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General Discussion / Archive- the highest level
« on: June 17, 2021, 11:08:03 AM »
Comparing football from different eras is always difficult but to older fans often enjoyable. I think those of us who grew up watching Lynn in the 1960s could justifiably make a case for the then Southern League Premier Division being on a par with today’s National League as the so-called ‘fifth division’.
It was seen as the most likely supplier of new Football League clubs, although breaking into that virtually closed shop was extremely difficult.
A very good Oxford United side managed it after winning the Southern League and other clubs like Yeovil, Hereford, Cambridge United, Cheltenham, Wimbledon, Barnet, Burton and Crawley have followed over the years.
Lynn more than held their own against such clubs during the sixties and also against very good clubs like Chelmsford, Romford, Weymouth, Worcester and Wellington (now Telford).
Lynn also fielded some of the club’s best-ever players during that time - the likes of Mick Wright, Malcolm Lindsey, Reg Davies, Ronnie Bacon, Dave Brooks, Peter Tough, David Clarke.
Former big stars like Cliff Jones, John Charles, Ted Ditchburn and a host of ex-Football league regulars could be seen at The Walks.

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General Discussion / Coming down.
« on: May 08, 2021, 10:37:13 AM »
I see on BBC Sport that Southend and Grimsby are about to challenge their relegation to the National League. They see it as unfair that the NL has no relegation and therefore the pyramid system is invalidated. I think they have a justified argument with Dover not playing and the likes of Lynn being forced into going through the motions for many weeks with weakened teams.
Or is it just sour grapes from two clubs who think they are too good for non-league football?  Yet again the appalling decision to allow the NL to play on to satisfy the likes of Notts County and other big clubs has more ramifications.
Interested to hear what other Lynn fans think.

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General Discussion / Past Cup heroes
« on: November 09, 2020, 01:49:42 PM »
It is great for the club to enjoy the Cup success at the weekend  - and long may it continue. But it is also right to remember past Cup exploits and heroes. Two members of Lynn’s famous run to the third round and Goodson Park have died during the past two years.
Mick Wright was saluted on the club’s website at the time of his death and I seem to recall that the club said a fitting memorial to Mick would be planned. Does anyone know if anything has moved on that?  And was any tribute paid in memory of Ronnie Bacon, who died recently?  I certainly don’t recall any mention of it on the Lynn FC website.

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General Discussion / Academy the way forward
« on: July 22, 2020, 12:38:48 PM »
At long last Lynn appear to be making a concerted effort to encourage and develop local talent.  It has to be the way forward if the club wants to continue to improve and be seen to represent the community.  Over many years of following the Linnets the club has generally failed miserably to develop potential first team players, various managers being only too happy to import players from far and wide.
Given a chance the likes of Mick Manning, Keith Rudd, the Defty brothers and a handful of others have proved they have the ability to make the grade at the top of non-league football. I guess Norwich will always have the status to draw in the outstanding youngsters but there must be plenty below that level who can make it with  a club like Lynn.

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General Discussion / When Lynn were full-time
« on: April 09, 2020, 02:03:54 PM »
With no live football to enjoy, I’ve been delving into my old progs, memorabilia and cuttings.  Some weeks ago I remember reading on the forum about the possibility of the Linnets going full-time should they gain promotion to the National League.
In 1964 I kept a cuttings scrapbook for the season, mostly match reports  and photos from the Lynn News. The caption for the team photo at the start of the season (Lynn had just won promotion back to the Southern League Prem Div) says “The Linnets’ full-time players pictured at the Walks Stadium with manager Len Richley”.
The lineup includes some familiar names to older fans.  Remember any of these Linnets? Ian Williamson, Ronnie Bacon, Norman Liggitt, Derick Lythgoe, Roy Proverbs, David Partridge, Roy Banham (a part-timer), Bob Edwards, Gerry Baker, Barrie Jones, Jack Walls, Dave King and, of course, Mick Wright.  Absent from the pic was Dick Whittaker.
I don’t know how long the full-time experiment lasted, maybe just that season. Does anyone know?
I have clear memories of Mick , Bob Edwards and Ronnie Bacon.  Also recall goalkeeper Jack Walls always looked immaculate, even on muddy days,  full-back Roy Proverbs had the best sliding tackle I have seen, Dave King was a prolific goalscorer and Gerry Baker was a formidable defender.
Good memories!






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General Discussion / Mick Wright
« on: December 11, 2019, 12:49:11 PM »
I understand Lynn legend Mick Wright has died. Wonderful club servant, outstanding player in a fine Lynn team under Reg Davies.  Always gave maximum effort and very versatile in a number of positions. Condolences to his family. Lynn’s greatest player?

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