The Long, Long Road to Wembley

By Dave Roberts

One man's obsession with seeing his beloved non-league football team play at Wembley.

Sport | Non fiction
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Publication date: August 2019

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“At 13, I was already set in my ways”.

The book opens in 1968, when Dave Roberts is following his recently established ritual of watching his team, Bromley FC, play at home. Part of this is to queue up for tea (and Battenberg cake) as soon as the half-time whistle blows. As he slowly shuffles towards he counter, he passes a series of framed black and white photographs on the tea room wall. His heart rate quickens as he sees them – a reminder of the day in 1949 that Bromley played at Wembley in the FA Amateur Cup final, in front of 95,000 spectators.

As the current team are a lot less successful – they rarely get past the first round and crowds of around 200 are considered good, he can only dream of a time when his team once again walk out onto the turf of the national stadium. It becomes a lifelong fixation and this book covers the false dawns, disasters and near misses that he goes through over the next 50 years, until, finally, in 2018, his life’s ambition is realised and Bromley once again reach Wembley.

The book covers half a century of change, both in Dave’s life and with Dave’s team. There are key moments, like when the heavily-insured stand burns down and Bromley have to play their Amateur Cup games away. And the time Bromley are so broke they use plastic footballs in the pre-match warm up. And the season that Dave is convinced is going to end at Wembley, before a 9-0 loss in the qualifying round.

There is plenty going on off the field as well. Like when Dave goes out of his way to befriend a Bromley fan whose cousins are huge pop stars. And when he buys a white suit convinced it will become a lucky omen. And when he starts smoking French cigarettes to give him an air of previously-missing sophistication.

The only constant in those 50 years is his love for Bromley FC. A love that starts at the beginning of the book and is finally rewarded at the very end.

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