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25 Jan 2020 : Goalkeeping changes at Runcorn Linnets

Runcorn Linnets manager Michael Ellison has signed namesake Craig Ellison (pictured) from Congleton Town as replacement for goalkeeper Michael Emery.

At the same time, we thank Danny Taberner who has answered an SOS to take the No.1 shirt for today's game against Ossett United.

6ft 4in Craig, 33, is a vastly-experienced 'keeper, who has carved out a successful career - combining playing in non-league with high-level coaching and scouting roles.

He took up coaching in 2009, founding Reflex GK Academy, on completing a stint as a youth team player and first-year professional at then Championship club, Crewe Alexandra.

Craig is fully FA qualified and also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in sports coaching.

Responsible for the progression of more than 72 goalkeepers in academy and professional football, Craig was also one of Burnley's Academy coaches for more than two years, and currently occupies a role in talent identification for Manchester City.

As a player, the Mancunian joined Congleton from Witton Albion, having also served clubs including FC Halifax Town, Garforth Town, Curzon Ashton, Burscough, Vauxhall Motors, and Stalybridge Celtic, Droylsden, Colwyn Bay, North Ferriby United and Mossley.

He has also played in Brazil and USA.

Danny Taberner, 26, had a key part in Northwich Vics' run to last season's FA Vase semi-final.

With Craig unavailable for this afternoon's game, Bolton-born Danny (who has also represented Atherton Colls and joined Cheadle Town earlier this month) has agreed to stand in.

Michael Emery said farewell in midweek due to "personal circumstances".

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10 Jul : Kurt Sherlock stays with Linnets

06 Jul : Squad update from the manager

01 Jul : Player recruitment under way as three agree terms with new boss

25 Jun : Lifelong fan joins McIntyre's Army

24 Jun : Graeme Hewitt is handed goalkeeping coach role at Runcorn Linnets

20 Jun : Physio Luke Davies joins our backroom team

19 Jun : Colin Woodthorpe named Linnets assistant

18 Jun : Linnets are re-branding!

17 Jun : Calum McIntyre named as Linnets manager

27 May : First video of our new pitch being watered

26 May : Statement from the Board

23 May : Statement from Michael Ellison

21 May : Linnets part company with manager, Michael Ellison

12 May : Everyone's a winner from our Virtual Matches

05 May : Hybrid Carpet pitch to be installed at the Millbank Linnets Stadium

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

06 Apr : Easter wishes and thanks from Runcorn Linnets

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19 Mar : Runcorn Linnets support A Better Tomorrow

16 Mar : All NPL fixtures suspended until further notice due to coronavirus fears

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