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the senior football club in King's Lynn, King's Lynn Town - "The Linnets"
Independent of King's Lynn Town Football Club
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The Archive contains the historic information on King's Lynn Football Club from the Linnets' Crest to every league table involving Lynn since 1897 plus all Lynn's FA Cup, Trophy, Vase, Amateur Cup and League/League Cup results.
Lynn sign youngster
Wednesday 21st June
Lynn have announced the signing of attacking midfielder Harry Whayman from Diss Town and has been placed on a two year contract.
The 17 year old (b. 21-09-1999) made an impact playing for Scole Town as a youngster and spent eight years on the books of Ipswich Town before being released - his lack of physical presence being cited as a reason.
Undeterred he joined the football academy at the Norfolk campus of Easton and Otley College and was selected
for the England Colleges Football Association national side. He played in four games for them and ten set off to Italy to take part in a tournament which saw
him play against Albania, Italy and Malta. Back in Britain, Roydon based Whayman set up the goal which saw England colleges defeat their counterparts from Wales over two legs to lift the
When not playing for England he managed to squeeze in eight appearances (seven starts) for Diss Town scoring twice - both coming against Lynn Reserves at The Walks.
Linnets add to fire-power
Friday 16th June
Lynn have announced the signing of 31 year old (b. 22/05/1986) Craig Parker an attacking midfielder/striker from AFC Sudbury.
A former youngster with Cambridge United he went on to play for Bury for a season before making a name for himself as a goalscorer with Needham Market who he joined in 2009.
He spent two seasons with Needham Market scoring 67 goals from 71 appearances taking them from Eastern Counties League promotion to Ryman League Division One North play-offs.
He moved on to Chelmsford City in May 2011 making 40 appearances, scoring nine goals.
During his time with the Clarets he returned to Bury Town on loan and, on release from his contract with Chelmsford, he joined Bury in Febraury 2013 but moved on to Leiston during that summer.
He joined Sudbury in January 2015 from Leiston and made 115 appearances and scored 47 goals but despite his efforts could not prevent the Yellows being relegated last season.
Lynn sign defender
Thursday 8th June
Lynn have signed Dion Frary from Dereham Town for an undiclosed fee. He has been given a two year contract.
The 19 year old (b. 24/7/1997) defender from Wells-next-the-Sea, is a product of the Fakenham Town's youth system, making
his first team debut in October 2013 as a 16-year old substitute away to Diss Town in a League Cup tie.
He was also part of Norwich City's Community Sports Foundation and a member of the Player Development Centre's squad for Under 15/16.
He went on to establish himself in the Ghosts' team making 38 appearances in the 2014-15 season scoring four goals.
His performances resulted in attention from other clubs and he joined Dereham Town on a two year contract in June 2015.
Craig Gillies returns
Monday 5th June
Lynn have snapped up prolific striker Craig Gillies from Chatteris Town for his second spell with Lynn, he joins on a one year contract.
The 25 year old (b 21/01/92) started with Chatteris's A team in the 2008-09 season and went on to play for
Doddington United where he was their leading scorer in the 2014-15 season with 33 goals.
He followed Doddington manager Ashley Taylor to Chatteris in the summer of 2015 and scored 26 goals in 17 first team competitive
appearances including all five goals in a league outing, a 5-3 win over Girton United, which led to a move to The Walks
where he scored within four minutes of making his debut against Needham Market Reserves. His stay was brief, making three appearances before returning to Chatteris where he ended the season
with 49 goals from 33 appearances.
Last season he managed 38 goals, a goal a game, for the Kershaw Premier League side, his goal scoring exploits earning him the top scorer, club top scorer, supporter's player of the season and first team's player of the season awards.
First summer signings and a departure
Saturday 3rd June
Lynn have announced Ryan Jarvis as the first of their signings for the coming season. He has agreed a two year contract.
Born in Fakenham (b 11.07.1986) the 30 year old has played for Lowestoft Town who he joined from York City in the summer of 2015.
A graduate of the Norwich City youth system he became the Canaries youngest ever first team player at 16 years and 282 days when making his debut in April 2003 and their youngest ever goal scorer later that year.
He went on to make 36 appearances, scoring five goals, before being release in May 2008. During his time with the Canaries he had played for England at Under 16, Under 17 and Under 19 levels
and had loan spells with Colchester United, Leyton Orient, Kilmarnock and Notts County.
On release from Carrow Road he returned to Leyton Orient for a two year spell making a total of 89 appearances (all competitions) scoring 14 goals - a spell which also saw a loan period
of four games at Northampton.
He then spent a season a Wallsall making 25 appearances (10 starts), scoring three goals, with his season ending on loan at Torquay - sixteen games (5 starts, 2 goals).
Torquay were impressed enough to sign him for the 2012-13 season - 41 appearances (28 starts 9 goals).
From there he moved on to York for two seasons where 49 appearances (31 starts) saw him score nine goals and also had a loan spell at Aldershot (6 starts, 6 subs, 1 goal).
His first season with the Trawlerboys saw him score 4 goals from 41 appearances and, the following season 5 goals from 46.
Also from Lowestoft Town comes Frazer Blake-Tracy as a replacement for the departed Jordan Yong.
Agreeing a one year deal, the left sided, 21 year old (b. 10/09/1995), defender joined Lowestoft from Dereham Town in the summer of 2016 and made
fifty appearances for the Trawlerboys scoring three goals.
A product of Dereham's Education & Academy, he was a first team regular at Dereham Town during 2015-16, having
made his debut the previous season, picking up the awards of First Team Manager's Player of the Season and First Team Players' Player of the Season.
Not returning to The Walks for the coming season is Conor Marshall who is joining Corby Town.
Marshall signed for Lynn from Boston United in March 2015 but a cruciate ligament knee injury limited his appearances in the 2016-17 season and
his recovery resulted in just five appearances towards the end of 2016-17.
Lynn announce pre-season fixtures
Wdnesday 31st May
Lynn have arranged two pre-season friendlies against Championship teams with a Norwich City XI visiting on Wednesday 12th July and
Ipswich Town XI on Wednesday 26th July.
Other friendlies include trips to two Evo-Stik North Division One South sides - Stamford (15th July) and Peterborough Sports (22nd July), the latter newly promoted from the United Counties League.
Pre-season rounds off with Gorleston visiting The Walks (29th July) and then a trip to Lowestoft Town (5th August).
Norwich City brought a team to The Walks in 2010 which attracted a gate 1,456 whilst
Ipswich last visits were for testimonial games, Chris Watts in December 1987 and for Keith Rudd and Mick Wright in 1980 where
the a team which included Paul Cooper, George Burley, Kevin Beattie, John Wark, Paul Mariner, Alan Brazil and Eric Gates attracted an estimated gate of 4,900.
The fixtures for the new Evo-Stik Southern season are expected to be announced on Thursday 13th July.
New opposition for Lynn Reserves
Friday 26th May
Lynn Reserves will face new opposition in the coming season with Little Oakley, Norwich United Under 21s and Spixworth joining the league. Little Oakley have been promoted from the
Essex and Suffolk Border League where they finished champions while Spixworth finished champions of the Anglian Combination.
Spixworth will move to the FDC in Bowthorpe and, with it, change their name to Norwich CBS FC. The move comes about as the club are not able to develop their ground in Spixworth
"because it's a community playing field".
Norwich United Under 21 is a recently formed team.
Relegated from the Thurlow Nunn Premier are Swaffham Town.
The Premier Division sees the arrival of Histon and Wroxham who have been relegated from Step 4 as the division increases to 24 teams.
Changes to Non-League set-up
Season 2017-18 will the last for the current set-up of non-league it is proposed.
Although the National League will be unchanged for steps 1 and 2, the 2018-19 season will see a fourth division
at step 3 and a seventh division at step 4.
The new division will cater for those clubs in the middle of the country and could easily include Lynn should they not be promoted at the end of the coming season.
The four "Premier" divisions at step 3 will have 22 clubs and those feeder leagues below 20.
So basically at Lynn's current level it is a move from three divisions of 24 to four divisions of 22.
In order to facilitate the changes the 2017-18 season will see just the one club relegated from each of the three existing "Premier" divisions.
So May 2018 will three clubs relegated leaving sixty-nine clubs to be arranged over four "Premier" divisions
plus three teams promoted, rather than the existing two, from each of the feeder leagues which brings the total to 87.
How the final 88th place is to be filled has yet to be announced although it could be the club with the best points per game record of the three relegated.
News is also awaited on how promotion/relegation will work between the four "Premier" divisions and the National North and South.
Southern League Line-up 2017-18
Saturday 15th April
The composition of Southern League Premier Division for 2017-18 looks to be:
Banbury United, Basingstoke Town, Biggleswade Town, Bishop's Stortford (R), Chesham United,
Dorchester Town, Dunstable Town, Farnborough (P), Frome Town, Gosport Borough (R), Hereford (P),
Hitchin Town, Kettering Town, Kings Langley, King's Lynn Town, Merthyr Town, Redditch United,
Royston Town (P), Slough Town, St Ives Town, St Neots Town, Stratford Town, Tiverton Town (P), Weymouth.
The only team Lynn have never met before is that of Royston Town who have former Lynn manager Tommy Taylor managing their reserve side.
Tiverton Town were last at The Walks in 2008, Gosport Borough 1983 and Hereford 1971.
For all the club news go to the King's Lynn Town News Archive.
Minutes of past meetings can be found on this website.
Blue & Gold Trust Committee Meetings
Next directors' meeting: Thursday 27th July at the Crown & Mitre 7.30pm.
In line with our policy of openness and honesty, Trust members have the opportunity to attend Trust committee meetings, but should
register their interest via the "contact us" facility on the website
or by contacting the Secretary on 07710 937103.
This invitation is open to Trust members only, and that
attendance will be limited to two applicants per meeting on a first come first served basis.
The aims of the Blue & Gold Trust:
To lobby, publicise and campaign to encourage the owners of KLTFC to take into account the interests of supporters
in its decision making.
To act as an independent forum to raise the concerns of the supporters of KLTFC.
To enable a democratically elected Director of the Trust to represent the views of the supporters and influence the decision making of the owners of KLTFC.
To raise funds to enable the Trust to be in a position to purchase a stakeholding in the club, thus ensuring democratic supporter representation in the running of the club and that funds raised are used appropriately to benefit the long term stability and future of KLTFC for its supporters and the community.
To ensure that KLTFC meets the highest standards of business management.
To strengthen the bonds between KLTFC and the community it serves, and to represent the interests of the community in the running of the club.
To promote, develop and respect the rights of the members of the community served by KLTFC and the Trust.
To encourage the club to play competitive football at the highest possible level.
If you would like to join the Trust to help further these aims, you can do so online here.
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