Fisher Football club were saddened to learn of the passing of Justin Edinburgh last Saturday. Justin is fondly remembered by many at the club from his role as manager of Fisher Athletic, during our time spent playing at Dulwich Hamlet’s Champion Hill ground.
After a playing career that included over 200 games for Tottenham Hotspur, Justin arrived at Fisher in January 2006, having cut his managerial teeth at Billericay Town. He took over a side sitting fourth in the Ryman Premier League and started in impressive fashion with a 5-0 victory over Redbridge. It was a sign of things to come as Justin’s attacking style saw the goals flood in with Fisher finishing the regular league season in third spot, picking up the Westview League Cup for good measure as well. A successful play off campaign saw Fisher beat Hampton & Richmond in the final and earn Justin’s side a place in the Conference South for the following season.
Having put together one of the strongest Fisher squads since the Conference days of the late eighties, Justin’s side took to the higher league with ease, racking up 36 goals in the first 15 games before Justin moved on to take control at Grays Athletic. A spell at Rushden and Diamonds followed before he took Newport County up from the Conference to deservedly become a league manager. His reputation grew further from spells at Gillingham and Northampton before his managerial skills and expertise helped rebuild Leyton Orient and return to them their league status last season.
Justin remained in touch with several of the Fisher faithful and always asked of the clubs fortunes when meeting up. He always had time for the fans and a commitment to the club, which he clearly took with him to all his future clubs. Justin was just 49 years old and was surely set to rise further up the leagues. He will be missed by the football community as a whole and by all at Fisher, who send our deepest condolences to his wife Kerri and their children.