Statement 12 December 2009
Blue and Gold (Kings Lynn) Supporters Trust – Kings Lynn’s football club to
It’s been an incredibly emotional time for anyone who cares about Kings Lynn
Football Club. To say we feel devastated and utterly let down by what’s happened
over the previous few months and more is a total understatement. We have all
felt powerless to do anything to save the Club that we support in its 130th
year. However, this is not the end of Kings Lynn’s senior football club, but the
chance for a new beginning.
As fans we’ve all had some time to prepare for what eventually happened on
Wednesday the 9th of December, and we are now focusing our efforts towards
ensuring that football in the Town does not die, and carries on into its 131st
year and beyond: the reforming of Kings Lynn’s football club as a
supporter-owned club, following in the footsteps of those at AFC Telford United,
Scarborough Athletic and AFC Wimbledon, amongst others
Looking at clubs like Telford, Wimbledon and Scarborough, we know we have an
exciting future ahead of us, and we call on all fans and interested parties to
join us and take part.
However there are now a number of formal procedures we must carry out to turn
this vision into a reality, and we outline them below:
How the Club will be owned in the future
Private ownership has not been a success at Kings Lynn Football Club, and so we
aim to reform the Club under full ownership by the Supporters Trust. This will
mean that major decisions affecting the Club will be made democratically by
Members and their elected representatives, in line with the ownership structures
at other supporter-owned clubs. This will not however mean that fans will be
picking the team, as we believe that’s the manager and coaching staff’s job.
The lease at the Walks
We have already had positive formal discussions with the Council regarding the
lease, and are maintaining a regular dialogue.
Acquiring Senior Status to enable us to apply to a league
We have already approached the Norfolk County FA about applying for Senior
Status as a Club, and we understand both from them and our advisors, Supporters
Direct, that this will be a relatively simply process.
Applying to a league
This is the most difficult issue for fans who find themselves in the position we
all are at this moment in time, as it is not possible to join a league part-way
through a season. We have however ensured that the relevant parties at the
Football Association are aware that we are undertaking the process to reform as
a successor to Kings Lynn FC, and will be applying to the National Game Division
to a league for next season. If we are regarded as a successor club, we may only
have to suffer up to three divisions relegation. Whatever happens we will though
be seeking as high a level in the football pyramid as is possible. We will
continue to keep you updated on this issue.
The name of the Club
It is absolutely our intention, within what is permitted by the authorities, to
choose a name that is as close as possible to that of the old Club.
The sale of the assets of Kings Lynn Football Club by the Official Receiver
We have already lodged our interest with the Official Receiver who will be
selling off the assets of the old Club to pay the debts it owes.
On all these issues we will continue to keep you up to date with as much
information as we possibly can, but we ask for patience at this time. If you are
not already a member of the Blue and Gold Supporters Trust, we urge you to join
and be part of an exciting future for us all. Join us at
Although we’ve lost one of the most promising Kings Lynn teams we’ve seen for
some years, we now have the chance to take our destiny into our own hands, and
to ensure that no one single individual ever again has control over our destiny.
We must all now be focused on ensuring the continuation of the history of the
last 130 years of football in Kings Lynn.