FOOTBALL: A warm welcome to you all to the first regular column of the new National League season, a week ahead of King’s Lynn Town’s opening day Walks tussle with the might of Southend United.

Many of you will be aware that I left my full-time role at the football club recently. I won’t bore you with the details as to why I decided to depart, only to say I felt it was a good time to make a change and move into a different working environment. It allows me to spend a bit more time doing what I want to do, as well as having more time to spend with my good lady, Sam, who, for the past 25 years-or-so, has become a classic ‘football widow’ on Saturdays and Tuesdays as I trekked the length and breadth of the country following The Linnets. 

My new role will see me working on a rolling shift pattern, so I couldn’t commit to Saturdays at the club, meaning I have also handed over the reins as the club’s media man as well.

However, I am not lost completely to the cause as I will be editing the match programme for the coming season, a task I am really looking forward to and something that you can become involved in this season if you wish. 

So, with all that taken into consideration, the dynamics of these musings will change a little in the months ahead of us. 

Of course the main subject will be The Linnets, as they embark on their second season in the Premier League of non-League football. 

With Ian Culverhouse’s men now full-time, it will be interesting to see how they fair this term, following last year’s Covid-blighted ‘free hit’ season. I will also take a look at our other local teams from time to time, such as Downham Town, Heacham and Gayton United, to mention but three. 

Every now and again the game at national level will feature as we broaden our horizons a little further beyond the county borders. 

Finally, I am really looking to have more interaction with you, the reader and football supporter. 

I’ll be asking your opinions on a various array of topics and debating points and, likewise, you can ask me my view on talking points of the day. 

Hopefully, that means there will be a little something for everybody as the 2021/22 football season kicks into top gear over the next few days. 

From time to time I will be including a feature in the Linnets match programme I intend to call ‘My Favourite’. 

My plan is to feature a fan’s favourite player, team, game or even a ground visited and that is where you come in. 

Drop me an email at mark@kltown.co.uk, providing me with your details and I will get back to you to formulate your memories so they can get a public airing. 

I will use some of the features here every now and again. 

You can contact me via email on any subject you would like to see featured on this page as well. The canvas is blank!