FA decide to hold fire on Linnets

Paddy Davitt King's Lynn must wait to find out which league they have provisionally been placed in for 2009/10 after the FA leagues' committee delayed their final decision.

Paddy Davitt

King's Lynn must wait to find out which league they have provisionally been placed in for 2009/10 after the FA leagues' committee delayed their final decision.

Lynn officials had expected the club to be placed in either the Unibond Premier or the Southern Premier - pending the outcome of their appeal for failing to initiate a �250,000 upgrade to the council-owned Walks stadium.

The game's governing body originally planned to release full details yesterday of next season's non league structure at steps one to four after meeting last week.

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The Linnets' case for Conference demotion on ground grading issues will be heard in Derby tomorrow along with Unibond club Cammell Laird who also failed to meet the same ground grading deadline. A number of non league clubs in the upper reaches of the pyramid are suffering well documented financial problems which could further impact on the final decision.

The majority of clubs - including newly-promoted Ryman League Lowestoft - have already had their league places confirmed ahead of formal ratification by the respective leagues.

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t Linnets' fans are being urged to attend an open meeting to discuss the formation of a supporters' trust in the club's Blue and Gold function room on Thursday, June 11 (7pm).

A group of fans have already held discussions with Supporters Direct - the national umbrella body for more than 150 similar organisations across the English game. Supporters' Direct representatives will be present at the meeting along with member of local supporters' trusts to explain the work of these bodies before fans who are present have the opportunity to vote on the proposal.

“With the current financial climate and the off-the-pitch situation that the club is in we feel that now is the time to unite the supporters within a strong organisation to help the club push forward,” said spokesman Julian Gamble. “Our aim is to try and build a strong relationship with the football club and develop a constructive partnership so that supporters are recognised and have a voice in the future of the club.”

For further information email klfcsupporterstrust@googlemail.com or visit the Supporters Direct supporters-direct.org

t Former Linnets' striker Michael Frew yesterday joined Blue Square Premier play-off contenders Histon.

Frew has linked up with the Stutes after six goals in a 15 game spell at local rivals Cambridge City towards the end of last season.

The blond frontman left The Walks after the financial fall-out from the exit of major backer Michael Chinn along with player-of-the-year Joe Francis and defender Ben Chapman.

Stutes' boss Steve Fallon has earmarked Frew as the perfect replacement for Oxford-bound Jack Midson.

“We were aware we may well lose Jack so we are very pleased to have signed Michael and hopefully he can perform for us,” he said.

Histon lost out to eventual play-off winners Torquay in the race to join champions Burton in the Football League next season.

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