Goalkeeper Bernard Fisher signed amateur terms for City in August 1955 as he neared completion of his National Service, having played junior football in his native city of York. He was given a baptism of fire in October 1955 when selected in goal to play crack Hungarian side Vasas Budapest in a floodlit friendly that City won 3-1 in front of nearly 4,000 fans, with Bill Bradbury scoring a hattrick and Fisher turning in an assured performance. He was competing for the keeper’s shirt against City legend Billy Bly and Mancunian David Teece – while Teece was quickly swept aside and trasferred to Oldham, Bly was a far more capable netminder and kept Fisher in reserve for a full five seasons. Bly’s regular injuries and mishaps, a result of his incredible bravery, meant that Bernard had made 36 senior appearances for the Tigers by the time Bly retired in 1960.
Finn Mauno Rintanen, Black Country product Len Round and Goole-based youngster Barry Lord also competed for the goalkeeper shirt during the late 1950s, but in 1960/61 season it was Fisher who was elevated to first choice and he missed only one game all season, Lord deputising in an August defeat at Newport. During that season Fisher played in all five FA Cup ties against Darlington in November and December 1960, four draws failing to separate the sides before a 3-0 win at Ayresome Park saw City into the Third Round. Cliff Britton took over the managerial reins from Bob Brocklebank in 1961 and set about rejuvenating the City side around the precocious goalscoring talents of Chris Chilton – however Britton looked no further than Fisher to fill the number one shirt. A Yuletide injury meant that Fisher briefly yielded to Midlander Les Green for four games, but Bernard started 47 senior fixtures in all competitions. Fisher started 1962/63 again as first choice, but by mid-September locally born teenage keeper Mike Williams took over in the first team and Fisher was consigned to the reserves. Now approaching the age of 29, Fisher decided to leave City in the 1963 close season.
Bernard joined Bradford City in July 1963 and two years he started 60 league games, being ever-present in his first season. In October 1964 Fisher was responsible for two errors that led to goals in a 0-3 defeat at Millwall and he dropped out of the first team scene at Valley Parade, leaving the club in the 1965 close season and hanging up his boots. He later lived in Poole, Dorset on the South Coast of England and died in April 2022 at the admirable age of 88.
Date/Place of Birth: 23 February 1934, York
Hull City First Game: 22 October 1955, Swansea Town A (Division Two), 21 years, 241 days old
Hull City Final Game: 3 September 1962, Millwall A (Division Three), 28 years, 192 days old
Hull City (1955-1963), Bradford City (1963-1965)
Hull City Record
Career: 142 apps, 0 goalsBernard Fisher