Hi Jamie – so tell us a bit about what you do for the club?
I’m part of the media team. We have a team of 4/5 people this year (all volunteers) and I help with updating the website stories, the club’s Facebook & Twitter accounts. Between us we cover the matchday twitter, run the website, run the YouTube channel and do the streaming for the club along with some media students from the local college.
So what was it like waiting for promotion to be confirmed earlier this year?
It was awful – kept getting dates when we may hear something but that kept being delayed due to the league wanting clubs to vote for various situations. Safe to say when the decision was finally made it was jubilation and a bit of disbelief that we’d actually done it!
Who owns the club and how have they dealt with all the difficulties of 2020?
Chairman is Steven Cleave who took over about 4 years ago, 2 promotions since. I think it’s a case, like all clubs, of just doing what they can to survive – we’ve had some streaming income, obviously more sponsorship with the higher league we’re in and a decent cup run (losing to Portsmouth with the game live on BBC/BT digital platforms helped). Like a lot of clubs we furloughed staff but thankfully the National Lottery/Government money has helped – don’t know exact figures but the £84,000 per month I would imagine has gone a long way to covering our outgoings.
How have the supporters helped the club during this time?
When the season was first suspended earlier in the year the official supporters club, the Friends of the Linnets donated £5,000 from their funds to help with bills etc.
How would you summarise your season so far and what’s the step up in leagues been like?
As I expected the step up has been massive, probably more than a lot of Lynn fans expected. We’ve done ok in some games, but heavy defeats at Sutton & Solihull and at home to Bromley have shown how far we have to go with some of the more established sides. We’re playing ok in games between the 2 penalty areas – the last few games especially we’ve not taken chances at crucial times in games, which could have given very different results if they were scored.
What’s your recent form been like heading into the Torquay game?
Not the best – 2 league defeats to Hartlepool (2-0) and Bromley (4-1) and a FA Cup defeat at Portsmouth (6-1), however we did ok in the cup game and most feel it wasn’t a 6-1 game, basically every chance they had they took – to be expected from arguably the best team in the competition at that stage!
Who are your key players and why?
Adam Marriott – 28 goals last season and 4 this, plus his strike partner Michael Gash who is just making his way back from quite a bad illness where he was in hospital twice during the summer. Best strike partnership in the National League North last season, and arguably the best I’ve seen in 30 odd years of supporting the club. Ryan Jarvis is another – plays the game at his own pace no matter what goes on around him!
What’s been your highlights of the season so far?
Has to be the win at Port Vale in the 1st round of the FA Cup – under pressure for most of the game, but scored an 81st minute winner to knock them out. Just a shame fans weren’t there! In the league, possible the win at Maidenhead – a late winner with virtually the last kick of the game.
How good will it be to have supporters back at the ground?
Goes without saying it will be fantastic, especially at home. I do think the players have missed the support at The Walks – we can make it an intimidating place to come for away teams and we have pushed the players on to get results. I’m convinced if we had fans we would have beaten Yeovil on the opening day – an equaliser to make it 2-2 with 6/7 minutes to go, I think the players would have got that bit extra from the fans and found the winner.
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