King's Lynn Town strengthen relations with neighbours Downham ahead of new league season
King’s Lynn Town have announced an exciting link-up with Thurlow Nunn League neighbours Downham Town.
On the eve of the new First Division North season, which kicks-off on Saturday, the Linnets have announced that the under-21 side will play their home games at Downham’s Memorial Field.
As part of the new partnership, Lynn’s first team will play a friendly, at Downham, on Tuesday, September 22, with a 7pm kick off.
Speaking following the announcement Downham Town chairman Jason Cook commented: “We are very pleased to join forces with King’s Lynn Town Football Club for the coming season.
“It is a big season for both ourselves and the Linnets and I for one are looking forward to forming a long term working relationship which in the future will be for the benefit of both clubs.
“We are more than happy to help out King’s Lynn as much as we can over the coming season’.
Mr Cook’s sentiments were echoed by Downham joint first team manager Dale Stokes.
Stokes added: “I still don’t think that people fully appreciate that King’s Lynn are now a National League football team – and how huge that is.
“The opportunity of a partnership with a team at that level for us is a no brainer.
“We appreciate that for us the benefits may not be instant, but we are looking at the bigger picture and we are all very excited about what the future holds in that respect.”
King’s Lynn’s second string, who are being sponsored by Blackfriars Street-based Jark (KL) Ltd this season, open their campaign by hosting Framlingham Town at their new home base.
Under-21 manager Joe Simpson commented: “It is a really exciting time for the team what with the confirmation of playing at Downham next season and the announcement of Jark (KL) Ltd as our main sponsor.
“I must thank everyone at Downham Town for their help and to Gary and Belmiro for their very generous gesture of sponsorship as well.
“We know it’s a massive challenge this season and we will be underdogs in every game.
“However it’s a long term process and after sitting down with the gaffa and Backie, we know the direction we want to go in.
“What the first team group has done is unbelievable and being a National League club now, it’s important we get the structure and foundations right underneath to match it.
“I’ve got a fantastic young group who I know they’ll give me everything they’ve got and learn very quickly what we can and can’t do at this level.It’s all about learning.”
Downham Town, who hope to make a couple of new signings over the weekend, begin their fixtures with a tricky trip to Haverhill Borough while Fakenham Town travel to Devenham LC.
In the Premier Division, Swaffham Town, who suffered a 5-0 FA Cup reverse at Gorleston on Tuesday night, entertain Brantham Athletic at Shoemakers Lane.