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King's Lynn Town face October kick-off to National League campaign

King's Lynn Town are likely to have to wait for another two months before they make their National League debut.

The Walks outfit has this evening revealed that its 2020-21 league programme is set to begin in early October, with the last fixtures set to be played on the final weekend of May.

The planned start date is several weeks after that for the Premier League and Football League, which are currently due to start on September 12.

National League North champions King's Lynn Town. (39279082)
National League North champions King's Lynn Town. (39279082)

But it is in line with the time when the Government hopes to allow at least some spectators back into grounds.

A statement on the club's website said: "We are able to confirm that the club has received notification that the National League season is scheduled to begin on Saturday, October 3rd 2020, with the final league fixtures planned for Saturday 29th May 2021.

"Playoffs will be due to commence in June and a late end to the season, all of this schedule has to be approved by the FA.

"The club faces many challenges in its preparations to welcome you, the supporters, back into The Walks Stadium and we expect to shortly receive full guidance from the National League in relation to the steps and measures that we need to implement the safe return of football for all."

The statement comes just a few days after the club received the National League North championship trophy in a behind closed doors ceremony at the ground and swept the board in the division's awards.

It stressed that the return to action, and the phases leading up to it, would all be pursued in accordance with government guidance.

It added: "The last four months have been very difficult for everyone connected with the football club with many dark days to cope with.

"We are now both grateful and thankful that we now appear to be able to begin to share some positive and firm news with you all after many weeks of uncertainty and despair.

"The good news stories of the launch of the joint venture between the club and KES to launch our own Academy and the team and management receiving their accolades last week for winning the National League North are just the beginning of more positive stories we plan to issue over the next few weeks.

"To you, our loyal supporters, we wish to say thank you. Thank you for the generous donations to our appeals over the summer.

"Thank you for those who have already purchased season tickets for the new season. Thank you to the volunteers who have given up their time to assist us in preparing the stadium for the new season.

"And finally thank you to each and every one of you for supporting us over the past seasons both home and away. We couldn’t have done it without you."

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