Ken Gadsby began his duties as Lynn's player-coach on 5th July 1948.
Born Chesterfield 3rd July 1916, he was the son of Ernest, was a member of Barnsley's 1910 Cup Final team that played against Newcastle United.
Gadsby was signed by Leeds United at the age of 17 from Middlecliffe Rovers in October 1934 but it was not until 3rd March 1937 that he made his debut - in a 1-7 defeat against Everton.
A chance of regular first team football came at the start of the 1938-39 season which saw him miss just five games. He toured South Africa with the F.A. for 44 days in 1939
and was being tipped as a future England player when World War Two broke out. -
he continued to play for Leeds in the Wartime League, War Cup and Regional League North-Eastern Division in 1940-41 and the following season
in the North Regional League and War Cup.
He saw service in the RASC which reduced his appearances but he still appeared for Leeds and made guest appearances for Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Aldershot, Yeovil, Bristol City and Exeter City
Gadsby made a total of 171 appearances in the fourteen years with Leeds, scoring once.
Gadsby's time in Lynn was spent living in Kent Road next to club secretary Len Rush.
His two years in the hot seat were mixed, with Lynn finishing their Eastern Counties League campaigns in 11th place in his first season and 2nd the following year as Lynn learnt
what it was like to be a "professional" club.
The FA Cup run of 1949-50 saw Lynn reach the First Round of the FA Cup for the first time since the 1937-38 season.
Ken Gadsby's contract as player coach was coming to an end at the close of the 1949-50 season.
The club offered a year's contract but Gadsby wanted three – it became stalemate.
An extra-ordinary meeting of the club was called by its members to discuss the matter – the majority felt that the Committee was right and Ken Gadsby left, scoring in Lynn's final game with the club.
He joined March Town where he stayed until retiring from football in 1952.
He remained in Norfolk, working for the Pearl Insurance Company and coaching football at a number of local secondary schools.
Ken Gadsby died on 13th June 2003 at Shoulham Hall Nursing Home. near Downham Market.