It’s been a long road for Fisher FC! Back in 2008, the old Fisher Athletic Club that used the Surrey Docks Stadium for many years faced rising debts and was wound up. The fans were passionate about their club and so formed the volunteer-led Fisher Supporters’ Trust to manage Fisher FC . The Stadium – which seated 5,300 people – went with Athletic who had stopped using the stadium in 2004. The new supporters’ trust had also to negotiate a new location for their games. After some time, they found a temporary home with Dulwich Hamlet Football Club near East Dulwich. Ground sharing is always complicated and the Trust’s Board worked hard to secure a new site for the club back in their heartland – Bermondsey and Rotherhithe.
In 2013, Fairview New Homes bought the freehold of the old stadium from the receivers. Fairview proposed a development of the stadium site, and a linked development of St Paul’s playing field almost opposite on Salter Road SE16, that would see the disused playing field site turned into a brand new football facility that would serve as a home ground for Fisher FC. These plans have been moving through the planning process and on Tuesday 1 July 2014, the Southwark Planning Committee voted unanimously to support the two linked proposals. New homes, a pocket park and the ground together with plans for real youth sports made a successful mix. Fisher FC can at last plan to come home!
The building of the new ground for Fisher FC is not the end of the story. Fisher have to fit it out and whilst they have raised a significant sum toward that already, they still need support both in cash and in kind. If you have skills in for example finance, planning or law, the club is keen to have your help. But most of all, Fisher are looking for your support as a member. If you want to see this fine club return to Rotherhithe over the next three years, then join the Supporter’s Trust.
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