Fisher boss Dean Harrison: Now we all have to re-group, set solid foundations for the future and try to get Fisher back up
FISHER manager Dean Harrison says hosting Millwall will be a welcomed boost for the club after suffering relegation at the end of their homecoming season.
The club finished second-from-bottom in the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division after collecting 28 points from their 36 league outings and suffered relegation along with Erith & Belvedere.
Fisher manager Dean Harrison wants to win promotion
back to the Southern Counties East Football League
Premier Division at the first attempt after suffering
Photo: Fisher FC
The current Fisher were born in 2009 following the demise of Fisher Athletic and have struggled without a playing budget since and expectations were higher when they moved into St Paul’s Stadium last summer.
Harrison returned to manage the club at the end of November after Gary Abbott – a striker for Fisher Athletic – was in charge for the first 23 games – but Harrison couldn’t keep the club in the Premier Division and is now preparing for life in the Southern Counties East Football League First Division, the tenth tier of English football.
“Relegation is something we’ve had to deal with together as a club and in all honesty is something that’s been beckoning since the club reformed,” said Harrison.
“Now we all have to re-group, set solid foundations for the future and try to get Fisher back up.
“The coming season will be a new challenge for us, different grounds to visit, different pitches to play on and different players to play against.
“We want to be competing for promotion and will have to deal with the obstacles ahead accordingly.”
Fisher kick-off their pre-season campaign with a visit from newly-promoted Sky Bet Championship club Millwall, who are also sending a squad to Vanarama National League South side Dartford on Saturday (13:00).
Harrison expects Lions boss Neil Harris to send a young side to play Fisher.
“The Millwall friendly on Saturday should be a great experience for all involved,” said Harrison.
“We’re expecting a decent crowd and the atmosphere at St Paul’s will be fantastic for the players.
“We’re expecting them to send down a young side, which will be a real test for our lads.
“We have some new faces in with us so the pre-season in general will give us a chance to have a good look at them and build this years squad from what we see.”
The fan owned club are hoping to raise £20,000 to hand over to Harrison for the current club’s first ever playing budget to help the manager get promotion at the first attempt.
Harrison added: “I know the club have been doing a great job on the 12th man fund and anyone who would like to donate and help out can find the details on the Fisher website.”
Visit Fisher’s website: www.fisherfc.org
Fisher v Millwall
Saturday 8 July 2017
Kick Off 3:00pm
At St Paul’s Stadium, Salter Road, Rotherhithe, London SE16 5EF