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13 Apr 2020 : Title-winning captain Kyle Hamid calls time on career

It is with a deep sense of sadness yet everlasting gratitude for his considerable efforts and achievements over seven years in a Runcorn Linnets shirt that we announce today our club captain Kyle Hamid has retired from playing.

"Mucker" hangs up his boots with a very prominent place in Linnets' history forever assured, not least for his part in leading the club to its first title success in 2017-18 season.

Seeing him lift the North West Counties League Premier Division championship was the pinnacle of a 261-game Runcorn Linnets career for one of our true, modern-day legends.

The player has been unfortunate to suffer two serious injuries over the last couple of seasons and it is a testimony to him that he was able to return this season after missing the last half of 2018-19 following a knee operation.

Typically, he was the first to sign up in fact for the 2019-20 season, which ended even more abruptly for "Mucker" than it did for his team-mates just a few weeks later.

Facing more major rehabilitation as a result of the injury sustained in last month's home game against Clitheroe, he now feels it is time to call it today.

Linnets manager, Michael Ellison said: "It's difficult to put into words the contribution Mucker has made to the club over the last seven years.

"His attributes and qualities on the pitch were clear to see for those who played against, alongside or had the privilege of watching him.

"For me, it's the other qualities he possesses that set him apart - a winner, a leader and a captain in every sense of the word both on and off the pitch.

"But above all, his loyalty - something which is few and far between in football today and something which should be recognised.

"Hes been a pleasure to play alongside and an even greater pleasure to manage.

"Thanks, Muck and good luck."

"Mucker" will always be remembered by Yellow & Greens fans as an all-action goalscoring player - 72 goals scored, including eight penalties - and a captain, who led by example.

"Mucker" had adapted his style to suit our and his own needs in the club's two seasons of Northern Premier League football but greater defensive duties didn't take away any of his commitment or competitiveness.

It will never be forgotten that "Mucker" had been among the few players to stay with Linnets amid the turmoil, which followed Joey Dunn's departure as manager in the 2016-17 close season.

Incoming boss Michael Ellison, newly retired from playing rebuilt the squad around "Mucker".

Skilful, astute and hardworking with an eye for goals, both from set-pieces and open play, "Mucker" was the natural choice when Ello came to select his successor as Linnets skipper.

After missing the first three games of the 2016-17 season, "Mucker" had a galvanising effect on a new-look side on his return and scored a hat-trick at Canmell Laird 1907.

This three-goal haul included the 1,000th goal scored by Runcorn Linnets.

"Mucker" joined us in December 2012 after 18 months at Warrington Town.

He had previously starred in the League of Wales, having also played in the NPL for Marine and Skelmersdale United.

Previous clubs also included Runcorn Town, who he had rejoined in 2010.

"Mucker" is one of just five players to have chalked up a double century of Runcorn Linnets appearances.

Only Matt Atherton (with 313 games) has played in more Linnets matches than our title-winning Captain Fantastic.

In giving thanks and appreciation for his long and faithful service to the club, we wish "Mucker" every happiness and success in the future.

The club will now decide on a suitable way to honour and recognise his immense contribution to Runcorn Linnets and will make a further announcement in due course.

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