Linnets wait on league decision

Chris Lakey King's Lynn may have to wait until next week before they know where they will be playing their football next season. The Football Conference were expected to ratify Lynn's place in Conference North at their AGM this weekend, but with decisions involving other teams not expected for several days, the Linnets may have to wait.

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King's Lynn may have to wait until next week before they know where they will be playing their football next season.

The Football Conference were expected to ratify Lynn's place in Conference North at their AGM this weekend, but with decisions involving other teams not expected for several days, the Linnets may have to wait.

Lynn are keen to compete in Conference South rather than North and have made representations to the FA suggesting a switch with Redditch.


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“We have written to the FA and Redditch have written to the FA and the FA have come back and said they have no objections at all to the swap, but the matter is in the hands of the Conference,” said Lynn chairman Ken Bobbins.

“With so many decisions pending, I think it will be difficult for a decision to be made this weekend. If we could switch with Redditch that would, as far as I am concerned, be perfect.

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“I would be delighted because that suits us in every respect.”

A whole host of problems involving other teams has led to a muddled picture of who is playing where next season. Boston United's appeal against expulsion from Blue Square North over financial issues will be held next Wednesday, which could have knock-on effects, while Cambridge City lost an appeal against the decision to expel them from the South on an issue relating to their ground, so Weston Super Mare will now not be relegated and North club Nuneaton are out of the picture after going into liquidation.

Bobbins is convinced the South is the place to be - for the team and for the supporters.

“We have between 100 and 250 away supporters at any given time, depending on the fixture, and if they have to travel north it can be an absolute nightmare in terms of logistics,” he said. “Going south would be better for them in terms of train and road transport. This is not just about the team, it is about the supporters as well.”

Lynn's championship-winning Southern League season has prompted a 70pc increase in season ticket sales - and Bobbins is hoping that average home gates will rise to between 1,200 and 1,700.

“We have sold nearly 300 season tickets - and it's not that many years ago that the average home gate was only 350,” said Bobbins.

“We realty have come on a lot in the last four or five years, but a lot will depend on how successful we are.

“If we have a good start I would hope to get between 1,200 and possibly 1,700 each week. But it depends on the start we have because football fans can be fickle.”

Lynn have added two summer signings, and Bobbins says the uncertainty surrounding the north-south debate has been made clear to all current and prospective players.

“We have not had too many problems,” he said. “We have said to every player on the books at the moment and those we are trying to attract that there is a possibility we will be going south,” Bobbins added. “As with Simon Weaver, who we signed last week and who lives in the north, it was a case of 'so be it'.”

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