Everyone at King’s Lynn Town knew Sonny Carey wouldn’t be about for long.
From the moment he arrived, it was clear that the Linnets had signed a real talent who, given the time and guidance, would go on to bigger and better things pretty swiftly.
That’s not to diminish the status of Lynn – Norfolk’s second biggest football club that now sits on the fringes of the promised land of the top four divisions – but just the reality of where The Walks outfit are in the footballing food chain.
They may sit at the top of the non-League pyramid and are about to go full-time. But they’re still not in the Football League. And that’s where almost all players, especially those that are young, want to be.
Carey isn’t the first, and he won’t be the last, who will pass through Lynn creating a blur of footballing beauty on the way to brighter lights. For him, the illuminations were most welcoming in Blackpool.
His departure isn’t a shock, nor is it particularly sad in many ways. Supporters know, and accept, that when the Football League comes calling, players will head for the same exit door that they once walked through as something of a rougher diamond. Many will be happy for Carey and feel proud that another ex-Linnet will be plying his trade in the professional ranks.
It’s a huge jump to the Championship and no doubt the classy midfielder will be treated as sensibly as he was by Ian Culverhouse as he handles the step up. Yet his former manager, team-mates and everybody connected with the club will be wishing him all the luck in the world.
The reported £100,000 transfer fee, which is thought to include add-ons and a sell-on fee, is a great injection of cash to a Covid-hit National League club that really needs it. The money, a record sale, can be reinvested in the squad and it’s a fantastic financial return on a player who was plucked from lower-level Wroxham and has played just 75 times for Lynn.
His stock rose and now was the time to cash in and let him have his dream move. The 20-year-old joins a whole host of players who have shone at Lynn and gone on to sign for bigger clubs. Some, like £75,000 departee Mark Paul, didn’t quite make it work but others like George Thomson, now at League Two Harrogate Town, have.
For Lynn to survive at their current level, they’ll need players to excel. Those that stand out will get noticed and given a chance at a higher level and they will move on. New players will arrive and so the cycle will begin again.
Golfers raise a hole lot of money
Six golfers have raised more than £2,000 for charity by playing four rounds in 24 hours.
Not content with playing 72 holes at the same course, Simon Bird, Ben Whicker, Adam Morley, Jonny Spinks, Jack Gould and Craig Dickson achieved the feat by completing a round at four different locations.
They started at 4.20am and putted out for the final time at 9.30pm having played 18 holes at King’s Lynn, Middleton, Heacham and Ryston golf clubs.
There were many highs and lows during the challenge but the highlight was undoubtedly every team member breaking 80 on the final round of the day.
Captain and organiser Morley said: “I’m full of pride for my team after finishing this particular challenge but it won’t stop here as we have plans for 144 holes over two days next year with more money being raised for charity because that’s the sole reason we are out here.”
The money raised has been donated to Prostate Cancer UK.
Idol Super Stevi wins yet again
Ignore the fact she now has more than 10,000 followers on Instagram.
It’s the adoration she receives from her fans and the girls she trains at Heros that makes ‘Super’ Stevi Levy one of the most popular sportspeople in West Norfolk.
Plenty of them were out in force in Sheffield on Friday to cheer their friend and hero on again as Levy took to the ring for the third time in her professional career.
Once again they had plenty to celebrate as the super featherweight saw off Gabriella Mezei for the second bout in a row to keep up her 100 per cent record.
“I have literally got the most amazing people around me right now and I couldn’t be any happier,” she wrote on Instagram after the
“Looking out of that ring at the end of the fight and seeing so many people I love all together in one spot really choked me last night.
“I think after lockdown especially, we’ve all experienced that loneliness at some point, and so to have a moment like that where my favourite people from two ends of the country were all together and looking up at me, well it’s a moment I will never forget. I’ve never cried so many happy tears.”
‘Super’ Stevi – now managed by friend and fellow pro David ‘White Rhino’ Allen – will return to the Sheffield Arena for her next scheduled bout against a yet-to-be confirmed opponent on September 17.