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11 Nov 2021 : Chairman's Update - Week 42

Men's Team

The lads put in a battling performance against Trafford to earn a 1-1 with a late equaliser from Lloyd Marsh-Hughes after Trafford had taken an early lead. They never gave in and kept battling until the very end and if the game had gone on a little longer, I think we would have gotten a winner.

We then had a long trip up the M6 to face Kendal on Tuesday night. After a very good performance the Linnets got a deserved 3-0 win with goals from Iwan Murray, Ryan Brooke and Dapo Olarewaju. Kendal had put in a very dogged performance in the first half to keep the game goalless at half time but we just had too much for them in the second half and it felt inevitable that we would eventually get the goal.

Those two results took us into the play off positions and considering the way we have played so far this season; it is only what we deserve.

Linnets Ladies

The Ladies played Chester Women on Sunday and despite an improved performance from the Linnets we unfortunately lost 5-2. We need to remember that the Ladies have had a big step up in league's and had a lot of upheaval in the summer. The team is improving and I have no doubt that the results will come.

Our next game is away against Hindley Juniors Women on Sunday 14th November.

Development Team

The Development Team put in a great performance at the APEC Taxis Stadium and ran out 3-0 winners against St Helens Town U21s.

Our next game is away against Witton Albion Development Squad on Sunday 14th November.

The Development Team are looking for a new coach to work with manager Robbie Gibbons, if you are interested, please contact the club.

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Academy Team

Our ESPFA Academy team continued a great start to the season with a 5-2 win over Mickleover to continue their 100% start to the season. Ste Chaney's lads have won five out of five scoring 32 goals in the process. This is after getting to the national finals last season where they finished 2nd.


We had our fireworks display on 6th November and it was a great success. As well as putting on a great night for our fans and the local community, everyone who attended was also able to raise 760 for charity. We will top that up to 800 and it will be split evenly between Halton Haven and Alder Hey. Thank you to everyone for their fantastic generosity.

We will be putting on more great events in the future so please keep an eye on our social media for more details.

Grace Mantova

As I am sure you are all aware, Grace Mantova has made the decision to resign from the Trust Board and from her role in the Tea Bar. I want to place on record my thanks to Grace, she was integral in the off field success we have achieved so far and working in the Tea Bar on a match day is a thankless task where you don't even get to watch the games.

Thank you to Grace from all at Runcorn Linnets.

Matchday incidents

We have been delighted with the increase in attendances this season and very much hope that they continue, however increased attendances do bring their own problems.

We have been made aware of a few incidents involving unruly behaviour by some of our younger fans including verbally abusing opposition players and fans. Whilst there is always an element of "banter" with players and even some light-hearted interaction, it should never be malicious and abuse cannot be tolerated.

Runcorn Linnets have always been known for the respect shown to opposition players and that is something I want to continue. Any abuse or threats of violence from our fans towards opposition players, officials, or fans will not be tolerated. Anyone observed being abusive will be asked to leave and will not be welcome back.

We want everyone to noisily back our players but there is a line that must not be crossed and everyone deserves to be treated with respect.

Thank you all for reading.

Dave Jones

Runcorn Linnets FC - Chairman

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09 Aug : Runcorn Linnets announce new partnership with Kaizen

01 Aug : Rhain Hellawell heads out of APEC Taxis Stadium for pastures new

01 Aug : Under 21s bosses leave Runcorn Linnets

01 Aug : Dapo makes short-term move to Abbey Hey for personal reasons

29 Jul : Linnets' loan swoop for Chester starlets

27 Jul : Linnets loan deal for 18-year-old Chorley striker Callum McHale

27 Jul : Striker Josh Quarless is drafted into the Runcorn ranks

27 Jul : Tributes as 1970s midfieldman Alan Pye passes away

23 Jul : Goalkeeper Danny Taberner joins Runcorn Linnets for second time

17 Jul : Reductions at the turnstile for home friendlies

14 Jul : Start to the season looks familiar for Runcorn Linnets

13 Jul : 2022-23 player sponsorship is open - make your choice now.

08 Jul : Away draws in the FA Cup and FA Trophy

05 Jul : Linnets land Sam Heathcote from West Didsbury & Chorlton

05 Jul : 6ft 4in defender Tom Moore looking to hit the heights with Linnets

24 Jun : Ex-Forest forward Nialle Rodney arrives at the APEC

24 Jun : Meet the Manager evening in clubhouse on Friday, July 1st

22 Jun : RIP John Roach - Linnets fan across eight decades

19 Jun : Iwan Murray bids farewell to Linnets

17 Jun : Ryan Brooke leaves Runcorn Linnets for Rylands after U-turn

16 Jun : Dapo back on the attack for Linnets next season

14 Jun : Billy Paynter completes backroom staff at Runcorn Linnets

14 Jun : Rhain Hellawell hungry for more in 2022-23

10 Jun : Linnets sign Spanish midfielder Sidi from Macclesfield

08 Jun : Sean O'Mahony named as new vice-captain

07 Jun : James Short promoted to club captain at Runcorn Linnets

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