King's Lynn lining up Norwich City opener
Paddy DavittLynn FC officials are confident of launching the reformed club with a prestige home pre-season friendly against Norwich City on Tuesday, July 13 at The Walks.Paddy Davitt
Lynn FC officials are confident of launching the reformed club with a prestige home pre-season friendly against Norwich City on Tuesday, July 13 at The Walks.
Operations manager Jonathan Chapman confirmed yesterday the Linnets held positive talks with Canaries' chief executive David McNally last week to mark Lynn FC's return to action.
The previous Unibond Premier Division club was wound up in the High Court before Christmas over an unpaid tax bill but Chapman believes the Canaries' pending close season visit is a signal of intent.
"It's provisionally confirmed that we will play Norwich City and we hope this shows everyone what we are trying to build here," he said. "We wish to thank Paul Lambert and Kevin Platt for their assistance in arranging the game and hope that more friendly fixtures will be arranged in the future.
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"We accept there are no guarantees it will be Norwich's first team as, at that stage, they will just be back in pre-season training, but whoever they send we have to thank them because it is a great gesture. Martin Davis has done a lot of hard work to try and set this up.
"Norwich can hopefully see after the previous club folded that there is now something in its place which is worth supporting. When myself and Dad met the chief executive last week we had a positive meeting. We told him our plans and what we would like to do with the stadium."
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Chapman insists forging close links with Norfolk's only professional club is vital, although the reformed team has declined the Canaries' offer to hold a Carrow Road bucket collection.
"Seeing the club's future is now secure there seems no reason to take them up on this occasion," he said. "We want to foster that relationship moving forward and build on it where we can. We told them what our objectives are and how serious we are to make this a success. We already had a relationship with them through the speedway club and we want to develop it.
"I knew a couple of the players and I'd met the manager before and although we never publicised it one or two players have come across to watch the speedway in the past."
Chapman confirmed the club have scheduled a fans' forum for Friday, March 5 at the town's Lynnsport leisure complex, starting at 7.30pm.
All club officials will be present to meet supporters with Chapman revealing they plan to canvass opinion on a definitive club name after the FA rejected the Linnets' bid to trade as Lynn FC but retain the football title 'King's Lynn FC'.
"It is obviously a shame but we have decided that we want the fans to help us select a new name," he said. "The options are to use Lynn FC for all purposes or to adopt either King's Lynn Town or Lynn Town as the name which the club will be known as to the FA."
Supporters who attend the forum will have a chance to cast one vote each. The FA has also reiterated no decision will be made before May on which league the club is placed in for 2010/11 - with any proposal then subject to a vote from member clubs.
"Even though we have made lots of noise about going into the Ridgeons Premier this may not be possible for lots of reasons," said chairman Buster Chapman. "We have no alternative but to sit back and wait for the FA's recommendation. I want the best for the club and I know the fans will have high expectations but we have unfortunately found the application process a lot more complicated than first expected."