Our study in to the opponents Pools will face during 2017/18 continues and today we take a trip to South East London.
Nickname: The Ravens
Who’s in charge?
Former Spurs trainee Neil Smith is the man in charge at Bromley these days, having signed a two-year deal as the club’s new boss in April 2016.
A midfielder during his playing days, Smith made well over 200 appearances for Gillingham before spells with Fulham, Reading, Stevenage and Woking and Welling United.
He joined Bromley as a player in 2008 but injury forced him to hang up his boots he spent time on the coaching staff at Grays Athletic before a brief stint in temporary charge at Woking.
Smith was appointed as Welling boss in 2007 and had also been on the staff at Grays Athletic and Croydon Athletic before returning as a coach to Bromley in 2011/12.
How did they get on last season?
Bromley finished a creditable 10th place in the National League in the season just gone, which marked yet more progress for the semi-professional outfit.
The Ravens won the National League South title on their way to promotion in 2014/15 and have held their own at the higher level quite comfortably in the two seasons since.
They made a relatively slow start to 2016/17 but started to warm-up in the middle part of the campaign and they’ll be hoping a more consistent level can help them bridge the gap to the play-off positions.
When did we last meet?
Bromley are another of the teams in the National League that Pools have never played before so this season will represent the first competitive meeting between the clubs.
Where do they play?
It was in 1938 that Bromley made Hayes Lane their home and they have been there ever since. It has a 5,000 capacity currently and also hosts the games of Cray Wanderers and Crystal Palace Ladies.
When do we play them?
The National League fixtures are due to be released at 1pm on Wednesday 5th July.
Mark Carruthers of NonLeagueDaily.com gives us his thoughts on Bromley…
“Since promotion in 2015, Bromley have taken to life in the National League and have gradually improved throughout the last two seasons.
“Promoted as National League South champions, they finished their first season at non-league’s top table in fourteenth position, twelve points clear of the relegation zone.
“Last season, they improved on that, finishing in the top half of the table in tenth.
“Their transfer business this summer has been shrewd. Dover Athletic’s left back Tyrone Sterling is a smart addition and Dartford’s highly-coveted winger Luke Wanadio could prove to be a gem of a signing.
“The winger was linked with moves to Gillingham and Leyton Orient during his time with Staines Town and will be key to Bromley’s hopes this season.
“Manager Neil Smith has been hard at work trying to keep the majority of their squad together and I am sure he will add more new faces between now and the end of the season.
“Off the pitch, the club are putting significant investment into their Hayes Lane home, with the installation of a 3G pitch and the redevelopment of their South Stand.
“If they can continue to strengthen then I can see another mid-table finish, if not then they could be looking over their shoulders next season.
“I must also mention, for any Pools fans wanting to get an idea of what the league has to offer to a new National League fan, have a read of Dave Roberts’ excellent ‘Bromley Boys’ book as a life-long fan takes a look through their first season in the National League.”