Tag: Fisher Athletic

Time For The Fish To Come Home: The Return Of Fisher FC

For a long time, the Surrey Docks Stadium in Bermondsey has been one of East London’s sorrier sights. Although only built in 1982, it fell vacant when the football club that called it home, Fisher Athletic, moved away in 2004 to ground-share at Dulwich Hamlet, and the fortunes of the club and its former home came to mirror each other over the subsequent years. The Surrey Docks Stadium decayed. People with nothing better to do carried out their acts of petty vandalism, and in the end car boot sales were held on the pitch in front of a dilapidated main stand. Elsewhere in London, meanwhile, after a season of chaos off the pitch and disaster on it, Fisher Athletic finished their 2008/09 Conference South season with just eighteen points from forty-two games, and as soon as the season ended, the club folded. Were this story to end right there, we might surmise that this is merely another example of what has happened to non-league football clubs all over London with wearying regularity over the last three or four decades or so. But in the case of Fisher, the story doesn’t end there. The club’s supporters trust formed a new club called Fisher FC and, playing back at Dulwich, have been plugging away in the Kent Senior League and, from the start of this season, the South East Counties League...

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Fisher Athletic – An Obituary

This morning, non-league football’s least surprising bankruptcy was confirmed at the High Court in London, as former Blue Square South side Fisher Athletic were finally put out of their misery out wound up. For many, Fisher had been little more than a shell of a club since they left their Surrey Docks stadium in 2004 to ground-share at Dulwich Hamlet’s Champion Hill, five miles away from their traditional Rotherhithe base. Crowds had fallen to barely 100 people since their move away from Surrey Docks and, ultimately, the question of what the point of Fisher Athletic was became a more and more pertintent one as their support dissolved away and a move back to the Docklands area of London became less and less likely. Certainly Her Majesty’s Revenues and Customs, who eventually forced through the winding up order over an unpaid £250,000 tax bill, had their patience tested to breaking point. Fisher Athletic were founded in 1908 to provide sporting opportunities for underprivileged children living in the Docklands area of East London and were named for St John Fisher, a Catholic martyr executed by Henry VIII for refusing to accept the King as the head of the church of England. They remained an amateur club until the early 1980s, playing in the Parthenon League, the Kent Amateur League and the Spartan League before joining the Southern League as they moved...

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Lewes & Fisher’s Day In Court

It has been a busy day for non-league football at the Royal Court of Justice in London. Both Lewes and Fisher Athletic were before the judge to explain themselves in the face of a winding up order and, whilst both managed a stay of execution for a few weeks, a huge question mark hangs over the viability of both clubs. Indeed, this question mark is so great that non-league football in general has to start asking itself some very serious questions about its financing, because this is all starting to get a little bit beyond a joke. These two particular clubs are just the tip of the iceberg. There have been ongoing problems at numerous non-league clubs over the last couple of years or so, and the unfortunate truth is that no-one seems to ever learn anything from the mistakes of others. Something is going to have to change. For Fisher, the end is already nigh. For their home league match against Weston-Super-Mare last Saturday, they attracted a crowd of just 89 people. Their problems, however, run deeper than a mere lack of support. They moved from their own Surrey Docks Stadium to groundshare at Dulwich Hamlet’s Champion Hill stadium a couple of years ago with grand plans to redevelop the site into a Football League standard ground. It seemed like a perverse decision (and there may well have...

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