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News from The Walks: May - August 2005

29 August 2005
King's Lynn 1 Bedford Town 0
A Danny Bloomfield goal on ten minutes turned out to be the decider in a game that will not live long in the memory.
Lynn gave Adam Jones his first league start of the season and it was Lynn who had the best of the first half goalmouth chances.  On 4 minutes Jack Defty struck from the edge of the box but his effort went for a corner. From the resultant kick the ball eventually fell to Adam Smith but he shot wide. The came the goal, Jack Defty, in the box, evaded the attentions of three Bedford defenders and passed to Danny Bloomfield who side footed home. Bedford hit back immediately but four corners in quick succession came to nothing. Lynn were getting the better of possession with the best of the chances going to Jack Defty on 25 minutes and Sam McMahon just after the half hour.  There were, however, too many long balls to no one in particular.
The opening period of the second half belonged to The Eagles but Jon Higgs was never really tested. On 57 minutes Danny Bloomfield found himself on a one-on-one with Bedford 'keeper Brown but shot straight at the keeper's legs. Rene Howe had Bedford's best chance when he header over from close in. the final quarter saw chances at both ends with Jones putting in a good shot on 70 minutes and then a Grant Cooper free kick went just over. Lee Howarth had a long range shot deflected just wide for the visitors as Lynn held out for the three points.
Lynn: Higgs, West, Camm, McMahon (O'Halloran 86), Cooper McNeil, Jones, Anselin (Kelly 86), Defty, Bloomfield (Harris 58). Unused subs: Forshaw, McNally.  Booked: McMahon. Att: 835

27 August 2005
Chesham United 1  King's Lynn 0
Lynn were without the injured Danny Bloomfield and Simon Clark who has left the club to become manager of Leyton of the Ryman League Premier Division.
Chesham took a deserved lead just before half-time through Sippets with Lynn showing little in attack - a Robbie Harris cross which just eluded Jack Defty being Lynn's best effort in the first session.
The second half was more of the same - a Jack Defty chip which hit the bar being's Lynn's best effort as they slumped to their third consecutive 1-0 defeat - but in reality this flattered Lynn.
Lynn: Higgs, Camm, West, McMahon, Cooper, McNeil, Anselin (O'Halloran), Kelly, J Defty (C Defty), Harris (Roach), Smith. Unused Subs: Hammond, Benstead. Booked: McNeil

Lynn Reserves went down 1-2 at Histon

24 August 2005
Lynn Reserves 0 Wroxham 3
Lynn were without the influential Mark Heath-Preston for this encounter with their Norfolk rivals and had Lee Hyde playing in midfield. Unfortunately Hyde's attempt to dominate the midfield  was a little too physical for referee Mr Kett and two yellow cards were shown within the first 30 minutes. Prior to Hyde's dismissal Wroxham had had the better of the goal mouth chances and with Lynn down to ten men a defeat seemed inevitable. Wroxham duly took the lead on 37 minutes through Adrian Coote and three minutes into the second half David Tyre bundled the ball home following a free kick. It should have been three just after the hour when Ellington Tjirimuje conceded a penalty but Justin Fox saw his shot saved. A Gary Gilmore strike five minutes before the end completed the scoring. Lynn's best chances of the second half both fell to Stewart Roach but one effort was beaten away for a corner and a second saw a final touch elude him.
Lynn: McAnally, Harvey, Cussins, C Defty, Hammond, McNeil, Tjirimuje, Hyde, Roach, Fell, White (Forshaw). Unused Subs: Buhlemann, McCallum, Forshaw, Miller, Brindley. Att: 155

23 August 2005
Aylesbury United 1 King's Lynn 0
Aylesbury gained revenge for last season's defeat but the deciding goal was Lynn's own undoing. Dean West was caught in possession on 58 minutes and Roberts gave Higgs no chance. An even first half had seen a Danny Bloomfield effort cleared off the line in the opening minutes but the home side began to settle an ex-Linnet Darran Hay tested Higgs with a header in what was an even first half with Lynn giving an improved performance on last Saturday. Even in the second half Lynn still had the better of the chances but poor finishing let them down.
Lynn: Higgs, West, Camm, O'Halloran (Roach 69) Cooper, Clark, Harris (McMahon 84), Kelly (Anselin 75), J Defty, Bloomfield, Smith. Subs not used: McNeil, Benstead

20 August 2005
King's Lynn 0 Halesowen Town 1
A disappointing result from a poor performance. A first half with few talking points that were related to football as referee Mr C Wade of Boston, no stranger to controversy at The Walks, made his presence felt with some strange decisions.  As far as the football was concerned Cooper put a delightful curling ball into the box on five minutes but no one was on hand to apply a finish.  Anselin put a free kick just over and on 33 minutes McMahon put in Lynn's only first half shot on target but it was straight at the visiting keeper. Halesowen's best chance fell to Amos on 40 minutes who just failed to connect to a cross. Mr Wade first fell foul of The Walks crowd by booking Cedric Anselin for what appeared to be a minor foul but then confused everyone just after the half hour. Halesowen were awarded a free kick but as the players lined up there appeared to be some jostling between the two captains, Jack Defty and Steven Pope. Pope fell to the ground and after some delay Mr Wade decided to book Dean West!
The second half saw Lynn just as lethargic as the first and the visitors were getting the best of the chances. Nathan Lamey was denied by Higgs who then stuck out a foot to deflect a Howard Forington shot minutes later.
It was Lamey who got the goal on 66 minutes after Lynn had failed to clear a ball from the Lynn left.
Lynn tried to change things with the introduction of Robbie Harris and Matt O'Halloran but it wasn't until the final ten minutes that they showed any real urgency. Simon Clark put a shot over and Jack Defty put a far post header narrowly wide. Of the half dozen or so corners that Lynn won five of these came in the final minutes - an indication of Lynn's late, late show.
Lynn: Higgs, West, Camm, McMahon (Harris), Cooper, Clark, Kelly, Defty, Smith, Bloomfield, Anselin (O'Halloran). Booked: West, Defty, Anselin.
Halesowen: Taylor, Cooper (Johnson), Forsdick, Preston, Pope, Farmer, Cowley (Skidmore), Lamey (Hay), Smith, Forinton, Amos. Booked Smith.
Att: 801

Harwich & Parkeston 2 Lynn Reserves 3
Two goals in four minutes turned the game in Lynn's favour and gave them a sense of revenge having been "doubled" by the home side last season. With honours equal at half time, partly do to good work by McNally in the Lynn goal, it was Lynn who took the lead on 50 minutes when a Stewart Roach effort went in off the underside of the bar. Four minutes later it was Roach again who was on target - this time from a header. On 61 minutes Luke Fell put Lynn three up. The home side pulled a goal back on 83 minutes through Springett and then scored a second in stoppage time, following a goalkeeping error, through Drennan.

16 August 2005
King's Lynn 1 Rugby Town 1
One goal just wasn't enough as Rugby struck a late equaliser to earn them a share of the points that they didn't really deserve.
A first half corner count of 7-2 in Lynn's favour showed Lynn's dominance but they had only Jack Defty's 39th minute headed goal to show for it. Lynn started brightly with Charlie Defty shooting over in the opening minutes but that was the trouble - too many shots missing the target. Kelly shot over on ten minutes and Jack Defty wide three minutes later. Adam Smith went close and then there was a 22 minute goalmouth scramble but ex-Lynn keeper Stevie Wilson was never really called into action.
A Dean West shot went straight across the goalmouth and from the resulting corner Clark shot wide. The impressive Dean West went on a run from his own half and after a neat 1-2 set up Danny Bloomfield on 35 minutes but he shot over. 
The goal on 39 minutes came from the head of Jack Defty - his header being helped into the net as the Rugby defenders struggled to clear.
Immediately after a Adam Smith looping shot hit the bar as Lynn continued to get the better of possession.
Rugby had their moments with the Lynn defence allowing themselves to be caught on the ball at times.
The second half was less eventful. On 59 minutes Bloomfield latched onto a long clearance but was thwarted - the ball coming out to Jack Defty who shot wide.
James Rowe was booked for the visitors after a foul on Mark Camm, Adam Smith skimmed the bar and Cedric Anselin had a free kick tipped over. With three minutes remaining Rory Squire was on hand to force the ball home and although Lynn piled on the pressure, pressure that should have been applied much earlier, it was too late.
Lynn: Higgs, West, Camm, C Defty, Cooper, Clark, Kelly, J Defty (Roach 82), Smith, Bloomfield (Harris 82), Anselin. Att: 889

Wisbech Town 2 Lynn Reserves 1
Liam Forshaw gave Lynn an 8th minute lead but goals from Lee Day just before half time and Ian Dunn ten minutes into the second half gave the Fenmen victory - something which had eluded them in the last four league meetings. 

13 August 2005
Gloucester City 1 King's Lynn 2
Lynn managed their fifth win in forty-five league visits to Gloucester thanks to first half goals from Cedric Anselin and Danny Bloomfield. The home team had taken the lead on five minutes when a kick from the home keeper Bath took a single bounce before going over the head of Jon Higgs. Lynn took a while to settle but Adam Smith was having some joy on the left flank and he was involved in both Lynn goals. On 34 minutes his cross was turned in by Cedric Anselin and then in first half injury time he fed Jack Defty whose cross was turned in by Danny Bloomfield. Jon Higgs made three excellent saves in the second half as Lynn held on to the points. Lynn lost Sam McMahon in the first half to injury - Charlie Defty taking his place.
Lynn: Higgs, West, Camm, McMahon, Cooper, Clark, Kelly, J Defty, Smith, Bloomfield, Anselin. Subs: Harris, McNeil, C Defty, Harvey, Benstead. Att: 372

Lynn Reserves 5 Clacton Town 0
Lynn Reserves had an easy victory over their Essex rivals. The opening play saw Lynn create the bulk of the chances and after a goalmouth scramble and an effort against the upright Lynn took the lead on 17 minutes through Mark Heath-Preston. Stewart Roach added a second three minutes later and Heath-Preston Lynn's third on 24 minutes.
Mark Heath-Preston completed his hat-trick with a fine lob on 52 minutes and was then moved into midfield as Liam Forshaw was introduced. 
Roach had chances to complete his hat-trick but had to settle with a tap-in ten minutes from the end.
Lynn Reserves: McNally, Tjirimuje, Cussons, Buhlemann, Hyde, Hammond, White (Forshaw 52), Roach, McCullum, Heath-Preston (Keegan 79), Fell. 
Booking: Hammond. Attendance: 137

11 August 2005
Mark Angel joins Cambridge United on loan
Some time Linnets' captain Mark Angel, who, it was announced on Tuesday, would not be in Lynn's starting line-up at Gloucester City on Saturday, has joined Cambridge United on loan.
He has initially signed on loan for a month. "We need to see if he's right for us and then we can decide about the longer term." manager Rob Newman told the club's website.

09 August 2005
Supporters' Forum -
Around fifty people attended the meeting on Tuesday evening which was chaired by Ken Bobbins with manager Tommy Taylor in attendance to take the opening questions. A variety of topics were discussed from the goalkeeper, to the colour of the change strip and the state of the toilets. Taylor did confirm that Stewart Roach had been signed on a non-contract basis and would begin in the reserves in order to improve his fitness. Taylor also said he was in talks with a six foot five keeper who was still hopeful of league football but was a possibility should nothing materialise. On Saturday's team, Taylor said that Mark Angel would not be in the starting line-up.

08 August 2005
Lynn News continues to sponsor The Linnets
The Lynn News has agreed to be the main sponsor of The Linnets for a fifth successive year.
A KLFC statement said: "The club are delighted and honoured that the Lynn News have continued in their role as main sponsor. Five years ago when the club was in dire straits the Lynn News came forward and agreed to do this when it looked as if we would have no sponsor. "Since those dark days, the ties and relationships between the Lynn News and the club have strengthened to the position where it is today. "The club wishes to place on record its thanks and its gratitude to David Dixon and editor Malcolm Powell for their continuing support and efforts in this latest partnership."

06 August 2005
Histon 2 King's Lynn 1
Chances were few and far between in the first half with Lynn missing some four players that will probably start the league campaign next Saturday. Jon Higgs did well to push an Ian Cambridge header onto the bar on 24 minutes and then help scramble the ball away and then he denied ex-Linnet Colin Vowden whilst Danny Bloomfield had the best chance for Lynn on 31 minutes when Cedric Anselin put him through but with only the keeper to beat he was unable to finish.
Lynn took the lead on 63 minutes when Angel had caused confusion in the home area and Roach was on hand to toe-poke home.
Kennedy went just over for Histon and Matt Hanniver did put the ball in the net but it was disallowed for offside.
Two home substitutions turned the match and within two minutes of the change Histon pressure was rewarded in the 82 minute when Ian Cambridge equalised for The Stutes  and then Leon Gutzmore headed home from close range to put the home team ahead. 
Lynn: Higgs, Jones, Smith, Camm, Clark, C Defty, McMahon, Anselin, Roach, Bloomfield, Angel. Subs: Kirby, Hyde, Harvey, McNeil, Benstead.

04 August 2005
Lynn 2 Lincoln United 2
Lynn completed their pre-season home programme with the visit of Lincoln United.
It was the visitors who took the lead on 5 minutes with a header from Stuart Reddington a free kick after a foul by McNeil.
Lynn were level nine minutes later when a Mark Angel corner was sliced into his own net by Jonty Hawley.
Angel was involved in putting Lynn ahead on 38 minutes, providing the cross which Danny Bloomfield converted.
Just when it look like Lynn would be safe, the visitors equalised on 79 minutes with a 25 yard effort from Sean Cann.
Lynn: Benstead, West, Tjirimuje, Camm, Cooper, McNeil, Anselin, Kelly, Roach, Bloomfield, Angel. Subs: Jones, Kirby, Higgs.
Lynn Reserves won 7-0 at Long Sutton.

02 August 2005
Boston Town 3 Lynn 3
Two goals in the last 10 minutes from ex-Linnet Mick Nuttell earned the home side a draw in Lynn's latest pre-season friendly.
Danny Bloomfield had given Lynn a two goal lead in the first 15 minutes but the home side pulled a goal back six minutes after the restart.
Roach restored Lynn's two goal margin on the hour after good work by John Higgs - playing in outfield.
Jones conceded a penalty on 75 minutes which Nuttell converted and then Nuttell headed home with five minutes remaining.

The Reserves ran out 3-0 winners at Ely. All the goals coming in the first half.

30 July 2005
Lynn 1 Millwall XI 2
Two second half goals from Will Hendry (50) and Mark Quigley (71) saw Lynn lose in a useful workout.
Lynn pulled a goal back 8 minutes from time when a Mark Kirby shot was turned into his own net by Michael McLeary.
Lynn gave a second half trial to Stewart Roach - who scored 45 goals for Lowestoft Town last season.
The 26 year old spent two years as a Norwich City Youth team player being released in March 1997.
Despite a trial at Cambridge United he joined Gt Yarmouth Town and became a regular scorer - passing the 40 goal mark in March 1998.
He was transfer listed in March 2000 after a season marred by injury but the £3,000 price tag was not realised.
A trial with Oldham in February 2001 came to nothing and he joined Lowestoft Town the following month.
Injury in August 2002 and major surgery on both knees followed and he did not start a game until April 2004. The Ridgeons' League leading scorer in the 2004-05 season resulted in Roach having a further trial at Cambridge United in June this year.
Lynn: Benstead, Tjirimuje, McGowan, Cooper, West, McNeil, Camm, Anselin, Kelly, Bloomfield, Smith. Subs: Jones, Clark, Roach, Kirby.

Grantham have announced the signing of Lynn transfer target Martin Carruthers.

29 July 2005
Chris Bacon has been told that he can leave the club as he does not feature in manager Tommy Taylor's plans.
Bacon made his first team debut in August 2002, scoring when coming on from the bench in the 3-0 victory over Erith & Belvedere.
He went on to score 19 goals that season from 46 appearances (30 starts).
In the 2003-04 season he spent more time on the bench with 14 starts in 38 appearances from which he scored six times.
Last season his appearances became less frequent, featuring in 30 games but only starting in eight of them - scoring one goal.

Newmarket Town 0 Lynn 3
Two goals by Danny Bloomfield and one from Adam Smith gave Lynn victory.

26 July 2005
Holbeach United 1 Lynn 1
Lynn's pre-season workout continued with a draw at UCL side Holbeach United.
Lynn took the lead on 26 minutes when Adam Smith finished off a move by Jack Defty.
Lynn starting: Higgs, Tjirimuje, McGowan, Cooper, West, McNeil, C Defty, Kelly, J Defty, Bloomfield, Smith.
Cedric Anselin made his first pre-season appearance in the second half but it was Holbeach who scored - the son of former Linnet Milton Graham  finding the target.

23 July 2005
Lynn 1 Bishop Stortford 2
Lynn kicked off their home pre-season programme with a defeat against Conference south outfit. The visitors took the lead on 22 minutes when George Fenwick took advantage of a weak backpass from Danny Hammond. Ten minutes later an Adam Jones foul resulted in Scott Forbes doubling the lead from the spot.
Danny Bloomfield pulled a goal back for Lynn two minutes after the break after good combination work between Adam Smith and Jack Defty. 
Martin Carruthers appeared in Lynn colours and after the match manager Tommy Taylor expressed hopes that the former Aston Villa and Stoke striker  would still become a Lynn player.  
Three trialists also appeared and of these Namibian U23 international Ellington Tjirimuje impressed enough to be signed. Tjirimuje  played a number of games for Great Yarmouth last season.
A possible departure, however, is Danny Hammond who is expected to turn out for Grantham in  a trial and possible loan deal.
Going nowhere, it seems, is Mark Angel who was expected to turn out for Cambridge United last Saturday but took part in Lynn's game against Bishop Stortford.
Lynn starting: Benstead, Jones, Smith, Hammond, Cooper, McNeil, Carruthers, West, Defty J, Bloomfield, Angel. Subs: McGowan, Defty C, Kirby, Cesas, Tjirimuje, Lawrence, Palmer.

21 July 2005
Stamford 1 Lynn 2
Victory at the Newflame Stadium was marred by an injury to Robbie Harris as Lynn continued their pre-season programme.
Stamford scored the only goal of the first half on 43 minutes through Darren Glover but Lynn got on level terms soon after the break, Jack Defty side-footing home Mark Kirby's centre on 52 minutes.
Lynn's winner came from Adam Smith 17 minutes later after good work from Harris and Bacon.
Lynn starting: Higgs, McNeil, McGowan, C Defty, Cooper, Clark, West, Harvey, J Defty, Bloomfield, Smith. Subs: Hammond, Hyde, Kirby, Harris, Bacon, Cesas. 

19 July 2005
Spalding United 0 Lynn 2
First half goals by Jack Defty and Paul Kelly saw Lynn to a 2-0 victory over UniBond League Division One neighbours Spalding United.
Included in the Lynn starting line up was former Dagenham & Redbridge defender Tom McGowan who has also had spells with Waltham Forest, Hemel Hempstead and Maidenhead in the past season.
Lynn used all nine of their substitutes at half time. The starting line-up was Higgs, Jones, McGowan, Smith, Cooper, Clark, West, Kelly, Defty, Bloomfield, Angel. Defty headed home a Mark Angel cross on 31 minutes and Kelly bundled the ball home on 40 minutes.

16 July 2005
Cambridge United have given up hopes of signing Lynn's Mark Angel.
With a year left on his contract at The Walks, United manager Rob Newman told the Cambridge Evening News, "There has been some hindrance with his club but I'm not getting involved in it. We aren't in a situation where we can wheel and deal."

11 July 2005
Lynn's Southern League campaign begins with a trip to Gloucester City on Saturday 13 August before entertaining Rugby Town on the Tuesday and then Halesowen Town on the following Saturday. Lynn's full list can be found here.
Lynn Reserves begin and end the season with Clacton Town, the home leg being on the first Saturday of the season. Lynn Reserves' fixtures in the Ridgeons League Premier Division are now available here.

08 July 2005
Having missed out on Paul Booth, Lynn are now looking to Martin Carruthers as a possible to line up alongside Danny Bloomfield.
The Nottingham born striker has played for a number of clubs since starting out in 1990 as a trainee for Aston Villa, for whom he made six first team appearances.
Spells at Hull, Stoke, Peterborough, York, Darlington, Southend, Scunthorpe and Macclesfield followed before he started last season at Boston United.
After seven appearances he then went on to Lincoln as part of a swap deal that took Dean West to Boston and then had  a loan spell at Cambridge United.
He is currently training with Lincoln City and hopes to stay in league football.
Also training with Lynn is a former Linnet, Martin McNeil. McNeil was recently announced as one of two former Linnets to join Wisbech Town from Wroxham. McNeil joined Lynn in January 2002 having played  54 times for Cambridge United and Torquay.

01 July 2005
Away Days
Lynn have had little luck in FA Competitions, being drawn away in the Cup and the Trophy.
The FA Cup trail begins on Saturday 10 September at Banbury United.
In the FA Trophy Lynn have been drawn away to AFC Wimbledon in the First Qualifying Round on October 15th.
The winners have another away tie - to the winners of the Ramsgate v Northwood tie on 12 November.
The only home consolation is in the FA Youth Cup where Lynn entertain Raunds and, if successful, will then entertain Ely City.
Then it is third time unlucky should they win that tie with a trip to Canvey Island, Ruislip Manor or Leighton Town in the second qualifying round.
A further away tie awaits in the Third Qualifying Round.

Lynn youth will be playing in the North Division of the Ridgeons' Youth League in the coming season competing against Blackstones, Bourne Town, Chatteris Town, Deeping Rangers, Ely City, Grantham Town, 
Harrowby United, March Town United, Ramsey Town, Wisbech Town 

28 June 2005
Lynn have offered £2,000 for Welling striker Paul Booth. The Eye based striker is also being chased by Cambridge City and Heybridge Swifts.
Of the transfer fee manager Tommy Taylor said, “This is a one off - we are not going down the route of paying transfer fees, but Paul scored 30 odd goals last season and if you put that sort of guarantee alongside someone like Danny Bloomfield, you see why quality strikers cost money".

Another transfer interest is Cambridge United 'keeper Shaun Marshall.
The 26 year old Fakenham-born keeper, who clocked up over 150 league appearances since joining United as a trainee in 1992. He featured in just the one first team game last season and had a brief loan spell with Stevenage earlier this year. He is reportedly attracting interest from League Two sides Bury and Carlisle.

23 June 2005
In the Ridgeons' League Cup, Lynn Reserves have been drawn at home to Wroxham in the first round. In a regionalised draw, Lynn are in the east section - the draw for which is:
Kings Lynn Res v Wroxham
Lowestoft Town v Norwich Utd/Gorleston
Dereham Tn/Downham Tn v Swaffham Town
Kirkley/Gt Yarmouth Tn v Fakenham Town

New to the Ridgeons' League First Division this season are Debenham LC FC and Fulbourn Institute FC. AFC Debenham (as they were known last season)  finished second in the Ipswich & Suffolk League in the 2004-05 campaign while Fulbourn join from the Kershaw Premier Division where they were champions last season.

Former Lynn keeper Ben Nower has moved from AFC Sudbury to Mildenhall Town.

16 June 2005
Frustrated Lynn fans at last got the news that they have been waiting for. Tommy Taylor has made some moves in the transfer market with the added bonus of Mark Camm deciding to stay with Lynn for another year on a non-contract basis - something that looked unlikely last week when it looked almost certain he would opt for  closer-to-home Ilkeston Town.

Arriving are former Norwich City players Cedric Anselin and Adam Smith, Boston United defender Dean West, defender Grant Cooper and midfielder Paul Kelly and  Linnets chairman Ken Bobbins says there is more to come.

Anselin, a former French Under 21 international and now  27 (b.24/07/1977) , was Norwich City's first French player making some 29 appearances and scoring one goal having originally signed on-loan in March 1999.
On release in June 2001 he has since played for Ross County, had a spell in Bolivia and then brief spells at Cambridge United and Gravesend & Northfleet before ending up at Norwich United.

Smith, 19 (b.11/09/1985 Lingwood), is a left sided defender or midfielder released from Norwich City's  Academy where he was a third year scholar. A left-sided player who can play either in defence or midfield, he was a regular for the Canaries' reserve side, scoring once in 17 appearances. He spent the end part of last season appearing for Great Yarmouth when not required by City Youth. Also had trials with Bournemouth and Northampton at the beginning of 2005.

Kelly, a 32-year-old midfielder (b. 24/02/ 1974), was on Taylor's shopping list last December following his  25-yard screamer for Hemel Hempstead in their 6-3 defeat at The Walks. The midfielder was Supporters', Players' and Manager's Player of the Year at Hemel.
Having started his career at Fulham, where he made 30 appearances, he moved into non-league, and lists Chesham, Gravesend, Boreham Wood, Maidenhead United, Hendon and Hampton & Richmond among his former clubs.

Cooper (b. 16/09/77) is a 6ft 2in defender started with Enfield at junior level and progressed through the ranks. Moved on to Chesham in May 2002 and then Bishops Stortford. He began last season at Dublin City, having signed from Dagenham & Redbridge, before moving on to Conference South club Hornchurch via Hemel Hempstead.

Dean West, a  32-year-old ex-Lincoln, Bury and Burnley right back is dropping out of the professional game to set up his own business.
The  Wakefield born (b. 5/12/1972) right back  joined Boston United in September 2004 from Lincoln City having previous spent a loan spell with The Pilgrims 10 years earlier - as a striker.  He joined Bury in 1995 before switching to Burnley on a free transfer in 1999. He rejoined Lincoln at the start of the season, but failed to re-establish himself in the first team. He has made 25 starts for Boston this season plus two appearances as substitute.

Lynn will also give a trial to 23-year-old Lithuanian goalkeeper Marius Cesas.

1 June 2005
Former Linnets' captain Gary Setchell has been released by the club following his conviction for common assault in a domestic incident.

Lynn have signed 22 year old goalkeeper Aaron Benstead from Newmarket Town.
A product of the Cambridge City youth set-up, Aaron was Newmarket's Players' Player of the Year in the 2003-04 season.

Leaving The Walks is Ludovic Quistin. A popular player with some sections of The Walks crowd, Ludo had difficulty travelling to training.

Darran Hay has, it seems, been signed by Aylesbury United.

26 May 2005
David Staff will not be playing for King's Lynn next season - he has signed a one year deal with Nationwide North team Nuneaton Borough.
In two spells at The Walks last season he made 20 appearances - scoring fives goals including an all important brace in the League Cup final.

17 May 2005
Lynn have been linked with former Histon 'keeper Paul Barber according to the local press - a link denied by the club. The son of Keith Barber, who played for Luton and Swansea, Paul (b.30/09/77) began his career with Newmarket team Heath Rangers. He then moved on to Soham Town Rangers before joining Norwich City as a trainee in July 1995. As third choice keeper at Norwich his opportunities were limited and he was released in June 1997 to make way for Robert Green. After a spell with Cambridge City, Paul joined Sudbury Town and made 30 appearances for them in the 1997/98 season before returning to Cambridge City. He was released towards the end of 1998 following the club's signing of former Brighton goalkeeper Nicky Rust from Hendon.
After a brief spell at Newmarket Town he joined Histon, then in the Eastern Counties League, in July 1999.
His last Southern League game for Histon was in September 2004 losing his place as first choice after Kingstonian 'keeper Lance Key joined the club.
The club have, however, also denied links with other players mentioned in the press.

15 May 2005
At the Awards ceremony, Mark Camm picked up both the Player of the Season and Supporters Club Player of the Season Awards with Danny Bloomfield as runner-up for both awards.
Danny Bloomfield was the Lynn News Player of the Season whilst Liam Forshaw was named the Reserves and Youth Team Player of the Season with the runners-up being Stephen Harvey and Duncan McAnally respectively.