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General Discussion / Re: Full time players? You're Joking!
« on: November 23, 2023, 04:07:31 PM »
Pink, as in terms of Manager or players ? To
Me itís all down to the poor decision to appoint Hughes who in turn made poor decisions in terms of player recruitment.

After SC made his choice of Manager the buck stops firmly with him.  No point in blaming the fans for not turning up in sufficient numbers.

Yes I can see where you are coming from Mall. When I posted though I was thinking players. When I think back to when Hughes was appointed, I thought, well ok , give the guy a go, he knows the existing players and the club and he offers apresumably cheaper option than some more seasoned managers. So I could see SC 's reasoning.
 However we lost two good wing backs and the main goalscorer at the end of last season. I suspect funds were part of the problem in terms of recruitment, as they probably still are. We needed a goalscorer and we needed someone to provide width. It has been clear for some time that the remaining forwards are not big goalscorers...we have seen the evidence over past seasons. We brought in 3/4 very inexperienced forwards with no prior experience of NLN and few if any players to provide pace and width. We did bring in a very large number of young midfielders. We obviously don't have full info on what remits were given, but it was almost as if we were trying to find a few young gems to sell on. (Was this encouraged by SC and does this in anyway relate to his podcast comments.???) .

We have seen with IC, TW and now AL that managers prefer to play the same starting 11 on a regular basis and keep to a matchday squad of pretty well the same 15/16 if they can. They may say they need a squad of 20 plus, but rarely use them...they prefer consistency. Instead of the plethera of young hopefuls I would argue we needed just a couple of those and one experienced head up front, to help bring the likes of Cybulski, Fatjado on. He could have just been on loan for the first 3 months...just someone who has the know how at this level. Add a good wing back into the mix and we would have started in better shape I feel.

I am not sure it's fair to blame MH........we don't know if he had such players on his radar, but the funds weren't available. All we do know, is that we started the season a goalscorer and a wing back light, in terms of making a fist of the league.

A half decent start, with a few more goals ( small margins in many of the early games!) and we would have seen improved gates, a greater chance of a Cup run, but still probably have no one to sell on !!

I suspect it all comes down to money...but sometimes a lack of investment is false economy..........how much has been lost in paying Hughes off, not having Cup runs and falling crowds...........and how much would one experienced forward and a wing back have cost ?

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General Discussion / Re: LYNNPLAY COVERAGE?
« on: November 23, 2023, 10:36:38 AM »
Yes, important few weeks now.

Hughes had 8 points from 10 I believe, if memory serves me....which would mean Lakeland has 14 points from 10, but that includes wins over Darlington, Stortford and Rushall who are all right down there. General feeling seems to be that there is a discernible improvement in fitness, team spirit, organisation and effort. Very difficult for AL to get much more out of current squad perhaps and no real money for new players I am guessing and in any case extremely difficult to pick up at this stage. We also have no one who would go for decent money, apart maybe from JB who is injured and Crowther who is key to the defensive line. On a really tough run of fixtures too....let's hope for something from Tamworth....another difficult place to go.

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General Discussion / Re: Full time players? You're Joking!
« on: November 23, 2023, 10:27:30 AM »
Thanks for that Mall.

In response to those 3, I personally would have thought , one common denominator.........poor Summer recruitment.

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General Discussion / Re: Radio Norfolk
« on: November 19, 2023, 11:44:01 AM »
Ah yes! Pre match preview and team news, the 15 minute updates , full time report and a chat with the manager. Happy days.

I think you're being a little harsh Pink with your ' patchy ' comment regarding RN's coverage. In my time every game was covered , home or away , either by reports or live commentary . Indeed I think the two season's the club spent in the full National League more or less every game had full live commentary. I also remember assisting with commentaries for places such as Fisher Athletic, Merthyr , Gloucester and even Chester on a wet Tuesday evening! Add to that the manager or a player ( sometimes both ) on Nick Bowler's non league football show every week I think that add's up too something a little more than patchy.

As someone else mentioned in this thread local programming on the station has been slashed to 8 hours per day Monday - Friday and just four hours over the weekend which is the sport coverage. Every other hour is covered by output shared by numerous other local radio stations. This may explain why now football coverage is kept as local as possible when Norwich are not playing.

When I covered Lynn for RN it was all done voluntary as I was only interested in raising the profile of the club at that time and never sought any financial gain. Nowadays volunteers appear as rare as rocking horse poop although  to be honest commiting to doing all of the travelling  required to cover the away games is a big undertaking and takes up many hours of your own time,



Good Morning Mark,

Lovely to have the opportunity to chat.


Firstly, heartfelt thanks for your past input with the club and in helping to raise its profile while you were onboard.

Yes, no doubt that there was a significant uplift in exposure for Lynn on RN when in the National League and of course on any of the big Cup moments.


However, my perspective is different from yours, being a fan on the outside......and from my perspective, "patchy" feels a fair description of coverage since the inception of RN. I lived in Lynn for almost 30 years. When I returned to Norfolk some years later, I settled in Norwich where I have been for around 25 years. Following the Linnets in preference to the Canaries, I have always been struck by the extent of the coverage for the Canaries on RN. Typically,full match coverage on Saturday and midweek, Canary Call phone ins post match, Scrimmage or similar during the week, regular sports bulletins. In comparison, for Lynn, typically 5-10 minutes on Local Report, acouple of score updates during the Norwich commentary and maybe a very brief half time and full time report, plus a full commentary once in a while. An exposure which over the years, isn't a lot different to that which Dereham or Wroxham have benefitted from.

The vast majority of Norwich away games are also commentated on by the home sides local BBC station, I would assume, together with TV broadcast and commentary from the BBC when Norwich were in the Premier League.
For me, these resources could have been spread out more fairly across the county eg for away games why not use the commentary from the host local station, freeing up a commentary team for the likes of Lynn ?

Maybe I am missing something here and don't have full facts, but there seems to me to be a "little old Lynn" syndrome here, where we are supposed to be grateful for little scraps.

Please feel free to come back to me, if you feel this is unfair.

All the best.

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General Discussion / Re: Radio Norfolk
« on: November 18, 2023, 05:55:04 PM »
Disappointing result that...thought they would have a good run.

Re Radio Norfolk, I really can't see what all the fuss is about. IMO the support for the club from RN over the years has been patchy at best and the standard of commentary was often pretty poor.

Kings Lynn FC and it supporters shouldn't be reliant on a local BBC channel anyway.

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General Discussion / Re: New signing
« on: November 09, 2023, 10:26:08 AM »
New signing available for tonights game
https://www.kltown.co.uk/2023/11/07/gabriel-rogers-joins-up-with-the-linnets/

Strange that having said we had too many midfielders 2 out of 3 of AL's signings have been midfielders and only a teenage loanee in to address what many, including AL thought the biggest issue was - wing backs.

Wish the new lad well but does seem a strange one in that he is a long way from home, be interesting to know why it didn't work out at Kidderminster, hopefully not home sickness

Hi Tony,


I guess with good strikers being very difficult to pick up, attacking midfielders might be the next best thing. Rogers sounds like he could be a good replacement for JB while he is out. Does anyone know the length of the contract?

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General Discussion / Re: Blyth Spartans
« on: October 29, 2023, 06:06:15 PM »
Of course you are correct Mall.........it is after all a completely different game to that of his day. Beachball replacing hardball, slippers replacing boots, huge increases in fitness levels, greatly improved pitch surfaces, no apparent offside rule, 3 points for a win etc etc.......I suspect if Cloughie were around now he would have an evolved method that would now be effective....very much doubt it would be the same as existed back then.

However, he certainly knew how to get the best out of a side....and that's now key for Lynn , given the recruits that AL has inherited. Unless new money becomes available, he probably will need to be cautious in his line ups, in the sense that many sides have a better attack in terms of regular goalscorers. Playing a really attacking side only really works if you have regular goalscorers...and Lynn don't.........looks like for the short term they will need totry and eek out 1-0 and 2-1 victories where they can......not many sides will ship 3 against us I fancy( Scunthorpe managed 6 against BS I see)

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General Discussion / Re: South shields
« on: October 21, 2023, 05:53:21 PM »
Don't want to be over negative on the back of a tough trip to one of the better sides in the league.


Quite a challenge for AL in terms of recruitment......has said he needs men not boys but so difficult to pick up useful players, especially forwards at this stage of the season. There's been very little goal output from Barrett, Stephens, Ponticelli, Bartley and Cybulski so far, but must be difficult to offload and bring in forward players.

Do Fleetwood have any decent forwards I wonder.........also must be worth giving one or two of the young local forwards a start while the other forward players are misfiring.......what's to lose ?

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General Discussion / Re: South shields
« on: October 21, 2023, 05:28:22 PM »
...and missed a penalty in the first half...........

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General Discussion / Re: South shields
« on: October 21, 2023, 05:21:34 PM »
Sounds like a battling performance....still in it till the 89th minute..........but.......no recognised goalscorer so null points.

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General Discussion / Re: Changes you would make?
« on: October 20, 2023, 11:53:02 AM »
Think we need...

A fitter squad, well drilled, pacy and functional .....a no nonsense outfit that are hard to beat , take their chances and don't look too pretty....this is the NLN not the Premier League. (IC's squad would probably not have got promoted had the season run its course)

More people who are prepared to track back and stick their foot in.

A hard, defensive midfielder, well experienced at the level, who can play a bit

A winger or two with real flair and pace.

A goalscorer or two ,capable in one on one situations, to actually take the chances that JB provides.

Adam Crowther regularly in the line up

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General Discussion / Re: BUXTON SATURDAY
« on: October 07, 2023, 06:57:44 PM »
Same old story...no goalscoring forwards, no points.

Hopefully it won't take this manager another 10 games before he is ready to off load some.

He speaks of a nucleus........and I guess everyone will have their view on that....for me, the keepers, Crowther, Oke,Hargreaves.

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General Discussion / Re: New Manager announced.
« on: September 29, 2023, 01:47:05 PM »
I wish Adam well: he has a lot to live up to...."He is, in my opinion, the best manager in our division".

Not really- just one guy's opinion. .....hopefully everyone will get behind him and he will do really well.

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General Discussion / Re: Renaming
« on: September 29, 2023, 01:41:56 PM »
I'm with you Grissles....shame there hasn't been more fun and positivity on here recently, together with genuine debate about current footballing matters. The Forum does seem to have been a bit of a place to air past unresolved grievances and upsets of late...but when you point it out there is always a quick post reply in an attempt to defend it. I suppose we should be very grateful that the Forum exists at all, so credit to the Trust for that, but personally I do wish that people were able to embrace the current together with the future possibilities, more, in whatever guise that takes, as I suspect there may never be a return to how things were in the supposed "good old days".

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General Discussion / Re: Hughes gone.
« on: September 27, 2023, 05:43:24 PM »
Pink think you find the shop in Prince of Wales Road is closed.  :laughcry:

In some ways we canít keep harping back to the ĎGood Ole Daysí with Leonard Sachs on the hammer.  No good us having a monthly bingo or Tombola  to pull in a few notes.  Those days have gone.  We have a Club with an annual 7 figure running costs with debts on the book to match.  These events are not going to scratch the surface.    We need to thinking big time.  £100k profit events 2/3 times a season.

On the flip side no harm. In looking at other aspects of the Club that have worked for us.  Part time playing module needs to work again with the right manager.  People in place like Robbie Back (excuse the pun) is Back on the tiller again.  It worked before, would do again.   Overnight stays.  Achieved sod all this season.  Another cost saving.  Go back to the way he had it.

Now you tell me Mall.......just returned from POW Road.........it's now either a kebab shop or  a lap dancing venue....I couldn't quite remember which building........anyways they don't take the stamps at either venue apparently  :laughcry: :laughcry:


Here, here to the rest of the post. Owners often
prefer , it seems to me, new ideas that they can modify and put their name to or call their own...and they also seem to prefer a small number of big earners to get their teeth into.

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