Previous Bromley FC player who has overseen the Club from 2001 and it’s rise through the leagues to the Vanarama National League, the highest position in the Club’s 125 year history.
Below can be found an interview with Jerry Dolke from July 2017…
Jerry, for supporters who aren’t aware would you share with us your professional background and how you became involved with Bromley FC?
“Following the sad passing of my father, I took on the running of the family owned painting and decorating supplier in Greenwich at the age of 21, which I continued to run up until getting involved at Bromley FC.”
“Previously I would always pop into the ground when I was 14 or 15 years of age with my cousin, and I remember once being greeted by ‘Coombsey’ who asked what we were up to and we’d reply ‘We want to play for Bromley’.”
“The opportunity came many years later when I played for Bromley Reserves, I was originally playing for Beckenham Town before being asked by the then Bromley manager to come over in the mid to late 80’s.”
“Of all the clubs I played for I had an emotional connection with Bromley, and followed the Club’s fortunes even when I was playing over in America in the mid 90s.”
How did you become a Director of Bromley Football Club?
“I was aware of the main stand fire, and the struggles that the Club were going through, and Glyn Beverly the then chairman asked me to get involved in 2000/2001.”
“My main objective when I took the club on was twofold; to return the club to the playing level that I had been a part of in the late 80s, two levels above where we were currently sitting, a club of our stature should not have been at that level, and secondly to get the freehold of the stadium back delivering the club the security it once had.”
“A London Senior Cup win in 2003 followed by two promotions in 2005 and 2007 plus the purchase of the freehold in 2007 were great achievements.”
Yourself and the Board announced the club’s main objectives back in February 2016, how do you think the club is progressing with its targets almost 18 months on?
“As mentioned by Jon and Robin, it’s important that the Club can become self-sufficient. I think great progress has been made in the past 18 months with the ongoing growth of the academy, and upgrade of facilities at Hayes Lane, most notably the FIFA Quality Pro 3G pitch.”
As progress continues how do you and the board judge the success of your combined influence at the club?
“We all work together very closely, as mentioned; the progress in the last 18 months has been brilliant to see. We need to demonstrate that we can operate as a self-sufficient football club, maintaining our full time status with the drive and ambition to push into the Football League.”
“When we got into the Conference South our principal target was to become an established Club at that level, to then push on and become a promotion candidate. We need to replicate that model in the level we are playing at now and with the group of directors and staff working tirelessly behind the scenes we can push on again.”
Thank you for your time Jerry. To finish, do you have a message for our fellow supporters?
“I see a real energy and desire to be successful from the group of people around us, from the directors, the playing staff and management. To see the fantastic response in season ticket sales, and that supporters are buying into what we are trying to achieve, is a real positive sign.”
“I’d like to thank all our supporters, especially those who have been there from day one when we travelled to games in the Ryman Division One South, and to still see those faces travelling to the likes of Tranmere Rovers and Wrexham is testimony of where the club is now playing its football.”