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Paul Shanley

Position : Forward

Paul has over the last two seasons firmly established himself as a main stay of the Linnets' line-up and he featured more than anyone else in last season's team which carried off the Hallmark Security League Premier Division title.

Both strong and skillful, Shanners has posed a problem for a great many opponents with his tireless efforts on our left wing.

His 49 appearances (including two as a sub) in 2017-18 earned him 15 goals plus plenty of plaudits - not least the league's Macron Player of the Month award for February.

He has become a firm favourite of the Linnets faithful and entered the 2018-19 season just 10 shy of 100 club appearances and with an aggregate 25 goals to his name.

Prolific wide man Paul Shanley enjoyed a memorable debut for Runcorn Linnets in our first league game of the 2016-17 season against West Didsbury & Chorlton at The Millbank Linnets Stadium.

It began even before kick off with the presentation of the North West Counties League's Premier Division Player of the Year award which 'Shanners' had landed the previous season on account of his outstanding displays for Runcorn Town.

Handed the captain's armband in the absence of suspended skipper Kyle Hamid and honeymooning vice-captain Mark Houghton, Paul celebrated his maiden Linnets appearance with a goal.

Paul had prior to that netted a remarkable 100 goals in 214 appearances for our near neighbours from Weston Point.

He had joined Runcorn Town from Atherton Collieries in November 2011, scoring 24 goals or more in three of his four full seasons at Paviions. His best campaign haul was 30 goals from 53 appearances in 2014-15.

Runcorn Linnets would like to thank Paul Raftery who has kindly sponsored Paul Shanley.

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