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General Discussion / Re: Lynn FC website
« on: December 21, 2023, 11:13:13 AM »
Of course the other possible scenario is that the deal has been done.....the month's wages paid up front, the player has trained all week at The Walks and will be announced when the team sheet arrives, to throw a bit of a curve ball to the opposition at the start of the match...seems something that happens these days

General Discussion / Re: Lynn FC website
« on: December 20, 2023, 12:48:09 PM »
Seems to have gone quiet...presumably if you let it be known you perhaps can't afford wages for January, then loaning someone for even for one month from mid December could be problematic

General Discussion / Re: The Future
« on: December 17, 2023, 02:41:01 PM »
Surely Clubs are Community based or they are not?  :dontknow:

Nothing in between is there?

If that's the case, the next Phoenix Club has the choice of something along the lines of what we have now (if anyone is even interested), or something they can really get behind and have a real involvement in. A Club that's truly at the heart of the community.

Funding a competitive side?

Play at the highest level the club can afford to play at by the income it generates from gates and commercial activity. That way the supporters are getting exactly what they are prepared to contribute to the Club (financially and otherwise). Nothing more, nothing less.

The Club should then find its own level.

I am not sure it's quite as simple as that in reality.

Historically fans in Lynn turn up to watch a winning, successful side.

Let's say that Lynn's natural level for the first few years is Thurlow Nunn Premier or one tier above. Lynn's side wins promotion, but it is declined as it's a step too far and the club can't afford it. Same happens next season. Is everyone happy to still come along and support, even though there is no likelihood of progression ? It requires a big change in psyche for some folk.

If SC 's tenure does come to an end in 2024 and no one else takes the club on, then I would prefer to see a Community based club emerge........just seems to me that it will have lots of things that need to be ironed out, so that members of the public know what they are signing up to in terms of expectations, club progression, limitations etc. Otherwise I can see lots of disharmony, creation of different factions etc.

I can't ever remember a time when there hasn't been huge dissatisfaction from some people, with whoever is running the club. Even with a Community based club, there will have to be a focal point/leader/spokesperson to deliver the votes on issues and offer explanations to the public and he or she will need broad shoulders.

General Discussion / Re: The Future
« on: December 17, 2023, 12:33:14 PM »
Well Mall, firstly I hope a way out can be much energy has gone into the last 4/5 years.

If it doesn't happen and the club folds step 4/5 is probably the highest the club can afford to be. I think your old figures for Setch, don't really apply any more.....we have had Covid and a cost of living crisis since probably 2/2.5 times that figure required to stand still at step 4, I would guess.

I think people need to think very carefully about what they wish for. Tony, building on the point you raise, I don't believe at this juncture ie if the club folded tomorrow, that there is enough support in the Community, to make a Community run Club at even step 4 work. Many people like to hark back to times gone by on here, but many of us are close to or at retirement age and it needs a lot of young blood and young money to make things work...I am not sure where that will come from. King's Lynn is not a football town, like a Darlington for example....or even a Scarborough for that matter, when you compare attendances.

Fourteen years ago, it seemed time to get shot of the old ground. I-know there were plans in some quarters for the possibility of something at Saddlebow. Now that the Council is considering a 4g facility, maybe finally a Community Stadium can be built with grass pitches and 4g facility alongside, for use by both the general public and the club on match and training days.

General Discussion / Re: LNís article
« on: December 16, 2023, 09:53:12 PM »
What follows are merely my own views of course.

Whilst one could mention a number of areas where the business model appears lacking, I also have considerable sympathy with SC, who has taken this club to a level not reached before.

The National League has been allowed to grow hugely, such that there is little difference in playing ability between League Two  and the NL and the wages paid in the NL often exceed those in L2. The gap now between NLN/S and the NL is now ridiculous and has spiralled out of control. There should be nothing wrong in Clubs wanting to be successful and gain promotion but promotion to the NL is a poisoned chalice. I am not sure how clubs promoted to the NL are expected to adjust. It is very noticeable that the 4 teams promoted last year occupy the bottom 4 spots in the NL...just above them are York and Dorking who were promoted the year before.A recent interview with the Fylde Chairman was telling, when he admitted that they hadn't fully understood how the NL had moved on in the last few years and that as a consequence they had recruited inadequately over the pre season and were now having to look at trying to strengthen the squad.

Rewind 2 years to Lynn's pre season recruitment whilst in the NL...........desperately trying to find players of the right calibre, whilst trying to stay in budget. Recruited Omotayo, Ponticelli, Bird et al. Very few, if any were NL standard, but it was still important to be full time and pay rel. big bucks, just to get them.. SC realised what a gulf it was between the leagues and how difficult it would be to get back, if relegated and felt it vital to try and stay in the NL.....hence the loan and appointing Widdrington.....but to no avail. One last throw of dice to get back up the following season, which narrowly failed............and now the money has started to run out and the Club is in a pickle.

Someone on here (apologies for not remembering who) suggested we were suffering from Hughes' poor recruitment. I would suggest we are still suffering from the NL recruitment with presumably high wages still being paid to some of those recruits, who are now struggling to perform at the NLN level.

In a way, SC's desire to get to EFL standard has been achieved by getting to the is just that the landscape altered on the way. I personally feel that there has to be a much more even distribution of money , away from the NL to the lower leagues, if non league football is to survive in its current format.....the NL (and clubs therein )is way too powerful.

Money has become such an issue , that probably only one league higher than Thurlow Nunn, would be a financially safe level for a Club the current size of Lynn, if funded merely by football related income streams it might currently generate....any higher and the costs might be too much. Here's hoping we won't have to go there and some solution can be found to the current predicament.

General Discussion / Re: TONIGHTS MATCH
« on: December 13, 2023, 06:47:59 PM »
I agree, I think we are coming to that point.

I would also just like to back track.

When Hughes was at the helm some suggested he was out of his depth and others are blaming the weak squad on him. What if he was very limited by finance on what he could bring in ? I can also imagine players weren't exactly queuing up to come to Norfolk, following the exodus that happened pre season.

Fast forward to Adam Lakeland getting much more out of the squad......or finding it easy to bring players in ?

The way I see it is we lost 2 fine wing backs for this league and a player who was big for us in defence and attack in Gold...and we couldn't afford to replace any of them.

The squad has too many flashy forward players who look good on the ball but offer no end product.......all those that were on Gold's back and wanted a Ponticelli, Stephens pairing up front instead, are probably realising why Widdrington showed such faith in him.

Two of the central 3 have always lacked pace in Lynn the past this has been plastered over by two capable wing backs and a blocker in front of them in the form of Theo...I thought Hughes acquired Oke for that role but so far Adam has used him very sparingly.

I am not sure, how much more Adam can squeeze out of the current squad...maybe just enough to survive relegation. However, with crowds dropping I do wonder if the club will make it till the end of the season.

Whatever must the shortfall be with crowds of 600?

General Discussion / Re: Lynn FC website
« on: December 13, 2023, 10:10:33 AM »
I wouldn't be surprises if a 2-1 home defeat to fellow struggles in front of only 604 spectators, will be the least of our worries over the next few weeks.

One does sense that we maybe reaching a tipping point where something significant is brewing. New investment would appear necessary if the model of full time and all that that entails together with aspirations of moving up the pyramid are to be maintained. If new investment doesn't arrive things would appear to be very difficult.

General Discussion / Re: TONIGHTS MATCH
« on: December 13, 2023, 09:58:34 AM »
Ps did I miss an announcement.? The Fleetwood pair were we know why ?
I believe George Morrison was suspended and Jones injured

Thanks Nemesis.

General Discussion / Re: TONIGHTS MATCH
« on: December 12, 2023, 10:06:56 PM »
Ps did I miss an announcement.? The Fleetwood pair were we know why ?

General Discussion / Re: TONIGHTS MATCH
« on: December 12, 2023, 09:59:46 PM »
Lost 2-1 in front of 604.

Sadly predictable on both counts. It took Hughes 10 games to realise that we had no forwards.....Lakeland has had 13/14. The concern for me is that some seemed to think that when the injured players came back we would be stronger........ what a pickle the club is in.

General Discussion / Re: TONIGHTS MATCH
« on: December 12, 2023, 03:28:13 PM »
Bit like first game of a season......Banbury haven't played for 17 days also.

General Discussion / FA Trophy
« on: December 12, 2023, 03:26:46 PM »
I see Bishops Stortford have drawn Aldershot...nice for Hughes and Widdrington to meet up.

General Discussion / Re: Lynn FC website
« on: December 11, 2023, 06:47:05 PM »
Upto date information always appears on the Twitter account.

 :laughcry: :laughcry: :laughcry:

So the best up to date info over the last week is.................its a long time without football..................Banbury match has been arranged for Tuesday ...............two sleeps to next match.........and that's the best the club can do to encourage supporters to feel connected over the last week.......that's pretty poor in my book for any standard of professional football.......but for a full time outfit in the NLN it's beyond poor.........and Colin I couldn't agree more with your comments re the website.

I like to remain positive, as I suspect things are tough all round at the club at the moment......but you have to connect with the fan base if you want them to feel part of it and you want them to turn up. Honestly, to me it's as if the club is on its last legs, the way the media side is.'s a complete turn off. I was thinking possibly 3 matches at The Walks this month, but I am not sure I will do one....just feel completely disconnected....for me it's one sleep till an evening by the fire with a good drink and a film and a quick look at football scores at 10 pm.

I will be very surprised if the crowd is above 700 tomorrow night

General Discussion / Re: Today's Match is off
« on: December 08, 2023, 09:27:10 PM »
Absolutely's like it's pre-season ....dead as a doornail.

Here's some news.......Gold Omotayo has today left Fylde and joined Kidderminster Harriers on a permanent deal.

It was on the cards that he could move on as he wasn't starting games recently .......I guess Lynn couldn't afford him these days

General Discussion / Re: El Tel
« on: November 26, 2023, 05:32:13 PM »
A marvellous manager and character IMO.

I have just replayed some of the Euros when he was at the helm.......just glorious football......and from an English National side !!!!!

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