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General Discussion / Re: Archive- the highest level
« on: Today at 05:07:41 PM »
I think it is correct that Lynn had club houses and helped players from further afield find full-time employment. I clearly remember Dave Brooks working for the parks department and Brian Jenkins, Malcolm Lindsey’s strike partner, ran a newsagents in Loke Road.  I think Malcolm was a pub landlord at some stage.
Dave Clarke, who came from Nottingham, worked with my dad at Unicam.
I also remember Dave Partridge, mentioned in an earlier post.  Like Clarke, he was a flying left winger in the  Bob Edwards’ team managed by Len Richley.
Also in that team was a young centre-forward from the North-east called Norman Bleanch, who occasionally joined me and my brother for a kick-about on the Walks playing field.  I remember him scoring a superb outside the box volley against Cambridge United.  United must have been impressed - not long after that they signed him!
Bobby Laverick joined Lynn from Corby before the Reg Davies’ era, having previously been at Chelsea and Brighton. I think he was a typical inside-forward of that time, making goals and scoring a fair number too.
Happy days at The Walks, good entertainment, attacking football and plenty of goals.  And they knew how to tackle!

General Discussion / Re: Archive- the highest level
« on: Today at 02:10:47 PM »
I believe Lynn went full-time for one season in the early sixties but suspect it proved too expensive. The majority of non-league clubs would have been part-time but with much bigger budgets than Lynn. For instance, Chelmsford, who were a top club then, bought England under 23 player Bobby Mason for a reported £25,000, a massive fee then for a non-league club.
Lynn’s home crowds were usually around 1,500 but would top 2,000 for some games, eg against Cambridge United. Midweek matches in the Eastern Pro Floodlit League usually saw around 1,000. Lynn were an attacking team and goals at The Walks usually flowed.  With a stronger defence, particularly for away matches, they may well have been Southern League champions decades before they finally achieved it under Keith Webb.

General Discussion / Archive- the highest level
« on: Today at 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.

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.

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