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20 May 2018 : Season tickets for EVO-STIK League debut go on sale as first friendlies are announced
Runcorn Linnets are excited to announce the first games in our 2018-19 season pre-season fixtures schedule coupled with admission prices and rates for Season Tickets.
With a few more games still to be rubber stamped, we can announce that The Linnets will face Ashton United, Rhyl, Witton Albion and Hyde United.
Runcorn Linnets will host Ashton United at The Millbank Linnets Stadium on Tuesday 17th July with a 7.45pm kick off before travelling to Rhyl on Saturday 21st July, with kick off at The Corbett Sports Stadium being 3pm.
Our traditional friendly with Witton Albion is scheduled for Saturday 4th August at The Millbank, and we travel to Hyde United on Saturday 11th August for a special game, with more details from our hosts to be released in due time.
Admission prices for home pre-season games are £5 for Adults and £3 concessions, and please note as always that the pre-season schedule is very much open to change. We will hopefully announce more games soon.
As we make the transition into a higher level of football, of course there has to be an increase in admission charges, and from next season admission prices will be set at £8 for Adults and £5 for Concessions. We will hopefully continue to be able to allow accompanied 16s and unders to watch The Linnets for free, but as ever things will need to be confirmed as and when we are officially accepted into The Evo-Stik League and we have had chance to digest league rules and guidance.
Of course Season Tickets are a great way to watch regular football at The Millbank Linnets Stadium at a lower price, and we are pleased to announce our Season Tickets for the new season at £128 for Adults and £80 for Concessions, representing great value for money for our regular fans. More details and ordering details are at www.RuncornLinnetsFC.co.uk/SeasonTickets.
We will be announcing further commercial and fund-raising schemes throughout the summer, it is essential that we give the manager our backing as we enter Step Four football for the first time as Runcorn Linnets.
We remain a club that is run "By the fans, for the fans", and would ask fans to consider how they can help the club in any way.
Thanks for your support in 2017-18 and we hope to bring more great football and success to you in 2018-19.
11 May 2018 : Jimmy Moore and Freddie Potter are big winners at Linnets' end-of-season presentations
TITLE-WINNING Runcorn Linnets' impressive credentials in attack and defence were reflected in the individual accolades at the club's first-team awards ceremony this evening.
At the end of his first season with the club, centre back Jimmy Moore was presented with the Jimmy Lightfoot Trophy for Supporters Club Player of the Year plus The George Worrall Trophy as Players' PoY.
Meanwhile, there were several awards for star striker Freddie Potter.
Alan Jones's annual President's Award winner as Leading Goalscorer, the 25-goal marksman (who finished one goal clear of Stuart Wellstead) was also named Young Linnets' Player of the Year – lifting the Phil Tyler Trophy.
Freddie collected the Wilf Bettley Trophy for Goal of the Season – the first of his important brace in the league victory at Ashton Athletic, which took Michael Ellison's men to the brink of The Hallmark Security League Premier Division championship.
The popular centre forward was meanwhile named Linnets Updates PoY on account of his successes in the season-long Player of the Match polls on the unofficial twitter site, run by supporter and club volunteer, Ste Bignall.
Freddie's haul in the principal club awards was completed by receipt of the W Philcock Shield for Away Player of the Season.
The Home Player of the Year prize (the Ray Shingler Trophy) was awarded to winger Paul Shanley.
Manager Michael Ellison and assistant Matt Cross received club service awards for 100 games in charge – feats completed last Saturday in Linnets' penultimate game of the campaign at AFC Liverpool.
Veteran supporters, Ian Knowles and Bill Thompson presented the managerial duo with a special award, recognising their contributions to the club's maiden title success and achieving promotion to the EVO-STIK League Division One West for 2018-19.
Manager Ellison was then awarded the Noel Bell Trophy for outstanding service and achievement at the club.
There were landmark playing awards for Matt Atherton, who passed his 300th competitive Linnets outing during 2017-18; Mark Houghton and skipper Kyle Hamid (both 200 appearances) and Freddie Potter (100 games).
Atherton also took the Vice-Presidents' Award for outstanding achievement - recognising the stalwart player further extending his own first-team appearances record at the club.
The Left Side Ultras supporters group honoured Antony Hickey, Kyle Hamid and Mark Houghton, whose combined loyalty amid the mass squad departures of summer 2016 was ultimately rewarded with a title winners' medal.
Around 200 fans gathered at The Heath Business & Technical Park for the presentations, this year sponsored by Grangeside of Runcorn (Automotive Engineers).
Club chairman, Mark Buckley was Master of Ceremonies for a memorable evening. A video package, featuring the club's title-clinching victory over Squires Gate and the subsequent Bank Holiday presentation of the Premier Division winners' trophy was enjoyed by those present.
Thanks were extended to supporter Martin Holding for recording the climax to a season, which will long live in the memory of the all fans.
11 May 2018 : Commons congratulations for champions Runcorn Linnets
RUNCORN Linnets have been congratulated by consistuency MP, Mike Amesbury on their title success.
During a debate on ticket prices at sporting events, the MP for Weaver Vale – which includes East Runcorn (and The Millbank Linnets Stadium) – questioned Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Tracey Crouch on what she was doing to ensure fans can afford to attend spectator events.
Mr Amesbury (Lab) raised the Linnets' recent sporting success and cited them as an example of a club that kept their admission prices affordable to fans.
He said: "I am sure that the Minister will want to join me and my honourable friend the Member for Halton (Derek Twigg) in congratulating Runcorn Linnets on winning the Hallmark Security League Premier Division title this week.
"Although my constituents can watch the Linnets for a relatively reasonable price—a very low cost—people attending major events cannot, as prices have rocketed in recent years. Will the Minister outline what steps the Government are taking to ensure that major sporting events are accessible and affordable to all?"
Ms Crouch (Con) replied: "I of course join the hon. Gentleman in congratulating the Linnets on their success."
She added: "I appreciate fans' concerns about costs. I always keep these under review. We have worked hard with the likes of the Football Association and the Premier League to ensure that costs are kept down as much as possible. As he will know, the Premier League has done a deal to ensure that tickets for away fans are capped at £30. We do keep these things under control."
Speaking outside the chamber, Mr Amesbury said: "The Linnets are a terrific example of a sporting organisation at the very heart of the community that does its very best to keep things affordable and accessible to fans.
"I wanted to raise that example in the Commons and encourage the Minister to help ensure other sporting organisations do the same."
10 May 2018 : Runcorn Linnets allocated place in EVO-STIK League Division One West
At a meeting of the Leagues Committee earlier today, the 2018-19 Club Allocations at Steps 1-4 of the National League System were confirmed.
Runcorn Linnets have been placed in the new Division One West of the EVO-STIK League.
The only change to the 20-team line-up which had been widely anticipated sees the inclusion of Brighouse Town with Chasetown, who had been tipped to be in our division, instead being placed in the Southern League Division One East.
The full line-up of the EVO-STIK League West is:
07 May 2018 : Runcorn lose to Runcorn Town 0-1
Runcorn lost to Runcorn Town in the The Hallmark Security League Premier Division at The Millbank Linnets Stadium with a score of 0-1. Runcorn Town went ahead in the 90th minute.
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