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Chairman: I’m selling my football club to ensure a bright future’

PUBLISHED: 09:38 18 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:30 12 August 2010

A CHAIRMAN has put his football club up for sale after admitting he doesn t have the money to take it to the next level. Jeremy Dolke announced last Sunday he was putting Bromley Football Club up for sale as he did not have the financial resources or th

A CHAIRMAN has put his football club up for sale after admitting he doesn't have the money to take it to the next level.

Jeremy Dolke announced last Sunday he was putting Bromley Football Club up for sale as he did not have the 'financial resources or the energy needed'.

Fans claim that his seven-year chairmanship pulled the club out of extinction.

Club photographer and fan, Mark Avenell, 31, said: "He has done an excellent job. The club was on its knees and he has turned it around. It is absolutely phenomenal. I am not worried about the club's future as such.

"The amount of effort he put into it, I think he deserves a break. The position he has got the club to now, it is at such a high level that someone of value can come in and take it on."

Life-long Bromley fan John Self, 69 from Bromley said: "Since he came in, he did do well in terms of taking the club off the ground and got it running again.

"He has done well with advertising but I am afraid he isn't everybody's cup of tea.

"He upset too many people. He hasn't got too much patience. I am not too worried about him leaving the club because there will be people prepared to take over voluntarily or paid.

"It is not that big a deal, I am sure the club will carry on."

But a fan, named "Bromley Gooner" on the club forum wrote: "It's a crying shame alright - all I've seen is improvements since first watching at the Lane a couple of years ago, and Jerry has to be applauded for making it all happen."

Another, named TinyTimmy wrote: "Really sad to hear about that. All I can say is such a massive thank you to an absolutely amazing job, an amazing rise from Ryman One to Blue Square South, and an amazing change in facilities at the ground. Jerry has done such an amazing job and everyone knows that, and it's gutting to see him going."

Former Bromley player Mr Dolke became the majority shareholder of the club in 2001, shortly after the club was knocked out of the FA Cup by Hassocks, having finished fifth from bottom in Ryman Division One the previous season.

Secretary of the club Colin Russell paid tribute to the chairman, adding: "Where we have come from, from being on the verge of extinction, it looked like we were going back to county football.

"It has been at the highest level since I can remember. There is only one person who is responsible for that.

"He mops out the dressing rooms - that is the definition of a hands-on chairman. That is just how he is."

Last Sunday, Mr Dolke said: "In order for the club to move on to the next level significant investment is needed.

"I don't have the financial resources or the energy needed and therefore I have made the decision to put the club up for sale.

"I'm now looking forward to spending some quality time with my family who have given me so much support during my time as chairman.

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