Thursday, March 12, 2009
Club focus - Kings Lynn Football Club
a little known fact is that Kings Lynn is a football hot bed. The Norfolk FA was formed at the Black Horse Pub in the town in 1881. It had one of the first local football newspapers, the Lynn Football Star was first published in 1903 (although it folded in 1915. Kings Lynn also have have one of the best records in the FA Cup in terms of games won.
Nobody is sure when football was first played by a team under the Kings Lynn banner, Lynn Town were formed in 1879 after taking over from a previous team that has disappeared in the mists of time.
Nowadays Kings Lynn FC are placed in mid-table in the Conference North with their reserves being placed in the wrong half of the Eastern Counties League, a position that wasn't helped by their defeat to Ely last night. Most of their history has been spent jumping between the Northern Premier League and the Southern Leagues. In 2008 they finally reached the Conference after failing to negotiate the play offs the season before.
Another mystery surrounding the club is nobody is sure when they were renamed from Lynn Town to Kings Lynn FC. A lot of sources state that they changed their name during World War I, however there is photographic evidence of them being called KLFC from as early as 1908.
One thing that isn't a mystery is that the team that were once known as the Shrimpers and are now known as the Linnets is that they changed from their original strips of black and white to their current colours of gold and blue when they turned out against Cromer in 1923.
The club's ground is known as the Walks and they are unusual in that they have spent their entire history at this ground