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27 May 2021 : Chairman's Update - Week 18

Runcorn Linnets Academy

Following their success in the ESPFA Northern Division our Academy team took on Chesham United in the ESPFA National Championships. Chesham United were the Southern Division champions having won every one of their league games. The Linnets put in a great performance and won the game 2-1. There are still a number of other possible permutations but if the Linnets win their next game against Mickleover they will be crowned ESPFA National Champions.

I want to wish Ste Chaney and the boys all the best for their final game but whatever happens they have done the club proud.

Runcorn Linnets Under 18s

I was in Kirkby last week to watch our Under 18s take on Bootle Under 18s in a game they needed to win to win the league. Unfortunately, the match had to be abandoned due to a bad injury to a Linnets player. The match will be replayed on Saturday 29th May at the same venue, I would like to wish Gibbo, Toddy and all the lads' good luck, I'm sure they will do us proud.

Runcorn Linnets Ladies

We have appointed Dave Todd as the permanent Runcorn Linnets Ladies manager. Toddy has been coaching with the Juniors since 2017 and I am really happy that we have been able to promote from within. I am delighted Toddy accepted the position after impressing as Interim Manager and I'm looking forward to watching how the Ladies perform next season. He will be putting together his management team over the coming days and we will make further announcements once those appointments are confirmed.

Pre-Season Fixtures

We have confirmed our final pre-season friendly on 7th August, as Calum wanted to wait until we knew who would be in our league because he wanted to face a team at the same level as us but obviously not a team in the same division.

We will be playing away at Shepshed Dynamo of the NPL Central Division, they were promoted from the United Counties League as part of the league restructure. It will be a good final test for Calum's team ahead of the new season and it'll be good to play a team we haven't played before.

In case you missed it in last week's update, our first home pre-season friendly against Matt Atherton's Euxton Villa on 10th July, will be free entry for all and it would be great to see as many of you as possible at our first home game since December.

Club Development Plan

I have completed the Club Development Plan and it has been formally approved by the board. We will be publishing the plan soon, so we can share our vision and plans for your football club.

This is an exciting time for the club and I hope the Development Plan will show you all that we have real ambition to take the club forward.

Season Tickets

We will be announcing our 2021/22 season tickets arrangements in the coming week. Please remember that if you purchased a season ticket for the curtailed 2020/21 season, your season ticket will be automatically carried over for the 2021/22 season.

It feels like we are about to go on a journey with this football club and we would really like as many of you as possible to come along for the ride.

Thank you for reading, take care and I'll see you all soon.

Dave Jones

Chairman Runcorn Linnets FC

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