Conference North next for Linnets

PUBLISHED: 10:20 15 May 2008 | UPDATED: 15:35 10 September 2010

Pictured at the civic reception for the Linnets at the Town Hall are (centre, left to right) deputy mayor Bill Dawes, Lynn manager Keith Webb and mayor David Johnson with the club’s players and sports therapist Stephanie Jones.

Pictured at the civic reception for the Linnets at the Town Hall are (centre, left to right) deputy mayor Bill Dawes, Lynn manager Keith Webb and mayor David Johnson with the club’s players and sports therapist Stephanie Jones.

Chris Hill

King's Lynn manager Keith Webb announced his title-winning side would be playing in the Conference North next season during a civic reception held in the team's honour last night.

King's Lynn manager Keith Webb announced his title-winning side would be playing in the Conference North next season during a civic reception held in the team's honour last night.

Webb ended weeks of speculation about the Linnets' future opponents after accepting a certificate of appreciation from grateful West Norfolk dignitaries and senior politicians at the town hall.

He told his players he hoped to “spread the good word of King's Lynn to northern England” and said work had already begun in preparing his squad for its new challenge.

“It is nice to know that the town have appreciated all the hard work that has gone on at the football club,” he said. “But as far as I'm concerned last season was put to bed after the presentation at The Walks.

“The hard work started on the Monday to make sure we are ready for next year. We have got a decent squad and it is important we add three or four players and improve what is already here.

“We are in the habit of winning and if we approach it in a positive manner who knows where it will lead?”

The reception was organised by the mayor's office to celebrate the club's first ever Southern League Premier Division crown, securing Conference football for the first time in their history with a memorable 2-0 win at Merthyr on the final day of the season.

The Linnets squad and staff were welcomed by West Norfolk mayor David Johnson as they showed off their championship shield.

Mr Johnson said: “You must be very proud. Your achievement is fantastic for King's Lynn and can do nothing but good for the borough.”

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