King's Lynn Town v Darlington

Saturday 22nd October 2022, 3pm
Vanarama Conference North

King's Lynn Town FC:
The Walks Stadium, Tennyson Road, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE30 5PB. Tel: (01553) 760060
Twitter: @GCAFCofficial

History: The club was first formed in 1879 although there are mentions as far back a 1868. Lynn entered the Norfolk & Suffolk League in 1896, winning it for the first time 10 years later. They reached the final of the FA Amateur Cup in 1901 and paid for the proceeds of a stand, despite going down to their heaviest defeat against Aston Villa in the FA Cup in 1906. After league successes in the 1920s, Lynn were founder members of the Eastern Counties League in 1935. After joining the Southern League in 1958, they faced a winding up before being restarted. The club then reached the third round of the FA Cup, losing to Everton in front of 44,916 at Goodison Park in 1962. Off the field financial issues dogged the club further - in 1985 and 1994. Then after a winding up order in 2009 saw the club having to be re-born, it re-started after demotion in the Premier Division of the United Counties League, finishing second in 2010-11 and reaching the semi-final of the FA Vase. The club won the play-off final in the Southern Premier Division Central against Stratford Town to win successive promotions in 2019 and 2020 - the latter at the end of the pandemic-curtailed season, when the Linnets were in second place but with games in hand over York. Quakers last played them, losing 2-0 in 2019. They were relegated from the National League with three games remaining.
Record Attendance: 12,937 vs Exeter City (FA Cup 1st Round 1951)
Capacity: 5,733 (1,200 seats)
Last season: 21st (National League, relegated)
Honours: Southern League Premier Division champions 200708, Div 1 East champions 200304, League Cup winners 200405; Eastern Counties League champions and League Cup winners 195354. Norfolk & Suffolk League champions 190506, 192122, 192223, 192324 and 192425; National League North promotion (2020).

Record victory: 170 vs Beccles, (Norfolk & Suffolk League, 1930)
Defeat: 011 vs Aston Villa, (FA Cup 190506)
Nickname: The Linnets
Colours: Blue and gold
Manager: Tommy Widdrington
Chairman/owner: Stephen Cleeve

Famous fans/players/connections:

Click here for Googlemap of the King's Lynn ground

Admission prices (2012/23) Prices have been cut after relegation from the National League. Adults: 17 (terrace), 19 (seat). Concessions: 65+ 15 (terrace) 17 (seat). Under 16s: 5 (terrace) or £10 (seat) and will be available online.

From Darlington - 177 miles (3 hours 17 minutes): Take the A1 south for 115 miles, before taking the A46/A17 exit toward Sleaford/Newark/Lincoln. Follow the A17 and eventually signs for Kings Lynn. On the outskirts of the town, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Clenchwarton Rd, turn right to stay on this road over the River Ouse - as you cross you are in Wisbech Road. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto out onto South Gates/A148, then turn right onto Hospital Walk - turn left to stay on Hospital Walk and then right into Seven Sisters Close.

Parking: There is no parking at the stadium, apart from disabled and VIPs but there are car parks in the town centre, including the St James multi-storey, which isn't far away and will cost 4.70 for five hours. Directions into Kings Lynn here

Darlington FC Supporters' Club
Coach Contact: Darlington FC Supporters Group, call 01325 250531 or 07951 434731 to book a seat.Details of the supporters' group travel can be found here.

Connect Cars Tel: 01553 776633
Vancouver Taxis 01553 818030
King's Abbey Taxis 01553 767692
Station Taxis 01553 777788

Turn left out of the railway station and then left into the park (St John's Church on the right). After about 200 yards, ignoring the path off to the right, you will see the ground to your right across the park.

The official site is independent and has a refreshingly home-made, non-Pitchero feel to it.

Lynn News

At the ground:

Real ale near ground/town centre:

Nip and Growler, 68 High St, King's Lynn PE30 1AY
Promising an ever-changing range of 13 craft beers and ciders, north west of the ground in the heart of the town centre, only 10 minutes walk from the railway station. You won't find standard bitters and lagers here and there is only limited space within. An interesting use of beer barrels in the gents' has them being used as urinals! DAFTS recommended.

For larger groups there are two other pub options:

The Globe Hotel, King Street, PE30 1EZ is a Wetherspoons, under five minutes walk from the Nip and Growler on the corner of the main square and offers everything you'd expect from a Wetherspoons with a full food menu and plenty of Elgood's beer. On our visit there was also a Black Sheep IPA for anybody suffering from homesickness after the trip down to Norfolk. If you decide to stay over to make a weekend of it, The Globe also offers hotel accommodation.

The second spacious option is The Maid's Head, 7 Tuesday Market Place (yes really) PE30 1JL is located one side of the market square. Again this is roomy inside with friendly locals and has a very nice looking menu although we didn't try the food when we visited. Timothy Taylor's Boltmaker and Wells' Bombardier were the available ales on our visit. DAFTS recommended.

The Hart, St James Street PE30 5DA. is an historic boozer, which also does some B&B. For those not wishing to venture into town, The Fenman, Blackfriars Road, PE30 1NT is directly opposite the station. This looks as though it may be King's Lynn's version of Hogan's, a homely bar with beer at Wetherspoon's prices.

Thanks to Tony Waters and Stuart Dryden

For those who want to eat close to the station immediately on arrival there is a Morrison's (leave the station, turn right, turn right again and you can see it on the far side of Matalan).

On the walk to the ground there's a cafe/restaurant called Moccachinos with a number of specials including amongst others a 13 item Brunch/breakfast for 6.99! Burgers, chips and baked potatoes are also on the menu.

If you want to stay in town post-match, there are good reports of the food available in Spice of Gurkha offering a mix of Indian and Nepalese cuisine. There are plenty of other cafes around the behind the station.