Linnets at the Highest Level
Reference is sometimes made to the highest level that Lynn has played. With the current incarnation of King's Lynn Town this is the National League but the highest
level a club representing the town has played is arguably in the Midland Division days 1954-58.
From 1921 to 1958 the Football League had three levels - Divisions One, Two and Three (North and South).
Lynn were playing in the Midland League which, although there was no automatic promotion to the Football League at that time, could be considered level four.
Obtaining Football League status was not easy, Peterborough United won the Midland League title for five consecutive seasons from 1955–56 before being elected
in 1960 at the expense of Gateshead.
Prior to 1958 the worst placed clubs in the Football League had to apply for re-election at the end of the season along with non-league clubs hopeful of being admitted to the league.
The other clubs in the league voted on who should be re-elected or promoted.
Lynn applied for Football League membership from 1956-62 and in 1958 received two votes!
The following season 1958-59 the Football League introduced Division Four and Lynn could be viewed as playing at level five - the level the club currently enjoys.
Looking back to when Lynn first entered league football, this was when they joined the Norfolk and Suffolk League in 1896 at a time when
the Football League comprised of two divisions and the Southern League another two so it could be said that we were in the fifth level although when Norwich City turned professional in 1905 they went straight from the N&S League into Southern League Division One.
As to the strongest team Lynn have ever fielded in a competitive match - the Norfolk Football Association Challenge Cup Final (now known as the Norfolk Senior Cup) of 1883 might take some beating.
The Lynn line up included three internationals, Arthur Dunn and the brothers Charles and Kenneth Wilson.
It is difficult to know how regularly these players featured in the Lynn team - just that they were eligible to play in the competition because they were born close to Lynn.
Charles Wilson was born in Roydon in 1859 and was a double international, appearing for England at both football and rugby but as far as football clubs are concerned he seems to have been largely associated with Casuals, Hendon and Corinthians.
Brother Kenneth was born in Ringstead and although picked for the England squad he was never "capped". Like his brother, he is also listed as having played for Hendon.
Arthur Dunn was born in Whitby, his parents were on holiday there at the time, and
the month before turning out for Lynn had scored twice for England in the international against Ireland, and in the previous season
had helped Old Etonians win the 1882 FA Cup Final.
Dunn's connection with the Lynn area is not obvious with the 1861 census showing him in Cambridge, however, he represented both Cambridgeshire and Norfolk County football teams.