Warren: Lynn’s title triumph tops the lot

PUBLISHED: 10:28 01 May 2008 | UPDATED: 15:33 10 September 2010

Mark Warren helps to lift the Southern League title at Merthyr on Saturday. Picture: Matthew Usher

Mark Warren helps to lift the Southern League title at Merthyr on Saturday. Picture: Matthew Usher

Paddy Davitt

King's Lynn club captain Mark Warren has admitted lifting the Southern League Premier Division title was one of the best moments of his career. The 33-year-old centre-half clocked up more than 300 Football League appearances with Orient, Notts County, Colchester and Southend.

King's Lynn club captain Mark Warren has admitted lifting the Southern League Premier Division title was one of the best moments of his career.

The 33-year-old centre-half clocked up more than 300 Football League appearances with Orient, Notts County, Colchester and Southend.

Warren also helped Fisher clinch promotion to the Conference South - Lynn's likely destination - in 2006 but Warren insists the Linnets' latest triumph at Merthyr was extra special.

“Personally it was really disappointing to be injured for the run in,” he said, after undergoing knee cartlidge surgery in February. “The gaffer and Lee (Glover) were great. They told me to go up at the end and to be fair the trophy was a big old boy so I think Craney was happy to have a hand lifting it. I'd played 30-odd games before the injury but when you are out its tough - you don't really feel a part of it.

“It was massive for the club to get promotion. The fans were awesome and it was just one huge party in the dressing room. All the players and their families went out in Nottingham that night which capped a great end to a great season. I've played in the Football League but this was right up there for me. I was quite determined to get King's Lynn promoted.”

Warren is also desperate to be a part of Keith Webb's squad for next season's assault on the Conference second tier.

“The gaffer hasn't said anything to me yet,” said Warren. “I think he'll sit down with all the boys and the board to decide who he wants to keep and who he wants to let go. I wish the season still had another two months to go but whether I stay or go is out of my hands. I'm just concentrating on getting myself fully fit. I've had a great spell here, made some good friends and the fans have treated me fantastically well.

“But I have to say Craney and Rikki Bains were brilliant in the last few games. Craney really took to the captaincy. He showed a lot of maturity. I believe we can definitely hold our own. The gaffer will look to strengthen the squad but you could see in the games against Tamworth and Cambridge United we were competitive.”

Meanwhile, the champions will host a Norwich City XI in a pre-season friendly at The Walks on Tuesday, July 29. The Linnets have also confirmed they will play Hillingdon Borough at home on Saturday, August 2 in the traditional curtain raiser to the Southern League season.

Webb's men will play the league cup winners for the Southern League Benevolent Shield. Boro wrecked Lynn's hopes of a notable double when they won 1-0 at The Walks in the league cup semi-final.

Lynn have announced a season ticket price freeze until May 31 ahead of the club's first-ever season in the Conference second tier.

“It's another little thank you on our behalf,” said chairman Ken Bobbins. “I hope to see a good size uptake on our offer. We still have to sit down and decide our pricing policy for next season but I suspect there may be increases in some cases due to the extra costings of this new level.”

To take advantage of season tickets pegged at 2007/08 prices contact John Fincham at the club on 01553 760060. Details on casual matchday admission and vice president tickets will be announced in due course.

t Season ticket prices up to and including May 31: Seating: Adult £170, concessions £105, children (aged 15 and under) £50. Standing only: Adult: £155, concessions: £90, children (aged 15 and under) £35. A Main Stand family season ticket (admitting two adults and two children) costs £400.

t The club have accepted an invitation to attend a Town Hall civic reception on Wednesday, May 14 in honour of Lynn's first ever Southern League, Premier Division title win.

Team Bath await the winners of Halesowen and Chippenham's abandoned Southern League, Premier Division play-off semi-final for the right to join Lynn in the Conference set up.

Second placed Team Bath crushed Bashley 4-1 at Twerton Park with league top gun Sean Canham hitting a hat-trick in front of a crowd of just over 200!

Chippenham visit Halesowen again tonight after their original tie was abandoned due to torrential rain. Chippenham lead 3-2 in the Midlands after 31 minutes. The play-off final is scheduled to be played this Saturday.

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