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General Discussion / Re: Big news story
« on: May 21, 2021, 12:27:29 PM »
It is long overdue for the club to honour, arguably, its greatest servant, Mick Wright. I believe it was to be considered at the time of Mick’s passing that a fitting tribute would be made. Naming the stand after him would be an excellent idea. Hopefully the club and the mystery sponsor can agree.

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.

General Discussion / Re: V Boreham Wood
« on: May 05, 2021, 12:33:33 PM »
It’s tough for Lynn supporters to see the team on the end of some heavy defeats, but I think Ian Culverhouse should be praised for keeping things going in very difficult circumstances and without most of his first-choice players.
I certainly don’t have enough information on the club’s financial situation or the long-term ambitions to draw any conclusions on what happens next. And that brings me to my main observation - how lacking the club are in keeping fans abreast of what is going on. Even updating fans on who was furloughed or injured has been poor. For instance, does anyone know what has happened to the on-loan Mair?
If Lynn do have real ambition to progress to a higher standard, then I think that is one area in need of massive improvement.

General Discussion / Re: Disappointing
« on: April 08, 2021, 12:32:28 PM »
Mr Cleeve took the decision to allow Lynn to play on, so the club must make the best of it and try to take whatever positives they can from it.  And certainly the progression of some of the club’s young talent is a massive bonus. I have felt over many decades, back to the 1960s when I watched Lynn for the first time, that scant regard was given to bringing on Lynn /Norfolk youngsters for the first team.  There have been some exceptions but basically most administrations in charge during that long period have settled for imported players from far and wide. So full marks for whoever is driving on the academy idea. Lynn must continue to back that idea while I also see the need for imported players of National League standard to help develop those youngsters who do break through.

General Discussion / Re: Trust
« on: February 25, 2021, 11:17:55 AM »
I am a long-time Trust member, a Lynn supporter since 1961 and occasional contributor to this forum. I tend not to comment on the ‘politics’ of the football club because many of the facts are not available to the fans. It is such a pity in what should have been a special season for the club and supporters that it appears to be going so wrong.
However, my gut feeling was that Lynn did not have the infrastructure in place to cope with National League demands even before the current crisis arose. I understand the Trust and Mr Cleeve’s relationship has been better in more recent times but over the years not so good.
It appears that Mr Cleeve wants to run the club as a one-man show. Fair enough, but if you take that position surely you have to accept full financial implications, even in exceptional circumstances.
As a Trust member I would be opposed to it handing over a large sum of funds to the club. That is not what the Trust was formed to do. But I would welcome the committee to offer some form of help and I am expect this is already being discussed.  Perhaps the money in the ground improvement fund could be considered as an emergency payment.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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?

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.

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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