Heybridge Swifts chairman Gary White said Jody Brown’s huge impact at Scraley Road has established him as a “club legend” after he resigned as manager following Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at Basildon United.

Brown returned to the club in October 2015 and revitalised its fortunes, taking the side from Bostik North relegation battlers to the top Step 4-ranked side in the country after last season’s fairytale run to the FA Cup’s first round proper. The former Welling and Grays chief decided to step down after a 2-1 midweek defeat at the league leaders in which Swifts took an early lead through Sam Bantick before an Eljay Worrell double for the hosts.

White said: “Jody will live on in the memory of the Swifts’ fans as a club legend and we are very grateful to him for his achievements and transformation at our club over a three-year period.

“I have found working with him always a great pleasure and from the first time I met him and ended up sitting in my local pub talking football for four hours non-stop, I knew he would be someone I could work with. The club would like to go on record in thanking Jody for his superb work since returning in October 2015 when we were at a low ebb.

“He has transformed us with limited financial resources. What he achieved in building those foundations will benefit us for years to come and has he galvanised the community, with so many junior players on Sundays becoming fans and increasing our gates significantly, both home and away.”

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