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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.

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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.


Latest Headlines

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

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

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.
  • 18 Feb : Match Report for the Clitheroe game has been added.

Current Notices

  • Applications invited for role of club secretary at Runcorn Linnets FC
  • 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

Applications invited for role of club secretary at Runcorn Linnets FC

Our club secretary, Tracy Measor is stepping down at the end if the current playing season and we are inviting applications to succeed her in the position.

This is a voluntary role within a fans-owned club whose first team, after winning promotion at the end of the 2017-18 season, plays at Step 4 of the National League System in the EVO-STIK League Division One West.

We also have a ladies team in the Cheshire Women's League and 50 teams at junior and youth levels.

The club secretary works closely with the ladies and junior sections, overseeing their administration systems.

Mike Bignall, chairman of Runcorn Linnets, said: "Tracy has done a great job as our club secretary over the last couple of years but she advised us in February that she didn't wish to continue in the role beyond the end of the season.

"We feel this is now the right time to advertise the post so that those who might be interested in the position can apply and once an appointment is made, we can set plans in operation for a smooth transition."

The role may or may not involve a position on the Trust Board, which is elected by supporters to run the club which last season won the Championship in The Hallmark Security League Premier Division.

The successful applicant will have overall responsibility for administering playing matters within the club.

The club secretary liaises with league officials, the Football Association and Cheshire County FA.

The chosen candidate will work closely with the board and the senior club management to ensure that all administration relating to the playing side of the club, such as competition entries, player transfers and arrangement/fulfilment of fixtures is carried out both accurately and in a timely manner.

Attention to detail, reliability and commitment are essential, along with excellent spoken and written communication skills, including knowledge of Microsoft computers.

Experience of club administration systems, used by the FA, would be an advantage but there will be the opportunity for the person selected to shadow and be trained by the current club secretary in the final weeks of the season.

The club secretary should be available to attend all Saturday and midweek matches, arriving in good time to perform matchday duties, while travelling (invariably independently) to away fixtures in the North West of England and beyond. Presence will also be required at training nights plus club, league and FA meetings.

This is a demanding and time consuming yet rewarding role and a chance for a supporter of the club or anyone involved or interested in football administration to become involved with one of the region's biggest, most ambitious and successful non-league clubs.

Applications with CV should be sent in strictest confidence to Mike Bignall, Club Chairman, email chairman@runcornlinnetsfc.co.uk to arrive by March 24th.

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.

Latest News

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

RUNCORN Linnets will tomorrow afternoon welcome the daughter, other close relatives and friends of a Linnets Legend as Jack Search Way is formally opened.

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09 Mar : Runcorn beat Market Drayton Town 4-1

This news item has been added from the Live SMS feed powered by BulkSMS.com In the 7th minute the Linnets were awarded a penalty. In the 8th minute Tom Bailey's penalty was saved. In the 8th minute Peter Wylie put the Linnets ahead from a corner with a cracking header. Ethan Stanton received a Yellow Card for Market Drayton Town in the 29th minute. In the 39th minute from inside the 6 yard box following a great header despite the 'keeper getting something on it Tom Bailey put us a further goal clear. Market Drayton Town closed the gap in the 49th minute with a goal from Joshua Bradburn. Louis Corrigan received a Yellow Card for The Linnets in the 53rd minute. In the 55th minute Market Drayton Town substituted Ethan Stanton for Lyndon Campbell. Andrew Hartlebury received a Yellow Card for Market Drayton Town in the 61st minute. In the 62nd minute Market Drayton Town substituted Lewis Macari for Matthew Ballard. In the 63rd minute Market Drayton Town substituted Harvey Howell for Desean Martin. Bobby Evans received a Yellow Card for The Linnets in the 66th minute. In the 75th minute the Linnets substituted Tom Bailey for Mitch Bryant. Daniel Beddows received a Yellow Card for Market Drayton Town in the 78th minute. Paul Shanley increased the Linnets' lead in the 84th minute from just outside the 6 yard box with a fabulous touch despite the 'keeper getting something on it. Lyndon Campbell received a Red Card for Market Drayton Town in the 86th minute. In the 90th minute the Linnets were awarded a penalty. Following a well-taken penalty in the 90th minute Louis Corrigan extended our lead.

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Recent Headlines

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

09 Feb : Linnets bring in teenage midfielder Coady

09 Feb : Runcorn beat Kidsgrove Athletic FC 2-1

08 Feb : Matt's the keeper of top January player award at Linnets

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