BFA Summer League 2008 & More…

Bromley by Bow FC 

Summer Premier League Winners’ 2008


Bromley claws last minute winner… 

against London Tigers FC. As the final games of the BFA Summer league Premier Division went underway in week 11, it was also slotted in as the final game of the day. Shadwell FC were on top of the table having played there last game the week before, cheers for them were short lived as Mohammaden secured top position having won their game against Arbour Youth (3-2) in the midday fixture of week 11. It all rested on this game as a win for Bromley will secure the title and a draw/loss will make Tigers or Mohammaden winners, depending on goal difference.

A shaky start from Bromley who fielded Amin Ali (GK), Imran Chowdrary, Abdul Hasnath, Justin Garderner, Shahin Ali, Iftekar Ahmed, Oliur Rahman, Alfie Kamara, Bahar Ali, Daniel Saborachie aka Danny, Ainsley Gasper and on the side Danny Lodge, Dipon Ali & Emran. As the ball was intercepted by London Tigers in Bromley’s half. Tigers were passing the ball in quick succession to create space and use the width of the pitch to swing the ball into the box, but the clearing header’s from the defence eased the ball into Bromley’s possession. The battle in midfield that was said to be tough was so, as both teams risked grinding the opposition team down into a mound of dust. Iftekar and Alfie were pitting against London Tiger’s five men unit who supplied the forward and broke into Bromley’s box a few times to raise a few eyebrows. They finally did as a cross from the corner was not cleared at two attempts and was nicked by the London Tigers who poked it into the net from inside the box.

Bromley quickly regrouped as the 150 or so supporters energised the team, the first half was far from over as 15 minutes remained on the clock. Danny had a few good chances ripple in the air as he was now comfortable and enjoying some attacking possession along with Bahar who was on the left flank and had crossed the ball to Oli’s feet, who snapped it into the keepers arms from a few yards. It was only after a few good attempts that Alfie’s bursting run into there half allowed him to play in Danny behind the defender’s who slotted the ball into the net (1-1). The crowd of Bromley fans/supporters and well wishers were ecstatic as a rapturous applause silenced the Mohammaden FC crowd, London Tigers fans and stunned many onlookers. This lifted the Bromley players for a short while as the half time whistle drawed the team together again. The Manager Shoffique who made encouraging gestures throughout the first half had pin pointed a few changes into the game that was needed to allow more possession with the movements that they were making in the midfiled area.

The second half was underway without any changes, the passing wasn’t as crisp as the end of the 1st half but Bromley clinched onto a few loose balls as London Tigers started forcing Bromley into giving away corners and fouls just outside the box. Amin (GK) had collected a few securly and calmly, but other chances where akimboed out of the box by the defenders. Imran had plently to do as he tackled and cleared many breaks that where made through the right wing. As Alfie and Ifte’ were trying to spread the play to Abdul and Ainsley another great ball over the defence found Danny who looked offside but wasn’t as he lobbed the ball wide of the post with the keeper already rooted. As chances were scarce in the second half for Bromley this was too good to miss and Danny knew it when he missed it.

The second half then rallied on with defined moments of quick passing from both teams to create chances and force errors for a goal scoring chance but most were hoofed by the defenders as they cleared. Danny Lodge and Emran also came on for Bromley to provide that extra inspiration and energy to the team. This was to be translated into a foul and free kick to London Tigers, just outside the Bromley box. A well struck shot shaved the bar as Amin held onto it to make sure nothing slipped in. Bromley were now desperate for a goal as a draw wasn’t good enough as Mohammedan fans imitated the final whistle, all the players pushed up to support any attacking chance or darting run for a cross, this resulted in a corner for Bromley as Tiger’s dropped back deep into there box. As everyone aligned themselves into the box including the Bromley keeper who made a dashing run from the otherside of the pitch, Danny placed the ball near the corner flag as he measured in a weighted cross to the crowded box to find leaping Alfie Kamara to rise and nod in a winner (2-1). The final whistle was drowned by the noise of the Bromley fans as it was blown moments after. Bromley players and fans celebrated the BFA Summer League Title 2008. Man of the Match: Shared between Alfie Kamara and Imran Chowdrary. Final Score: 2-1 to Bromley FC.

Premier Division League Table


Above: EastEnd Life Article, thanks to Amin on the submit.

Manager Shoffique Commented: “I would like to thank all the players and fans for the support and great efforts throughout the season which has reflected in the win in this game and also as winners of the BFA League 2008. Having lost 2 games mid-season we came back strong to win the rest of our games and showed great fighting spirit. I also like to thank my assistant Kashim for his hard work throughout the season.”


Bromley by Bow FC, Captain Iftekar recieves title from BFA & More – 13 July 2008


Watch a few random clips of the game & also the celebrations as Bromley by Bow FC win against London Tigers- 13/07/08


BFA Summer League – Summary of Both Bromley Teams

Week 1 :

Bromley FC win in first game…

A 3-1 win against Newark FC saw debutant player Alfie score with 2 superb strikes that terrorised Newark FC as they struggled with his pace. Danny also turned in a penalty as Alfie was bought down by the keeper. As the defenders lapsed in concentration, a consolation goal for Newark near the end of the game was the only chance they belted. The manager commented that “the team selection was strong and it forced them into changing there shape also the second goal was key, as it calmed the Summer League first game nerves”

Bromley B Beat Brothers…

Football Club 5-0. A win in the first game saw a well organised and structured Bromley B that bounced back from a on/off Winter league. Striker Prince scored a hat-trick in an emphatic style as he celebrated his flush of goals with a double front piked somersault and double twist. He even got a cheer from the Brother’s FC fans. The other goals were scored by Kayum and Kohinoor. Manager Nagim Commented ” We played well as a team and our reactions in the first 10 mins of pressure from Brothers FC was brilliant. From that we had chances and took them “

Week 2:

Oli rips net to secures Bromley win..

2-0 against SYA FC. A goal from outside the box from Danny gave Bromley the lead as good passing and movement left SYA checked. Oli scored a header from a cross that saw the keeper rip the net as he got tangled. A comfortable win for the manager who was pleased with the attitude and character of the team.

Defiant Bromley B lose…

2-0 to Mohammedan B. As chances went begging, Mohammedan took their’s and the 3 points. The Manager Commented “We didn’t pin them back but I am happy with our performance to an extent. However, we lose 2-0. The level of commitment was good. We created chances. They took their chance, we didn’t, but there are a lot of pluses for us”.

Week 3:

Shadwell turn on the heat…

as they win against Bromley FC who were leading the game by one goal as the second half saw two goals by Shadwell in a matter of minutes, one of which was a 30 yard bobble that left the keeper dis-orientated. The Shadwell FC keeper did well to keep Bromley’s goalscorer, Alfie at bay with fine saves. A defensive mix up at the Bromley end in the final moments ended the game 3-1 to Shadwell. Manager commented “An excellent first half had slipped away in the second, as we lost concentration and were second in every department”.

Valiant Bromley B beat Vallance Youth…

as they win 3-0. A brave team performance from the defeat they suffered last week saw goals from Shipon, Prince and Kobir. All were distinct from each other and had put the game beyond Vallance. Syful, who was on in the second half rattled the bar as Bromley B were searching for more goals. Prince played his part with his highly elaborate celebration from his cool finish and so did Shipon with his half volley. Manager Nagim Commented ” A good win that saw the team play with more urgency and fluency that they had lacked in the previous games. We had good possession which made the game out of bounds for the opponent, even though they had 1 or maybe 2 chances that could off brought them back into the game”.

Week 4:

Arbour Youth Harbour Victory…

Over Bromley FC as they win 2-0. A controversial game that saw a red card for an alleged confrontation by Dipon after a harsh tackle that was made on Bahar Ali. The Bromley 10 Men did well not to concede more goals but should of taken on chances created to win the game. A mixed performance that is not to be treasured. Manager Commented “The red card should of been shown to the other team, but because the game is not televised the appeals process will take a substantial amount of time.”

Tigers B pounce on Bromley B points…

as they lose 2-0. Hamid came close to an opening but missed a sitter that saw London Tigers B bury there chance and then secure the game with another. A good game of tactics played by Bromley but they failed to deliver the goals needed to get the points. Manager Nagim was disappointed and commented “We can talk about chances all day as we flooded them with it a number of times and had enough good efforts to win it, the only time I can remember us being in trouble was the 2 efforts they had which they netted.”

Week 5:

Comfortable win against Mohammedan..

as goals from Bromley kept the Mohammedan keeper occupied by collecting the balls from his net 4 times. Bromley scored some great match of the day goals and amongst the scorers were by Alfie and Danny, who dinked a fantastic one-on-one shot with the keeper. Manager Commented: “I thought we looked very strong and determined. We were the more dangerous of the two sides and although there weren’t many chances, we’ve created the best of them. That probably was the best from us this season. We played some excellent football, we were resilient throughout, and we showed a tremendous never-say-die attitude. I was delighted we finally got our second goal, it was well deserved. We created some great chances in either half, but as the game went on I was always convinced that the pressure was finally going to tell. At times we seemed unstoppable, but they got a goal back after the second half which got us back firing with Oli coming on, it was awesome ! ” Final Score 4-1 to Bromley FC, this win opens the title race

Bromley B play against Elite…

Youth FC as they lose a well dominated game against Elite. A tackle by Shipon in the area gave away the penalty in the second half that left Bromley chasing the game until injury time, as the defenders got exposed to another goal as they pushed for the equaliser. A goal was disallowed as were many debatable offsides decisions which saw Elite on defensive mode. Present was the backroom staff Shamsul Haque who forgot to bring the half time drinks and commented “If anything, the victory should have been with Bromley B, we’ll reflect on what we did well and what we can improve on. We know we can dominate a game but its the points that matter now which can take you into promotion. I will also like to take this opportunity to invite all the brothers to Jamaat during the summer holidays. ” Final score 2-0 to Elite Youth.

Week 6:

Vital win for Bromley…

as they beat Abohani 4-0 to secure 2nd place in the Premier Division. Manager Comments “We played well today and were impressive, our defenders did well at the back. We took our chances and deserved the 3 points and 4 goals.”

Premier Division League Table

Probashi cause problems for B..

as Bromley B lose 4-0 to Hackney Probashi. An unfortunate penalty that was given away opened the floodgates. The defenders looked a bit lazy at times but the striking for the team wasn’t sharp either, as many chances were missed. The second half was promising with good passing and control within the midfield area but this wasn’t to be capitilised on. Manager Nagim Commented ” The performance was decisive to the effectiveness of my tactics, as my idea is that you can put defenders, midfielders or even a forwards on the wings, the important thing is to occupy the space. You have to sacrifice a striker, but it is better with two attacking midfielders because they create more fluidity in attack, but this all varies, as certain tactical changes at particular moments in a match in an attempt to change the game and sometimes this doesn’t pay off and you lose, but well done to the players.”

Second Division League Table

Week 7: Sonali Cup Games

1st Round:

St Katherine’s FC get docked by Bromley…

as a 7 goal thriller see’s them into the next round with ease. A few goals from Bahar and a Alfie hattrick secured the progression into the next round. A good all round performance from the players saw them take there chances. Also note that Keeper Amin played upfront and nearly score a goal !! Manager Shoff’ commented “that the game plan was to force them into mistakes and make them pay for it”. Final Score 7-1 to Bromley FC.

Bromley B walk over Newark …

B team as the game was decided on penalties after Hamid scored a equaliser to take the game into a penalty shootout. A fine lob made it 1-1 and the brilliantly taken penalties saw them into the next round. The manager was pleased with the team efforts throughout the game.

2nd Round:

Bromley By Bow FC in Quater Final…

after beating Mohammeden B, 7-0. An excellent performance by Danny who finished the game off with a bag full of quality goals as he got 4 and also a notable spectacular strike by Bahar Ali from outside the box left the keeper rooted. A convincing performance that see’s them play Abohani FC in the QF’s. The manager praised the team that showed a lot of character. Final Score 7-0 to Bromley FC.

Bromley B left to Ponder..

as they came back from behind twice to take a 3-2 lead against Ponders End. Debutant player Isaac scored a 25 yarder that rippled the net with Man of the Match, Abdul Hamid getting two goals. A good team and unified performance was rattled by a last minute equaliser from Ponders End that took the game into penalties. A hit, miss and save ruled out there chances of progressing into the next round. Manager Nagim commented: “We had domination up front. Our big game players played well. Everyone involved in the team can be rightfully quite proud of that performance, it just the nerves that got the better of them in the penalties.”

Week 8: Sonali Cup Games

Quater Final:

Bromley knockout Abohani to reach Semi’s…

After an equaliser by Bromley’s Danny to make it 1-1, a cool penalty (3-1) shootout by Bromley see’s them through to the Semi-finals. A few chances that could of secured the game in the second half was not to be as they left it until the penalties. The footage below show’s the penalties as well as an exclusive interview with Oliur Rahman. Video starts of with Amin in goal and Abohani taking the spot kick. Wait till it buffers… The Manager Shoff’ commented “the team had more possession and desire after conceding the goal, the defenders played tight with Justin holding the line very well and this reflected in the equaliser and penalty shootout as they held there nerves especially the keeper, Amin who made some outstanding saves”

Penalty Shootout against Abohani FC & Oli Interview – 22/06



Ponder’s run come’s to an End as Bromley By Bow FC Reach Sonali Cup Final 2008…

A 5-2 win over Ponders End FC made certain that Bromley reached the Final, the team that knocked out the B team had conceded in the 1st minute as Danny scored an easy tap in. Bahar got 2 goals, one of which was a fine header from Danny’s cross and another was a slot in from a tight angle. Danny, Man of the Match got his second from a fine lob from outside the box with Alfie firing in a shot before that into the net. Both Ponders goal were scored from the spot, as the referee spotted an infringement twice in the Bromley box from Justin and Imran. A few Video goal highlights can be seen below.

Bromley (5) vs Ponder’s End (2) – Semi Final – Sonali Cup 2008


Manager commented “We played excellent in both halves as all players took good positions defending and attacking, a little tiredness stretched us a bit with long balls as we conceded the penalties but we have been very focused in the cup games and we knew what we had to do to reach the final, the team spirit was one of the reasons for the victories and lets hope this can be seen in the remaining league games as well as the final.”

Bromley play Shadwell FC in the Sonali Cup Final, the current league leaders in the Premier Division with Bromley a point behind them.

Week 9 – No Games

Week 10:

Stepney FC buckles as Bromley FC grabs late winner…

as it is all to play for in the final league game with London Tigers. A win will secure the title as Shadwell failed to crown themselves in their final game this week as they lost 3-1 against Mohammedan FC. It all comes down to the results of the final games for the BFA Summer Premier League played next week as 4 teams are still in the running for the title.

This weeks game buckled up to a great battle in midfield as both teams didn’t leave any loose balls for the taking. Bromley created a few good chances in the first half as a fine shot from Danny was whiskers away from the goal. Stepney played on the counter and did not trouble the defence or the keeper. A few chances could of been prowled on but the ball left the field before it touched the players feet. The second half favoured Bromley for the start as the Stepney keeper made some good saves. Oli, Mukith and Danny came close but it was Alfies tackle towards the end that set Danny through on goal which he tee’d up Bahar to calmly collect the 3 points. Final Score: 1-0 to Bromley FC.

Manager Shoff’ commented “It was a brave performance in a tight game with few real chances, our eagerness and urgency at the start of the second half controlled the rest of the game and gave us the 3 points. This game has set the willingness and desire to play the final game and get a result the team and supporters want.” Bromley also await the date/venue of the Sonali Cup Final against Shadwell FC.

Premier Division League Table

Bromley B beat Newham FC…

as they came back from conceding a goal to winning 3-1. Striker Prince got them level as he swiped the ball around the keeper to slot it in. The second followed in a similar style as Prince took it round the player and keeper in one movement to find the back of the net. A well dominated game that Bromley B using the field to move the ball around and switch play. It was in the second half that the game was out of bounds for Newham FC as Abdul Hamid turned 2 players outside the box to drive in a low shot to beat the keeper to the bottom corner. Final Score 3 – 1 to Bromley B.

Stand in Manager Shamsul Commented “We played good football and were unluckly to concede an early goal, our change in training ground drills and tactics has enabled us to perform under pressure and make us the more able team on the field. Lets hope we can repeat this performance in the outstanding games remaining.”

Second Division League Table


Week 11:

Bromley by Bow FC Wins Title – Report on top of page


Robin Hood FC out of Line-O

as Bromley B were winning 3-1, the game had to be abandoned as Robin Hood FC caused a controversial bust up with the linesman near the end of the game. After leading the game 1-0 through a Micheal penalty in the first half with Robin Hood missing one which was saved by keeper Ingle, the game was all to play for. The second half saw Prince on form with great strides as he drove in a shot that left the keeper standing. Great all round movement by the team saw another goal from Prince as he headed home another goal from a corner to add to his tally. Robin Hood FC got a goal back as Bromley B snoozed out of position for a second but this bought player Hamid into action as he got a red card for his passion and eagerness. As moments after the players from Robin Hood caused great corcern over the safety of the linesman after a controlled decision which lead to the game being abandoned. BFA will follow up reports by the referee and Bromley should recieve 3 points as they did not play any part of the incident. Bromley B still have a few remaining games in there division and hope to battle for a place in top half of the table. Stand in Manager Shamsul made no comments.

Week 12:

Bricklane FC by name, Bricklane by Nature…

as the first goal was by Prince he took the defender on as the defender clipped his left foot on his right, but bemused Prince still bulleted the shot bottom right hand corner, left the keeper rooted. The second goal was a Cutting through ball by Micheal to Isaac, who left the defender clueless assuming he was offside and the keeper was rooted again as he was brushing of the dust from the first goal. The second half saw a steady display of football with Bromley B conceding a goal. As Bromley B were winning 2-1, the game had to be abandoned with 5 minutes left of the game. BFA are investigating the referee reports as Bricklane were involved in an on and off the pitch incident.

Week 13:

Ace play there cards right..

as they win 4-1 against Bromley B.

Week 14:

Bromley B beat BYM (3-1)

Goalscorers: Abdul Subhan, Dipok & Prince

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