King’s Lynn Town will be on their travels in the first round proper of the FA Cup with a mouth-watering tie at League Two side Port Vale, the team backed by pop legend Robbie Williams, writes Chris Milsom.
Monday evening’s draw saw the Linnets just miss out on a clash with Ipswich Town, who were also among the last balls in the draw to be pulled out by former Lynn striker Grant Holt, live on Match of the Day.
All ties will be played behind closed doors and only the winners will receive prize money – £22,629 – with 16, as yet unannounced ties due to be broadcast across BBC and BT Sport over the weekend of November 6-9. The remaining 24 fixtures can be live streamed by the host club.
Former Take That singer Williams is also the largest shareholder of The Valiants and is a life-long supporter of the Stoke-on-Trent-based club.
Although this is King’s Lynn Town’s first appearance in the FA Cup proper, having being given a walkover when Saturday’s scheduled opponents Notts County withdrew due to a coronavirus outbreak int heir ranks, the previous club qualified 16 times, the most recent coming in the 2006/7 season when they beat Bishop’s Storford before losing 2-0 at home to Oldham Athletic in the second round.