King’s Lynn Town’s ‘super’ win at Warrington - exactly a year ago

PUBLISHED: 06:00 11 May 2020 | UPDATED: 12:52 11 May 2020

King's Lynn Town players celebrate promotion at Warrington Picture: Ian Burt

King's Lynn Town players celebrate promotion at Warrington Picture: Ian Burt

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King’s Lynn Town enjoyed one of the biggest days in the club’s history a year ago - Chris Lakey was there to watch the drama unfold

Ian Culverhouse played in the Premier League and on the European stage for Norwich City, but a year ago was celebrating what he considered to be his finest achievement in football.

It was the day that, as manager, he plotted King’s Lynn Town’s dramatic super play-off final win at Warrington – 3-2 in extra-time – to earn a place in the National League North.

A year on, Lynn sit second in that table, having defied the odds and expectations in what has become a curtailed season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On the footballing front, they’ve been so good.

From left, Michael Gash, Adam Marriott and Ryan Hawkins Picture: Ian BurtFrom left, Michael Gash, Adam Marriott and Ryan Hawkins Picture: Ian Burt

For Culverhouse, the quietly-spoken boss who a year earlier had led the team to an ultimately unsuccessful Southern League Premier Division play-off final against Slough, this was as good as it gets.

“It is what I have always wanted – I always wanted to be a number one and this is by far the biggest achievement I have ever had in football,” said Culverhouse in the aftermath of huge celebrations in the north-west. “That is because your head is above the parapet. When we got promotion (at Norwich) they were magnificent promotions, they really were, and I will never ever forget them as long as I live, but my head was below the parapet. I can bark orders all I want and it is only for someone that is out there, but now I am the one who is out there and the buck stops with me.”

On a hot, sunny day, 400 Lynn fans made their way to Warrington’s picturesque Cantilever Park ground.

The Linnets took an early lead through Jordan Richards but, with just minutes remaining, were 2-1 down and in need of a minor miracle. Up stepped hot-shot Adam Marriott to tuck away a penalty and send the game into extra-time.

Michael Gash celebrates his late winner with Aaron Jones, left, and Ryan Fryatt Picture: Ian BurtMichael Gash celebrates his late winner with Aaron Jones, left, and Ryan Fryatt Picture: Ian Burt

A shoot-out was on the cards until fellow striker Michael Gash produced a piece of magic to put Lynn ahead. Gash made a celebratory beeline to his family in the stands - he knew Lynn’s place in the National League North was secured. When the final whistle went, Culverhouse slumped to his knees – and then disappeared. His players celebrated with their supporters and each other, the manager happy to let them enjoy the moment. He eventually surfaced some time after for the formalities. As anyone who watches Lynn knows – that’s what how he does things. Out on his own.

Michael Gash wheels away after scoring King's Lynn Town's late winner Picture: Ian BurtMichael Gash wheels away after scoring King's Lynn Town's late winner Picture: Ian Burt

Adam Marriott celebrates his late equaliser Picture: Ian BurtAdam Marriott celebrates his late equaliser Picture: Ian Burt

Tense moments for King's Lynn Town keeper Alex Street - before Adam Marriott's late equaliser Picture: Ian BurtTense moments for King's Lynn Town keeper Alex Street - before Adam Marriott's late equaliser Picture: Ian Burt

Celebrations in the King's Lynn Town dressing room Picture: Ian BurtCelebrations in the King's Lynn Town dressing room Picture: Ian Burt

Ryan Hawkins, left, and Frazer Blake-Tracey Picture: Ian BurtRyan Hawkins, left, and Frazer Blake-Tracey Picture: Ian Burt

Rory McAuley and Aaron Jones, right, celebrate a monumental day for King's Lynn Town Picture: Ian BurtRory McAuley and Aaron Jones, right, celebrate a monumental day for King's Lynn Town Picture: Ian Burt

Players and fans celebrate Picture: Ian BurtPlayers and fans celebrate Picture: Ian Burt

Hot shots, Michael Gash, left, and Adam Marriott Picture: Ian BurtHot shots, Michael Gash, left, and Adam Marriott Picture: Ian Burt

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