What we have achieved this year is nothing short of remarkable, says Bromley chairman Jerry Dolke
Wednesday 22nd April 2015
BROMLEY chairman Jerry Dolke says the club are going to embrace their first campaign sitting at non-league football's top table.
"Well, we're still obviously pretty emotional about everything because when you've been associated with the club for so long, it was pretty much a dream, which is reality and it is real," said Mr Dolke, who ironically was born in 1961.
CONFERENCE BOUND: Bromley chairman Jerry Dolke celebrates winning the Vanarama Conference South title with his family.
"I think it's actually dawning on people just the reality where we're going to play our football next year, which then turns to excitement."
will make the headlines as they will become the first club in the Vanarama National League
to play their home games on a 3G pitch, which will be laid at their iconic 76-year-old Hayes Lane stadium next month.
The club already has two 3G pitches at the back of their stadium and Mr Dolke
explained that Bromley
will benefit playing on an artificial pitch.
said: "We want to 3G our stadium pitch.
"As far as we're concerned now, as a football club we've earnt the right this year," said Mr Dolke
added: "It's just incredible isn't it?
said: "Of course we're ready!
Dolke, a striker, suffered heartbreak when the club finished in second place, five points behind promoted champions Yeovil Town in the Vauxhall Opel Premier (Ryman Premier in today's money) back in season 1987-88.
IN SAFE HANDS: Bromley
chairman Jerry Dolke wants Bromley
to follow in Braintree Town's footsteps and become an established Vanarama National League club.
"When I was a player at Bromley
, we pushed Yeovil all the way in a season and they ended up in the Championship and Bromley, bottom of the Ryman Division One," reflected Dolke