Dayle Southwell, above, and new signing Jamar Loza, chasing Rory McAuley, right, will be keen to swap the training ground for the real pitch from tomorrow. Pictures: IAN BURT.

FOOTBALL: Tomorrow sees the return of football on the pitch as King’s Lynn Town embark on a belated pre-season run of games with a visit to Bishop’s Stortford, 1pm, writes Mark Hearle.

After much talk and debate, a series of seven games begins tomorrow, ending on September 26, a week before the action gets underway for real in the National League, on Saturday October 3. 

These games will, of course, be very different to the usual pre-season ones we have seen down the years due to the current climate that we live in and are becoming accustomed to as time moves on. 

The main difference will be the games will all be played behind closed doors, with no access to spectators being granted at the present time.

That is not the best situation, we all know, for many reasons.

Dayle Southwell, above, and new signing Jamar Loza, chasing Rory McAuley, right, will be keen to swap the training ground for the real pitch from tomorrow.
Pictures:
IAN BURT.

The main purpose, of course, will be to get teams back into the way of playing football together as a unit after a break of almost six months, probably the longest gap ever that some have gone without kicking a ball in anger. 

As well as blowing away the cobwebs, the games will also provide the opportunity for clubs to give trial runs to the many procedures that have been put in place behind the scenes up and down the country.

These are to assist and help the coronavirus situation, that still continues, even though cases, thankfully, are now at a much lower level than a few months back. 

There is a lot of protocol that has to be carried out; including temperature checks on arrival and full details of all people who will be travelling connected with the club – which I hasten to add will be people deemed as essential only to the game taking place. 

The club are asking supporters not to travel to any of the upcoming games. You will not be allowed in and will only waste the money it has cost to get there.

λ It was a real pleasure to welcome Jason Sutton and his company Charmed Interiors to the club as our main shirt sponsor for next season. 

Everyone at the club thanks Jason for his sponsorship for and we hope it will be the beginning of a fruitful partnership. 

We are still on the lookout for further potential sponsors to come on board and join us for the new season. 

We have various opportunities in all areas available. 

If you are interested, or would like a few more details, please call 01553 760060 or drop me an email – mark@kltown.co.uk 

Thanking you all in advance.

λ The Linnets will have a little bit further to travel next season after Stevenage were given a reprieve from relegation to the National League.

The Hertfordshire club would have been one of Lynn’s closest neighbours in the competition but it is Macclesfield who will now be dropping down from the Football League, after being handed a points deduction for a breach of rules.

Lynn’s other opponents will be: Aldershot Town, Altrincham, Barnet, Boreham Wood, Bromley, Chesterfield, Dagenham & Redbridge, Dover Athletic, Eastleigh, FC Halifax Town, Hartlepool United, Maidenhead United, Notts County, Solihull Moors, Stockport County, Sutton United, Torquay United, Wealdstone, Weymouth, Woking, Wrexham and Yeovil Town.

Fixtures

King’s Lynn Town

Pre-season friendlies
(all behind closed doors)

August

Sat 15 Bishop’s Stortford *A

Sat 22 Stowmarket Town A

Tue 25 Rushden/Diamonds A

September

Sat 5 Royston Town A

Sat 12 Braintree Town H

Sat 19 Kettering Town H

Sat 26 St Albans City A

(Saturday games 3pm, *1pm,
midweek 7.45pm)


Prize win is just the ticket for Reeve

FOOTBALL: The winner of the Linnets season ticket competition, organised by the Blue & Gold Supporters’ Trust, was Shaun Reeve.

The competition, which was publicised in Your Local Paper, received 111 entries.

Thanks were expressed to Evergreen Equity Release Solutions, ARC Fabrications, The Solar Shed, Lanes Motor Services, Hark Solutions and the individual trust members and directors who sponsored the purchase of the ticket. 

The competition raised £1,101.24 for the Walks Stadium Ground Development Fund (GDF), as well as the £380 to buy the ticket.

Trust secretary Len Candlish said: “A massive thanks also to those many individuals who have made very generous donations to the GDF.

“The current total in the GDF stands at £3,535.08. 

“This, along with the £4,051.17 previously raised and already expended as part purchase of the new turnstiles, means that the Blue & Gold Trust-initiated GDF has raised in total £7,586.25.”

For more information about, and details of how to join the Trust, visit www.thelinnets.co.uk or call the trust chairman, 07710 937103.


Charmed life guaranteed for Linnets

FOOTBALL: King’s Lynn Town are sure to have a Charmed life when the new National League season kicks off in October, writes Chris Milsom.

Spalding-based soft furnishing specialists Charmed Interiors have been revealed as the club’s home shirt sponsor.

The store is part of a portfolio of businesses owned by Downham Market businessman Jason Sutton and his wife Sam, which also includes the Platform One Cafe, at Downham railway station, and the Salon boutique-style salon, also in Downham, as well as Bookmark of Spalding, a bookshop and tearoom.

Mr Sutton said his company had previously sponsored The Woottons u12s team, as well as British karting champion Marcus Hudson, who is from Stowbridge.

Mr Sutton added: “Following the success of The Linnets, especially over the past few seasons, which I have followed and enjoyed along with many others, we felt that we would like to become involved with them as their role within the local community continues to grow and flourish. 

“We are very much looking forward to working with everyone at the club and we hope to help build each other’s businesses.”

Lynn chairman Stephen Cleeve was delighted to have Mr Sutton and his team on board and said: “I am always pleased to see new local business supporting the club throughout our structure. It sends out a firm message throughout the business community. 

“We believe we are the perfect vehicle to promote Charmed Interiors, using all of existing promotional platforms, along with BT Sport for the first time.”

Mr Cleeve also revealed that the shirt sponsorship deal – which includes branding for Charmed Interiors, Kappa, Low6 and Collect Soccer – is the largest shirt sponsorship package in the club’s history.