King's Lynn Town

The Walks Stadium

Capacity: 8,200 (Seats 1,200)
Address: Tennyson Rd, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 5PB
Telephone: 01553 760060
Pitch Size: To be advised
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Linnets
Year Ground Opened: 1879
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Blue and Gold

The Grandstand
The Grandstand
North Terrace
North Terrace
East Terrace
East Terrace
Looking Towards The West End
Looking Towards The West End

Welcome To King's Lynn Town SignThe Walks Stadium is a classic looking football ground, which is of a good size for this level. Dating back to 1879 it is one of the oldest grounds in the country. On one side is the Grandstand. Although it only runs for around 2/3rds of the length of the pitch, straddling the halfway line, it is of a good size and looks quite imposing. This covered stand has a single tier of 1,200 seats, which are raised above pitch level, meaning that you have to climb a small set of stairs to enter it. Originally opened in 1956, the stand contains the club facilities, such as the dressing rooms, press area clubhouse bar, cafe and club shop. It is set back a bit from the side of the pitch, as there is a spectator standing area in front, as well as the team dugouts. It has windshields to either side as well as s couple of supporting pillars at the front.

Opposite is a small covered terrace that runs for the entire length of the pitch. Although it has a number of supporting pillars running along the front and along the middle, it does normally house the more vocal elements of the local support. It is around 12 steps high. Both ends are open to the elements and are small terraces. The larger of these is at the West end of the stadium. Called the Tennyson Road End, it has a few elevated steps of the terrace, the highest of which is quite broad. For some reason, this terrace is set back from the pitch and converges at an angle in the middle. I wonder if at some point the ground had a surrounding track that has since been removed? The ground has a set of four tall modern floodlights, two of which are on each side. Unusually they are not at each corner, but along the side of the pitch, one on each side of the Grandstand and two opposite in front of the North Terrace.

For most matches, fans are not segregated at the Walks Stadium. In the event that they are then away fans are housed on the Mick Wright Terrace at one end, as well as part of the North Terrace. In addition, a limited number of seats are normally made available to visiting supporters in the Grandstand for those who need to sit. The Mick Wright Terrace is an open one and is only a few steps high. Around a third of the North Terrace is also given to away fans and at least it is covered and allows visitors to make themselves heard. This terrace is shared with home supporters, with the obligatory gap in-between, further helping the atmosphere. Usually, beside the Grandstand there is a BBQ area selling burgers and hot dogs. Oddly at this level entrance to the ground is by ticket only, meaning that you need to purchase a ticket beforehand or from the Ticket Office at the ground. Normally this is not a problem, but for more popular games, the queues coming up to kick off can be quite lengthy. You can avoid this by buying tickets in advance online, including tickets for the away section. Usually, an enjoyable day out. Look out for the King's Lynn mascot which is an odd-looking bird called Lionel.

There is a club bar inside the ground, that is located in the undercroft of the Grandstand, which welcomes away supporters. However, if fans are segregated, then only those visiting supporters who are seated in the Grandstand can access the bar. There are two small pubs located around five minutes walk away from the Walks Stadium, the Live and Let live on Windsor Road and Lord Napier on Guanock Terrace. I found the Live and Let Live to be particularly welcoming and it also offers real ale and some real ciders. However, the Lord Napier does have the added benefit of showing Sky Sports. If arriving by train then in the town centre there is a Wetherspoons outlet called the Globe Hotel on King Street.

If you have a bit more time on your hands, then overlooking the Great Ouse River, is the Crown & Mitre pub in Ferry Street, which offers national and regional real ales as well as food.

At the roundabout junction of the A17 and A47, take the turn off towards West Lynn (where you can see a Shell Garage and a McDonalds outlet). Then take the right-hand turn towards South Lynn/East Coast Business Park. Then after around one mile, you will reach a roundabout, where you take the second exit onto Vancouver Avenue (signposted Gaywood/Lynnswood). Continue straight on this road as it becomes Tennyson Road and you will reach the ground on your left. There is no car parking available at the ground for visiting supporters, however, there is plenty of street parking available in the local area.

King's Lynn Railway Station is a 5-10 minute walk away from the ground. It is served by trains from London Kings Cross. On exiting the station turn left and where you see a church in front of you (and where the roads bends around to the right), take the pathway around to the left and walk through the park. You will soon see the ground over on your right.

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Seating
Adults £17                                      
Concessions £15
Under 18's and Students £11
Under 16's £2

Terrace
Adults: £15
Concessions £13
Under 18's and Students £9
Under 16's £2

Official Matchday Programme £2

Record Attendance
12,937 v Exeter City
FA Cup First Round, 24th November 1951

Average Attendance
2018-2019: 712 (Southern Premier Central League)

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If there is anything that needs to be updated or if you have something to add to the Guide to the Walks King's Lynn Town then please email me at: [email protected].

Special thanks to Owen Pavey for supplying the photos of the Walks Stadium King's Lynn Town.

Kings Lynn v Darlington
National League North
Saturday 31st August 2019, 3pm
Peter Bennett (Groundhopping)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Walks Stadium?

A chance to visit a new ground.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The ground very easy to find and street parking is available directly outside the ground. I had done my homework in advance to check out parking & directions. (Thanks to this site). One of easiest grounds I have been to for street parking. I even had time to park so I was heading in the right direction for my trip home, after the match.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

The first thing I did was buy a ticket as I knew from doing my research on this site that there were no cash turnstiles. I went into the ground, had a look around and then had a beer in the impressive bar under the Main Stand. A well fitted out bar and a good selection of beers. It was a shame though that no real ales were available. At the other end of the stand was an equally impressive sit in cafe and bar.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Walks Stadium?

The Main Stand looked very impressive from the outside and the whole ground looked good. I bought my ticket, entered the ground and it was only as I got to the Hospital End that I saw segregation fencing in place separating that end. No mention of this outside or at the ticket office which was surprising.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Kings Lynn are an impressive side and after surviving a first half of passion and effort from Darlington their class showed and in the end they won convincingly. The atmosphere wasn't brilliant. A bit flat given there were over 1200 at the game, but a very friendly club.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

No problems whatsoever. I strolled to the car and got away with no traffic problems. This is probably due to the close parking before game so as to facilitate my easy exit.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A neat ground, friendly club and well worth the trip.

Kings Lynn v Darlington
National League North
Saturday 31st August 2019, 3pm
Adam Sutcliffe (Darlington)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Walks Stadium?
 
Being an exile this ground is only 80 minutes away - a rare treat.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The ground was easy to find, thanks to Google Maps. Car parking is a bit trickier. I arrived at 2.15 and struggled to find somewhere near to park.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I chatted to some friends and Lynn fans. Their fans were very friendly.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Walks Stadium?
 
The ground is impressive, but organisation is shambolic. There are no cash turnstiles so you have to join a long queue, even at 2.20, to purchase a ticket. I was told later that there was such a big queue at 2.45 that many people missed the start. I was also informed at the ticket office that no seats are given to away fans. When I told her that the website states otherwise, she relented. I then went to the away end with my Grandstand ticket only to be told that I couldn't get through and that I'd have to walk around the other side to the seats. The club insisted that the match should be segregated despite there being only about 70 away fans, yet they cannot organise segregation.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Great view from the back of the Grandstand. I didn't have any food.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
A nightmare getting away - I waited until 5.15 to avoid the traffic queues and it was still gridlocked.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
An impressive ground - but sort out the ticketing!

King's Lynn Town v Hereford
National North
Saturday 10th August 2019, 3pm
Atholl Beattie (Neutral)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Walks Stadium?
 
A new ground in National North and King's Lynn is a place I have thought about visiting for a while.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I drove from Derby. Not the quickest of roads and Grantham was a nightmare. Off-street parking looked easy but our Bed & Breakfast 5 mins from the ground so parked there.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Went to the Live and Let Live pub prior to the match. It had excellent local real ales that were very reasonably priced. Bar staff, home and away fans and locals all friendly. So much so we visited again after the game had ended.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Walks Stadium?
 
I was well impressed by the setting of the ground on the edge of the Walks Park and also the ground itself. The Main Stand was imposing and the playing surface looked excellent. I'm glad I didn't go in the Main Stand as due to the aspect of the ground it was in the shade all game. The crowd was segregated with the away end being uncovered which didn't matter as it was a sunny day.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was played without niggle. It ended in a 3-1 victory for Kings Lynn who could have won by more. I had a burger from a stall beside the Main Stand which cost £3.50. It was pretty average and a too bit pink in middle for me. There was no real ale in the bar under the Main Stand but there was a good history of the club displayed on the walls. The dustbins on West terrace had not been emptied prior to the game and although fans tried to place rubbish in them it was difficult and the gusty wind blew rubbish all over the place.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I got away from the ground easily but really did not think the visiting fans needed to be kept in for ten minutes after the game.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
The first game of the season is always special and a very good non-league ground, excellent weather and goals made it a good day. Exploring the Old Town and Minster etc after the game made it an enjoyable weekend.

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Updated 19th November 2019

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