King’s Lynn have had a topsy-turvy time in the non-league pyramid, but back to back promotions has seen them rise to Step 1 in the non-league tabling, writes Tom Barlow. A points per game (ppg) average of 2.00 saw The Linnets clinch the National League North title over York City.
Name: King’s Lynn Town FC
Nickname: The Linnets
Stadium: The Walks
Manager: Ian Culverhouse
2019/20 National League North position: 1st
Notable Honours: National League North champions 2019/20
The Story of King’s Lynn’s 2019/20 Campaign
It cannot be argued that the King’s Lynn fans would have been more than happy with a mid-table finish in the National League North last season. A promotion spot would have shocked fans, but to finish on top spot was a dream come true for The Linnets. York City technically finished top of the league, but with two games in hand and a better ppg, it was King’s Lynn who were given the title in the prematurely ended season. 19 wins, seven draws, 63 goals and only 39 conceded was just enough for the National League North title.
Ones to Watch
Adam Marriott | The King’s Lynn forward was the most decorated striker in the National League North last season, as he smashed in a clean 28 goals in 31 games. A goals per 90 minutes average of 0.91 saw him easily take the top scorer spot in the league by a massive eight goals. Stats like these will surely give a headache to opposition managers in the National League this season.
Ian Culverhouse | The former Norwich City right-back made almost 300 appearances for the club, as he secured just a single goal in his whole career. Culverhouse was appointed King’s Lynn manager in 2017, where he took the club to second place in the Southern League Premier Division and then subsequently, they lost the play-off final. Culverhouse actually left the club and went on to manage Grantham Town at the end of May 2018. However, he resigned from Grantham in October and returned to King’s Lynn on November 1st, all in the space of six months. The unusual circumstances can most definitely be overlooked though, after successive promotions has seen Culverhouse take his side to the National League.
The two sides have never met in competitive football, as The Linnets have made the rise through the depths on non-league football in very quick time over the past decade. The only link between the two clubs is that King’s Lynn chairman, Stephen Cleeve, attempted to buy Wrexham a few years ago.
The Walks Stadium was opened for play in 1879. The max capacity of this stadium to this day is 8,200 with 1,200 seats. Successive promotions have meant that The Linnets have had to raise money through funds to meet the ground regulations of the National League. The Norfolk fans managed to raise over £4,000 to have The Walks ground upgraded to Step 2 requirements, meaning the club only required a further £1,000 after sealing top spot in the National League North, amidst a £71,000 grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund.