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Welcome

Welcome to the official website of Runcorn Linnets FC.

We are members of the EVO-STIK League (Northern Premier League). We joined for 2018-19 as Premier Division champions of the Hallmark Security League (North West Counties Football League).

We gained promotion to the EVO-STIK League West Division 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.

Feel free to view the latest news, and find out what's new on the site. If you have any suggestions, comments or questions, then please get in touch using the Contact Us page.

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.


Latest Headlines

23 Mar : Runcorn lost to Radcliffe FC 1-0

19 Mar : Millbank Linnets Stadium makes the grade but hard work for next level starts here

17 Mar : Search family's pride at tribute to Gentleman Jack

What's New?

  • 16 Mar : The Events page has been updated.
  • 12 Mar : Match Report for the Market Drayton Town game has been added.
  • 06 Mar : Match Report for the Cammell Laird 1907 game has been added.
  • 04 Mar : Match Report for the Kidsgrove Athletic FC game has been added.
  • 26 Feb : Match Report for the Mossley AFC game has been added.

Current Notices

  • Postponed Kendal game rearranged for Tuesday, March 26th
  • Order our new 1895 Sports training kit sponsored by Jem Recycling
  • Laugh out loud with Runcorn Linnets at ground-breaking comedy night
  • Statement from the Chairman
  • Linnets have been excluded from the Cheshire Senior Cup
  • Runcorn Linnets FC are looking for talented, committed and ambitious local Year 11 footballers
  • A message from our commercial manager Rob Findlay
  • Beer festival drinks sponsorship now available

Postponed Kendal game rearranged for Tuesday, March 26th

Saturday's postponed game has been rescheduled quickly by the EVO-STIK League and we will now entertain Kendal Town in our rearranged West Division fixture on Tuesday, March 26th (ko 7.45pm).

Order our new 1895 Sports training kit sponsored by Jem Recycling

Fans at this Saturday's game against Kendal Town will be invited to vote on a new away strip for the Linnets as we announce a deal with new kit partner 1895 Sports and a training kit sponsorship with Jem Recycling of Manor Park in Runcorn.

1895 will produce our home and away strips along with replicas for supporters. We will be the first football club in the country to wear their kit.


The club, meanwhile, is unveiling the design and prices of the first three items in our club training and leisure wear ranges.

These can be purchased directly from the club and ordered this Saturday in the clubhouse from 2pm - see Trust Board member Daz Law. Card payment will be available.

The T-shirt, quarter-zip top and hoodie are all available in adult sizes at £30 (T-shirt) and £38 each for the quarter-zip top and hoody. Junior sizes are £26 for the T-shirt and £32 each for the quarter-zip top and hoody.

The club very much wanted to involve fans in the new kit arrangements so the first phase of the deal  sees our supporters being asked to choose our new away kit.

We have three different designs for consideration in two colourways - orange/black (our present choice of away kit) and red/black.

The winning kit will be adopted by the club as our change strip for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.

Voting forms are available at the ground tomorrow with fans being asked to state  first, second and third preferences.

Our home kit will be unveiled shortly but will once again be a yellow and green hooped design.

There is, however, an exciting innovation in the design which we hope will capture the imagination of our fans and help them to feel even closer to the team.

Pricing of the new home and away kits will be revealed in due course.

Both will feature the name of our long-standing club sponsor Millbank to the front while Grangeside continue as our back of shirt sponsor.

Mike Bignall, chairman of Runcorn Linnets, said: "We are delighted and excited to announce the first phase of our partnership with 1895 and look forward to achieving success together.

"We also thank our existing spomsors, Millbank and Grangeside whose continued support is invaluable to a community club like Runcorn Linnets while welcoming Jem Recycling who we are certain will also be excellent partners.

"We hope that our fans will enjoy deliberating over our new away kit and voting from the chosen shortlist and while waiting for the new home kit to be unveiled, will be eager to purchase the training shirt, and half-zip top which are the same as our players will be wearing.

"We also have available our hoody with other official merchandise to be made available in the very near future."

1895 Sports, located in Winwick, were founded in 2014. Their joint co-owner is Mike Cooper, current Super League player at Warrington Wolves.

A spokesman for 1895 Sports said: "We are delighted to become official kit supplier to Runcorn Linnets in what is a new venture for us in terms of our first involvement with football.

"Our heritage is in Rugby League but we are working with local sports clubs in and around the North West of England - supplying training wear, leisurewear and playing kit."


Pictured: Quarter zip top and T-shirt sponsored by Jem Recycling and available to order now. The training gear will be launched at the home game against Widnes on Easter Monday.

Laugh out loud with Runcorn Linnets at ground-breaking comedy night

Runcorn Linnets aim to show we are game for a laugh with the staging of a Comedy Night in the clubhouse at The Millbank Linnets Stadium.

The Giggle Shack presentation on Friday, March 29th (doors open at 7pm) is in association with Colin Havey Promotions, with local comic Colin himself as event host.

Top of the triple bill is Big Lou, alias multi award-winning Manchester funnyman Lewis Jones.

Mike Bignall, Runcorn Linnets chairman, said: "This is a completely new venture for Runcorn Linnets and certainly something different from the serious business of winning football matches!

"We hope as many as possible, our fans and those who have never been to The Millbank or to any football match for that matter, will support the night.

"We are expecting a cracking night and the beer to be flowing to ensure throats hoarse with laughter are kept well lubricated!"

Tickets at £15 each (hot food included) will be available from the clubhouse bar on first team matchdays or can be purchased online via our Tickets page.

Please note admission to the show, in aid of Runcorn Linnets FC club funds, is limited to those aged 18 and over.

Statement from the Chairman

After being informed by Cheshire FA on Saturday evening that we had been excluded from the Cheshire Senior Cup, I felt it was important that the club quickly prepared and released the statement to let our supporters know before the news came from anywhere else.

The board then spent Saturday evening and Sunday looking for grounds for appeal, but unfortunately this was not possible and we had no option but to accept the FA's decision.

I and the rest of the Board apologise unreservedly to everyone involved with Runcorn Linnets FC, as supporters, players, and our much-valued volunteers. The oversight cannot be attributed to any single individual; it was an honest mistake, but unfortunately a very costly one.

I completely understand and share everyone's frustration and upset, but I and the Board will continue to push the club forward as best we can.

As always I am available at our matches to answer any questions, concerns or chat. Feel free to just grab me when you see me.

Mike Bignall

Linnets have been excluded from the Cheshire Senior Cup

The club has received notice from the Cheshire County FA that we have been eliminated from this season's Cheshire Senior Cup and will not contest the final against holders Nantwich Town.

This is due to a rule breach surrounding the signing of Tom Bailey, who made his debut in the semi-final.

Tom was registered three hours and six minutes past the signing deadline which was 12 noon on the day before the tie. This rendered Tom ineligible for the game.

This was an honest mistake and our fans will be as disappointed as we are.

But we move on and wish Cammell Laird 1907 all the best as they take our place in the final.

The club will make no further comment.

Runcorn Linnets FC are looking for talented, committed and ambitious local Year 11 footballers

Runcorn Linnets FC are looking for talented, committed and ambitious local footballers currently in Year 11 who wish to join a semi-professional academy in the Evo-Stik League where they will  #Study #Train  and  #Play  full time after leaving school in 2019.

Our students study for a BTEC in Sport qualification (Level 3), train every day with an UEFA qualified coach and play in the NPL Football Academy League  with opportunities to play in the FA Youth Cup.

Starting in September 2019, the Runcorn Linnets 'Education and Football Academy' is an alternative to college and is ideal for any 16/17 year old who wishes to gain a great education and develop as a footballer at the same time.

TRIALS  are taking place in the forthcoming Easter holidays for current Year 11 students:-

 

- TRIAL ONE -
DATE & TIME: Wednesday 3rd April, 10am - 11.30am
VENUE: Prescot Soccer Centre, Warrington Road, Prescot, L35 5AD (3G pitch)

- TRIAL TWO -
DATE & TIME
: Wednesday 10th April, 10am - 11.30am
VENUE: Prescot Soccer Centre, Warrington Road, Prescot, L35 5AD (3G pitch)

If you would like to attend, please register your details at  nplfa.co.uk/register

At the Runcorn Linnets Academy you will study, train and play full time.

STUDY:
- Alternative to college
- BTEC in Sport Level 3 (Diploma & Extended Diploma)
- 168 UCAS points (Extended Diploma) & 112 UCAS points (Diploma) available
- Two year programme
- Study in the classroom with your team mates
- Take the next step to UK university, US scholarship or employment/apprenticeship

TRAIN:
- Experienced & UEFA qualified coaches
- Train three/four times a week
- Improve technical ability and fitness on a daily basis
- Opportunities to train with the first team

PLAY:
- In the NPL Football Academy League
- Opportunities to play in the FA Youth Cup
- Games played at Evo-Stik League stadiums
- Opportunities to progress to the first team
- Opportunities to play for the inter-league team against professional clubs ( https://youtu.be/599ijooPbrg )

EXTRAS:
- All matches are filmed, analysed and shown in a weekly highlights package online with our video partners FilmMyMatch ( https://youtu.be/3T_q_C28oQg )
- Opportunities to take part in online challenges against other students ( https://youtu.be/SQfRyXeSYUc )
- Opportunities to study, play and coach in the USA by gaining a scholarship
- Progress onto our three-year university degree course ( http://nplfa.co.uk/degree/ )


Take a look at the NPLFA's success stories -  nplfa.co.uk/graduates  - and activate your ambition now by applying at  nplfa.co.uk/register

Follow the NPLFA:
facebook.com/NPLFootballAcademy
twitter.com/NPLFA
instagram.com/NPLFA
youtube.com/NPLFA

 

A message from our commercial manager Rob Findlay

Greetings Linnets fans!

My name is Rob Findlay and I am delighted to have been appointed Commercial Manager for Runcorn Linnets Football Club, my Home town club and a club I have followed since a young boy!

I bring a wealth of business experience, having been a retail manager for 10 years and have spent the last eight years in my current full-time job working within the banking industry for one of the leading high street banks in the country.

It's an exciting time to be involved with the club and my aim is to support the chairman Mike Bignall and the Trust Board achieve their fantastic plans to develop the club.

Increasing our commercial reach and revenue will also help the management team of Michael Ellison and Matt Cross to accelerate their plans for progression on the field.

Recently you may have seen the news of our partnership with Jem Recycling Group. This came about through Lesley-Anne Hannon who some of you may know (as one of our supporters and volunteers).

She set up a meeting with her boss, Phil Robinson and I was able through Lesley-Anne's support, to help Phil understand the growth of Runcorn Linnets FC over recent years and also the desire and potential for further growth as we move forwards.

This is a great club with great potential. We have a lot to offer large and small businesses alike. Can you make a difference through your place of work like Lesley-Anne? Let me know!

I have launched a commercial twitter page, this has been a great success early doors - attracting new sponsorship and growing work with existing sponsors. I am building a Commercial Department piece by piece and I believe there are lots of opportunities within the town to develop the club even further.

Look out for more developments that will be announced soon.

If you would like to contact me about commercial opportunities, you can reach me on twitter via @CommercialRLFC or email Commercial@RuncornLinnetsFC.co.uk

I would love to hear from you!

Thanks,

Rob Findlay

Beer festival drinks sponsorship now available

Sponsorship packages are now on offer for this year's main Runcorn Beer Festival, following on from the success of last year's inaugural event and the follow-up Christmas Festival.

The 2019 Beer Festival, again taking place at The Millbank Linnets Stadium, will be bigger and better with Saturday seeing earlier opening, from lunchtime, and live music throughout the day!

The Beer barrel/Cider Package is £90 and gives the sponsor entry for four people to both the invitation-only event on Friday, May 17th and the public event on Saturday, May 18th  along with eight beer tokens (two tokens per guest).

Your name or business name and logo will be displayed on the barrel, on the beer menu and promoted on the Runcorn Beer Festival and Runcorn Linnets social media platforms.

We also have Gin and Prosecco Packages available at £40 each. This includes entry for two people either the invite-only event on Friday, May 17th or the public event on Saturday, May 18th  with four drinks tokens (two tokens per guest). Your name or business name and logo will go on the drinks menu and mentions will be given on the Runcorn Linnets and Runcorn Beer Festival social media platforms.

For more information follow @commercialRLFC and DM us or message us through the Contact Us section of the Runcorn Linnets website www.runcornlinnetsfc.co.uk

Latest News

23 Mar : Runcorn lost to Radcliffe FC 1-0

This news item has been added from the Live SMS feed powered by BulkSMS.com The Linnets concede a Louis Corrigan own goal in the 1st minute of added time of the first half. Callum Grogan received a Yellow Card for Radcliffe FC in the 56th minute. Paul Shanley received a Yellow Card for The Linnets in the 62nd minute. In the 66th minute the Linnets substituted Tom Bailey for Freddie Potter. In the 66th minute the Linnets substituted Bobby Evans for Mitch Bryant. Prince Haywood received a Yellow Card for Radcliffe FC in the 69th minute. In the 72nd minute Radcliffe FC substituted Tunde Owolabi for Aaron Burns. In the 80th minute Radcliffe FC substituted Mason Fallon for Elliot Rokka. Aaron Morris received a Yellow Card for The Linnets in the 81st minute. Paul Shanley received a Yellow Card for The Linnets in the 84th minute. Paul Shanley received a Red Card for The Linnets in the 84th minute. Peter Wylie received a Yellow Card for The Linnets in the 90th minute. Aaron Burns received a Yellow Card for Radcliffe FC in the 2nd minute of added time of the second half. Craig Lindfield received a Yellow Card for Radcliffe FC in the 6th minute of added time of the second half.

19 Mar : Millbank Linnets Stadium makes the grade but hard work for next level starts here

The EVO-STIK League Ground Grading committee paid a visit today on completion of works needed for us to continue playing at Step 4 in the National League System beyond this season.

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17 Mar : Search family's pride at tribute to Gentleman Jack

One of the most famous sights in Runcorn's football history was poignantly recreated as a new roadway in recognition of the Linnets' greatest ever player was officially opened.

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Recent Headlines

15 Mar : Road naming ceremony is a fine Way to recognise Linnets' all-time great Jack Search

09 Mar : Runcorn beat Market Drayton Town 4-1

07 Mar : February winner Aaron Morris is Bowland Brewery Player of Month for second time

05 Mar : Ace goalscorer Tom Bailey joins Runcorn Linnets

05 Mar : Runcorn beat Cammell Laird 1907 2-1

02 Mar : Runcorn lost to Kidsgrove Athletic FC 5-0

01 Mar : Full back Ally Brown joins from Trafford to aid Linnets' promotion bid

23 Feb : Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Jordan Perrin makes debut for Runcorn Linnets

23 Feb : Runcorn draw with Mossley AFC 2-2

16 Feb : New recruit signs up for defensive duty with Runcorn Linnets

16 Feb : Runcorn beat Clitheroe 0-5

14 Feb : Linnets paired at home to Lairds in Senior Cup semi

12 Feb : Runcorn beat Congleton Town 4-1

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Draw date : February 2019

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194, 120, 160

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Newcastle Town
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Date:Sat 6 Apr 2019
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Venue:Lyme Valley Parkway Stadium
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Match:EVO-STIK First Division West

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Result:1-0 (lost)


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