On Saturday 10 October it’s Non League Day (NLD), which has been growing for the past five years into a nationwide event and provides a platform for clubs to promote the importance of affordable volunteer led community football while giving fans the chance to show support for their local non-league side.
If you’re London-based it’s Fisher FC’s home game at Champion Hill that’s getting the full NLD treatment, and because Fisher is an entirely supporter owned and run football club, it’s guaranteed to be a special day out. They haven’t lost at home this season and with visitors Sevenoaks sitting just two places behind them in the league it’s going to be a proper game of football.
Plus all the south London clubs aren’t playing because of an international break so they’ll definitely be a lot of Millwall down, maybe Chalton and Crystal Palace.
Why go to watch Fisher?
Simply put, everything about the club reeks of class. From their name (after a person rather than a place or area) to their badge logo (the ravenous angry fish, rather than a coat of arms or emblem) and the fact that Bermondsey appears on the logo, a nod to their turbulent history of fighting against the odds and desire to get back to their spiritual home.
Fisher was set up in 1908 as an outlet for underprivileged children and like Millwall, who were their nearest neighbours, became a dockers club. As a club they were wound up by the High court in 2009 but bounced back after local supporters decided to set up a Supporters Trust and take on running the club themselves. A true gutsy underdog story.
They used to play at Surrey Docks stadium, on the Rotherthithe peninsula, although today they have to make do with playing at Dulwich Hamlet’s ground until they return home. Good thing about Champion Hill is it’s got a decent bar and a lovely stand.
Plus it was Fisher who appointed the first ever female manager of a Conference team back in 2009. Okay it was only for one game but it shows a club who isn’t afraid to confront footballing stereotypes.
Support your local fan-owned club and get down to Champion Hill this saturday!
Fisher FC vs Sevenoaks Town
Saturday 10 October – kick off 3pm
Southern Counties East
Champion Hill Stadium
Edgar Kail Way
Dog Kennel Hill
London SE22 8BD