Bumper crowd expected for King’s Lynn’s FA Trophy tie against Southport

King's Lynn's fanatical home support helped them to a shock Walks win over AFC Telford on Saturday. Now they are hoping to harness it again to take another Blue Square Bet Premier scalp and book a place in the FA Trophy quarter-finals. Picture: Matthew Usher. King's Lynn's fanatical home support helped them to a shock Walks win over AFC Telford on Saturday. Now they are hoping to harness it again to take another Blue Square Bet Premier scalp and book a place in the FA Trophy quarter-finals. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Friday, December 21, 2012
3:22 PM

King’s Lynn Town fans look set to pack The Walks to the rafters as their team continue their unlikely FA Trophy path.

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Lynn are traditionally one of the best supported teams in the non-league pyramid and look set to again break the four-figure barrier when Blue Square Bet Premier side Southport travel to Norfolk in the third round of the competition on Saturday, January 12.

The North West club made it through a second round replay against fellow Conference side Stockport County on Tuesday night –and look set to bring a healthy travelling army of their own.

Southport’s average home attendance is 1,060 – which is the 21st highest in non league – while the Linnets are punching above their weight at 35th with 636.

The Linnets are far and away the best supported club in their division – their average home gate is more than double that of the second-best supported team, Gresley, who have average home gates of 274.

Lynn have breached the 1,000 attendance mark once this season, when they beat Evo-Stik Division One South leaders Coalville Town 3-1 in early October.

But it was their fabulous FA Vase run of two seasons ago when the turnstiles were really overworked.

Their fifth round tie against St Neots attracted a crowd of 1,612, while 1,657 attended the quarter-final against Rye United. And while Lynn were 3-0 down after the first leg of the semi-final against Coalville, a staggering 2,354 fans were at The Walks for the second leg, which Lynn lost 3-2.

If proof were needed that Lynn fans turn out for a big match, then those figures provide it.

Lynn have entertained Southport before in the FA Trophy but will be looking for revenge – they were beaten 3-1 that day, in front of 964 supporters.

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