The National League - a season like no other awaits King's Lynn Town
There will be no fans in the grounds, at least not at first, and the delayed start date means the National League schedule will be more packed than ever before. There will be little respite but plenty of excitement.
And if you think the last two seasons have been full of drama, then fasten your seatbelts as the Linnets set out on another journey that very few would have imagined a few years years ago.
Who’d have thought it? Little old King’s Lynn taking on the likes of Notts County, Yeovil, Wrexham, Chesterfield, Barnet, Stockport and Hartlepool.
Not since the glory days of the 1950s and 60s have King’s Lynn had it this good.
Looking ahead to the opening game of the campaign against Yeovil Town, general club manager Mark Hearle said: “I’m sure it will be a memorable day for not only those connected with the football club but the local area as well.
“Everyone should be extremely proud and excited to see their local team on national television playing football at the highest level possible in the non league game.
“It will be a day that I always dreamed of happening, but was never very sure that I would ever see it.
“Of course the credit for that has to go to the chairman Stephen Cleeve and manager Ian Culverhouse for the achievements of the past few seasons.”
Hearle added: “I am, of course, bitterly disappointed that the stadium will be virtually empty on what will be one of the biggest-ever games in the club’s history.
“I really feel for the fans, some of them have supported the club for many, many years and not to be inside to see a little bit of history being made.
“From a personal point of view though it is such a huge relief to finally get underway and hopefully now it will be the football itself that everyone is talking about during the next few months.”
Lynn’s rise has certainly been a meteoric one as only 11 years ago, they were wound up in the High Court owing HMRC £77,000.
The Norfolk outfit had hit rock-bottom and looked a far cry away from where they find themselves today.
But with the appointment of Gary Setchell and Kevin Boon came a glimmer of hope as The Walks outfit started back out at Step 6.
Boon departed, but Setchell led them to two promotions and helped the club back to a level where many thought they belonged.
Cue the appointment of Ian Culverhouse who, after missing out in the play-offs in his first full season at the helm, guided the club to back-to-back promotions to finally awaken the sleeping giant.
With Culverhouse at the helm and a core of young, hungry players it’s fair to say that Lynn’s swift rise from Southern League Central to the National League is not just a flash in the pan, but rather a statement to let the rest of the league know to watch out when the Linnets come to town.