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King's Lynn Town chairman speaks of his 'delight' after club make it back-to-back promotions



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Chairman Stephen Cleeve has spoken of his delight after seeing King's Lynn Town promoted to the National League.

The Linnets were confirmed as champions of the National League North after an Ordinary Resolution was "overwhelmingly" passed yesterday evening.

League standings were decided through an unweighted points-per-game system with Barrow, King's Lynn and Wealdstone confirmed as the champions of the National League, National League North and National League South respectively.

King's Lynn Town chairman Stephen Cleeve, left, with manager Ian Culverhouse, centre, and director of football Robbie Back after the Linnets boss signed a two-and-a-half year contract this evening. (36839494)
King's Lynn Town chairman Stephen Cleeve, left, with manager Ian Culverhouse, centre, and director of football Robbie Back after the Linnets boss signed a two-and-a-half year contract this evening. (36839494)

Cleeve said: "I am absolutely delighted for the manager, his staff and all of the players.

"But most of all I'm over the moon for our fantastic supporters who deserve this promotion to the top level of non league football, as well as all or our sponsors and the people behind the scenes who you don't see much off but their hard work is never forgotten.

"It has been a long process to get to this juncture but I am so relieved that our fellow clubs throughout the National League have decided upon this decision and I thank them for that.

"I also felt it was right that play-offs should take place as well and I would like to wish all of the teams competing in them the very best of luck."

The decision sealed back-to-back promotions for Lynn and manager Ian Culverhouse, who has taken the club to the top flight of the non league game in the space of three seasons.

King's Lynn Town chairman Stephen Cleeve, left, with manager Ian Culverhouse, centre, and director of football Robbie Back after the Linnets boss signed a two-and-a-half year contract this evening. (36839494)
King's Lynn Town chairman Stephen Cleeve, left, with manager Ian Culverhouse, centre, and director of football Robbie Back after the Linnets boss signed a two-and-a-half year contract this evening. (36839494)

Linnets director of football Rob Back added: "It has been a very long process but to finally get there is an amazing feeling.

"The players have been amazing and very consistent over the past season and they so deserve this promotion.

"When I used to come along and watch from the terraces it was always my dream to see us playing National League football so, for me, it really is a dream come true."

National League chief executive officer Michael Tattersall commented: “I congratulate each of our champions clubs on their successful campaigns.

"The enforced curtailment of our season does nothing to discredit the quality of the football played and I am pleased that our clubs have overwhelmingly supported the award of their titles.

"We can now also look towards the completion of end of season play-offs.”

King's Lynn Town FC players after their brilliant Super Play-Off triumph away at Warrington Town on Saturday (10189531)
King's Lynn Town FC players after their brilliant Super Play-Off triumph away at Warrington Town on Saturday (10189531)


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