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26 May 2022 : Runcorn Linnets Under 21s issue trial game invitation

Runcorn Linnets Under 21s men are looking to build on last season by adding to their young squad ready for the 2022-23 season.

With the success in recent seasons of graduates such as Eden Gumbs (pictured) into the Linnets first team and others now plying their trade in the North West Counties League, playing in the North West U21s Development League Premier Division for Runcorn Linnets really offers players an opportunity and a pathway to progress.

With home games and training sessions all taking place at APEC Taxis Stadium, the facilities on offer to players really are first class.

A trialists' game has been arranged for Thursday, June 2nd 2022 with a 7pm kick off at Helsby Sports Club, Chester Road, Helsby, WA6 0FX.

Players who are interested in attending to showcase their talents will need to either direct message the Under 21s' Twitter account @LinnetsU21 or email runcornlinnetsu21s@gmail.com

Manager Dean Vian, who is assisted by Brenden Rowley, said: "We already have a squad with fantastic potential and are looking to add further quality to the current group to really kick on next season and have a crack at challenging at the top end of the league.

"We are looking for committed players, who are able to train each week and play games on Sundays. In return, they will receive quality coaching and first-class facilities.

"Our aim is to keep producing players who can make that step up to the first team and impress the new first team gaffer when appointed."

25 May 2022 : 2022-23 admission prices, season tickets and new junior matchday membership

Runcorn Linnets can now confirm first-team admission prices for the 2022-23 season.

Matchday entry will be £10 for adults and £7 for concessions (age 65+ and 18-22 year olds in full-time education)

The new prices represent a £2 increase in both categories - this is the first rise since we joined the Pitching In Northern Premier League.

The forthcoming season will be our fifth at Step 4.

Free entry will continue for supporters aged 18 and under. Hopefully this will at least maintain and perhaps increase last season's unprecedented junior and youth support while facilitating family attendance.

Season tickets, covering admission to all home league games and representing a good saving across the 19 matches, will be £150 for adults (£100 concessions).

To guard against any repeat of last season when regular junior fans were unable to obtain a priority ticket for the play-off final as a member or season ticket holder, there will be a junior (18 and under) matchday membership.

This will cost £15 and include a season ticket and a free scarf.

All junior members who play for Runcorn Linnets JFC will be able to claim back £5 towards the cost from the junior section.

Junior matchday members will also obtain priority in any big match ticket allocation.

Club chairman, Peter Cartledge  said: "The Trust Board has carefully considered at length our admission pricing structure - trying to be as fair as possible to fans while seeking to protect the club's financial sustainability.

"Eventually, with much reluctance and regret, it was decided (after four years of charging the Northern Premier League minimum) that we need to raise our admission prices.

"This will help to offset the major further upsurge in our running costs and overheads, resulting from high-rising inflation, while giving us a better chance of remaining competitive in the season ahead.

"Club finances are still suffering from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and despite increased support last season, income is not at the required level.

"We have succeeded against the odds in freezing our entry prises for the last four years.

"It is now necessary that we move to admission charges, which are comparable to our rivals."

The club will extend its offer of a £2 reduction on adult admission to Halton Leisure Card holders but this only applies to League matches.

Applications for season tickets and junior membership should be emailed to commercial@runcornlinnetsfc.co.uk

This is also the address for all associated enquiries.

The club will reply with arrangements for payment and collection.

21 May 2022 : Tribute to the late Arthur Easton, Linnets Trust member and fan

The club is extremely sorry to have heard that stalwart Runcorn Linnets supporter Arthur Easton has passed away at the age of 75.

Quiet and unassuming, Arthur was a regular at our games for a number of years - travelling to home and away matches from his home in Widnes. He was also a Trust Member.

Paying tribute to his friend, fellow Linnets fan Brian Healey said: "Arthur had been watching the Linnets since their return to Runcorn in 2010.

"I got to know him 11 years ago when he sat near me in the stand . I recognised him from a country music club in Widnes and we struck up a friendship based on our mutual interest in the Linnets and country music.

"I then found that he lived round the corner from me in Widnes. We started travelling to away matches together.

"In recent years, Arthur only went to more local away games due to health issues but rarely missed a home game.

"Other than football, his main passion was country music and he was well known at country music clubs all round Merseyside.

"He was a lovely man who will be greatly missed by all who knew him."

The club's thoughts are with Arthur's family and friends at this sad and difficult time.

The funeral service at noon on Thursday, June 9th at GreenAcres Funeral Park in Rainford will be followed by interment at Foxes Bank Cemetery, Whiston.

18 May 2022 : Reflections of "Spenny" - prize-winning volunteer

Runcorn Linnets volunteer, Alan Spendlove ("Spenny") was awarded the Noel Bell Trophy for his contribution to the club at our Presentation Evening on Friday.

"Spenny" was unable to attend the event due to illness but wanted to show his appreciation to Noel's widow Sue for honouring him, give fans some context to work already carried out at and briefly outline future ambitions.

He said: "The Noel Bell Award for contribution to the Linnets. I am overwhelmed to receive such an honour.

"Unfortunately due to a viral infection, I was unable to be there to collect in person to accept the award, which is totally unexpected.

"I was privileged to have known Noel from living on the same estate. I would often bump into him and talk on his favourite subject Runcorn FC."

"Spenny" added: "When the pandemic started and football ceased, or ground volunteers decided that the time was right to make improvements.

"Alan Jones and Paul Tandy relocated containers and re-painted. It was left to me and my fellow volunteers Bren Connolly and Paul Riley to lay many flags and erect fencing,

"Sam Phillips asked me would I build a gantry for the media team above the stand. I jumped at the chance. Work in progress.

"With winter 2021 approaching, it decided we needed cover down the bottom (Forest End). I designed cantilever frames and had them manufactured and we set up a working party to fit them.

"We recently added more frames and with a very kind and welcome donation from supporter Reg Woods, we will be shortly be fitting more roof panels.

"I would like to envisage for the future a larger bar and terracing at the Popular End or down the side of the ground - oh, and we continue with the gantry.  Martin (Holding) needs cover for videoing the games."

Another regret for "Spenny" in his absence from the awards ceremony was being unable to say farewell to departing manager, Calum McIntyre.

"It is a pleasure to have known Calum," he added.

"Thanks for a cracking season and good luck to him at Chester FC."

Photo - Alan Spendlove (centre) with fellow volunteers Paul Tandy and Jimmy Peers.

17 May 2022 : More managerial farewells as assistant Colin Woodthorpe heads for Chester

Runcorn Linnets can confirm the departure of our assistant manager Colin Woodthorpe, who has accepted an invitation to become Calum McIntyre's No2 at Chester.

We have been really lucky to have had someone of Colin's renown, experience and calibre in the post over the last couple of years and he has proved a perfect foil for manager Calum in their time together at APEC Taxis Stadium.

Anybody who knows Colin will attest that he is a man of the utmost integrity with a high level of football knowledge at all levels.

He has played a key part in the development of our squad.

As well as appearing in the top divisions in both England and Scotland, Colin built a strong affiliation with Chester during his time there as a player, so this move is very much like going home for him.

Peter Cartledge, chairman of Runcorm Linnets, said: "We are delighted that Colin has not only been successful at Runcorn Linnets but very much enjoyed his time with us, like Calum showing a commitment which is second to none.

"We wish Colin well on his return to the National League and assure him and his family - especially son Ash, who we have all got to know and love - of a warm welcome when ever they come back to see us in the future."

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