King's Lynn Town F.C.

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King's Lynn Town
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Full nameKing's Lynn Town Football Club
Nickname(s)The Linnets
Founded2010
GroundThe Walks, King's Lynn
Capacity8,200 (1,200 seated) [1]
ChairmanStephen Cleeve
Manager Ian Culverhouse
League National League
2020–21 National League, 21st of 22
Website Club website

King's Lynn Town Football Club is a football club based in King's Lynn, Norfolk, England. They are currently members of the National League, the fifth tier of English football, and play at the Walks. They were founded in 2010 as a phoenix of King's Lynn F.C. wound up a year earlier.

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History

The club was established in 2010 after King's Lynn F.C. were wound up in 2009. [2] They were admitted to the Premier Division of the United Counties League and were runners-up in their first season in the league, also reaching the semi-finals of the FA Vase, where they lost 6–2 on aggregate to Coalville Town. [3] After finishing as runners-up again in 2011–12 the club were promoted to Division One South of the Northern Premier League. They won Division One South at the first attempt, earning promotion to the Premier Division. [3] In 2015 the club were transferred to the Premier Division of the Southern League. In 2016–17 they won the Norfolk Senior Cup, beating Fakenham Town 2–0 in the final. [4] The club were runners-up in the Southern League Premier Division in 2017–18, qualifying for the promotion play-offs. After beating Weymouth 3–0 in the semi-finals, they lost 2–1 to Slough Town in the final. The club were placed in the Premier Division Central for the 2018–19 season, going on to finish as runners-up and qualifying for the play-offs. After defeating Stratford Town and Alvechurch, they were promoted to the National League North following a 3–2 win against Warrington Town in the super play-off final.

The 2019–20 season was abandoned due to the coronavirus pandemic with the club second in the league, two points behind leaders York City with two games in hand. The National League later decided the final league table would be based on points-per-game, resulting in King's Lynn being declared champions, earning promotion to the National League. In 2020–21 the club reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time after Notts County were forced to cede the fourth qualifying round tie due to a COVID outbreak in their squad. In the first round, King's Lynn defeated League Two club Port Vale 1–0 at Vale Park. [5] In the second round, they lost 6–1 at Portsmouth. [6]

Current squad

As of 1 June 2021 [7]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Theo Richardson
2 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Aaron Jones
3 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Alex Brown
4 DF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Kyle Callan-McFadden
5 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Chris Smith
6 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Rory McCauley
7 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Michael Clunan(captain)
8 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jordan Richards
12 FW Flag of Germany.svg  GER Michael Gyasi
15 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Tai Flemming
17 MF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Cameron King
18 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Sam Kelly
20 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Dayle Southwell
No.Pos.NationPlayer
22 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Ross Barrows
23 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Alex Kiwomya
24 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Sonny Carey
25 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Tyler Denton
29 MF Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Alex Babos
30 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Paul Bastock
33 FW Flag of Cameroon.svg  CMR Florian Tsaguim
34 FW Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Jordan Davies
40 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Joe Gascoigne
GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Paul Jones

Reserve team

The club's reserve team joined the Reserve Division Two of the United Counties League in 2010, going on to win the division in their first season and earn promotion to Reserve Division One. [2] After winning Reserve Division One the following season and the first team leaving the United Counties League, the reserves joined Division One of the Peterborough & District League in 2012. They secured a third successive title, earning promotion to the Premier Division. After winning the Premier Division the following season, the reserves joined Division One of the Eastern Counties League. [8] They won the Division One Cup in 2016–17, beating Wisbech St Mary 1–0 in the final. [9] The team was withdrawn from the Eastern Counties League at the end of the 2020–21 season. [10]

Ground

The Walks Stadium TheWalksKingsLynnTown26Sep2017.jpg
The Walks Stadium

The club took over the Walks ground from King's Lynn, who had played there since being formed in 1881. Canvas screens were erected around the ground in 1892 to prevent people watching matches without paying. [2] In 1893 a match was played against Wisbech Town under electric lights. [2] A stand was built in 1896, although it was demolished in 1905, replaced by a 500-seat wooden grandstand built at a cost of £250. [2] In the mid-1950s the Supporters Club installed terracing for 4,000 and 780 seats on the northern side of the pitch. In 1955 the wooden stand was sold to a company in Spalding and a new grandstand seating 1,400 with a terraced paddock holding 3,000 was built at a cost of £27,000 and opened by then FIFA President and FA Chairman Arthur Drewry on 18 August 1956. [2]

Floodlights were installed in 1963 and used for the first time in a Culey Festival Cup match against Cambridge City on 25 September. [2]

Honours

Records

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References

  1. King's Lynn Town Non-League Club Directory
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 History King's Lynn Town F.C.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 King's Lynn Town at the Football Club History Database
  4. Senior Cup Norfolk FA
  5. Port Vale 0–1 King's Lynn Town BBC Sport, 7 November 2020
  6. Portsmouth 6–1 King's Lynn Town BBC Sport, 28 November 2002
  7. "KLTFC First Team". King's Lynn Town F.C. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  8. King's Lynn Town Reserves at the Football Club History Database
  9. 2016-2017 Division One KO Cup FA Full Time
  10. King's Lynn Town withdraw all teams from Thurlow Nunn League for next season Lynn News, 10 June 2021
  11. Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2020) Non-League Club Directory 2021, p506 ISBN   978-1869833848

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