Linnets could face FA charge

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:25 14 September 2010

King's Lynn chairman Ken Bobbins has appealed for help in tracking down the culprit who hurled missiles at Chippenham keeper Steve Perrin during Monday's Southern League, Premier Division play-off defeat.

King's Lynn chairman Ken Bobbins has appealed for help in tracking down the culprit who hurled missiles at Chippenham keeper Steve Perrin during Monday's Southern League, Premier Division play-off defeat.

Lynn could face a possible FA charge after two objects were thrown from the Hospital End during the second half of Chippenham's 3-1 semi-final win.

Referee Adam Watts handed the items to stewards - believed to be a plastic drinks bottle and packet of chewing gum.

An FA spokesperson confirmed that they were awaiting the match official's report before deciding whether to launch an investigation.

“We treat it as a very serious matter,” said Bobbins. “There is no justification for that type of incident and we would ask any supporter with information to come forward. It was a hugely frustrating afternoon for everyone but the overwhelming majority of our fans do not deserve to be tarnished for the actions of one or two individuals.

“Having been to most away matches this season I can truthfully say I'm not aware of any reports of bad behaviour. The supporters have been superb and I applaud them. At the moment it is pure speculation. If the FA decide there is a case to answer the club will discuss every available option - including banning the offenders if they can be identified.”

Bobbins is also adamant Linnets boss Tommy Taylor should remain at the helm next season following Lynn's Bank Holiday play-off failure.

“For me, he's still the man for the job,” said Bobbins. “Up until the last few weeks I think 99.9% of the fans would agree he had done a good job as well. We will sit down together in a few days to discuss Tommy's future and that of the players.

“The most important thing is that he wants to stay and take us forward. Everyone is bitterly disappointed at missing out on promotion but I really feel the next two to three weeks are critical to get things in place.”

Bobbins admits he is desperate to avoid the play-off lottery again next season.

“We want to win the league,” he said. “Bedford seem to have peaked at just the right time and could go up after we finished six points ahead of them. It was the same when Crystal Palace got into the Premiership after ending up fifth or sixth.

“The lads just ran out of steam. We have to remember they are not full time players. They have jobs as well and when you take into account injuries, suspensions and playing so many games in quick succession it has an effect.

“I believe Salisbury were training four times a week and they paid out phenomenal amounts of money - we're not just talking a Conference budget but Football League.”

Lynn must await the outcome of an FA leagues committee meeting on May 11 before learning whether they remain in the Southern Premier for 2006/07 or face a transfer to the Northern Premier.

“It does affect our team building to a certain degree,” said Bobbins. “I just feel generally we need to toughen up the squad - there were too many games when we got bullied. Traditionally the Northern is more physical so that is something we would need to address.”

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