Lynn are all smiles after their semi-final success. Picture: STEVE HONE

History has already been made twice.

But that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying it on Wednesday as King’s Lynn look to go one better and ensure their name remains in the record books for victorious reasons. 

The town’s Stars, who compete at the top level of British speedway, not only topped the end-of-season top-flight table for the first time. They then went and reached their maiden Grand Final after disposing of Manchester’s Belle Vue Aces across two legs. 

And now, a genuine once-in-a- lifetime opportunity for many has arrived with Lynn taking on the country’s biggest hitters, Poole Pirates, next week.

Monday’s trip down to Poole won’t tempt quite so many – least of all myself after making three trips for failed attempts to stage the south coast semi-final leg against Lynn in 2014. Yet Wednesday’s return at Lynn’s Adrian Flux Arena definitely will. And I can’t wait for it.

‘They’re massive occasions. Real ‘I was there’ moments to pass on to the grandkids. Something to be part of. Events where you can drink in the excitement and tension’

Special nights don’t come along that often in sport; especially locally. However, when they do West Norfolk really does get behind them.

It’s why 5,444 people squeezed into The Walks to watch King’s Lynn against Oldham in the FA Cup back in 2009. And why when the Linnets beat Sheffield in 2012 to lift the Evo-Stik (Northern League) Division One South trophy, they did so in front of 1,958 supporters. And, finally, it’s exactly the reason 2,842 turned up to try and witness Town win their Southern League Premier play-off final against Slough earlier this year.

They’re massive occasions. Real ‘I was there’ moments to pass on to the grandkids. Something to be part of. Events when you can drink in the excitement and tension. And a time to come together.

Together with your fellow supporters; regardless of whether they go more regularly than you. 

Together with your friends for a good night. And more importantly together with local people.

In a world where communities are losing their identity, why not be part of one on the terraces on Wednesday as Lynn look to celebrate their greatest achievement?  And your support can definitely help them pull it off.

Play-off facefile

Semi-finals

First legs: Belle Vue Aces 41 King’s Lynn Stars 49; Somerset Rebels 46 Poole Pirates 44

Second legs: King’s Lynn Stars 54 Belle Vue Aces 36 (Lynn win 103-77 on aggregate); Poole Pirates 47 Somerset Rebels 43 (Poole win 91-89 on aggregate)

Grand final first leg: Poole v King’s Lynn – Monday, October 8 

Grand final second leg: King’s Lynn v Poole – Wednesday, October 10

How it works: Poole, who finished third out of seven in the regular season, take on table-topping Lynn to determine the 2018 SGB Premiership champions. A total of 30 heats, 15 home and away, will be ridden with the side with the most points gained across both lifting the silverware. 


Lucky pessimist?

You haven’t got a clue Caney! 

It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve heard that. And it probably won’t be the last. But perhaps my pessimism is becoming something of a good luck charm.

Team Europe’s players and captain Thomas Bjorn, back row centre, celebrate their memorable triumph in Paris. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

A fortnight ago I wrote that while I thought Anthony Joshua had the ability to beat Alexander Povetkin I was worried he might not. It turns out I didn’t need to be. And then to follow on from AJ’s success, Team Europe – which I felt more concerned about – destroyed USA at the Ryder Cup. 

So, on that note, perhaps it’s time to make some more predictions? 

I’m so worried Man United won’t finish in the top four. I just can’t see King’s Lynn Stars beating Poole Pirates. And I can’t see myself scoring more than five goals this season. 


Rob and Neil off to a flier

If you’d have told Robbie Back and Neil Fryatt that they’d become joint managers of King’s Lynn Town first team they’d have laughed at you.

Former reserve boss Back was focusing on being development officer while Fryatt’s attention was on guiding the Linnets’ under-18’s. Yet, after three games without defeat as caretakers, the duo were announced as the new men at the helm last week.

Since then, they have enjoyed two more triumphs and go into tomorrow’s home FA Cup tie against Ashton United in high spirits. You’d be hard pressed to find two more dedicated and passionate people about Lynn so long may their success continue. 

We asked… 

What will the outcome of the Ryder Cup be?

You voted… 

Europe win 79%

USA win 15%

Draw (USA retain) 6%

  •  This week’s poll…

Who will win the SGB Premiership Grand Final? 

Poole Pirates

King’s Lynn Stars

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