The Bromley Boys
|The Bromley Boys|
|Directed by||Steve Kelly|
|Written by||Warren Dudley|
|Based on||book "The Bromley Boys" by Dave Roberts|
|Music by||Erran Baron Cohen|
|Edited by||Steve M Kelly|
The Bromley Boys is a 2018 British, coming-of-age, warm-hearted, humorous film. Based on an eponymous autographical book by author Dave Roberts, the film is set in north Kent, in the suburbs of London, during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The story is about the teenaged David "Dave" Roberts, who becomes a fan of his local football club, Bromley F.C., a club who at the time were, "the worst football team in Britain". The film touches briefly on the euphoria caused by England winning the World Cup in 1966, but mainly recounts the events in the protagonist's life during the 1969/1970 season of the Bromley team.
In the late 1960s, a young British teenager, David (Dave) Roberts (Brenock O'Connor), is living in his parents' house in Sevenoaks. He wishes to follow a major football (soccer) team, but because of his father's strong disapproval, he is forced into secretly following his local club, Bromley FC, who at that time were losing almost every game they played. Nonetheless, David instantly becomes a devoted fan. He attends, and carefully analyses every match, and keeps a scrapbook of every press mention they get, no matter how negative. His favorite player is the team's star, center forward Alan "Stoney" Stonefield (Ross Anderson).
David meets and become close friends with three adult Bromley FC fans (TJ Herbert, Mark Dymond, Ewen MacIntosh) who encourage and support him. Dave also meets, and rapidly falls in love with, Ruby McQueen (Savannah Baker), the pretty and bright teenage daughter of Charlie McQueen (Jamie Foreman), the tough scary Chairman of the football club.
Having sneaked into Charlie McQueen's office, and noticed some notes on player's files, Dave believes that McQueen has received large cash offers from both Manchester United and Leeds United to sell Stoney away from Bromley. It seems to Dave that McQueen is planning to accept, in order to pay off his massive gambling debts, which have rendered the club bankrupt.
Dave happens to accidentally meet Stoney, who turns out to be very kind, and strikes up a friendship with him.
The news of the supposed offer to buy Stoney is leaked to the press. The Chairman see this news on television, and now imagines he will be able to pay off all his gambling debts and come out ahead. He announces the good news about Stoney at a party, and explains he can now afford to send his daughter to university to become a doctor, her dream.
But Dave suddenly understands that he misinterpreted what he read: the notes he saw were not about cash offers from leading football clubs, instead they were offers to Ruby from Manchester University and Leeds University. There will be no money coming in.
In order to save Bromley, Dave browbeats the Chairman into selling his expensive sports car, and betting all of the cash on Bromley FC to win their final game of the season, at odds of 10 to 1 against. Dave also demands that the Chairman allow him to manage the team for this one final game.
Despite Dave's attempts to suggest a new game plan, the first half of the game goes poorly, with Bromley scoring an own goal. But then Dave accidentally finds out that his father was originally a brilliant athlete who played youth soccer for England before being crippled in an accident on the field. Before the Bromley team goes out for the second half, Dave gives an impassioned speech, which Stoney endorses, and which causes the team to play better than anyone would have thought possible. First a tie goal is scored, and then Stoney manages to score a very challenging goal on a free kick, and Bromley FC wins 2-1. Dave is carried off the field in triumph, and joy all round.
- Variety, Home, Film, Reviews, "Film Review: "The Bromley Boys" by Guy Lodge, August 16, 2019 6:26AM PT https://variety.com/2019/film/reviews/the-bromley-boys-review-1203304368/
- Movie Nation, Movie Review: Football is everything to the "Bromley Boys" by Roger Moore, August 6th, 2019, https://rogersmovienation.com/2019/08/06/movie-review-football-is-all-to-the-bromley-boys/
- The Guardian, Culture, Film, Movies, "The Bromley Boys review - 70's football Britcom shoots wide", Cath Clarke, Fri 1 June, 2018, 04.00 EDT, https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/jun/01/the-bromley-boys-review-70s-football-britcom-shoots-wide