Ex-King's Lynn striker's parting shot
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn's former top scorer Anthony Robinson fired a parting shot at the board of the debt-ridden Unibond Premier Division club following majority shareholder Michael Chinn's exit.
King's Lynn's former top scorer Anthony Robinson fired a parting shot at the board of the debt-ridden Unibond Premier Division club following majority shareholder Michael Chinn's exit.
Chinn yesterday carried out his threat to walk away as revealed first in last week's EDP after a club delegation failed to rescind the Linnets' High Court winding up order.
Lynn will now officially fold on Wednesday barring an unlikely 11th hour rescue package to settle a �77,000 tax bill along with viable assurances to clear the remaining six figure debts.
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Chinn's decision came in the wake of a mass player exodus following crisis talks between the Boston-based businessman and manager Carl Heggs.
“The bottom line is I have taken the money back and the club will be wound up,” he said. “People were saying they were going to do this and that, but it's never happened. I've walked away and washed my hands of it. If someone else wants it they can speak to me by Wednesday and I will hand over the information they need.”
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Fans' favourite Robinson has little sympathy for the power brokers after the bulk of Heggs' squad walked away due to unpaid wages and broken promises.
“Now the season is not even worth saving,” said Robinson. “To let that club sink is embarrassing. Why that board just didn't let it go, walk away and let someone else come in is beyond me. It's comical but it's sad. I signed a deal and was promised money that I'm still waiting for. They gave Kwesi (Appiah) a �100 bonus cheque which bounced and he wasn't the only one.
“We didn't know whether we were coming or going. We we're told the tax bill was going to be paid, then there had been a delay, then the gaffer said he had been told it was sorted and then it wasn't.
“What has killed me is I was not supposed to be paid for the games I was suspended, which is fair enough, but I haven't had anything from the Durham game when I scored a hat trick. Now because we've had these two postponed games I can't play until Boxing Day or maybe the week before.”
Robinson is in talks with Conference North strugglers Harrogate after plundering 13 goals in 13 games during a Lynn career blighted by disciplinary problems.
“I've spoken to them and they've got a few strikers on the books so I'm not going just to make up the numbers,” he said. “They are bottom of Conference North and its Leeds way so I've worked out the travel will be about three hours each way but that doesn't bother me. I just want to go and enjoy my football l now. I know even if they get hammered every other week that I have to be scoring goals. I've got to make sure Anthony Robinson scores goals for whichever team and I'll get my rewards.”
Robinson admits he was loving life in Norfolk before it turned sour.
“I've had my ups and downs there, but that was only with referees,” he said. “I never had any problem with anyone from King's Lynn. Me and Stors (Owen Story) used to drive to the games and even though it was a two and half hour trip we didn't mind because it felt like our home. I loved seeing the same old faces. The ball boys, Martin Davis, the old guy looking for autographs after the game, the burger van people. Those lads in the club shop had the worst banter in the world when it came to me but they were great guys. They gave me two shirts with my name on the back. I'll give one to my son now but the other I'll frame and put it in my trophy cabinet.”
Robinson insists former mentor Heggs deserves to find another non league job should the Unibond Premier Division club fold.
“It upsets me speaking to him and looking in his eyes because you can tell how much it means,” said Robinson. “He worked his hardest and at the beginning of the season when, let's be honest, a lot of people didn't want him there. I was on the forums and I could read what they were saying but those people didn't understand it takes time to set something up.
“The gaffer will get something, I'm sure, and if that happens 99% of us will leave where we are because I doubt we'll sign contracts at new clubs. With the way football is and the recession I can't see too many opportunities over Christmas or New Year so it wouldn't surprise me if he has to wait until the summer to get another job. But he will.”
Heggs revealed in the EDP last week he would consider staying at The Walks to help re-construct a new club - but Robinson warns whoever takes charge faces a massive task.
“In my neck of the woods two divisions below is like the Midland Alliance,” he said. “I played for a team called Stratford in that and when I joined at the end of October one season the top goal scorer had 16. I still beat him by about nine goals and I think I finished on 37. The team we had at Lynn would hammer sides every week at that level. Even the likes of Durham would probably win it.
“I'm not trying to be disrespectful to those players at that level but it's not the best standard. King's Lynn would have the biggest crowds but you aren't going to get 800 turning up to those games. I don't know what sort of players you could attract either because how much money would be in place to pay wages.”