|News from The Walks||News Archive|
Wednesday 17th June|
King's Lynn Town: Champions!
After weeks of waiting to find out how 2019-20 season will end, Lynn were declared the winners on the National League North on a points-per-game basis after the season was ended prematurely by the CODIV-9 pandemic with Lynn occupying second place in the table, two points behind leaders York City but with two games in hand.
It has been a remarkable season: after winning promotion last season many fans would have been happy with a mid-table finish, particularly after the 3-0 mauling at Guiseley on the opening day.
However, after reaching third spot in the table in mid-August they remained in the top four for the rest of the season and spent most of the time in the top two places competing and defeating the "bigger" clubs like Darlington and York City.
Subject to FA ratification, Lynn will play their football in the National League in the coming season, one step away from the English Football League.
Footnote: Although this is the highest level a Lynn team have played in the Pyramid system, Lynn played in the Midland League in the mid/late 1950s - one step below Third Division North/South.
The club did apply for football league membership in the late 1950s/early 60s when clubs were voted into the league and there was no automatic system of promotion/relegation.
Tuesday 2nd June
Lynn launch War Chest
Having raised in the region of £5,000 to help cover the running costs of the club during the unprecedented times of COVID-19 the club have announced a Walks War Chest fundraiser, the aim being to raise funds to boost the playing budget at The Walks for the 2020-21 campaign.
Darlington have had a "Boost the Budget" scheme in place which has raised over £131,000, passing last year's amount of just over £100,000. Whilst Gateshead's "Budget Booster" is currently at £9,025, nearing a target of £10,000.
Lynn's target is £50,000 and, if successful, could become an annual event.
For thoe wishing to donate, a "£100 donation will secure the chance of that person's son/daughter or grandson/granddaughter being a Linnets mascot at a home game. £250 will give you the opportunity to have a tea/coffee with your favourite player in the VIP Lounge following a game and £500 will secure the presentation of a signed Linnets shirt on the pitch ahead of a game at The Walks. Finally, a £1000 donation will provide that person with travel on the team coach to an away game of their choice along with a directors box seat for that game (please note if the fixture is an overnight stay you would be expected to pay for your own room and meals)."
The all important internet link for donations can be found here.
Wednesday 22d April
Outstanding League games cancelled
Having received the majority of votes from member clubs it has been announced by the National League that the remaining league matches of the season have been cancelled.
The next step will be to the decide upon the "options concerning the sporting outcomes of the 2019/20 season [which will] remain under careful and timely consideration, and further updates will be given in due course."
So Lynn end the 2019-20 season in second spot with two games in hand over leaders York City and two points behind but on a run which had seen them reap just four points from a possible eighteen.
What an interesting end to the season it might have been. Thursday 9th April
Another step towards the end of the season
The season took another step to a conclusion with the Premier League announcing a £125m financial package for EFL and National League clubs although it has transpired that this is an advance on money that they would have received at the start of August as a solidarity payment and is not extra funding.
Clubs in the National League will receive £58,333 and those in the North and South divisions will get £13,636.
Meanwhile National league clubs have been advised to vote to end all three league's fixtures up until April 25th 2020.
Assuming this is approved then the league will propose options to determine the outcome of the season, with the "appropriate options to determine the outcomes of the season [being] diligently prepared, and will be approved by the board before they are sent to clubs in due course.
This vote will involve all 24 National League clubs but only four clubs per North and South divisions.
If the votes are equal the chairman of the National League, Brian Barwick, will get the final say.
The FA Council has ratified the decision to make steps 3-7 of non-league null and void despite more than 150 clubs expressing their opposition.
In reaching this decision they expressed preference for null an void over PPM, head of National League System, Laurence Jones explaining" "The truth is that the consequence of clubs being promoted is that others will need to be relegated.
The application of a PPM model would result in certain clubs that currently sit above the relegation zone falling into those places.
Equally, there would be certain clubs that currently sit in a play-off position that would not qualify as a result of the PPM Model.
The PPM model also doesn't address the issue of how to deal with play-off matches and how to identify a winner who would consequently benefit from promotion.
In addition, most of the clubs facing relegation will be of the view that they stood a chance of avoiding it due to the number of games remaining in the season and they may consider it to be unfair for them to be denied the opportunity to secure safety through sporting merit.
It is impossible to find a solution that works for everybody, so the decision was based on two main factors.
Firstly, the potential financial impact on clubs during this uncertain period, and secondly, the fairest method on how to decide the sporting outcomes for the season, with the integrity of the leagues in mind.
Some have referenced the fact the PPM model has been used to determine promotion and relegation in the past, which is correct, but only in cases where clubs are compared across different leagues, with the season having been completed and all clubs having played their fixtures."
Monday 6th April
Players agree pay cut
Club Chairman Stephen Cleeve has announced via Twitter that "All of our players have very kindly agreed to take a 20pc wage cut until the end of the season.
"It gave me no pleasure to ask as I have always honoured contracts in or out the game, but I need to ensure that the club is still around for the start of next season whenever that is."
The club have made an appeal to supporters to help the club through the period of inaction which result in a shortfall of £100,000 in lost revenue.
Friday 27th March
Lynn sign defender
There may be a lack of football and it might not be clear in which division the club will be playing next season but the club have been in transfer action with an eye on next season with the announcement of the signing of left sided defender Alex Brown from Buxton for an undisclosed fee on a two year deal.
Described by the Non-League Football Paper as one of the best young non-league players in February 2019, the 21 year old (b. 21 Sep 1998) was a product of the Sheffield United youth system he had spells with Hallam and Sheffield FC. He had trials with Harrogate in the summer of 2018 but opted to join the Bucks making 47 starts including both matches against Lynn in October 2018 which saw Lynn removed from the FA Trophy.
He represented England 'C' in Dublin the summer of 2018 and in June 2019 away in Estonia and has also played for an England representative side in two matches in the Falkland Islands.
Season 2019-20 suspended
Following the an outbreak of the COVID-19 virus the season was suspended.
Monday 16th March: the National League decided on that its competition would be suspended until at least 3rd April 2020.
Wednesday 25th March: it was announced that, subject to FA ratification, all remaining National League fixtures would be postponed and to end the season as soon as possible for the purposes of player contracts.
Thursday 26th March it was announced that there will be no promotion or relegation of clubs between Steps 3 to 6, or promotion to Step 2 (the level KLTFC play) and the playing records are to be expunged.
Tuesday 31 March: It was announced that the 2019-20 season would be suspended indefinitely.
Saturday 14th March
King's Lynn Town 0 Guiseley 1
Another home defeat for Linnets.
For a match report . . . Tuesday 10th March
King's Lynn Town 0 Bradford (Park Avenue) 1
Shock for Linnets as bottom club Bradford win at The Walks.
For a match report . . . Saturday 7th March
Gateshead 1 King's Lynn Town 2
Fine win at Gateshead.
For a match report . . . Tuesday 3rd March
Leamington 0 King's Lynn Town 0
Lynn's first goalless draw in league programme.
For a match report . . . Saturday 1st February
King's Lynn Town 0 Kidderminster Harriers 2
Linnets slip at home but remain top.
For a match report . . . Saturday 25th January
Blyth Spartans 0 King's Lynn Town 3
Lynn complete second league double of the season.
For a match report . . . Thursday 23rd January
The club have announced the departure of Harry Limb and Natty Stewart who have been released from their contracts by mutual consent.
Harry Limb was signed in June 2018 having been released by Burnley. The 20 year old made 21 appearances in his first season with Lynn (9 starts) scoring twice.
Illness during the summer limited his opportunities to two substitute appearances following a period on loan to Boston Town.
Nathan Stewart was signed in July 2018 from Norwich United making nine appearances (three starts) in his first season scoring twice. He also had a loan spell with Wroxham which saw him score 13 goals from 28 appearances.
This season saw the 20 year old make fives appearances, all from the bench, and he also spent a brief period on loan to Leiston.
Tuesday 21st January
Lynn add to strike force
Lynn have announced the signing of striker Dayle Southwell on release from Halifax Town on a two-and-a-half year deal.
The Grimsby born 26 year old (b 20.10.93) was a product of Grimsby Town's youth system making his first senior appearance in the 2010-11 season.
In his three years with the Mariners he made 42 appearances (10 starts) scoring eight goals, this spell also saw him loaned to then
Conference North side Harrogate Town, scoring 1 in 3 appearances.
He joined Boston United in July 2014 scoring 30 goals from 47 appearances in his first season with the club and he followed this with 24 goals from 39 appearances in the 2015-16 season. In his time with the Pigrims he was Boston's Player of the Season twice, received the National League North Golden Boot and made an appearance for the England C team.
His goal scoring exploits earned him a move to Wycombe Wanderers and a two year professional contract.
Injury in the 2016-17 season saw him on a loan spell at Lincoln City as he returned to fitness scoring once in two appearances.
With a final record of one goal from twenty-five league appearances (14 starts) for Wycombe he moved on to Guiseley in January 2018 scoring seven goals in 18 games and in the June of that year he joined FC Halifax Town on a two-year contract.
The 2018-19 saw him score five goals in 31 appearances and this season seven appearances (two starts).
Southwell had a spell on loan at Boston United this season making four appearances (three starts) including both matches against Lynn Saturday 18th January
King's Lynn Town 1 York City 0
Largest league gate for some years sees Lynn go four points clear.
For a match report . . . Friday 17th January
Canary powers in on loan
Lynn have announced the loan signing of Simon Power from Norwich City who will remain with the club until the end of the season.
The 21 year old (b. 13.05.98) Republic of Ireland born pacy attacking midfielder has played for the Republic of Ireland National team at Under 18, Under 19 and Under 21 levels.
Beginning his player career with Cabinteely and then University College Dublin he joined the Canaries in January 2018 on an 18 month contract which was extended to three years this month.
Power spent the second half of last season on loan to Dutch club FC Dordrecht in the Eerste Divisie making ten appearances (two starts) and then involved in all five of Ireland's Under 21 games at the Toulon Tournament as they progressed to the semi- finals before falling to Brazil.
Power's speed often results in him starting on the bench "But it's not something I like, I don't want to be an impact sub, I want to be in the starting XI" he told the Irish Sun.
Power joined Scottish Premiership side Ross County in the summer making four appearances - although only one Premiership appearance - in the 3-0 defeat to Aberdeen at Pittodrie on August 31. Thursday 16th January
Culverhouse signs new contract
The club have announced that manager Ian Culverhouse has signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2021-22 season.
Having originally joined the club in February 2017, the 55 year old returned to the club in November 2018 and has managed Lynn through 55 leagues games with just 6 defeats.
Saturday 11th January
Ebbsfleet United 1 King's Lynn Town 0
Linnets bow out of Trophy.
For a match report . . . Saturday 4th January
King's Lynn Town 3 Spennymoor 0
Injury hit Linnets too strong for Spennymoor.
For a match report . . . Wednesday 1st January
Mark Hearle appointed General/Commercial Manager
The club have announced the appointment of Mark Hearle as the club's General/Commercial Manager.
Mark is a well-known figure at The Walks who has been following the Linnets for some 35 years. In his role as the club's Media Officer he has been heard often on BBC Radio Norfolk as a reporter and match day summariser. Wednesday 1st January
Boston United v King's Lynn Town
A perfect start to the New Year.
For a match report . . .