Bobbins welcomes charity donation

King's Lynn chairman Ken Bobbins has an extra reason to watch tomorrow's Wembley FA Community Shield curtain raiser between Chelsea and Man United.

King's Lynn chairman Ken Bobbins has an extra reason to watch tomorrow's Wembley FA Community Shield curtain raiser between Chelsea and Man United.

Lynn's high profile FA Cup run to the second round last year and a televised date against Oldham earned the Southern League club a cut of monies set aside for charitable causes from the showpiece date.

The FA announced earlier this week each of the 124 clubs who reached last season's first round proper will be asked to nominate a charity or community initiative to receive a share of the fund.

All gate receipts from the 90,000 capacity match between the Premiership champions and FA Cup holders, plus the profits from the matchday programme, will go into the fund.

“I've not heard of this happening before, but it's a great gesture,” said Bobbins. “The FA haven't contacted us as yet. I'm sure they will in due course to tell us exactly what the amount is. Then we will sit down as a board and discuss how we proceed. Normally our nominated charity is the Macmillan Nurses, but depending on the actual amount we could do even more with the money.”

Bobbins also confirmed Lynn's delayed Main Stand re-development project is back on track. The club successfully appealed to play their opening seven league games away while work on the £350,000 revamp was completed.

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“The planned works are now in line with the original timescale,” he said. “The next step is stripping out all the lounges that were water damaged. We're attempting to get them back up and running by September 15 which would give us a week to prepare before our first scheduled home game.

“The big problem is the loss of income for the last three months. It's been quite a headache to say the least. Our overheads will increase dramatically when the season starts. Something like five of those opening games will have to be overnight stays. We're still committed to doing that because we are desperate to get promotion and we know how crucial a good start is.”

Lynn's chairman revealed the club is in advanced talks with a Conference National midfielder as they bid to fine tune a title-winning squad.

“We are looking to do something possibly by the middle of next week,” said Bobbins. “The player picked up an injury playing for a Scottish club recently so we have to assess the extent of that. We know all about him, we've seen him play and we would be looking to sign him for the season. It's the same old story of trying to sell King's Lynn, but he is impressed by what we want to do and how we want to take the club forward.”

Linnets' boss Keith Webb will make a final decision whether to recruit young midfield trialist Shaun Ridgway after today's training session.