Welcome to the official website of Runcorn Linnets FC.
We are members of the BetVictor Northern Premier League and were placed in Division One North/West for 2019-20 after the league's Step 4 boundaries were changed.
We gained promotion to the League for 2018-19 as Premier Division champions of the Hallmark Security League (North West Counties Football League) on our 12th Birthday (28th April 2018) by securing the minimum of a second place finish in the Hallmark Security League's top flight. We went on to finish four points clear.
We are a registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 and were formed in the 2006 off-season by the fans of the now defunct Runcorn FC (which was playing under the name "Runcorn FC Halton" at the time). Although when we formed we were technically a "new" club, the Linnets were given special dispensation by the FA to be treated as a reformed version of Runcorn FC - the special dispensation was necessary as the old club had simply become dormant, choosing not to field a team, as opposed to ceasing to exist as a legal entity. We were awarded FA Charter Standard in October 2011.
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Remember, if you are unable to make it to a match, then you can get the latest live score, plus mini-commentary by visiting this site during the game! If you can't get to a computer during the match, then you can have the details of the match at half and full time sent by text to your phone. You can get more details of this on the SMS page. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter where you will find live updates throughout our matches.
The deadline for applications is midnight Sunday 31st of May.
Thanks for the memories - photographic reminders of matches and players of the past
To help break the boredom of these long football-free days, one of our vice-presidents (and former club chairman) Derek Greenwood has posted some reminders of Linnets days gone by in the Historical Archive.
Derek is the guardian of the Historical and Programme Archives on the website and author of the booklet "Once a Linnet...", published in 2018 to commemorate the first 100 years of Linnets football in our town.
The intention with this feature has been through photos and other memorabilia to jog (and at times test) your memory of matters relating to the original and present club.
We've simply called this new section "Memories" and are sure this will rekindle many happy ones!
27 May : First video of our new pitch being watered
This is our new Speedy Rain sprinkler watering the seed on our newly installed Hybrid Carpet pitch (the green "grass" you can see is artificial) with water from our borehole.
26 May : Statement from the Board
On Thursday the Board voted on whether to retain the services of Michael Ellison as Manager of Runcorn Linnets FC. The outcome of that vote wasn't unanimous, but the majority view was that the relationship should not continue. It has been one of the hardest decisions to make during the lifetime of the club, as Ello has not only enjoyed great success during his time at the club, but he is a very popular figure with great drive and enthusiasm.
Michael Ellison has released the following statement, originally via Twitter, and has given permission for it to be posted here...
As you all know I'm not one for social media but felt I had to make a statement after recent events.
Firstly I'd like to thank the club for giving me the opportunity to cut my teeth in management, four years ago the club took a massive risk in appointing me and showed faith in me and I'd like to think that over the past four years I've repaid that faith and then some.
Over the past four seasons I've worked under four different chairman and although we haven't always seen eye to eye I'd like to think both of us have had the club's best interests at heart and over that period given the fans some memorable moments (too many to mention).
Although, I didn't agree with the decision made on Thursday night I respect it and have accepted it. I have no ill feeling towards any one person or persons at the club.
I'd like to thank my staff Crossy, Lawty, Gemma, Salty and Chris who have gone above and beyond what's been expected of them and for putting up with me. Without them none of the success we've had would have been possible.
I'd like to thank all the players who have worked under me over the past four seasons (too many to mention) especially those from the start who again showed faith in me and stood by the club at a difficult time.
Lastly to the fans who are undoubtedly the heartbeat of this football club. Although I do understand your frustrations and your right to express your views I feel it's important to remember that in this period of transition the most important thing is THE FOOTBALL CLUB.
Managers, chairman and board members will come and go but what must remain is the support for this great football club. Thank you for your unrivalled and continued support over the last ten years not only as a player but as a manager it's been emotional.
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