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General Discussion / Re: FA Cup 2nd Round draw
« on: November 10, 2020, 10:50:28 AM »
If the match is chosen for live TV coverage, does anyone know whether Lynn will receive a share of the tv money? If so, what sort of figure is that likely to be? It’s a great draw for the players to experience historic Fratton Park and any extra cash for the club will be an extra bonus.

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General Discussion / Re: Past Cup heroes
« on: November 09, 2020, 05:40:57 PM »
Thanks for the information. So pleased to see these two Lynn legends are still remembered.  As a youngster I spent many happy hours watching them at The Walks. I recall they shared a testimonial match with Tony Chilleystone in 1967.

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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 / Re: Ronnie Bacon
« on: October 01, 2020, 12:41:45 PM »
Good memories of Ronnie streaking down the right wing in my early days of watching Lynn. Typical winger of his day with speed, accurate crossing and prepared to go past the full-back.  He also had a powerful shot and I think he was penalty taker for a time.  I vividly remember him blasting a shot against Cheltenham which pole-axed the full-back who caught it flush on the forehead. The player in question was Tony Haskins, who later joined Lynn under Reg Davies. Ronnie also played for Norwich and joined Lynn from Gillingham. RIP Ronnie Bacon, Lynn legend.

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General Discussion / Re: Ground Improvements
« on: August 02, 2020, 02:02:31 PM »
I have two observations to make re. the GDF. Firstly, I am in favour of the Trust contributing towards specific projects like last year’s turnstile upgrade.
Secondly, it might be helpful if fans were told by the club what needs upgrading to meet NL standards. For example, if you prefer to stand and watch from one end, and knew the club had to provide a covered section then that would be an incentive to contribute towards fund-raising.
As a matter of interest, I recently read that the fund-raising scheme, called the West Norfolk Competition, which helped pay for the main stand in the 1950s was apparently supported by 30,000 members at one time.
How times have changed!

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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 / Re: Win a 2020/2021 Season Ticket for The Walks
« on: July 08, 2020, 12:25:40 PM »
I think it is right for the Trust to support the club’s required ground improvements. It would be helpful for fans to know what needs doing to meet the National League grading. Has the club let this be known? Would any improvements include a covered area behind at least one end of The Walks (long overdue in my opinion)? Is there a timescale for the work to be completed?  Any info would be appreciated.

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General Discussion / Re: Going up !
« on: June 18, 2020, 12:12:26 PM »
Congratulations to everyone involved in helping to create a very proud moment in the club’s history. It has been achieved against formidable odds and, very importantly, playing proper football in a league known for its physical approach.
The subject of ground improvements has been touched upon already. Can anyone enlighten me as to what needs to be done, if anything, to meet National League ground grading requirements?  Perhaps the club could make this clear so the Trust can consider a financial contribution towards any necessary improvements?

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General Discussion / Re: On this day . . .
« on: April 27, 2020, 01:03:47 PM »
I see Scott Howie was named Man of the Match. Probably the best keeper I’ve seen in a Lynn jersey since my first game at The Walks in 1961. Safe, reliable and capable of outstanding saves.  I would put him just ahead of the eccentric Chuck Martini, who could make blinding saves but whose kicking was unreliable.
I can’t compare the long-serving Andy Claxton, who played during a time when I had moved from Norfolk. Mick Manning, Norman Coe, Gary Steel, Steve Lewis all served Lynn with distinction. And the present No 1, Alex Street, has matured into a fine keeper, with hopefully his best years yet to come.

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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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General Discussion / Re: View from the Chair
« on: December 07, 2019, 09:02:49 AM »
Just read TonyM’s feedback. As a former Lynn News journalist I would have thought there was enough newsworthy detail in Mr Cleeve’s evening for the local paper to report. Do you know if they were represented?  Thankfully, for us long-distance fans, TonyM has kept us ably informed. Big thanks to him.

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General Discussion / Re: View from the Chair
« on: December 05, 2019, 12:53:22 PM »
Just read Mr Cleeve’s tweet about answering those “burning questions” fans want to put to him tonight. He is indicating he’s prepared for questions from the floor. Hopefully there will be a good turn out prepared to address some of the concerns regularly aired on this forum.  Once again, please post some accurate feedback for those of who can’t be there.

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General Discussion / Re: View from the Chair
« on: December 04, 2019, 03:05:05 PM »
It would be interesting to know whether Mr Cleeve believes the club has the infra-structure to support a National League campaign if Lynn win promotion at the end of the season.  I live in Leicestershire so won’t be attending but some feedback on this forum on what he has to say would be appreciated.

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General Discussion / Re: GATESHEAD.
« on: November 28, 2019, 12:51:31 PM »
Can anyone confirm that Lynn’s all-time record goalscorer, Malcolm Lindsay, joined the club from Gateshead, along with Dave Brooks? If that’s the case, and Malcolm is still in the area, perhaps he could be invited as guest of honour at Saturday’s game. Great servant and prolific goalscorer in the 60s.

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