Like many guys (and girls) of my age, I’m really into something particular: Football. Obviously this is a subject often talked about, but I would like to talk about an aspect of football that hasn’t got the global attention it deserves. (that is my humble opinion)
I developed my interest in Non-league football a few years ago, when a coverage from the BBC opened my eyes. After that I started following certain teams in Non-League and then there was this sorcery, like magic: THE NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL SHOW. A podcast by the BBC, I will talk about in a day or two.
ANYHOW, cometh the hour, cometh the man. There was this article written about fan owned football clubs in the dutch magazine Voetbal International and I was blown away by it. I had to get involved with it. So I researched a lot and read about it in different magazines, papers and sites. For example: The Real FA Cup, When Saturday Comes and The Non-league football paper.
At one point I got involved with FC United of Manchester and that’s perhaps a very famous story. They went storming through the leagues and they are now at the National League North level. They got a lot of media attention, but I recently got involved with a lowerleague non-league fan owned football club: Fisher FC
The club was formed in 2009 by members of the ‘Fisher Supporters Trust’ when Fisher Athletic Football Club was wound up in the High Court due to financial problems and closed down. The name AFC Fisher was set up as a working name for the new club. They were accepted into the Kent League for the 2009–10 season, and were unanimously elected into the Premier Division of the Kent League at the league’s AGM in June 2009. Gary Lisney was appointed manager on 26 June, having been assistant manager to Wayne Burnett at Fisher Athletic as well as a brief spell as manager. Donna Powell, the woman who made history in February by becoming the first female to manage a men’s football side in England when she took over for one game of the former Fisher Athletic’s doomed campaign, was handed a permanent position on Lisney’s coaching staff prior to the new season. In the 2011–12 season the reformed club entered the FA Cup for the first time, making it to the preliminary round before being knocked out by Lingfield.
Everyone can become a member from the club and therefore a co-owner of the club. More information at http://fisherfc.co.uk/
There has been a short docu on Copa90: