When we're back home it will be a big Fish, says Fisher boss Billy Walton

Wednesday 26th February 2014
FISHER manager Billy Walton says he wants to be the man that leads the club when they return back home to Bermondsey.

The club have struggled since re-forming from the ashes of Fisher Athletic in May 2009 due to the fact that they rent Dulwich Hamlet’s Champion Hill Stadium.

But Fisher revealed plans in December 2013 to return home at the disused St Paul’s playing fields, which is close to the club’s former home at the Surrey Docks Stadium.

Once they move in, Fisher will be playing on a 3G playing surface, which will benefit the local community and the club.

Fisher claimed a 2-2 home draw against title chasing Tunbridge Wells on Monday night, despite playing right-back Aaron Seales, 23, in goal for the final 57 minutes after losing goalkeeper Billy Hensman to a shoulder injury.

The Fish are in the bottom five in the Southern Counties East Football League table with 16 points from 21 games and Walton insists the club will improve once they return home.

“It won’t be long, this club wins every game,” he said.

“We’ll be every team’s big game pretty soon.  We’re going the right way with the ground. Once that happens I do believe that this club will just go on and on and on and I hope I’m a part of it.

“I think within two years’ it won’t be poor little Fisher any more. When it’s back home it will be a big Fish so we can take it from there.”

Fisher play a double-header with Canterbury City this week.

The two sides meet each other in the League at Champion Hill on Saturday, before locking horns at Herne Bay’s Winch’s Field in the Macron sponsored League Cup next Wednesday.

Fisher lead the tie by three goals to two and Walton says he is desperate to get through the quarter-final tie.

“Canterbury know all about us. We know all about Canterbury and it will be another hard game,” said Walton.

“We’ll freshen it up a bit on Saturday, give a few lads a chance.”

Looking forward to the second-leg next Wednesday, the Fisher boss said: “We are absolutely desperate to get into the semi-final of this cup. We as a club, the fans that are here and the chairman and all the hard work that goes in, I would love dearly to get to that final, I really would.

“If we won it, it would be great. If we didn’t we’ll have a great day out.

“A club like us, Fisher, we’d like to be in the cup final.

“I said to the players you’ve got a chance to create history here and make a name for yourselves and be the first group of lads that wins something for the reformed Fisher.”

When asked about his aspirations for the league, Walton added: “I’ve said to them all along all season we’d finish in the top half. It’s going to be hard to do that.  We’ve got some really hard games in March. We’re going to play the top five or six teams in March.

“I said to the lads to look forward to them. I love the big games. I love upsetting a few of them.”

Visit Fisher’s website: www.fisherfc.co.uk

Fisher  v  Canterbury City
Southern Counties East Football League
Saturday 1st March 2014
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Champion Hill Stadium, Dog Kennel Hill, Edgar Kail Way, East Dulwich, London SE22 8BD

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