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‘It’s been some journey’ – Bromley striker Michael Cheek on achieving dream of reaching EFL

Andy Woodman fulfilled his vow of taking striker  Michael Cheek into the EFL after Bromley’s National League play-off final win over Solihull at Wembley.

The Ravens boss revealed after Sunday’s victory that Cheek asked to leave in the summer of 2021.

Woodman convinced Cheek to stay by promising league football. That dream was made a reality on Sunday. The 32-year-old netted a brace and scored during the shootout as Bromley beat Solihull on penalties.

Next season will also be Cheek’s first taste of league football in his career.

“It’s been some journey,” Cheek told the South London Press. “He always says: ‘Remember our chat? I promised I would get you in the EFL’. We had a hug on the pitch. It’s happened.

“I’m lost for words. I’m delighted to be in the EFL.

“I have spent enough time in this league, so I’m happy to make the step up.

“Hopefully, it will be a good one, and I can score a few more goals.”

Cheek has 336 National League outings to his name and bagged 66 goals under Woodman. He has been the club’s top goalscorer for three seasons running.

He also scored in the 1-0 FA Trophy final win over Wrexham the last time the Ravens made it to Wembley.

Cheek said: “I’m trying to stay in the middle of the pitch and closer to the goal.

“If I stay up there, the more chance I have of getting on the end of things.

“I’m happy to get two today. (Sunday) It’s right on par with the trophy win.”


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