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23 Mar 2019 : Runcorn lost to Radcliffe FC 1-0

This news item has been added from the Live SMS feed powered by 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 2019 : 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.

We are pleased to report we have been awarded the D Grade required for membership of the EVO-STIK League Division One West in 2019-20.

But should we win promotion at the end of this season, it would result in a lot of work and extra expense in bringing the stadium up to standard for the EVO-STIK League Premier Division.

We would need to among other things significantly increase covered accommodation and seating capacity and that would involve major investment for a fans-owned club with excellent support and superb sponsors but no major backer.

If we go up this time, the work would have to be completed by the end of March 2020.

Inevitably, money well into five figures would need to be raised by ourselves even with possible match funding from the football ground improvement agencies.

As we enter the final stretch of the 2018-19 promotion race, we would be grateful for any assistance from individuals and companies in pulling the whole project together.

We'll need help with costing and planning, technical expertise, sourcing materials and sponsorship.

We are extremely grateful to those who have overseen and carried out the work ahead of today's grading, especially supporter/volunteer Alan Spendlove (Spenny) and Trust Board member, Paul Tandy.

As directed by the ground graders on an earlier visit, they have laid a new pathway to improve access to the turnstile in the pitch perimeter fence (now incorporated into the fencing just past the former main gates into the stadium on the old clubhouse walkway).

The improvements, also involving the infilling of a pitchside gate and minor adjustments to the medical room off in the dressing room corridor, were carried out successfully in unfavourable weather.

So thank you Spenny and Paul. We take our hats off to you, guys!

17 Mar 2019 : 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.

Either side of World War Two, the Number 9 jersey was synonymous with legendary centre forward Jack Search, star of Runcorn FC's 1939 FA Cup team.

On Saturday, Jack's daughter Jeannie De Rycke sported his legendary number and name on a Runcorn shirt - the yellow and green shirt of modern-day Runcorn Linnets - for the unveiling of the lasting memorial.

Colours in her dad's day had been blue and white quarters.

Jack, known as "Gentleman Jack", died on March 13th 1988, the road named in his honour being opened three days after the 31st aniversary of his death.

He was said to have put Runcorn "on the map" through his exploits as a Runcorn FC player for 15 years (Jack was later its chairman for two seasons).

But the Liverpudlian also earned a place in the town's affections for his wartime bravery.

While in Italy with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC) in 1943, Jack carried out an action "of great heroism".

In Syracuse, Sicily, he cleared stocks of ammunition from the path of a raging petrol fire.

His bravery prevented a major explosion, thereby averting huge damage and casualties.

Rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Jack had volunteered for army service in 1939, was awarded the George Medal by The King at Buckingham Palace.

Jack was always self-effacing but his achievements on the football field were plentiful. He spearheaded the run of Runcorn's Cheshire County League title-winning side to the FA Cup third round for the for the only time - holders Preston NE being made to fight for a 4-2 victory.

He rejected a move to Arsenal and interest from Chelsea  and Burnley to remain amateur and loyal to Runcorn.

In later life, Jack became a director at Everton.

Jeannie De Rycke said: "My father, Jack Search, had a lifelong affection for Runcorn Football Club - long after his playing career ended and he finished his time as chairman.

"He would always check Runcorn's results and watched their progress with great interest. He was a modest man, never looking for fame or honours, but this event would have touched him deeply.

"He would have been so proud of the huge honour paid to him by the club and the town - he'd have been walking on air!"

Jack Search Way is the address of the new retail park, bordering the Millbank Linnets Stadium in Stockham Lane.

The road opening was attended by many of Jack's family and friends plus officials of Runcorn Linnets, whose Trust secretary Dave Bettley chronicled Jack's career and spoke of the affection and esteem he enjoyed in the town. 

Club president Alan Jones showed the Search family the matchball  from the Preston game, now belonging to Runcorn Linnets and bearing the signatures of both teams.

Planned to coincide with the visit of Kendal Town - Jeannie and her husband David live a short drive from the Lake District town - the event went ahead, despite the postponement of the game due to heavy rain.

Also present was Councillor Ron Hignett, cabinet member at Halton Borough Council, who said: "It is fitting that the new road into the Retail Park is named Jack Search Way.

"A big thank you to the Linnets and our local historian Councillor Dave Thompson for organising this event.

"We can now be sure that Runcorn can not forget one of its heroes."

Mrs De Rycke added: "The whole Search family were amazed that he was remembered so fondly after so many years - they have asked me to express their enormous gratitude both for the honour given to Jack and for the great friendship and hospitality they received from Runcorn Linnets on the day.

"The family were so chuffed by the naming of Jack Search Way that as many as could possibly make it came to see the ceremony on the day - some from a great distance. We even had one nephew there, Harold Smith, who was old enough to have seen Jack play!

"I would also like to thank Halton Borough Council for their part in both the preparations and the ceremony itself - we understand that Councillor Thompson did a lot beforehand and Councillor Ron Hignett not only gave a terrific speech but stayed around to chat at length - it was greatly appreciated.

"I can safely say that all Search family members who attended will from now on consider themselves "friends of Runcorn and the Linnets".

"I personally will remember this day forever."

Pictured: Jack Search's daughter, Jeannie De Rycke with Councillor Ron Hignett, Halton Borough Council cabinet member.

15 Mar 2019 : 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.

The roadway, next to the Millbank Linnets Stadium, honours a player who starred for Runcorn FC, predecessors of the present-day club, in their most famous match - an FA Cup third round tie against the holders Preston North End  in 1939 - and turned down a move to Arsenal in favour of staying amateur.

The late Jack Search's playing exploits during the 1930s are legendary in Runcorn, stories being passed down the generations - meaning that Jack's name and career are well known to many Linnets followers nowhere near old enough to have seen him play.

He became great friends with Bill Shankly who played for PNE at Runcorn - Bill going on Liverpool manager and Jack an Everton director!

It was with "great delight" that Runcorn Linnets heard last year of the plans by Halton Borough Council to name the roadway running through the new retail park outside the stadium in honour of a player widely considered to be the Linnets' finest.

Jack Search Way will be officially opened at lunchtime tomorrow and it's fitting that the unveiling should take place on the first visit to the MLS of Kendal Town.

Jack's daughter, Jeannie De Rycke and her husband, David live on the outskirts of the Cumbrian town and attended Kendal's earlier EVO-STIK League home game against Linnets.

Linnets Trust secetary, Dave Bettley said: "When the borough council first intimated that they were proposing to honour Jack's memory in this special way, we managed to get in touch with Jack's son John using an old email address in our former chairman Derek Greenwood's contacts list.

"In October, while waiting for the new retail park to take shape (and Jack Search Way to be adopted), we were contacted by Jeannie who told us that very sadly, John had passed away.

"But John knew that his dad's contribution to the Linnets was to be commemorated and like the rest of the Search family, he had been extremely proud to hear of the recognition.

"The club has kept in regular touch with Jeannie and we know she has been very much looking forward to the day".

A number of Jack's nephews and nieces are also among our guests with Councillor Ron Hignett representing Halton Borough Council.

The youngest of nine children, Jack's playing career with the Linnets spanned 14 years, either side of World War Two. 

He was the kingpin centre forward in the mid to late 1930s, one of the most successful periods for the former Runcorn club and Jack rejected an offer from Arsenal for a reputed £7,000 switch to Highbury and stayed on as a salesman for Liverpool Gas Company.

1936/37 saw the Linnets winning the Cheshire  County League title, doubling up with League Cup success.

The following season they finished as league runners-up, but won the Cheshire Bowl. The final was against Tranmere Rovers who lost a thrilling match at Canal Street 5-4.

The Linnets regained the title in 1938/39 - a season when FA Cup glory came to Canal Street, with the team claiming their first league scalp as they defeated the then Third Division champions, Aldershot in the second round.

Runcorn got the dream tie against the 1938 Cup winners Preston. In front of a club record crowd of 10,111, the Linnets went down 4-2 to two late goals.

After also winning the wartime league in 1939 and 1940, this highly-rated Runcorn team was broken up as the Second World War escalated and the league programme was suspended.

A giant of a man in every respect,  6ft 4in Jack's own wartime service saw him join the Royal Engineers and then the Royal Ordmance Corps, rising to the rank of Lt-Col. He was awarded the George Medal for bravery.

He later became Runcorn FC chairman and served on the Board at Everton from 1977-1988, always looking out for the Linnets' results.

The Linnets' Trust secretary, Dave Bettley added: "A local newspaper headline once said that Jack Search had put Runcorn on the map.

"Now, we are very happy to say, Jack is well and truly on the Runcorn map himself."

09 Mar 2019 : Runcorn beat Market Drayton Town 4-1

This news item has been added from the Live SMS feed powered by 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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