James Doherty steps down as Bridon Ropes manager: We are sad he's calling it a day, he will be missed by all, a true Bridon legend

Wednesday 05th June 2019

BRIDON ROPES begin the search for a new manager after James Doherty stepped down from the role.

The Charlton-based club finished in fourth-place in the Southern Counties East Football League First Division table, having collected 21 wins and six draws from their 34 league games.

Doherty guided the club to the London Senior Trophy Final but they suffered a 4-1 defeat after extra-time to their league rivals Erith & Belvedere, who went on to finish runners-up in an exciting title race to Welling Town by just one point.

Bridon Ropes collected 69 points but missed out on the title by nine points.

“Jimmy Doherty has sadly decided to step down from his post as first team manager after a fantastic season,” said a club statement.

“Not only is he our all-time top goalscorer but probably has the best win percentage of any of our managers.”

Doherty’s assistant manager Uche Ibemere has also left the club to become the manager of Andreas Carter Kent County League Division One West side AFC Mottingham.

“Our management team of Jimmy and Uche have been fantastic this year taking us so close to promotion,” added the statement.

“We are sad Jim is calling it a day but the urge on playing is still in him.  It’s Vets for him this season, probably. He will be missed by all, a true Bridon legend.”