In 1969, with England preparing for the defence of their World Cup crown and George Best delighting crowds with his virtuoso skills at Old Trafford, 15-year-old Dave Roberts fell in love...head over heels in love… with his local Non-League club Bromley FC.
The Lillywhites was a team which had seen better days: crowds had dwindled to less than a hundred; players were turning up late - if at all - and the team was letting in so many goals that taunting opposition fans would lose count of the score.
Dave Roberts was a loner in love with football.
Finding it hard to fit in at school, he longs to be accepted into the inner sanctum of Bromley FC’s most loyal fans. These fans include Derek, Roy and Peter - three misfits with less influence at the club than they imagine. A chance meeting at a local cafe means Dave is welcomed into the fold but there’s a catch... he must lead the way in forcing current team manager Dick Ellis out. While enforcing a bungled one-man protest, Dave meets Ruby, the daughter of belligerent club Chairman Charlie McQueen.
The awful season continues to be illuminated by brief moments of quality provided mainly by Dave’s hero and Bromley’s star player, Alan Stonebridge. During a search to ask ‘Stoney’ some questions for his scrapbook, Dave stumbles in to the Chairman’s office and across a secret that will change Bromley Football Club forever. But before he can investigate further he is interrupted by the Chairman’s daughter, and child genius, Ruby... a girl who appears to now have a twinkle in her eye for young Dave.
What follows is a catalogue of hilarious attempts by Dave and his new friends to find out what’s going on at their beloved and astoundingly awful Bromley FC. To complicate matters, Dave is sent to boarding school and subsequently expelled; he battles with his world-weary father, starts at a comprehensive school, and embarks on a seemingly sham relationship with the Chairman’s daughter in order to infiltrate the club. A relationship that will lead him to a party at the Chairman’s house where he will learn the terrible truth...
The final act finds Dave and his new friends thrust deep in to the biggest story in Non-League football history. With furious club Chairman Charlie McQueen on the warpath, Dave must choose between his undying love for Bromley FC, the wishes of his parents, and his growing feelings for Ruby. His life is unravelling fast. He just needs one thing to make it all better.
A Bromley win on the last day of the season...
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