The rise of Kings Lynn Town FC



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From being newly formed to playing in the National League in ten years


Kings Lynn have had a rise that has gone reasonably unnoticed. After being created in 2009, the club has gone from strength-to-strength, allowing them to challenge in the National League, now just one division below and on the cusp of England’s professional level. 

The rise of the Linnets has been remarkable, considering that many of the teams around them in the current division have been in existence for significantly longer than the North Norfolk club. Whilst Kings Lynn have had team a club since 1881, known as simply Kings Lynn FC, the club folded in 2009 due to extreme financial difficulties and were re-formed into what we know today as Kings Lynn Town FC. To compare with the likes of Chesterfield FC who were established in 1866, as well as the oldest professional association football club in the world in the way of Notts County, a club with a special history, who were founded in 1862. 

The former Kings Lynn FC, before their abolishment from the footballing ladder, reached the heights of what would be now the National League North for the 2008-09 season, only to be removed as a result of those financial strains that forced the club to cease to exist. This makes it even more remarkable that the newly-formed Kings Lynn Town have managed to go one step further with this current campaign as they fight to remain in the fifth tier of English football. 

Kings Lynn Town will have a great sense of pride given the club’s rise in the last decade. Whilst their rise has been matched by an equally impressive 8,200 capacity at The Walks stadium. Everything about the club shows that they have no signs of slowing down in regards to their meteoric rise and maintain every sense of belief that they can make a push for League Two in the years to come. 


How did Kings Lynn get to the National League?

The promotion for the Linnets was a historic achievement. Their rise came with certain criticism given the manner in which it was fulfilled. Last season was sadly brought to an early end with most teams playing between 32 – 34 games before the beginning of lockdown. At the time, Kings Lynn were second place, two points behind leaders York. In a shock decision, the FA decided to award the North Norfolk club promotion due to their points per game being higher than their Yorkshire counterparts. The decision since sparked outrage, but that has remained to affect the club’s efforts to show that they are every bit worthy of competing in the higher division. 

Ian Culverhouse, manager of Kings Lynn, has inspired the club, at the time of publishing, to a respectable 20th place in the National League. The Linnets sit two points clear of the relegation zone, whilst more than half the campaign is still to be played, Culverhouse’s side have been extremely impressive newcomers to the league and have every reason to believe that they can avoid the drop this season. 

The rise for this club from Norfolk has been nothing short of outstanding. Whilst this season is all about remaining in the National League, Culverhouse and his side will surely dream of a long-term future of being regular main-stayers in the professional league’s of English football.


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Sam is an International Relations Graduate from the University of East Anglia. Since graduating, he has gone on to write for the likes of: Sporting Feret; The 72; and The Sporting Blog. His experience writing for Sporting Feret has provided the opportunity to join the media team at Vanarama National League side King's Lynn Town FC. In the role, he conducts player interviews, writes match previews/report,s and is heavily involved in the club's match programmes. To contact him, his email is: