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Come on you Lillywhites

PUBLISHED: 14:35 04 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:43 16 August 2010

THE chairman of Bromley Football Club is calling on supporters to roar their team in to the next round as they take on Colchester United in the FA Cup on Saturday, writes Fintan Quinn.

THE chairman of Bromley Football Club is calling on supporters to roar their team in to the next round as they take on Colchester United in the FA Cup on Saturday, writes Fintan Quinn.

To be played at their Hayes Lane ground, the first round fixture is their biggest game since they won promotion to the Blue Square South in May 2007 with a win over another Essex side, Billericay.

As the Times went to press their opponents confirmed that they had sold 800 tickets from an allocation of 1,300 and were confident of selling them all.

About 2,200 Lillywhites had already purchased seats and Jerry Dolke was hoping to sell an additional 1,000 before the weekend to ensure a capacity crowd. He said: "We are hoping to sell-out and cap off what will have been a truly fantastic week for the club.

"All we wanted from the draw was a Football League club at home and that is exactly what we got. We need the fans to get behind us and raise the rafters. We got a good highlight spot on ITV and with the under 18s playing Leyton Orient in the FA Youth Cup first round (Tuesday) we're on a real high."

Although they are undoubtedly underdogs a draw would earn them a replay at Colchester's - the 10,000 capacity Western Homes Community Stadium.

A win however would see them pick up an £18,000 cheque and a chance with playing another 'bigger' club in the second round.

Even though they are likely to see Hayes Lane full for the first time all season Mr Dolke revealed that they are not in for a bumper pay day.

"There are additional costs for things like policing when you put on a fixture of this side," he said. "Colchester also takes half of the receipts but a win and the prize money this would bring is where we could make a profit.

"Hopefully a few of the new fans that will be at the game would start to attend regularly, you can't rely on this though and the only way to make this happen is win games."

Tickets can be bought by calling 0208 460 5291 but must be collected before the day of the game.

Prices of £10 for adults and £5 for children are the same that are charged for league games.

fintan.quinn@archant.co.uk

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