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Monday 27 August
Rugby Town 1 King's Lynn 0
A penalty for handball against Mark Warren  two minutes from the final whistle saw Lynn slump to their first defeat of the season.
It was a defeat that Lynn didn't deserve - but neither side were worthy of any points. In the first half Lynn, with the wind behind them,  had the better of the chances with Turner heading over twice and one shot being denied by the keeper's foot, Rugby managed a few crosses but had no one in the centre to take advantage and were no threat.
The second half was more even but with few threats on goal - the best of Lynn's falling to Nolan and Frew who both headed over.
With five minutes remain Scott Howie pulled of two fine saves as the home side seemed to grow in confidence, Finally came Stringfellow's winner from the penalty spot.
Lynn: Howie, West, Smith,  Warren, C Defty, Camm, Frew, Melton, Turner (Spriggs), Bloomfield (Nolan), Francis (Fisk). Booked: Fisk.
 
Saturday 25 August
Yate Town 1 King's Lynn 2
Lynn gained their first win at Lodge Road to keep their unbeaten run in tact.
Lynn had the better of the first half exchanges with Adam Smith getting his first chance, having returned to Lynn colours on loan, on 5 minutes.
They were, however, grateful to see Michael Frew clear the Lynn line following a corner on 13 minutes.
Lynn had to wait until 55 minutes to get the lead they deserved when Joe Francis set up John Turner to put them in front.
It was a lead that was short lived when Jason Wood headed The Bluebells level ten minutes later.
On eighty minutes Danny Bloomfield got the decider with a typical poachers goal. West's cross found Melton whose effort hit the bar and fell kindly to Bloomfield to get Lynn the points.
So now we look forward to the visit to Rugby and to renew acquaintances with "Staffy"
Lynn: Howie, West, Smith, Warren, C Defty, Camm, Frew, Melton, Turner, Nolan, Francis. Subs: Bloomfield, Fisk, Lake, Spriggs, Murray

Lowestoft Town 2 Lynn Reserves 2
Lynn Reserves continued their unbeaten start to the season at a ground where they had been defeated on their last four visits. Richard Woodrow gave the home side the lead with an 18th minute header but Lynn drew level 10 minutes into the second half when a Jack Defty cross was headed home by Ed Cussons. Defty then scored the second on 65 minutes following a pass from Stephen Harvey. Hough equalised soon after and Lynn nearly won it at the death when they saw a late header cleared off the line.
 
Thursday 23 August
Adam Smith returns to The Walks
Today the Linnets snapped up old favourite Adam Smith on a 5 week loan period from Peterborough Utd.
The good news continues as it was also confirmed that Adam will be available for the FA Cup tie at Lincoln Utd on Sept 15th and, should we progress further, the second round tie schedules for the 29th Sept.
Everybody at The Walks looks forward to welcoming Smudger back.

Matt O'Halloran has left Kings Lynn following a seven day approach from Boston United.
It is expected that he will sign for the Blue Square North side shortly.
 
Wednesday 22 August
Corby Town 0 King's Lynn 2
The Linnets gained their first three point return of the season on Wednesday with a fine 2-0 victory over Corby Town at a blustery Rockingham Road.
Lynn got off to the best possible start when Joe Francis sent a scorching 25 yard shot past a helpless keeper after only three minutes of play.
They made sure of victory with 11 minutes remaining as the impressive John Turner received a Matt Nolan pass and beat two defenders before slotting home the second.
After the game manager Keith Webb said this was a pleasing performance and gave special praise to skipper Mark Warren and Charlie Defty for their defensive displays. Attendance 324
Monday 20 August
Greg Crane Injury Update
It has been confirmed that Greg suffered ankle ligament damage in the match at Bashley on Saturday.
At present it is estimated that he will be out of action for around one month.
Saturday 18 August
Bashley 1 Lynn 1
A Michael Frew goal six minutes from time gave Lynn a useful point away to last season's runaway winners of the South West Division. Bashley had taken  deserved lead a minute before half time through Richard Gillespie but an O'Halloran corner  found the head of Michael Frew to put the scores level as Lynn put in an improved second half display. Lynn lost Greg Crane on 51 minutes to injury.
Lynn: Howie, West, Defty, Warren, Crane (Lake 52), Camm, Frew, Melton, Nolan (O'Halloran 64), Turner, Francis (Bloomfield 74). Unused subs: Fisk, Murray. Bookings: Lake, Francis

Friday 17 August
Greg Lake signed on the dotted line for the Linnets late this afternoon and only just made it on time for the team coach which left for Bashley from The Walks. The 18 year old from the Yarmouth area has been involved in some of Lynn's earlier friendlies and has also been involved at Premiership clubs Tottenham and Portsmouth at different levels.
 
Thursday 16 August
Two more sign in
The Linnets today confirmed that goalkeeper Rob Murray and midfielder Sean Ridgway have joined the club. Murray comes to Lynn from Grimsby Town where he was an ever present in their reserve side last season. He was also on the bench for most of the Mariners' first team matches. Ex Aldershot and Hayes man Ridgway has joined the Linnets on a one month trial basis. He has featured in most of the pre-season matches in his preferred central midfield position.

O'Halloran Boston Bound?

The Linnets have received a seven days notice of approach for winger Matt O'Halloran.
Earlier in the week O'Halloran was also approached by UniBond side Stamford but turned down the approach after talks with Lynn boss Keith Webb who assured him that he was still very much in his plans for the season.
However a return to one of his former sides may persuade O'Halloran that his future could be at York Street as opposed to the Walks. It is expected that Matt will make a decision on his future early next week
 
Monday 13 August
Player Latest & Scott Howie
The midfield player who had talks with the Linnets last week now looks unlikely to sign for the club.
The deadline of Sunday has passed without contact from the un-named player.
Despite several attempts by the player's agent contact has still not been made so we must assume that the player will not be signing for the Linnets.
Indeed in the talks last week the player indicated that he had some reservations on moving two levels down the pyramid.

The club would like to confirm that keeper Scott Howie will be available, barring injury , for ALL BGB matches this season.
The club are mystified as to where the rumours of Scott's un-availability came from and wishes to clarify his position straight away.
 
Saturday 11 August
Grantham Town 0 King's Lynn 2
In the corresponding game last season Lynn went down 4-2 but this time it was Lynn who won this final pre-season game.
Lynn took the lead on 4 minutes from West whose goal bound shot was helped on its way by a deflection. On 34 minutes they increased their lead with a goal created from the opposite wing with Francis setting up Frew. Lynn had further chances in a disjointed second half with both sides using their substitutes - Lynn fielding eight.

Lynn Reserves started their season with a 1-0 win at Ipswich Wanderers - Ricky Bowden, a signing from Wisbech St Mary, scoring.
 
Monday 30 July
The Linnets Car!!!!
Pictured is the exciting new vehicle for promoting King's Lynn Football Club.
Kevan Kingham, a proud supporter of the Linnets and employee of Streamline Taxi’s, has come up with a new way of promoting the Linnets. Streamline's Linnets' Taxi - photo Paul Hampson

The branding for the car has been funded by local sponsors “The King’s Lynn Travel Company, Double G Clothing and of course Streamline Taxi’s and the project has been managed by Kevan Kingham and King's Lynn Football Club’s commercial manager Charlotte Rham.

KLFM have also joined forces with The Linnets and are running an exciting competition starting week beginning 23rd July. Who’s the Star in the Linnets Car will run every Friday for four weeks until the start of the season, Listen to KLFM for details and spot the “star in the car” to win a KLFC season ticket every week.

KLFM will be continuing their new relationship with the Linnets when the new season starts, by running a sticker spotter promotion, again funded by Streamline Taxi’s. Listeners who are spotted out and about with a “KLFM Loves the Linnets” car window sticker in conjunction with Streamline Taxi’s and the Lynn News will get the chance to win a family pass to a home game this season.

 
Saturday 28 July
Shaun Carey made a welcome return to the playing side of KLFC with a short run out in Lynn's 4-0 pre-season friendly against Norwich United.
Goal scorers were John Turner 2, Michael Frew, and Matt Nolan.
Lynn Reserves were also in action - drawing 1-1 at Ely City, Mark Heath-Preston scoring.
 
Thursday 26 July
We are pleased to announce today that Andrew Fisk has agreed terms with the club and will be signing for the Linnets prior to the friendly at Norwich Utd on Saturday.
Also today keeper Scott Howie has committed himself to the club for next season following talks with club officials.
 
Tuesday 24 July
Wroxham 0 Lynn 4
Lynn took a 2-0 half time lead through Francis and Bloomfield - a scoreline which did not really do Wroxham justice although Howie was never under any pressure.
Nolan soon after the restart and Frew with a header shortly afterwards completed the scoring.
Wroxham hit the bar some ten minutes from the end with a free kick.
Team: Howie, West, Cussons, Warren, Miller, Fisk, Frew, Harvey, J Defty, Bloomfield, Francis. Used Subs: Turner, Fell, Nolan, Crane, Heath-Preston, Buhlemann, Lake, Kelleher.
 
Saturday 21 July
Cambridge City 5 Lynn 1
Lynn took the lead on 24 minutes through Joe Francis. Gash levelled for City before the break.
City ran riot in the second half, adding four unanswered goals through Roach on 53 and 64 minutes. Gash on 62 mins. and an 'own goal' from Warren after 69 mins.
Team: Hilton, West, Chapman, Warren, Crane, Fisk, O'Halloran, Ridgeway, Nolan, Frew, Francis. Subs: All used. Camm, Melton, C.Defty, J.Defty, Turner, Fell.
Wednesday 18 July
Lynn continued their pre-season schedule going down 0-4 to Norwich City in front of a crowd of 1,366. Scorers for Norwich were  Cureton 2, Drury and Lapptrot.
Three late goals from the 'Canaries' gave a somewhat harsh look to the scoreline in what was a good workout for the 'Linnets' who fielded all of their First Team squad plus triallists, Mike Hilton, Andy Tidy and Shaun Ridgeway

Mark Camm committed himself to The Linnets tonight when he signed a two year contract.

Defender Dean West has returned to the club after the briefest of stays with local rivals Boston United.
Having departed over the weekend he then requested to come back.

Lynn start of the 2007-08 British Gas Business League season with a trip to newly promoted Bashley on 18th August.

Lynn Reserves get to be the first team to play a competitive match at The Walks in season 2007-08 but they will have to wait until Saturday 15 September when they take on CRC.
The Reserves season opens with a trip to Ipswich Wanderers followed by a local derby on 14 August when Lynn travel to Wisbech.
 
Tuesday 10 July
KING'S LYNN FC WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT SQUAD
King's Lynn Football Club will be running a Women’s Development Squad this coming season. This is with a view of entering the squad into a league next season (2008/09). The Squad will be for women to train and play at an Advanced level. All players will need to be 16 or over on September 1st 2007. The squad will be called Kings Lynn Football Club Women’s Team. Trials for the Squad will be taking place on Saturday August 4th at King Edward VII High School in Kings Lynn Starting at 10am. This season the squad will have structured training sessions one evening per week under the guidance of UEFA B Badge coaches and play competitive friendly fixtures once a month against set ups such as Cambridge City Ladies FC. The trial will be open to any women who have played regular football to a good level and are committed to being part of an Advanced Football Team. Chairman Ken Bobbins has welcomed this new development as it shows the clubs intent to develop not just the men’s playing side with the Academy but also the women’s.
KLCF Development Officer Jess Ibrom said "since 2004 girls football within the scheme has developed year by year. We now have over 50 Girls from the ages of 11-15 years representing the Advanced Girls Program. As well as having some very good links with clubs such as Norwich City, Peterborough United and Cambridge City. With this new development the girls within the scheme can now see a clear a progression to continue playing for there local non-league club after they are 16 years old".
 
Monday 2 July
Cup Draws
In the FA Cup, Lynn will travel to Lincoln United of the UniBond Premier Division on Saturday 15 September.
The new manager in charge at Ashby Avenue - former Hednesford boss John Ramshaw - has been very busy during the summer, amongst his signings it appears that ex-Linnet Richard Butler has been recruited.

The FA Trophy also sees Lynn on their travels - to old rivals AFC Sudbury on Saturday 20 October.
Lynn last met Sudbury in the FA Trophy back in October 1980 - winning 3-2.
In the FA Youth Cup, Lynn start at home with Lowestoft Town providing tough opposition.
The following two rounds see the winners away.
Thursday 28 June
The club wishes to inform its supporters that there is every likelihood that the club's first four weeks of matches will all be away from home.
Due to the ongoing bad weather and the various problems this has caused, the club sees no real alternative.
We have asked the British Gas Business League to change these fixtures and are awaiting confirmation from them that we will be able to do this.
We will keep everyone informed of this on going situation when there is further news.
Wednesday 27 June
This afternoon the club have agreed terms to sign 28 year old (b. 02/03/79) Scunthorpe born full back Ben Chapman.
Ben started with Grimsby Town as a trainee and spent five years there making 21 league appearances before being released and joining Boston United in the summer of 2002.
He made 80 appearances at Boston before moving on to Alfreton at the end of the 2003-04 season.
Having made 29 appearances there he then joined Northwich Victoria in 2005, making 29 starts in the season which saw them gain promotion from Conference North.
A spell at Nuneaton saw him make 34 appearances and score once since his arrival at the start of the 2006-2007 campaign but he lost his place in early March.
Monday 25 June
The Club are expecting Ben Chapman to make a decision on his proposed move to The Walks by the end of this week.
Manager Keith Webb and chairman Ken Bobbins are meeting on Tuesday with two players currently with football league clubs with a view to moving to the Linnets for the new season.

The Club also are now able to update supporters with news on the current situation regarding the main stand refurbishment at the ground.
Despite the contractors covering the stand following the removal of the roof, water has unfortunately gained access to the VP Lounge, the Dick Everitt Suite, the Blue & Gold club room, the changing rooms and also the managers office.
A considerable amount of damage has been done to the ceilings of these areas and also the carpets etc.
Also as a matter of safety all of the electrical supply has been turned off to this area and will not be switched back on until extensive tests have been carried out to ensure that everything is safe.
This is the main reason that no more home friendly matches have been arranged or indeed, are likely to be arranged.
However, despite all of these problems we are very hopeful that the Norwich City friendly scheduled for July 18th will take place although no seating will be available for this match.
We expect to announce details of admission prices for this game in the near future.
Wednesday 20 June
The club are pleased to confirm that long term target Joe Francis has signed contractual forms to play for the Linnets next season.
Joe is delighted that the deal has been completed and is looking forward to the start of pre-season training and then securing himself a regular place in the first team.
He scored 27 goals for Woodbridge last season which included finding the net in both games against Lynn Reserves.
Joe Francis joined Woodbridge in October 2004 having previously played for Suffolk & Ipswich League side Westerfield United. He also had trials with Ipswich Town at the turn of the year, taking part in four games and scoring twice . "Joe has enough talent to make a living out of the game. He has shown flashes of real quality and he is a lovely lad." Ipswich boss Jim Magilton said.
 
Monday 18 June
In the Ridgeons' League Cup  Lynn Reserves have been drawn away to Dereham Town in the First Round of the competition. This match is scheduled for week commencing Monday 22 October 2007. 
Tuesday 12 June
The Club are now in a position to give an update to supporters of the proposed movement of Kings Lynn F.C. to the Northern Premier League.
As you are probably aware, Scarborough F.C. were today given an eight day 'stay of execution' following a 'change of heart' by their local Borough Council. The scheduled meeting at football association H.Q. to discuss the situation will still take place. It is the Club's understanding that 'subject to ratification' on Wednesday, and following the A.G.M. of the Northern Premier League, that if Scarborough's fate is decided and they unfortunately cease to be in existence, the N.P.L. will run for season 2007-08 with twenty one Clubs. This means that all Clubs who were earmarked for possible change of League will now remain in the League's in which they were originally allocated. The Club are expecting confirmation of all of the final details tomorrow.
Friday 8 June
This afternoon at 3:45 club chairman Ken Bobbins received a telephone call from the FA in London.
Ken was informed that it is a very strong possibility that by Tuesday of next week Scarborough FC may well go out of business.
It is therefore the FA's intention to move King's Lynn to the Unibond League to balance the numbers.
The club wishes to make clear to its supporters that it will be doing all it can to oppose this move and stay in the Southern League as already much work has been done in building next season's squad with southern based players.
However the final decision will be made by the FA and King's Lynn FC may well have little say as to what league we will start the 2007/08 season in.
We will keep all supporters updated on this most important matter.
Thursday 7 June
The Linnets are close to finalising a deal to bring Woodbridge Town's Joe Francis to The Walks.
The player is away at the moment on holiday but on his return is expected to put his name on a Lynn contract.
Meanwhile boss Keith Webb will be having talks with Ben Chapman at the weekend.
A decision is expected from Chapman in a few days time.
Thursday 31 May
King's Lynn Football Club can today confirm that Lee Glover has been appointed as Keith Webb's Assistant. Lee will take up his duties with immediate effect.

Paul Warne turned down Lynn's advances having been offered contracts at two Football League Clubs. However, Paul has indicated that he would like to play for King's Lynn at some stage in the future and this could possibly be as soon as the 2008-09 season.

The club can confirm that their interest in Joe Francis has ceased. Woodbridge have demanded a fee that would have meant that the club would have to smash their transfer record to secure the services of a player who at the present time is unproven at what is a considerably higher level of football than he currently plays.
Wednesday 30 May
Kings Lynn Football Club are pleased to announce that, in conjunction with the West Anglian College and KES, they are going to set up a Football Development Scheme to bring in 16 to 18 year olds who wish to continue with their education and have training with staff headed by Manager Keith Webb.
The boys will undertake their schooling depending on their educational requirements at either West Anglian College for vocational studies or KES for A Levels. The Football training will take place two mornings a week with a games structure in place. The playing standard requirements will be high.
Thursday 24 May
Turner Signs In
The Linnets have today signed 21 year old striker John Turner who has been released by Grays Athletic.
Turner began as a schoolboy at Aston Villa and was an English schoolboy international.
He was at Cambridge United for four years during which he scored 10 goals from 39 league starts and 46 substitute appearances. He also had a loan spell at Aldershot before moving on to Rushden in January 2006 and then Grays the following August.
Last season he also saw action with both Braintree and Bishop's Stortford in loan spells from his parent club.
Saturday 19 May
Charlie Defty and Mark Heath-Preston have became the latest members of last season's squad to commit themselves for another season at The Walks. Both players have been placed on one year contracts.
Charlie Defty was in and out of the side last year often being required to play in various positions.
Mark Heath-Preston returned to Lynn in the New Year following a spell in America and was soon finding the net for the Reserves which resulted in a first team call up towards the end of the season.
Wednesday 16 May
Sam McMahon Departs
Sam McMahon has informed the club today that, with immediate effect, he has joined Sutton Town.
This decision was taken without any consultation with Keith Webb or the club's Board of Directors.
We would like to thank Sam for his past efforts and wish well for the future.
 
Sunday 13 May
The Admirable Crichton
Late on Saturday evening the Linnets swooped for their first summer signing when Paul Crichton agreed terms for the 2007/08 season.
Born in Pontefract ( 03/10/68) the experienced 38 year old  stopper was released by Cambridge United at the end of last season and played five games for the Linnets (Lynn winning four and drawing one) in a loan spell before being re-called to the Abbey Stadium.
Paul Crichton began his career at Nottingham Forest, although he made his league debut whilst on loan at Notts County (5 apps).
He moved on to Peterborough (51 apps), Doncaster (77 apps), Grimsby (133 apps) and West Brom who he joined for a £250,000 fee and made 32 appearances.
Loan spells have also been spent with Darlington (8 apps), Swindon (4 apps), Rotherham (6 apps), Torquay (13 apps) and Aston Villa (although he did not make any appearances for them).
Joining Burnley in November 1998 for £100,000, he was first choice at Burnley in their promotion season of 1999/2000.
In mid June 2001, he signed for Norwich for a £150,000 fee.
He made six appearances before a brief spell at York and an even briefer one at Stafford Rangers. Leigh RMI and Accrington Stanley followed and then, in August 2005, Gillingham making one appearance.
The following season he was appointed player-coach at Cambridge United and made 32 appearances.