Chairman Stephen Cleeve, right, and director of football Rob Back celebrate news of the Linnets’ title and promotion.Picture: IAN BURT.

FOOTBALL: It was quite a surreal feeling last Wednesday following the announcement that we had been crowned National League North champions.

Dare I say after all that had gone before, things did seem just a little flat. 

Usually it’s the thrill of seeing a winning goal being scored or hearing of a result going your way somewhere else that has sealed a promotion in the past. 

This time it was an email from the league, not quite the same as Warrington 13 months earlier or Fisher and Merthyr prior to that! 

I am sure that when it is safe to do so, we will have a get together to mark the biggest achievement in the club’s history. Being unable to enjoy it as a unit as soon as things were confirmed has been a big disappointment.

However, with the will we/won’t we situation finally resolved, there is so much for the club to look forward to, and the town of King’s Lynn and surrounding area too. 

It is difficult to be able to describe how big a deal this is to someone who doesn’t follow the club’s fortunes closely. 

Former Football League clubs such as Torquay United, Yeovil Town and Hartlepool United will be visiting The Walks next season, and visits
for ourselves to Chesterfield and Stevenage will whet the appetite for many I’m sure. 

What is does ensure is that on Saturday afternoons, or Tuesday evenings, there will be a big game in West Norfolk. 

Along with the promotion comes extra exposure across the media, including live games featuring the Linnets on BT Sport, and a weekly highlights show that will show the best bits from the club home and away. 

The bigger teams will bring more supporters, who will put money into the local economy through stays at hotels and visits to local attractions as well as using the shops. 

September is being talked about as a possible date for the start of next season and we expect season tickets to be available next week. 

For those of you who own a business, or know someone who does, and would like to become involved at The Walks in the next part of our journey, please contact me either by calling 01553 760060 or by email to and I will get back to you to discuss some exciting projects we have. 

Finally, my thanks go to the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk who have agreed to illuminate the Town Hall in blue and gold tomorrow evening in honour of our achievements. I’m sure it will be worth a look and a picture or two. Up the Linnets!