A Scrum For The Soul Of Kings Lynn


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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6 Responses

  1. ladderman says:

    Totally agree – the way forward is a supporters-owned club.

    To talk about avoiding the two-league drop minimum is a nonsense. KL aren’t too big for the Eastern Counties League, at the moment they aren’t in a position to do what the clubs in that league are doing – playing games.

    An arrogant attitude like that is likely to mean that KL would lose all the goodwill and support from other clubs if Mr Handley wins the bidding war.

  2. david handley says:

    Its not arrogant unless twisted. To be dropped 2 leagues for non footballing reasons is a blow to any club in any league. Thats not looking down on other leagues, but wanting the best for KLFC.

  3. Simon Cope says:

    I agree David, I don’t view it as arrogant. However I believe that you have either been misled, or you are misleading the supporters of Kings Lynn. The FA’s regulations regarding clubs that restart are quite clear – the reformed club will start at least two rungs further down the ladder. This is the fate that has befallen Scarborough, Halifax and Nuneaton in recent seasons to name but three clubs. To suggest that Kings Lynn will avoid this demotion somehow is incorrect, and you should not get the fans’ hopes up in this manner.

  4. Martin says:

    Wimbledon had to reform seven levels lower.

    “non-footballing reasons” is just yet another depressing cliche that football tries to protect itself from the real world with.

  5. Paul says:

    @ladderman – ‘ – the way forward is a supporters-owned club.’

    Maybe at the level the Linnets might play but once a club goes full-time and plays in the league then this model doesn’t work as Stockport County, Rushden & Diamonds and Notts County has found out to their cost.
    It would be interesting to see if AFC Wimbledon, if they were to get promoted from BSP could reverse this trend.

  6. Simon Cope says:


    I don’t think you can look at the Stockport, R&D and Notts County situations and then say that supporter-owned clubs don’t work in the League in such black and white terms. Using that logic I could offer up a much longer list of benefactor-owned clubs that have collapsed into the financial mire in the last 20 years and conclude that the traditional method of club ownership doesn’t work either. I’m not fully aware of what went on at R&D, but I do know that the situations at both Stockport and Notts weren’t exactly rosy before the Supporters’ Trusts took over – the fans were batting from decidedly sticky wickets in both cases.

    Also, could you expand on WHY you think the supporter-owned model does not work in the League?

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