London Broncos started 2019 as being written off by the press on all sides but the club were determined not to underperform and that was shown when in the first game of the season they scored 42 points against Wakefield Trinity at Trailfinders much to the surprise of the Rugby League fraternity.
The Broncos were however brought back down to earth as they lost the next three games with Wigan Warriors to come.
The Londoners again shocked rugby league by beating the reigning Super League Champions by 18 points to 16 and then, on a windy Friday evening, backed it up by beating Leeds Rhinos at Emerald Headingley, by the same score, in a nail biting finish.
The season progressed and London went on a disappointing run of 8 loses on the bounce with a Challenge Cup exit to Halifax on the way to the next visit of Wakefield Trinity to Ealing.
Surely Wakefield had learnt their lesson from the first game of the season and would not take the hosts for granted? The score said it all and London had yet another win under their belts again scoring 42 points in taking the much needed win.
Magic Weekend was upon us and this season was at Anfield Stadium home of Liverpool FC and the Broncos would face Leeds Rhinos once more. Both sides had their chances and the Broncos would end the weekend disappointed as they lost by just two points in a game that was there for the taking.
The Broncos returned to London and prepared for their biggest test so far and the visit of runaway leaders St Helens. On a rainy Sunday the Broncos produced a result that fans will remember for a lifetime as the game went to Golden Point for the first time in Ealing and Morgan Smith dropped the goal that meant the Broncos had won 23 – 22 and sent the fans into delirium.
Next up Catalans Dragons away from home and the intimidating Stade Gilbert Brutus… or so you would have thought but the Broncos backed up their win over St Helens and became only the second team to win in France in 2019.
Back to Back wins for the London side and next a bottom of the table crunch match in front of the Sky cameras at home to Hull KR. The game swung backwards and forward in a tight encounter but at the hooter London had won three on the trot and won 26 – 24 to move from the foot of the table.
Another run of three losses saw the Broncos slide to the bottom of Super League again but the side and their never say die attitude bounced back and once again took the points at Trailfinders against St Helens this time by a margin of 20 as they won 32 – 12.
Two more losses to Castleford and high flying Salford Red Devils followed before another trip to Perpignan and another tremendous win against Catalans Dragons. It seemed that London were determined to stay up and would clearly be fighting all the way until the end of the 2019 season.
Three games to go and destiny was in their own hands. The first of the three did not go to plan as a now much stronger Leeds Rhinos side took the points at Trailfinders.
As London travelled to Craven Park to face Hull KR in yet another huge game they new that anything but a win would mean relegation. The side played magnificently and the three points were theirs. One games to go and the Broncos needed one more win and for results to be kind to them elsewhere and the job would be done.
They travelled to Wakefield knowing that both Huddersfield Giants and Hull KR were also fighting for their lives and the simultaneous kick off made it all the more tense.
It was one game too far for the Broncos who on losing to Wakefield Trinity were relegated on points difference, the harshest way to go. 62 points separated London Broncos and Hull KR in the end but every London fan will talk about the 2019 season for years to come. Head Coach Danny Ward had done an amazing job with his squad and signed a new two year deal off of the back of the fantastic season had by the club.