Fisher FC – Cool name but how did it come about?
The club was originally named after the Catholic martyr Saint John Fisher. This makes Fisher one of the few sports clubs in the world to take their name from a person rather than place.
The club are the continuation of ‘Fisher Athletic’ who were wound up by the high court over non-payment of debts on 13 May 2009.
Following a meeting on Druid Street in Bermondsey on the evening of 28 May, a supporters trust was formed to take control of all forthcoming club matters, with 37 founding members. This meeting announced ‘AFC Fisher’ as a working title, before a subsequent members meeting decided the new club name as ‘Fisher FC’.
We were lucky enough to have the great team from Copa90 visit us to learn more about the club, you can see their film Finding the Heart of Football: Fisher FC – An Underdog Story below
You say you’re a Bermondsey club. How come you played in East Dulwich for years?
There are various versions regarding the origins of the club and its founder but the following seems to be the most widely acknowledged.The original club was founded in 1908 by a Mr Norman Potter to provide sporting and recreational facilities for underprivileged youths from Bermondsey.
The first club premises were based in Rose Court, Dockhead, Bermondsey in a building previously used as an old engineering shop. The ground floor was used for athletics, with the first and second floors used for recreational games such as ludo and draughts.
The club played junior and amateur football, often in assorted jerseys on a variety of park and local pitches in and around Bermondsey until as recently as the late 1960s.
Under the stewardship of bookmaker James Lane the club acquired their own ground in Mitcham, South London in 1970 and they played there until in 1982 when the granting of club senior status from the London FA coincided with a move to the purpose built and council owned Surrey Docks Stadium in Rotherhithe, just to the east of Bermondsey and less than one mile from where the club were first formed.
The club began ground-sharing with Dulwich Hamlet in East Dulwich in 2004 while planning permission was sought for a new stadium and new development was proposed at the Surrey Docks Stadium. Neither a new stadium or redeveloped Surrey Docks Stadium came to fruition and despite the winding up of Fisher Athletic in 2009, the supporter owned continuation Fisher FC continued to ground share at Dulwich Hamlet whilst exploring options of a return to the north of the Borough.
This season sees Fisher FC return home to Bermondsey, completing the re-birth of the club as we move into the St. Paul’s Stadium just across the road from the old Surrey Docks Stadium in Rotherhithe. Fisher have spent the last 12 years fighting to return to our community and bring football back home.
Getting to a game
What game can I go to?
Our season runs from mid-August to early May, with our usual matchdays being on Saturdays and Tuesday nights, starting at 3:00pm and 7:45pm respectively. We keep our website’s Fixtures and Results up to date with our latest fixtures, so you can check there to see when we are next at home.
Sometimes fixtures may be moved due to cup committments or postponed due to the weather, so please do double check before travelling and always check this website and our Twitter feed for the latest information.
How do I get a ticket and how much does it cost?
The club are committed to providing an affordable alternative to the often expensive Premier League and Championship ticket prices found elsewhere in London. With this in mind we try to keep ticket prices as low as possible whilst balancing the club’s needs to ensure we remain sustainable, profitable and can continue to progess. Adult entry is £7, Concessions are £4 and Under 16s are free to attend if accompanied by a paying adult – £1 otherwise.
We do not usually sell tickets in advance, so you can turn up and pay on the day. The turnstiles for all fans are clear to see on the Salter Road side of the stadium and usually open around an hour before kick-off.
If you fall in love with the club then you can join as a Member and part-owner for only £10, more details on our Membership pages.
At the game
Where do I sit?
As usually found at non-league football we do not segregate our games and so you are free to sit or stand wherever you like. The Barry Albin-Dyer stand is our main all seated stand on the Clubhouse side of the pitch (as you enter via the turnstiles), and there is covered terracing behind the goals at the Dockers End which, like the main stand, offers shelter in wet weather.
For a first time visitor, the best overall view and most comfortable position is found in the Barry Albin-Dyer Stand.
Where can I get something to eat or drink?
The Clubhouse will become the social hub of Fisher FC as the 2016/17 season progresses, keep your eyes peeled for an improved catering offer over the course of the year.
Is there a bar to buy alcohol?
Yes. We are proud to serve Bermondsey brewed beer, currently stocking a selection of Fourepure Brewing Co. beers. The selection in the Clubhouse Bar will improve over the course of the 2016/17 season.
What else happens at the game?
We play a selection of music over the tannoy before the game and at half-time. We also have the Fisher Super Draw with a chance to win £25 and the excellent match day programme to read.
There’s another game I’d like to see on TV, will you show it?
Again, not quite yet, but we hope to be able to screen all other major games via satellite TV very soon.
Is it possible for my child to be a mascot on a match-day?
Yes just contact us in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve still got a question, who can I ask?
Email email@example.com for any further questions.