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11 Dec 2017 : 'Keeper Germano is released

Best wishes to goalkeeper Germano Mendes, who has been released by the club.

Germano appeared in last month's home win against Northwich Vics for which both our 'keepers were unavailable and we thank him for his contribution.

09 Dec 2017 : Cheshire Youth call-up for Rio Gill makes it four Linnets in squad

Rio Gill's inclusion in the Cheshire County FA Youth squad for the forthcoming game against Liverpool FA in the FA County Youth Cup third round brings our total representation to four.

Striker Rio, who made his first senior start in the Cheshire Senior Cup win at Congleton Town and followed up with an appearance in the Macron Cup tie at Stockport Town, joins fellow first-team squad member, Kasie Jones (who also played in those matches) in the 18-strong party for the inter-counties game at Vauxhall Motors on Saturday, December 16th (ko 2pm).

Kasie has been a regular in the Cheshire Youth line-up along with Luke Cawley and Eden Gumbs, who both play for our youth team in the West Cheshire League.

09 Dec 2017 : Round-up from the Trust AGM

At the 2017 AGM of Runcorn Linnets FC Limited in the clubhouse, the make-up of the new Trust Board was officially announced.

After receiving eight valid nominations, the Board decided that it would operate with 12 members (the maximum allowed by the club's constitution), instead of 11.

All eight applicants were, therefore, automatically elected to serve alongside the four board members who each have another year to serve.

In making the decision, the board took into account an ever-increasing workload and the need for an even closer working relationship with the Linnets' Junior section now that we have a new clubhouse, co-run and maintained by the Senior and Junior sections.

The eight successful candidates, all elected for two years, are (in alphabetical order of surname) Karen Boyle, Mark Buckley, Ciaran Clotworthy, Paul Eastup, Stuart Graham, Tracy Measor, Adrian Taylor and Reg Woods. They join Mike Bignall, Hedley Edwards, John Pickering and Steve Pritchard on the Trust Board. Club treasurer Phil Wainwright is an externally co-opted member of the Board, on account of his skills in a specific role and as a representative of Runcorn Supporters Club.

Externally co-opted members need to be reappointed annually by the Board and this is traditionally on the agenda for the January Trust Board meeting.

A resolution tabled by Ciaran Clotworthy that the Club Secretary's role should be classed as ex-officio was passed unanimously.

This effectively means that the role of Club Secretary does not need to be filled by a member of the Trust Board (although it is at present).

The vote formally confirms the roles of Club Secretary and Trust Board member as being completely independent of each other while acknowledging that the same person can fill either or both roles at the same time. No constitutional change was required so the resolution was passed on a show of hands.

05 Dec 2017 : Simon Charlesworth - funeral details are announced

The funeral of Simon Charlesworth, co-founder of the Linnets Trust, will be held on Friday, December 15th.

The service at 10am is at St.Andrew's Church, Grangeway, Runcorn, and will be followed by committal at Walton Lea Crematorium at 11am.

04 Dec 2017 : Repeat Player of the Month success for Danny O'Brien

Danny O'Brien has been named Linnets' Millbank Player of the Month for a second successive time.

In a November that saw strikers Paul Shanley and Stu Wellstead share the limelight with five goals apiece, this month's Runcorn Linnets Player Of The Month is awarded to one of those unsung heroes in the team, whose consistently high performance levels sometimes tend to drop under the media radar.

Since joining the squad at The Millbank at the start of last season, Danny O'Brien has made the transition from midfield to full back and in 2017-18, he has been putting in remarkably consistent and high-quality levels of performance.

Last month was no different, with Danny overcoming injury to help the club to a great defensive record, conceding just six goals in the seven games, and of course Danny has also helped out at the other end by contributing a couple of superb goals himself.

November started with a seven-goal demolition of West Didsbury and Chorlton, with Danny taking command of The Linnets' set-piece routines, pinpointing a corner for Stu Wellstead to head home, before being withdrawn due to a nasty gash on the leg, an injury that would keep him out of the next two cup ties.

He returned for the mammoth midweek journey to Sunderland RCA, and proved pivotal as ten-man Runcorn fought off a Wearside offensive with application, attitude and calmness.

Danny also levelled from the spot as The Linnets held their nerve and eventually won through into the Third Round of The Buildbase FA Vase with a late winner.

At home to Northwich Victoria, again Danny put in an impressive and solid defensive display while once again turning provider. O'Brien and Adam Jones combined well on the right flank and Jones cut into the penalty area to drill a low cross along the six-yard box for Houghton to slam home his second goal.

Runcorn finished the month with a superlative display and clean sheet against Bootle. Once again, Danny took charge of set-piece honours, and in between him helping to keep a lively attacking unit at bay, the large Bootle wall could do nothing to prevent Danny curling a superb free-kick over the top and plumb into the furthest corner of the net - leaving visiting 'keeper Ryan Jones rooted to the spot and sending the Linnets into the warmth of their new clubhouse with a 2-0 lead.

A remarkable month for Danny in which he overcome a bad injury to spearhead the performances as well as chipping in with valuable goals. His temperament has been exceptional, and his timing in the challenge has mirrored the high quality of his vision and passing.

It's very rare that a player takes our monthly award two months on the run, that's a testament to what a great player Danny O'Brien is.

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