Michael Gash, Adam Marriott and their team-mates can be compared with Lynn’s all-time greats, according to reader Mr Gant.

FOOTBALL: As expected, the release of our fixtures for the new season created a buzz around the club, writes Mark Hearle.

The confirmation of the visit of Yeovil Town to The Walks on Saturday, October 3, our opening engagement in the National League is certainly something to look forward to.

I thought it was fitting that probably one of non-League’s most famous teams, famed for their FA Cup giant-killing exploits, will be introducing us to the National League. 

Our first visitors also enjoyed a decent stay in the Football League and last season made the National League’s play-offs, only to be beaten by Barnet. 

Other highlights have to be the seasonal double-header with Notts County, visiting The Walks on Boxing Day, and the last week of January, which sees quickfire visits from Stockport County and Wrexham. 

A Tuesday evening trip to Hartlepool looks a little less inspiring, however it has to be said that the North Easterners travel here on a Tuesday mid-March so the compliment is returned as such.

Having said that though, who would have thought the club would be thinking of hosting the giants of non-League football on a fortnightly basis? 

Despite all the problems we face in our lives at the moment, we must embrace and enjoy what will be a packed eight months of top-quality football on our doorsteps.

• Last weekend I decided to take a trip to the well-appointed Memorial Field home of Downham Town and also, this season, the home ground for the Linnets u21 side, who will play their Thurlow Nunn North fixtures there. 

Despite going down to a single-goal defeat to Framlingham Town, the supporters who went along were treated to a match played in good spirit with some excellent levels of skill and application shown by both sets of players.

Defeat was a difficult pill to swallow for the youngsters who had much the better of the chances and the ball, but could not find the back of the net, despite numerous good chances to do so. 

Joe Simpson and Nick Hodgson appear to be carrying on the work started by Neil Fryatt in the development of younger players, making the step up from youth football to the men’s version. They will come up against some very experienced players and teams in the months ahead. 

I know the main focus of the team will be player development but, if the same desire and commitment is shown going forward, there is no reason why the squad cannot pick up some notable scalps. 

Downham were perfect hosts and, like ourselves, are determined to make the arrangement work for both parties. Chairman Jason Cook was there and, assisted by his staff, made the afternoon an enjoyable one and ensured everything went without a hitch.

I expect to make a few visits this season and look forward to a large crowd attending the friendly fixture on Tuesday, September 22, when we will be sending the first team squad to take on the landlords.


National League 2020/21

King’s Lynn Town

October

Sat 3 Yeovil Town H

Tue 6 Maidenhead Utd A

Sat 10 Solihull Moors A

Tue 13 Boreham Wood H

Sat 17 Weymouth A

Sat 24 FA Cup 4Q

Tue 27 Wealdstone H

Sat 31 Woking H

November

Sat 7 FA Cup 1

Sat 14 Sutton United A 

Tue 17 Barnet A

Sat 21 Dover Athletic H

Sat 28 Eastleigh A

December

Tue 1 Bromley H

Sat 5 Altrincham A

Tue 8 Hartlepool Utd A

Sat 12 Torquay Utd H

Sat 26 Notts County H

Mon 28 Chesterfield A

January

Sat 2 Notts County A

Sat 9 FC Halifax Town H

Sat 23 Dagenham/Red’ge A

Tue 26 Stockport County H

Sat 30 Wrexham H

February

Sat 6 Aldershot Town A 

Tue 9 Bromley A

Sat 13 Macclesfield Town H

Sat 20 Dover Athletic A

Tue 23 Barnet H

Sat 27 Weymouth H 

March

Sat 6 Woking A

Tue 9 Wealdstone A

Sat 13 Sutton United H

Tue 16 Hartlepool Utd H

Sat 20 Torquay United A

Sat 27 Eastleigh H

April

Fri 2 Macclesfield Town A

Mon 5 Altrincham H

Sat 10 Chesterfield H

Tue 13 Stockport County A

Sat 17 FC Halifax Town A

Sat 24 Dagenham/Red’ge H

May

Sat 1 Maidenhead Utd H

Mon 3 Boreham Wood A

Sat 8 Solihull Moors H

Sat 15 Yeovil Town A

Sat 22 Wrexham A

Sat 29 Aldershot Town H


A Lynn fan for 75 years!

FOOTBALL: Every now and then I receive feedback in relation to these weekly ramblings, write Mark Hearle.

Late last week I received a letter from a long-standing Lynn supporter, Mr B D Gant, a former resident of Kirby Street in the town but who now lives in Alton, Hampshire. 

Aged 82 and a Linnets supporter since 1945, Mr Gant (sorry you didn’t enclose your first name) felt compelled to put pen to paper to state his opinion that today’s Lynn team, with the likes of Adam Marriott and Michael Gash, should be rightly compared to the teams of yesteryear that included legendary names such as Jack Howe, Cliff Whitelum and George Heagren. 

Mr Gant said: “Lynn has always been the first result I always look for, be it a Saturday or a Tuesday. 

“Our present manager, staff and all the players have achieved some wonderful results over the past four seasons and long may it go on! 

“It has been a long time since 1945 but the time has finally arrived when we find ourselves with just one foot outside of the major league! 

I am sure a dear old friend, Colin Sheen, will be looking down from above smiling.”

Thank you Mr Gant for taking the time to write and express your feelings. 

I am sure there are many others who feel the same way as yourself.