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Fisher Athletic Info and History

Chairman:Chris Georgiou
Vice Chairman:Dave Wilding
Secretary:John Leydon c/o Club
General Manager:Cheryl Stepton
Manager:Alan Walker
Coach:Chris Hiscock
Physio:Joe Miller

Nickname:The Fish
Sponsors:Greene King
Colours:Black & white stripes/white/white
Change colours:Blue/white/white
Midweek matchday:Tuesday
Reserves' League:Suburban Premier
98-99 Captain:Ricky Pearson
P. of Y.:Steve Aris
Top scorer:Bryn Charles

Ground:The Surrey Docks Stadium, Salter Road, London SE16 1LQ
Tel:0171 231 5144    Fax:0171 2520060

Capacity:5,300    Cover:4,283    Seats:400    Floodlights:Yes

Club Shop:None

Leagues:Parthenon, West Kent, Kent Amateur, London Spartan 76-82, Southern 82-87, GMV Conference 87-91
Names:Fisher Athletic 08-93, Fisher'93 93-96
Ground:London Road, Mitcham

Club Records:
Attendance:4,283 v Barnet, GMV Conference 4/5/91
Win:7-0 v Lewes Sept 95, FA Cup    Defeat:0-6 v Salisbury, 21/8/93
Career Goalscorer:Paul Shinners 205    Career Appearances:Dennis Sharp 720
Transfer fee paid:£2,000 for Bryn Charles (Fleet Town)
Transfer fee received:£45,000 for Paul Gorman (Charlton 1991)

Best Season:
FA Cup:1st Rnd 84-85 (0-1 at home to Bristol City), 88-89 (0-4 at Bristol Rovers)
FA Trophy:Third Round replay 87-88    FA Vase:Second Round replay 82-83

Southern Lg 86-87 (R-up 83-84, Southern Div 82-83, Lg Cp 84-85, Championship Cup 87-88, Merit Cup), London Spartan Lg 80-81 81-82 (R-up 78-79, Senior Div 77-78, Div 2 R-Up 76-77), Parthenon Lg 61-62 (Lg Cup 63-64 65-66), Kent Amateur Lg 73-74 74-75 (R-Up 72-73), London Senior Cup 84-85 87-88 88-89, London Intermediate Cup 59-60 (R-Up 75-76), Kent Senior Cp 83-84, Kent Senior Trophy 81-82 82-83, Surrey Intermediate Cup 61-62

Players progressing:
John Bumstead (Chelsea), Trevor Aylott (Bournemouth), Paul Shinners (Orient 84), Dave Regis (Notts Co. - via Barnet), Paul Gorman(Charlton 91), Sean Devine (Barnet via Okonia Nicossia), George Barry (Leyton Orient), Dean Martin (West Ham Utd.), Jason Lee (Charlton), Ken Charlery (Barnet), Steve Watts (Leyton Orient)

The original Fisher club was founded in 1908 by the John Fisher Catholic Society whose aim was to provide football facilities for under priviledged children in the London district of Bermondsey. However, this club folded in 1964.
    Fisher Athletic were reformed two years later, playingt in the Kent Amateur League before joining the London Spartan League in 1974. At this point the club played at a poorly-equipped pitch at Mitcham in Surrey and their main achievements had been winning the London Intermediate Cup in 1959/60 and the Surrey Intermediate Cup in 1961/62.
    They were always keen to return to their base in London's docklands and, in 1982, Fisher were able to relocate to their current Surrey Docks Stadium. In the same season they won the Spartan League championship for the second successive season and the new facilities enabled them to join the Southern League.
    Fisher won the Southern League Southern Division title at the first attempt with 23 wins from their 34 games. Among their star players were skipper Dennis Sharp - who made over 750 appearances for the club and later had a spell as manager - top scorer and 205 goal club record marksman Paul Shinners who joined Gillingham in 1984, his brother Bobby and Dave Samson - brother of England full back Kenny. They were also Merit Cup winners as the league's top scoring side.
    In 1983/84 Fisher were narrowly pipped to the Premier Division title by Dartford but after lifting the Southern League Cup in 1984/85 they did win the league championship in 1986/87. The club were led to this success by ambitious chairman Terry McCarthy and manager Dogan Arif and among the stars of this side were leading goalscorer Trevor Dark, goalkeeper David Fry, Chris Lewington, Ray Shinners (brother of Paul and Bobby), Ricky Hodgson, Alan Hodges, Burt Davies, Paul Collins and current assistant manager Chris Hiscock.
    During the 1980's the club also won the London Senior Cup three times and the Kent Senior Cup once and also reached the F.A Cup First Round Proper twice, losing to Bristol City in 1984/85 and Bristol Rovers in 1987/88.
    In 1987/88 Fisher took their place in the Southern Division but were relegated back to the Southern League in 1991 and a year later finished second from bottom of the Premier Division.
    Since then the club has played in the Southern Division but following a spell of managerial uncertainty last season the close season appointment of Alan Walker has turned the tide and Fisher have genuine promotion aspirations this season.