King’s Lynn opt for UCL

KING’S Lynn Town will begin life next season in the United Counties Premier Division.

Club officials confirmed on Thursday night the Linnets had been accepted by the UCL for the 2010/11 campaign at level five of the non league game.

UCL top brass held positive talks with both the club and FA recently at Wembley and Director of Football Kevin Boon admitted that was a major factor in Lynn’s final decision.

Lynn’s hierarchy had also sounded out the Ridgeons League but feared a majority of member clubs would only sanction entry into the First Division - a rung lower than level five in the pyramid.

“We couldn’t take the risk they would put us in level six,” said Boon. “It was pretty obvious to us because certain clubs had publicly stated they would like to see us in Ridgeons One - not just Norfolk clubs but also Suffolk clubs. We feel our stadium represents level five and above. It would have been nice to play the other Norfolk clubs but at no stage did anyone from the Ridgeons make it known to us they would support us.

“Before we went to London to see the FA we had a committee meeting where the UCL had already made it known to us they would back our case if we wanted to go down their route. Buster (Chapman) had the final say and we have decided to go where we are welcome. The UCL have done us proud and they have backed our cause.”

Boon is under no illusions Lynn’s past reputation will count for little when the club make their league return in August.

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“It’s going to be a hard job starting from scratch but we will have a good side,” said Boon. “I know from past experience as a manager here the playing strength was always around Peterborough and the Cambridgeshire areas. “I’ve been watching UCL for the past month and I’ve seen some great games of football, physical, but good football. There are some nice grounds and facilities so it won’t be easy but myself and Setch (Gary Setchell) are no different to the other 21 odd managers in our league.

“Come the opening day the ambition is to win the league and it stays that way up until the last ball is kicked and it’s not possible. We’ll wait for all the local seasons to finish and then we’ll look to bring in players but we’ve got a fantastic ground to show lads. Work is already underway. The pitch has been seeded and looks immaculate and by the time we kick off in a few months this ground will be Conference standard.”

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