Friday, December 21, 2012
King’s Lynn Town fans look set to pack The Walks to the rafters as their team continue their unlikely FA Trophy path.
Lynn are traditionally one of the best supported teams in the non-league pyramid and look set to again break the four-figure barrier when Blue Square Bet Premier side Southport travel to Norfolk in the third round of the competition on Saturday, January 12.
The North West club made it through a second round replay against fellow Conference side Stockport County on Tuesday night –and look set to bring a healthy travelling army of their own.
Southport’s average home attendance is 1,060 – which is the 21st highest in non league – while the Linnets are punching above their weight at 35th with 636.
The Linnets are far and away the best supported club in their division – their average home gate is more than double that of the second-best supported team, Gresley, who have average home gates of 274.
Lynn have breached the 1,000 attendance mark once this season, when they beat Evo-Stik Division One South leaders Coalville Town 3-1 in early October.
But it was their fabulous FA Vase run of two seasons ago when the turnstiles were really overworked.
Their fifth round tie against St Neots attracted a crowd of 1,612, while 1,657 attended the quarter-final against Rye United. And while Lynn were 3-0 down after the first leg of the semi-final against Coalville, a staggering 2,354 fans were at The Walks for the second leg, which Lynn lost 3-2.
If proof were needed that Lynn fans turn out for a big match, then those figures provide it.
Lynn have entertained Southport before in the FA Trophy but will be looking for revenge – they were beaten 3-1 that day, in front of 964 supporters.