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Historical Archive

This is an archive of material from the club’s history going back to the very origins of the club. It consists of photos and newspaper cuttings together with clippings from old programmes and magazine articles. If anyone has anything they feel they could add to the site, please get in touch with us via the Contact Us page. You may also be interested to visit Bill Raftery's Runcorn FC Archive site.

Pre 1930

This period covers the formation of the club in 1918 and the first Cheshire Senior Cup success. View >>

1930s

The early part of the decade was not spectacular but the second part brought Cheshire league championships, Cheshire Senior Cup success and the great FA Cup tie versus Preston NE. Some of the great names of the club’s history appeared in this era. View >>

1940s

The league was suspended during the war years but the immediate post-war period brought further success in the FA Cup against League opposition. View >>

1950s

The club struggled in the Cheshire League with little notable success during the period. View >>

1960s

The “Boothway” decade which saw a league title and success in the Cheshire Senior Cup competitions.The era of Foster and Moss and FA Cup glory versus Notts County, thanks to Alan Ryan.The club left the Cheshire League at the end of the decade to join the Northern Premier League. View >>

1970s

The era of Stan Storton. The club won the Cheshire Senior Cup again in 1973/74. The following year, they retained the Senior Cup and added the NPL Cup, as the team became one of the strongest in the league. The season after - 1975/76 - the club won their first NPL league title, and took their third league scalp - Southport - in 1977/78, with the NPL Cup won again in 1979/80. In this season, the Alliance Premier League (now Nationwide Conference) was formed, with Runcorn surprisingly left out. View >>

1980s

The golden decade for the club. They did the treble in 1980/81, lifting the NPL Championship, NPL Cup and the NPL Shield, achieving promotion to the top flight of non-league football. After promotion, Runcorn continued their form and shocked the non-league world by winning the APL Championship at the first attempt by a seven-point margin, losing just five games. Runcorn also won the League Cup - known as the Bob Lord Trophy - on two occasions in 1982/83 and 1984/85, and were runners up in 1991/92. In the first ten years of APL football, Runcorn finished in the top eight on nine occasions. The "Conference Years" were also Runcorn's most successful periods in the FA Cup and FA Trophy. In their fifteen years of tenure, Runcorn reached the First Round six times and the Second Round four times. They also defeated two league sides in this time - Chester (1987/88) and Wrexham (1988/89). In the FA Trophy, Runcorn went one better than their three Semi-Final appearances in the 70s by reaching the Final at Wembley in 1986. Runcorn were also very successful in the Senior Cup, winning it for five consecutive years in from 1984/85 to 1988/89. View >>

1990s

The Linnets reached two more FA Trophy finals at Wembley, going down to Wycombe Wanderers (4-1) in 1993 and Woking (2-1) in 1994. Despite their success on the field, disaster struck three times off the field during the 1993/94 season. A perimeter wall collapsed in a FA Cup tie against Hull, the roof blew off a stand in high winds, and the main stand was gutted by fire. With the club crippled by the cost of rebuilding their Canal Street home, Runcorn suffered on the pitch, and were relegated for the first time in their history in 1995/96 after fifteen years of top-flight non-league football. Back in the Northern Premier League the club won the Presidents Cup in 1997/98. View >>

2000s

With crowds dwindling, Runcorn sold their Canal Street home to move into the 11,000 capacity Halton Stadium in nearby Widnes. The club also changed their name to Runcorn FC Halton. In the 2003/04 season, the Conference announced the formation of Conference North and South for following season, with Runcorn qualifying by finishing the season in thirteenth - the final automatic spot. The following two seasons saw relegations into UniBond Premier and UniBond First following financial difficulties, although the spot in UniBond First was never taken up as the club became dormant after the creation of Runcorn Linnets FC by the fans of the old club in 2006. Success came to The Linnets in season 2006/07 when promotion was achieved to the top division of the North West Counties League. After 4 years out of the town at Witton Albion, the club moved back to their own ground in Runcorn at the Millbank Linnets Stadium in 2010. View >>

2010s

In 2010 the club moved back to their own ground in Runcorn at the Millbank Linnets Stadium after playing for 4 years at Witton Albion. The bond between the two clubs continues to be recognised at the start of each season with a joint sponsored walk followed by a pre-season fixture. The Linnets will always be grateful to Witton for their friendship and support during this time. Early in season 2010/11, former Linnets player Paul McNally was appointed to the manager's post to replace Steve Wilkes. View >>


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