Team History & Success
Bromley By Bow FC was formed in 1989 and was originally a 7-A-Side team that consisted of young players within the Bromley By Bow area. As one of the youngest team in the footballing circuit within the East London community, Bromley By Bow FC entered every competition that was advertised including events for open age groups.
The Team quickly established a reputation for being one of the best teams in East London by winning the majority of tournaments that the team participated in. As the team matured, it was decided that the best way to progress and move forward as well as increasing participation would be to establish an 11-A-side team.
Under the management of Mr Parves, Bromley By Bow FC entered a local Asian summer league first division in 1999 that was organised by B.F.A (Bangladeshi Football Association). Bromley By Bow FC Successfully won that division in 1999 and became the first team ever to have remained unbeaten throughout the season.
During the annual awards of season 1999/2000, Bromley By Bow FC were nominated in 5 Categories which included:
*Best New Team
*Best Young Player
*Best Manager and won the Best Team
*Best Manager and the Top Scorer awards
The team also joined another Asian winter league division 2 and have successfully been promoted to the premiere division.
Bromley By Bow FC currently participate successfully in the Premier Division of the BFA Summer League as well as the premier division of the ILFL Winter League. The main objective of this team is to use football as a tool to divert younger members of the community from drugs, violence and other anti social behavior, which has been alarmingly on the increase.
We also want to increase participation and include as many young people as possible to help develop various skills such as communication skills, leadership skills, team work and encourage individuals to express themselves in a positive way. Our aim is to also address other issues relating to health by educating the youth in the importance of exercise, healthy diet and the dangers of drugs and alcohol abuse.
It is due to the support of the local residents, parents as well as the enthusiasm of the local youth that we have formed Bromley By Bow FC with various senior members taking responsibilities on a voluntary basis. While Bromley By Bow FC were a 7-A-Side team in the early days, the team were receiving minimal financial support from The Tower Hamlets Coventry Cross Youth Projects who helped the team enter footballing competitions at a more wider scope such as the national 5-A-Side & 7-A-Side tournaments in which Bromley By Bow FC were hugely successful.
It was due to the closure of the Coventry Cross Youth Project that the support stopped but because the team was very successful with its aims and incidents within the local area reduced drastically, it was decided that the hard work must not stop and the team continued operating by taking the decision to concentrate on more local tournaments.
The cost of running the team was entirely based on the team members contribution from their own pocket. However, in January 2000 we did receive a financial contribution from Poplar Harca who helped Bromley By Bow purchase a set of team jerseys. Also in 2001, Wates construction contributed towards another set of team jersey but overall, the majority of the cost for equipment, fees, travel is contributed by members of the squad.
Bromley By Bow FC have participated in some memorable finals and we attracted a lot of press from the local community newspaper as well as various Bangladeshi newspapers for our achievements, hard work, commitment and the positive contribution to the community.
Bromley By Bow FC holds a training session once a week on Thursdays at Marner Primary School and we have placed various posters as well as advertisements to invite more people to participate and have received an enormous response. It was due to the natural talents of members within the Bromley By Bow Squad that various players were scouted to play for Sporting Bengal who are the first Asian team to have been accepted in the National Intermediate League which is affiliated by the Football Association and were also subject to a documentary on the BBC about the rising talents within the Asian community and the inclusion of Asian players in the mainstream league.
Sporting Bengal have now stepped up and are currently in the Go Kent League with various players from Bromley By Bow FC representing their squad. It is due to the lack of financial support that the senior members are finding it increasingly difficult to continue all the hard work that has been done over the past years and as a result, we are loosing valuable talented players to other teams with better resources because they cannot afford to contribute mandatory fees due to their backgrounds.
We are also experiencing a decline in participation as a result, drug and criminal activities are slowly increasing within the community as a direct result.
Bromley By Bow FC and everyone within the community honestly feel that in the past, we have been very successful in promoting all the values that we believe in. We strongly feel that with some financial backing, we can continue to promote our aims and objectives as well as make a positive contribution to the local residents.
The participating young members will not only be involved in such a healthy activity that they enjoy taking part in, but also be part of an education process where they will not only learn the dangers of smoking, alcohol and drug abuse but also be educated in the positives of exercising, healthy diets and learn about various important body functions as well as express themselves in a positive way.
The team is always open to receiving any kind of help whether it is professional advise, coaching, financial and even transportation.
Bromley By Bow FC is committed, professional, focused, well organised and the weekly Sunday football games give the young members something to look forward to. We have been successful in promoting all the values we believe in and would like to continue with the hard work that has been done in the past but in order for everyone to benefit from this. It is extremely important that we receive financial assistance on a continuous basis so that we can lay a good foundation for the new generation of young members of the community to join and benefit from being part of this project because at present we do not receive financial support from any organisation and all the costs in contributed by the members of the squad directly from their own pocket on a voluntary basis.
The local community feels that it is important to invest in such projects because from past experiences, incidents do actually reduce drastically and the general feeling is that the youth from Coventry Cross are very much neglected. The team and the local community also believes that any financial contribution will be a small price compared to return of having a crime free community where the local residents feel safe and comfortable within their own homes.
Our aim is to primarily target youths in the community regardless of their ethnic backgrounds, sex and disabilities.
Due to the success of our A team and the huge participation level, we decided to set up a B team, Bromley Juniors FC.
This was done in 2006 and the team successfully competed in the ILFL division 1 finishing a very credible 5th and to date have been promoted to the Premiership.
We have now formed an Under 14/16 Bromley by Bow team along with a recent football club, BOW FC – covering Bow/Stroudly Walk Area. This totals 5 Teams/Projects under the Voluntary Organisation BBBCO.
List of Honours
Bromley By Bow FC
Runners up in the Bethnal Green County tournament
Champions of Inner London 5-A-Side tournament.
Represented London in the U.K 7-A-Side tournament which was held in Nottingham University and reached the semi finals.
Champions of Inner London 7-A-Side Tournament organised by C.A.G.
Runners up in the Metropolitan Police Community Tournament held in Victoria Park.
Best young player in the Urban Street Football competition.
Champions of Academy of Arsenal 5-A-Side tournaments which was played in Spitalfields Market and was presented with the trophy by Arsene Wenger during a post tournament dinner party.
Champions of the Vallance Road 11-A-Side fund raising tournament.
Officially formed the 11-A-Side team and runners up in the Sporting Bengal fund raising tournament causing an upset by defeating the favorites in the first round.
Entered the B.F.A (Bangladeshi Football Association) Summer League First Division and became the first team in the history of the competition to have won the league unbeaten and promoted to the Premiere League
Nominated in 5 categories in the annual B.F.A awards and won Best New Team, Best Team, Top Scorer as well as Best Manager
2000 – Entered The Asian League Division 2 and won promotion to the First Division by finishing top of the league.
2001 – Changed leagues and entered The League Bangla winter league Division 1 and successfully promoted to the Premier League by finishing as the runners up.
2004 – Currently successfully competing in the League Bangla Winter League Premier Division as well as the Premier League of The BFA Summer League.
2005 – ILFL Premier Division Runners-Up
2006 – ILFL Premier Division Champions
Bahar Ali gets Young Player of the Year
ILFL League Cup Winners
Met Police Safer Neighbourhood Tournament Runners-Up
2007 – Bromley FC are BFA Summer League Runners-Up.
Bromley FC are crowned the UK Bangladeshi Champions 2007
Oliur Rahman gets Young Player of the Year
BFA’s Best Supporters of the Year!
Bromley by Bow FC are runner’s up in Sonali Cup 2008
Bromley by Bow FC are BFA Summer Premier League Winners 2008
Bromley by Bow FC are SSV Cup Champions 2008
2009 – Bromley by Bow FC are Runner’s up in ILFL Cup
Bahar Ali gets Player of the Year & Engle Capello gets Golden Glove.
Bromley FC (Bangla Champion) play against Asian Champions – Asianos FC to win Gaza Charity Cup 2009.
2010/11 – ILFL League Runner’s Up & ILFL Cup Runners Up
2010/11 – Oli get Player of the Season
2010/11 – BFA Summer Premier League RU
2011/12 – SNT Cup Runners Up
2011/12 – ILFL/APL Champions Cup Winners
2013 – Mayors Cup Runners Up
2013 – ILFL Cup Winners
2013 – WEHT Confederations Cup Winners
2014 – ILFL League Runners Up
2015 – BFAUK Sonali Cup Final Runners Up
2017 – ILFL Cup Winners
2017 – Mayors Cup Winners
2017 – BFA Premier League Champions
2018 – ILFL Premier League Champions
2018 – ILFL Cup Winners
2018 – BFA Community Shield Winners
2018 – ILFL Champions Cup
2018 – BFA Premier League Champions
2021 – BFA Premier League Runners up
Bromley By Bow Juniors FC
2006 – Formed the Bromley By Bow B (Youth Team) team
2006 – Bromley B: BFA Summer League Division 3 Runners-Up
London Fire Brigade & BFA 5-side Winners
2009 -Bromley B Team get promoted to Winter ILFL Premiership
2011 – Bromley Juniors wins Div 2 BFA Summer League and gets promoted to Division 1
2016 onwards – Team Merged with Bromley By Bow FC
Bromley Legends UTD
Formed 2015 – ILFL The Veterans League
2021 – ILFL TVL Division One Champions
2021 – TVL League Cup Finalists..
Bromley U14/16 Teams
2010 – U14 Team finishes 3rd in Summer League
2010 – U16 Team Finishes 2nd in Summer League
2011 – Bromley By Bow U16 Win Safer Neighbourhood Tournament (SNT CUP)
2011 – BBBFC- U18 Enters Gothia Cup (Sweden) and reaches Last 16
BOW Football Club
BOW FC wins BFA Summer League Div 3 and gets promoted to Division 2.
BOW FC Currently playing in the ILFL & BFA Summer League.
BOW Juniors FC
A New Project that provides a Under 16 Sporting Project in Bromley By Bow 2013.