The Andy Woodman era at Bromley FC has assisted a transformative revolution at Bromley Football Club, creating new successes and history. Including two historic playoff runs, an FA Trophy victory, and their current fourth-place solid standing in the league, Woodman's leadership has led Bromley to new heights, leaving an enduring legacy of achievement.
Year One-20/21 Season
When Andy Woodman first joined the club in 2021, at first a lot of questions were raised by the fans who were unsure of his appointment as this appointment had followed the departure of a fan-favourite manager, Neil Smith however, the change had to take place as Bromley were beginning to show a poor run of form with the catalyst for change being a defeat at home to Sutton United.
His first game began with a 3-0 loss against Wrexham, but this was quickly turned around, which saw them go on a 13-game unbeaten run, including a 1-0 win at home with a returning crowd at Hayes Lane to seal 7th place in the National League and seal their place in the playoffs for the first time in the club's history whilst also improving on the previous season's 13th place finish.
Unfortunately, despite two goals from James Alabi and Byron Webster, Bromley faced a tough loss in their first playoff game. However, the disappointment of that match did little to overshadow the remarkable turnaround the team had undergone throughout the season. The end-of-season run had filled fans with pride, not just for the playoff place but for the team's new spirit and determination. This shift in performance had begun to change the fanbase's views, bringing a renewed sense of hope and excitement as they began to rally around Andy Woodman and believe in the Ethos he would bring to the club.
Year Two-21/22 Season
After his brief start, the 21/22 season would be his first full season in charge of the club, and with this expectation of a matched if not better season than the last season, this season allowed him to bring his style as well as make changes to the playing squad such as bring in his trust in the youth players at the football club most notably Kellen Fisher who impressed on a number of occasions including the fixture away at Tonbridge Angels in the FA Trophy.
In addition to utilising the academy, he was also smart in his pursuit of loan players, including the likes of goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe from the Brentford B team, who managed to win the starting role and provided key saves during the season with the most memorable being an acrobatic save in the FA Trophy Final to prevent Wrexham from equalising.
The FA Trophy campaign was a shining beacon of the club's resilience and determination and a testament to the manager Andy Woodman's influence. The quarter-finals and semi-finals were defining moments in the season, as the team demonstrated their ability to come from behind and secure crucial victories.
In both matches against Solihull Moors and York City, Bromley trailed 1-0, putting their FA Trophy dreams in jeopardy. However, they showcased incredible character and resolve, ultimately winning both ties by a scoreline of 3-1. These performances demonstrated the team's skill and tactical adaptability but also highlighted the firm belief and unity instilled by Woodman.
These wins propelled Bromley to the FA Trophy Final, where they would face their ultimate test in Wrexham AFC being the underdogs and have the opportunity to etch their names in club history thanks to a smooth assist by Corey Whitley to Micahel Cheek to score the only goal of the game. The journey to the final was filled with drama and memorable moments. It was reflected in Andy's ability to inspire his players to overcome adversity and reach new heights.
Year 3-22/23 Season
The 22/23 season began with some good news for Bromley fans, with Andy Woodman committing his future to the club by signing a 3-year deal, killing all rumours of moves elsewhere up the football pyramid; this also saw assistant manager Alan Dunne join in signing his future to the club.
The early setbacks in the cup competitions were a blessing in disguise for Bromley, allowing them to channel their energy and resources into their league campaign. Bromley showed signs of resurgence as the calendar flipped to 2023, gradually regaining their form and confidence. They secured vital wins and collected essential points, steadily making their way up the league table.
One crucial moment came when they faced Chesterfield at home, where a 2-0 victory sealed their place in the playoff positions. This win not only demonstrated their resilience but also showcased the managerial skills of Andy Woodman, silencing earlier doubts that had arisen among the Bromley fanbase about his managerial skill set.
Year 4-23/24 Season So Far
The 2023-2024 season for Bromley has been a rollercoaster ride that has surprised many fans and raised eyebrows across the National League. However, the initial optimism that followed the first two games quickly gave way to a harsh reality. Injuries hit the team hard, affecting new signings and returning players.
Once players returned from injury and players could be rotated into the matchday squad to potentially create one of Andy Woodman's strongest squads during his spell, Bromley began to churn out results, culminating in an 11-game unbeaten run.
This incredible run of victories showcased Bromley's newfound form and spirit, propelling them up the league table and igniting hopes of a successful season. It was a testament to the players and coaching staff. Though the streak eventually ended at the hands of league leaders Chesterfield, the momentum and confidence gained during this remarkable run promised Bromley an exciting and competitive season.