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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.

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!

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

General Discussion / Re: Hereford
« on: November 27, 2019, 12:49:39 PM »
Good points made by Blue and Gold. Attendances generally were higher in non league in the 50s and 60s and Lynn regularly attracted 1500 - and more for local derbies against Wisbech, the Cambridge clubs etc. The old Eastern Pro Floodlit League usually pulled in over 1000.  One of the attractions for me, as a young football fan, was the chance to see former internationals like John Charles, Cliff Jones, Reg Davies, Ted Ditchburn etc. Can you imagine today’s Premier League players needing to prolong their careers in non league?

General Discussion / Re: Tonight’s Match
« on: November 13, 2019, 09:01:58 PM »
Some good suggestions so far in ways of taking the club forward.  I understand Mr Cleeve is to face a question and answer evening at the Blue and Gold club. Perhaps these points could be raised then. One thing I think needs asking is would he be prepared to welcome aboard other directors? The difficulty is finding potential investors knowing, from what we can gather from the owner, that at present there is little prospect of a return on their investment.

General Discussion / Re: Tonight’s Match
« on: November 13, 2019, 05:01:05 PM »
Many thanks to Mallard, admin, Blue and Gold for the info.  Interesting reading.  I do not know Mr Cleeve and I certainly would not pass judgement on his running of the club without more information. What I would say as a general comment, having covered non league football in my years as a sports journalist, is that it is a rarity for clubs like Lynn to operate at their level and survive on gate receipts alone.
It helps to have a successful team, playing entertaining football. So Lynn tick those two boxes.  But the infrastructure off the field must be there as well. That takes time to build and maybe the team punches above the club’s present capabilities.
I understand Mr Cleeve is sole owner of the club.  Therefore it seems logical he must put the hours in and find the financial shortfall.  I think I remember reading when he took control that the ambition was to take Lynn to League football.  If that is to be achieved then, I would suggest, things are going to get harder.
I am sure he gets pleasure from what he has so far achieved and I would love to see Lynn at the higher level so good luck to him and the team.

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