Monday 03rd May 2004

Fisher bid temporally farewell to Surrey Docks Stadium

Dr Martens League Eastern Division club Fisher Athletic played their last game at their Surrey Docks Stadium for two years on Saturday.

After losing 2-0 to champions King's Lynn, the Fish will play their next competitive match at Dulwich Hamlet's Champion Hill ground.

Hamlet will be home for Fisher for the next two seasons as the Surrey Docks site is redeveloped to include new housing and a new stadium.

Club director Sami Mudghola was this week thrashing out details with Southwark Council for the site, as the drawing up of detailed planning permission takes shape.

Despite no detailed plans being lodged as yet, Fisher felt it necessary to spend the next campaign at Dulwich, just in case the project gets the go-ahead mid-season.

As for the ground move, manager Wayne Burnett said: "I don't think it will be detrimental for us to play at Dulwich, it shouldn't affect the team.

"After all, we don't get many fans at the moment, so it may not make much difference to the attendances.

"And I think the hardcore Fisher fans will come and watch us wherever we play."

Burnett added: "What I do want, is for us to come back to the Surrey Docks in 18 months or so time a couple of divisions higher than we are now."

Although Saturday's game is the last competitive one at the Surrey Docks Stadium for a while, Fisher will play their home friendlies there over the summer.

Opponents have yet to be finalised, but Burnett revealed: "It looks a real possibility that we will be getting the SKY TV’s ‘Dream Team’ down for a game.

"And we should be able to get one or two League clubs too, which will show us where we really are."