Chairman Buster Chapman so proud of King’s Lynn Town’s FA Trophy exploits

Buster Chapman. Picture: Matthew Usher

Buster Chapman. Picture: Matthew Usher - Credit: Matthew Usher

Chairman Buster Chapman admits King's Lynn Town's fairytale FA Trophy run has helped him fall further in love with football.

The town's speedway chief's obsession with the beautiful game has accelerated this term thanks to the Linnets' outstanding exploits in non-league's biggest competition.

After spending two-and-a-half seasons at the helm, Chapman insists he's enjoying the ride more than ever as excitement for Saturday's last-16 tie with Southport shows no signs of slowing.

The Lynn chairman said: 'I've really enjoyed giving my life back to the club and seeing it grow. I love seeing people on the terraces enjoying it. I enjoy the goals and I do get caught up in it all.

'It's hard not to. One thing I've noticed is that football's so up and down and that's what makes it exciting. One minute you're in ecstasy and the next you're down in the dumps.

'I can't wait for Saturday. Our run has been unbelievable. Hopefully it can continue. Whatever happens I'm proud of the team, the club, the players, the fans and Gary (Setchell, manager).

'Everyone has played a part in getting this far. It's amazing. I have every faith in Gary and the squad that we can cause another upset.'

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Chapman, owner of the King's Lynn Stars for 20 years, says his highlight of Lynn's giantkilling journey was the 1-0 away triumph at Worksop Town in the first round.

And he's certainly been on the road plenty of other times throughout the competition, travelling to watch Lynn's opposition ahead of their matches against them with Setchell.

'I drove 400-odd miles to go to Southport on Tuesday with Gary and got in at about 1.30am. You can't do that if you don't have a liking for it all,' said Chapman.

'I understand speedway. It's my biggest passion. I'll never lie about that. It's been with me since I was a kid. I've learnt a bit about football, not a lot, but I don't want to learn too much because I might stop enjoying it.'