Ex-Oxford United youngster proves big hit in Belgium

Herald Series: Alex Fisher celebrates scoring for Oxford against Portsmouth Alex Fisher celebrates scoring for Oxford against Portsmouth

Alex Fisher is making big waves in Belgium – and is determined to continue his upward climb as a professional footballer.

The 22-year-old came through the youth ranks at Oxford United , but after his release from the U’s and a spell at Oxford City, is now flying high at Racing Mechelen.

The striker has hit five goals in the opening eight games for the third division side, and his super start to the season has not gone unnoticed.

Despite his young age, Fisher has already experienced plenty of highs and lows, but is keen to build on his good form – and would love to earn a return to Oxford in the future.

Aged 17, he scored his first senior goal in United’s 4-0 home win over Altrincham in the Blue Square Premier.

He also scored the only goal in a 2-1 home defeat to Portsmouth in a pre-season friendly, beating David James with a left-foot volley.

“My hope is to continue the good start both the team and I have made and go on to contend for the championship,” he said.

“In the long run, my heart is in England, especially at Oxford – I would love to play at the Kassam again.”

Fisher taught himself four A-Levels while at United, and achieved A grades in each of them.

After not getting a new deal with the U’s, Fisher was offered a place in the Glenn Hoddle Academy, and played against the likes of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Seville during his time in Spain.

When his contract was up, he returned to England and played a few games for Oxford City, for which he is thankful to boss Mike Ford for giving him the chance to maintain his fitness.

He combined football with starting a pilot’s course – something he maintains now.

However, his break came out the blue.

“An agent called the academy, who got in touch and said they wanted me to play in Belgium,” he explained.

“I jumped on the train and started training with a team in the Pro League called STVV.

“Sparta Rotterdam then showed interest so I went to Holland, but that didn’t really work out and I ended up signing for KVK Tienen in the Belgian second division, and scored a couple of goals in the last few games of the season.”

Those strikes proved crucial for Fisher, with other teams alerted to what he was capable of.

“I scored only two goals there, but while it wasn’t the most successful stint, it was enough to get me on the Belgian radar,” he said.

“I was offered deals at KVC Westerlo and Racing Mechelen after scoring three goals in two pre-season matches.

“I chose Racing because the manager seemed to like me and I had a better chance of playing games, which was the most important thing for me.”

He added: “Mechelen is a very nice town, and has a bit of an Oxford feel in its architecture.

“The club prides itself on its English roots, so settling in has been easy, especially with the support of my mum, dad and brother, as well as friends.

“I am very happy where I am and hope to keep improving here.”

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10:12am Wed 26 Sep 12

bigchet says...

good luck to you alex, and hope that you continue to make progress,as with all things in life sometimes ability alone may not be enough and being in the right place at the right time can be important and maybe one day you can return to utd as the finished article,as we are never overloaded with good strikers.
good luck to you alex, and hope that you continue to make progress,as with all things in life sometimes ability alone may not be enough and being in the right place at the right time can be important and maybe one day you can return to utd as the finished article,as we are never overloaded with good strikers. bigchet
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12:07pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Ian Faulkner says...

Well done, Alex. A group of us sponsored him for part of the 2007/08 season, and he struck me as a pleasant, very intelligent guy.
Well done, Alex. A group of us sponsored him for part of the 2007/08 season, and he struck me as a pleasant, very intelligent guy. Ian Faulkner
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1:03pm Wed 26 Sep 12

BigOx22 says...

Well done and good luck for the future. Again we let players go and they go and perform elsewhere. Hope you can return one day and there will be plenty of feed the fish and he will score moments I am sure!
Well done and good luck for the future. Again we let players go and they go and perform elsewhere. Hope you can return one day and there will be plenty of feed the fish and he will score moments I am sure! BigOx22
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6:06pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Beau champ mummy says...

He was useless when here hope u has improved
He was useless when here hope u has improved Beau champ mummy
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7:07pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Unitedwestand81 says...

^^^^^ Swindon fan??

Good luck Fish, hope we see you in a yellow shirt again one day
^^^^^ Swindon fan?? Good luck Fish, hope we see you in a yellow shirt again one day Unitedwestand81
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10:02pm Wed 26 Sep 12

mandate says...

Beau champ mummy wrote:
He was useless when here hope u has improved
This idiot is a Swindon fan, so just ignore his silly comments. As we are all aware, people from Wiltshire tend to be a bit dim.
[quote][p][bold]Beau champ mummy[/bold] wrote: He was useless when here hope u has improved[/p][/quote]This idiot is a Swindon fan, so just ignore his silly comments. As we are all aware, people from Wiltshire tend to be a bit dim. mandate
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8:05am Thu 27 Sep 12

CamView says...

Can I echo Ian Faulkner's comments - what a great story - good luck Alex - we Old **** would sponsor your shirt again when you come back to the Kassam.
Can I echo Ian Faulkner's comments - what a great story - good luck Alex - we Old **** would sponsor your shirt again when you come back to the Kassam. CamView
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8:14am Thu 27 Sep 12

saddletramp says...

Wasted as a footballer,the story says"he taught himself 4 A levels and gained A's in all of them"he if can teach himself A levels he should be a teacger.
Wasted as a footballer,the story says"he taught himself 4 A levels and gained A's in all of them"he if can teach himself A levels he should be a teacger. saddletramp
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10:35am Thu 27 Sep 12

BigOx22 says...

saddletramp wrote:
Wasted as a footballer,the story says"he taught himself 4 A levels and gained A's in all of them"he if can teach himself A levels he should be a teacger.
Being a teacher or being a footballer??? I know which one I would rather and which one pays more.
[quote][p][bold]saddletramp[/bold] wrote: Wasted as a footballer,the story says"he taught himself 4 A levels and gained A's in all of them"he if can teach himself A levels he should be a teacger.[/p][/quote]Being a teacher or being a footballer??? I know which one I would rather and which one pays more. BigOx22
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10:58am Thu 27 Sep 12

bigchet says...

doubt if these days its possible to do both, the mostmemorable one that i can recall was john atyeo at bristol city but that was a long time ago when even if you were part time you could still play at high level.
doubt if these days its possible to do both, the mostmemorable one that i can recall was john atyeo at bristol city but that was a long time ago when even if you were part time you could still play at high level. bigchet
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11:56am Thu 27 Sep 12

tg1022 says...

saddletramp wrote:
Wasted as a footballer,the story says"he taught himself 4 A levels and gained A's in all of themLooks like you need to teach yourself to spell....
[quote][p][bold]saddletramp[/bold] wrote: Wasted as a footballer,the story says"he taught himself 4 A levels and gained A's in all of themLooks like you need to teach yourself to spell.... tg1022
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11:57am Thu 27 Sep 12

tg1022 says...

saddletramp wrote:
Wasted as a footballer,the story says"he taught himself 4 A levels and gained A's in all of them"he if can teach himself A levels he should be a teacger.
Looks like you need to teach yourself to spell....
[quote][p][bold]saddletramp[/bold] wrote: Wasted as a footballer,the story says"he taught himself 4 A levels and gained A's in all of them"he if can teach himself A levels he should be a teacger.[/p][/quote]Looks like you need to teach yourself to spell.... tg1022
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11:17pm Thu 27 Sep 12

Marina Morris says...

Belgian third division! That's probably about Conference North level. He could do a job for Oxford City ... oh!
Luck he's got affluent parents.
Belgian third division! That's probably about Conference North level. He could do a job for Oxford City ... oh! Luck he's got affluent parents. Marina Morris
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