Lynn’s chairman was feeling smiles better on Monday.Picture: IAN BURT.

It wouldn’t have been a laughing matter if King’s Lynn Town had lost.

Had the Linnets been beaten on Saturday or Monday, people wouldn’t have forgotten the absolutely ludicrous farce that the play off efforts of Norfolk’s second biggest football club turned into, through no fault of their own.

Thankfully, chairman Stephen Cleeve had the last laugh and now everybody is focusing on tomorrow’s Super Play-Off final – another joke in my opinion – as Lynn head to Warrington looking to clinch promotion to National League North with their third victory in a week.

But let’s not forget the confusion that reigned last week that made a mockery of what, in truth, is a very serious level of football – or is supposed to be.

The FA managed to look about as shambolic as our government and showed how much they actually care about their national pyramid system. 

The mess and chaos that the investigation into
play-off semi-finalists Stratford allegedly fielding an ineligible player during the season would not have been allowed to have happened further up the food chain.

Yet as Lynn and all of those involved at Step Three of the non-League ladder provide mere chicken feed for the game’s governing body, they were presented with a situation that got them all in one hell of a flap. 

For starters, how did something that supposedly happened in February only get flagged up once all was said and done and the final positions were sorted? And then why did it take so long to release definitive information or make a decision? 

It not only affected their participation in the end-of-season shootout, it threw Lynn’s fate up in the air, and the subsequent scheduling of the other last-four clash.

The game, originally set for Wednesday, May 1, was moved to the Friday May 3, then to Monday, May 6, then back to Sunday, May 5 and was eventually played on Saturday, May 4. Have you kept up? Thought not.

In the end, Lynn played on Saturday May 4 and Monday May 6 and now play again tomorrow – let’s hope everyone still has something to smile about after the game.

The play-offs

Central Premier League 

Semi-finals: 

Alvechurch 2 Stourbridge 1

King’s Lynn Town 3 Stratford 1

Final: 

King’s Lynn Tn 3 Alvechurch 0 

Northern Premier League

Semi-finals: 

South Shields 4 Buxton 2

Warrington Town 4 Nantwich 1

Final: 

South Shields 1 Warrington Town 2

Super Play-Off (for a place in National League North)

Final (tomorrow): 

Warrington Town v
King’s Lynn Town

(Metropolitan Police, of the Southern League, play Tonbridge Angels, of the Isthmian League, for a place in National League South)


Huge lot of Lilies thanks

Our columnist in sporting action.

It was nice to end my playing season at Chatteris Town with a win on Saturday. 

As promised to them, I want to say a huge thanks to Priors Butchers (Andy Prior), UK Connoisseurs (Phil Goodman and Gavin Merrison), TM Browne (Darren Browne), Ring Associates (Steven Watling), Spalding Air Conditioning (Rob Lyon), Your Local Paper (Alan Taylor), Maze Media (my employers) and Dale Allitt for the player sponsorship. 

You were much more use to the Lilies than I was! 

I racked up four first-team appearances in the blue and white stripes, plus 21 for the reserves and, while results haven’t always been great, I’ve loved every second of my campaign at West Street.

It’s a special club, with special people and it was nice to find a home after a crazy summer that saw me sign for more clubs (three) than I have done in the whole of my adult football ‘career’.

Moving back to Norfolk in a few months might see me on the move again, but let’s see what the summer brings as 31 is far too young to hang up my boots.


Their name’s on the cup

What is it with Liverpool and special European nights?

It doesn’t matter who you support, the famous Merseyside giants have a proud history in a competition that they continue to out perform any English club in.

What they pulled off by overturning a 3-0 first-leg semi-final deficit against Barcelona to reach a second Champions League final in a row was beyond remarkable. It was a miracle.

It’s as if their name is on the trophy – hence why I feel they’ll win the final for a sixth time.


LAST WEEK –
WE ASKed… 

Who would you like to see at the second Caney’s Corner Live show?

You Voted… 

Norwich City legend(s) 29%

Ex/current boxer(s) 41%

Ex/current cricketer(s) 19%

AN other 11%

• This week’s poll…

It’s come down to the final day. So who will win the Premier League title? 

Manchester City

Liverpool

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