No rest for Bromley as the club begin to prepare for life in League Two

The dust has barely settled from the most famous day in Bromley’s history, but the club are already preparing for life in League Two.

After beating Solihull Moors on penalties in the National League play-off final at Wembley on Sunday, Bromley have reached the Football League for the first time in their 132-year history.

Unsurprisingly, the players partied into the early hours of Monday morning and several of them flew overseas to continue their celebrations in the sun.

For the rest of the club, however, it is business as usual and work is already underway as Bromley prepare for life in the EFL.

Work is set to begin on the demolition of the artificial pitch at Hayes Lane, which must be returned to grass due to EFL regulations, with diggers following this week. Perhaps it’s wise for the players to be gone, as the noise from the pitch rebuild won’t be soothing any hangovers.

Manager Andy Woodman left his players to it after a few drinks on Sunday and spent yesterday with his family. However, he planned to return to work today for talks with chairman and owner Robin Stanton-Gleaves, and together they will work out what next season could look like.

“I have ambitions to go as high as I can and I know Bromley have ambitions,” Woodman said. “Hopefully we can watch one or two clubs go up to the EFL and then go up again. Hopefully we can watch that.”

Bromley had more than 23,000 fans at Wembley and Stanton-Gleaves proved a shrewd owner. He has constantly improved the infrastructure and facilities, a philosophy that could continue in League Two.

The promotion had been an “obsession” for Woodman, who spent much of this season walking his dog in the early hours as he planned matches.

The dog, like the players, can hope for a few quiet mornings now – at least until August.

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