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FA Cup preview - Bromley ready to face Os

With over 1,500 tickets already sold, Bromley will make the short trip across London for their FA Cup clash with Leyton Orient, knowing that there will be a large vocal support cheering on the Blue Square Bet South club.

This is the Lilywhites’ eighth appearance in the first round proper and their third in the last six seasons.

Previous exploits have seen the Kent based club entertain the likes of Gillingham and Colchester, and although they were convincingly beaten on the day, the profit made from such a prestigious competition has helped the club to develop and better their overall  financial state.

After successfully negotiating three rounds of the FA Cup so far, a trip to League One Leyton Orient is the perfect distraction for the Lilywhites after enduring a poor start to the season domestically.

Despite sitting 17th in the Blue Square Bet South table, Gareth Williams’ sublime free-kick deep into the second half, in the previous rounds meeting with Dartford, has put a spring in the step of every Bromley supporter, with the added incentive of seeing their side reach the second round of the FA Cup for the first time in 66 years.

With Mark Goldberg’s men bidding to become the first Bromley side to beat Football League opposition, Orient chairman Barry Hearn has spoken of his desire to reinforce the unique atmospheric surroundings that only the FA Cup can bring.

Speaking to the club’s website he said: “As far as I’m concerned you just can’t beat the FA Cup, Anyone who talks about the FA Cup losing its shine has lost their way in their footballing life.”

He added: “Bromley will bring loads of people here, there’ll be noise, there’ll be a special Cup atmosphere and it’ll be a celebration of the national game. That’s what the Cup is all about.”

Hearn also commented on the importance of the smaller clubs and how they epitomise the national game. He continued: “We know the Premier League is a great entertainment brand and we know the players earn millions of pounds, but the real essence of football is in the smaller clubs – and the FA Cup is where everyone has their day.”

Ahead of the big day, Bromley have announced they will be taking three supporters coaches and with many more fans commuting by public transport, cup fever has clearly gripped even the smallest of clubs ahead of one massive occasion with one big incentive.

By Daniel Ludlam

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