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Eastbourne Borough fans celebrate - August Bank Holiday Monday 2003                                Photograph by Sam Hicks

Snapshots - Fisher Athletic FC
(at Dulwich Hamlet FC)

Fisher Athletic vs Eastbourne Borough. FA Trophy 1st Round, 17 December 2006, Champion Hill Stadium. Score 0-1. Attendance 215
As regular visitors to this website will be well aware, I invariably get overcome with nostalgia when I re-visit my old stomping ground in Dulwich, even if the new Champion Hill Stadium, isn’t quite where the old one was (I still spotted the old entrance & chip shop though, albeit now a Chinese takeaway). With landlords Hamlet at home on the Saturday, it meant a Sunday kick-off for this all Conference South tie ... good news for all the ‘Hoppers’ who turned up desperate for an additional ‘fix’ (I suspect that combined with the large contingent of Eastbourne supporters, they outnumbered the ‘home’ fans).

Many in the crowd (me included) missed what turned out to be the only goal of the game, scored by Borough’s Matt Smart inside the opening 30 seconds (times ranging from 12-20 seconds were mentioned so I’m playing safe). Smart certainly played a key role in proceedings: going on to miss an open goal before being felled by a headbutt from Charlie Hearn on 36 mins, resulting in an inevitable red card for the Fisher player.

Fisher (stripes) were averaging around three goals a game at Champion Hill, having only once failed to hit the target in South London all season ... until this game. Borough on the other hand apart from defending well, were unfortunate not to win by a bigger margin: hitting the woodwork twice and being denied by Fisher keeper Paul Nicholls - notably voted MoM - on several occasions. DB