HAVING supported Billericay Town since his childhood, Rob Dowman is pleased to have become the National League South club’s latest co-owner.

David McCartney, Greg Lake, Nick Hutt and Alex Morrissey formed a consortium to take over Town in October, having seen Glenn Tamplin walk away from the club a month earlier.

Dowman, who is a former boss of one of the Billericay youth teams, has joined the quartet in overseeing matters and he hopes to play a key role in taking the club forward.

“Having grown up and gone to school in Billericay, I have been around the club in either a playing or supporting capacity since I was a child,” said Dowman.

“Both of my sons have played for the colts and I managed one of the youth teams for a number of years.

“It was during this time that I got to know Nick Hutt and see the inner workings of the football club.

“I could see how many fantastic people give their time and work so passionately behind the scenes to get us to what we see on matchday.

“It is an absolute privilege to now have the opportunity to work alongside these people and the other consortium members in taking the club forward.

“We all share the same vision for the club and appreciate the responsibility we have to the community to not only drive forward as a sustainable football club but build on the fabulous platform left by Glenn Tamplin.

“Glenn’s legacy at Billericay Town is there for all to see and we should all be very grateful for all he did.”

Dowman believes Jamie O’Hara should be hailed for his start to life in management and he feels the club is on the right track with the ladies section and colts coming together with the men’s first team.

“Ultimately, my passion for football was the driving force behind getting involved.

“Football-wise it’s a very exciting time at the club.

“Jamie is doing an amazing job with the first team.

“The team has a real identity and it’s really clear how the manager wants them to play.

“The ladies section is going from strength to strength and the colts are thriving and have never been stronger which is great to see.

“Prior to my involvement, the club had already announced the intention to form development squads at under-18 and under-23 levels next term.

“This is a real passion of mine and certainly one of the areas I will look to concentrate on along with the rest of the team.”