luke Coulson at the club was also a fantastic bit of business.

What will be different this season?

The manager was able to make his signings earlier on after the season finished as there was no trip to Wembley to distract us. That should hopefully enable us to hit the ground running this season and avoid a repeat of the painfully slow start we had last season.

What player will be on everyone’s lips this season?

Jordan Higgs. He came through the academy at Bromley as has been unlucky with injuries in previous seasons. He’s looked really sharp in pre-season and I’m hoping he’s going to play a big role for us this year.

Who is looking like promotion or title material?

I expect Notts County and Yeovil to be very strong, whilst Solihull Moors and AFC Fylde will also be there or thereabouts at the business end of proceedings.

What are the away days that stick out to you?

I’m looking forward to visiting Notts County. Having the world’s oldest professional football club in our league is quite the boast.

What is the game you simply cannot lose?

Sutton. Always Sutton.

What player from another team do you wish you would sign?

Alex Gudger at Solihull Moors. He was majestic against us at Wembley for Brackley and was still an immovable object against us for Moors last season. He’s just a very, very good defender. Would have loved to have had him at Bromley.

Solihull Moors shocked a few last year, who could do the same this time?

I think we could be the dark horses this season, but seeing as I don’t want to jinx us, I’ll go with Dover. Andy Hessenthaler will get the best out of them.

If you had a crystal ball, where would you see Bromley finishing?

I’d be happy with a top-ten finish to be honest, but I genuinely think we will make the play-offs. Seventh.

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