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King's Lynn Town deserve promotion spot says former Bury Town, Chelmsford City, Leiston and AFC Sudbury stalwart




King's Lynn Town deserve to be promoted to the top flight of the National League - that's the opinion of former Linnets midfielder Craig Parker.

Lynn's agonising wait to find out whether they will be promoted from the National League North this season could finally come to an end on Monday.

Clubs from the league will vote on resolutions to end the season on June 15 with PPG set to be used to decide the final outcomes, but without the play-offs in both the North and South sections

The remaining fixtures in the fifth and sixth tiers of English football were cancelled on April 22, with the league deciding to wait on what the English Football League would decide before making any moves themselves.

Now the decision is drawing ever-closer, former Lynn favourite Parker believes that the club deserve to rub shoulders with the likes of Notts County, Chesterfield, Stockport and Barnet.

Former Linnet Adam Smith tackles Craig Parker. (3875499)
Former Linnet Adam Smith tackles Craig Parker. (3875499)

Parker, who left the Linnets for Needham Market last summer, said: "Lynn deserve an opportunity to play in the National League.

"What they did last season on the pitch after winning promotion was nothing short of incredible.

"We all know about the Gaffer (Ian Culverhouse) and how good he is, but for them to be in the top two of the National League North for such a long time was a great achievement.

"To null and void it after a long, hard season wouldn't be right and hopefully the right decision will be made.

"You are never going to please everyone, but I think PPG is the fairest way to do it."

Parker, 33, says he has has no regrets about leaving Lynn when he did in search of regular football.

"Obviously if I'd been a couple of years younger, then I could have seen myself being at Lynn a bit longer but I wanted to be more than a bench player," admitted Parker.

"I made the right decision at the right time for me, but I so enjoyed my two years with the club.

"I'm still in touch with a few of the players and Lynn is one of the first results I look for when I come off the pitch."

Linnets chairman Stephen Cleeve confirmed on his I Bought A Football Club podcast that he expects matters to be resolved on Monday.

Cleeve said: "The announcement will come on Monday, so Monday we know we’re at least going to be put out of our misery.

“This is what I understand is going to happen. Barrow will be promoted as champions, the play-offs will take place in the National League.

“Chorley will be relegated from the National League, there will be no other relegations from the National League so I guess the flip side of what I’m saying is that if you’re a Fylde or Ebbsfleet fan you are still National League status, you will not be relegated.

“King’s Lynn and Wealdstone will be promoted from the National League North and South on unweighted points-per-game basis.

“For that all to happen there will be no play-offs in the National League North and South because the government have prevented it.”

Like the Premier League, the National League are believed to be pushing for a September start next season, even though it has taken them almost three months to reach a decision on the current campaign.



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