King's Lynn F.C.

King's Lynn F.C.

Football club infobox
clubname = King's Lynn
fullname = King's Lynn Football Club
nickname = The Linnets
founded = 1879 (as Lynn Town)
ground = The Walks Stadium
capacity = 5,733
chairman = flagicon|England Ken Bobbins
manager = flagicon|England Keith Webb
league = Blue Square North
season = 2007-08
position = Southern League Premier Division, 1st
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King's Lynn F.C. is an English football club based in King's Lynn, Norfolk. In the football season 2007/08, they played in, and became champions of the Southern League Premier Division.

They are nicknamed The Linnets and they play their home matches at The Walks Stadium. The club was originally called Lynn Town until 1914.

On 19th of December 2006, Keith Webb was named as the new manager of the Linnets, following previous manager Tommy Taylor, who had joined Peterborough United as head coach. Shaun Carey, who had been caretaker during the absence of a full time manager, was named as assistant.

FA Cup

The club's record attendance is 12,987 for an FA Cup match against Exeter City in 1950. The Linnets hold a surprisingly good record for a non-league side in the competition. They have the best record of any team ever in the FA Cup. In terms of games played against games won, King's Lynn have won the most games.Fact|date=December 2007 They also sit in seventh in the all time goals scored, just three goals behind Manchester United, although most of these were in preliminary or qualifying rounds in the competition. In the 2006/07 season they reached the second round proper of the FA Cup and played Oldham Athletic at home, the Linnets lost the match 2-0.Financially this gave the club a boost with an attendance of 5,444 and the game being shown on Sky Sports and ESPN television, it was reported that they would receive some £75,000 from Sky Sports alone, although a large proportion of that was to be spent improving the facilities at the ground to the required standard and hire of floodlighting for the televised game. Kings Lynn were the best supported team in the Southern League Premier Division, before being promoted to the Blue Square North. They are currently the second-best supported team after AFC Telford United.

History

*1897-1935 Members of the Norfolk & Suffolk League and, occasionally, East Anglian League
*1900-01 FA Amateur Cup runner-up
*1935-36 Founder members of Eastern Counties League
*1937-39 Also played in East Midland League
*1946-47 Joined United Counties League
*1948-49 Rejoined Eastern Counties League
*1949-50 Eastern Counties League runner-up (on goal average)
*1952-53 Eastern Counties League runner-up
*1953-54 Eastern Counties League Champions
*1954-55 Joined Midland League
*1958-59 Joined Southern League South Eastern zone
*1962 Relegated to Division One
*1963-64 Southern League Division One runner-up. Promoted to Division One.
*1971 Relegated to Division One
*1979-80 League re-organised to Southern & Midland Divisions (No Premier). Placed in Midland Division.
*1980-81 Joined Northern Premier League
*1983-84 Rejoined Southern League
*1984-85 Southern League runner-up
*1987 Relegated to Midland Division
*1995-96 Southern League Midland Division, and promoted to Premier Division, despite having two points deducted.
*2002 Relegated to Eastern Division
*2003-04 Southern League Eastern Division Champions. Play-offs for places in new structure - King's Lynn 0 Redditch United 1. Promoted to Premier Division
*2007-08 Southern League Premier Division Champions , therefore promoted to Level 6 (Conference North) on the Tier "pyramid".

The Walks Stadium

King's Lynn play their home games at The Walks Stadium. The Stadium is located near the local railway station and the Park. The Stadium has a capacity of 5,733, expanded from 3,600 for the FA Cup second round proper tie against Oldham Athletic. The stadium is located on Tennyson Road. The stadium has one seated stand, the rest is standing terraces. The name derives from the area of park located next to the stadium, called The Walks.

Current squad

Records

*Home Attendance: 12,937 vs Exeter City 1950-51 FA Cup 1st Rd.
*Away Attendance: 44,916 vs Everton 1961-62 FA Cup 3rd Round.
*Record Win: 17-0 vs Beccles (19 April 1930 Norfolk and Suffolk League)
*Southern League: Home 8-0 vs Leicester United 1994-95.
*Southern League: Away 6-0 vs Bedworth United 1973-74.
*Record Defeat: 0-11 vs Aston Villa 1905-06 FA Cup.
*Southern League: Home 0-6 vs Corby Town 1990-91.
*Southern League: Home 2-8 vs Histon 2002-03.
*Southern League: Away 0-8 vs Hastings United 1958-59.
*Career Appearances: Mick Wright 1,152 (British Record).
*Southern League Appearances: Mick Wright 734.
*Career Goalscorer: Malcolm Lindsay 321.
*Southern League Goalscorer: Malcolm Lindsay 187.
*Goals in a season: George Martin 69 from 38 appearances (1909-10).
*Goals in a match: Harry Kirk 8 (15 April 1925 v City Wanderers).
*Goals in a match Southern League: Ray Dixon 6 (1958-59).
*Transfer fee paid: £5,000 Lyndon Rowland from Halesowen Town November 1999.
*Transfer fee received: Mark Paul to Southampton £60,000 1998-99.

King's Lynn F.C. Reserves

King's Lynn F.C.'s reserves team joined the Eastern Counties Football League in 1959. They are members of the Eastern Counties Football League Premier Division for the 2008-09 season. Steve Lilley was appointed manager in the summer of 2008 taking over from Lynn legend Keith Rudd.

References

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External links

* [http://www.thelinnets.co.uk/ Kings Lynn FC - Official website]
* [http://www.thisisthewalks.co.uk/ Photo website]


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