Bromley to turn red and blue as Crystal Palace set sights on FA Cup glory
PUBLISHED: 16:40 17 May 2016 | UPDATED: 16:40 17 May 2016
The Eagles, who train in Beckenham, take on Manchester United at Wembley on Saturday
Bromley is set to become a sea of red and blue this weekend as Crystal Palace travel to Wembley with their eyes set on FA Cup glory.
The Eagles, who play in Croydon but train in Beckenham and have an historical connection to the borough, face Manchester United on Saturday in the final of English football’s oldest competition.
And cup fever has caught on throughout Bromley, with one West Wickham pub admitting it will pull out all the stops in preparation for the big game.
Lisa Powley, manager of The Swan on High Street, told us: “We’re going to have red and blue flags and red and blue balloons, and all the staff will be dressed in those colours as well.
“We’ve got a double decker bus taking people to Wembley but we’re expecting hundreds here too on a first come, first served basis, with a little party going on after the game.
“As a business our revenue definitely benefits when Palace are on television and doing well.”
Leicester City’s remarkable Premier League win earlier this month sparked celebrations throughout the area that still show no signs of subsiding even now, and a similar vibe could be expected in Bromley if Alan Pardew’s side are victorious come Saturday evening.
Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish agreed that the occasion was huge for all of south east London.
“We were founded in Bromley so we see it just as much as our home as Croydon, so we will definitely be coming down Bromley High Street with the trophy if we win,” he said.
“That kind of success would be such a boost for all of south east London, an area that perhaps has not had as much investment as it should have done from government over the years.
“Make no mistake, what Leicester have achieved is one of the greatest ever, but I think us winning the FA Cup would be celebrated on the streets just as much, and that’s what we want because we’re a community club to our core.
“This is all a great opportunity to showcase our culture and draw attention to the area.”
Mrs Powley added: “It’s just a lovely atmosphere and a fabulous boost for the area.”
“If they win it’ll be the best party West Wickham has ever seen.”
The match kicks off at 5.30pm.