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24 Jun 2022 : Ex-Forest forward Nialle Rodney arrives at the APEC

Front man Nialle Rodney is the newest addition to our 2022-23 squad.

The 31-year-old most recently played for Ramsbottom United but has been away from the game for a while.

He had two stints at Rammy, playing in between at FC United of Manchester, Lancaster City and Ashton United.

First time around at Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, Nialle was a team-mate of our now assistant manager Jamie Rainford.

Nialle is an experienced and much-travelled forward, who played for Nottingham Forest, Bradford City and Hartlepool United.

In 2014, he retired from professional football to pursue a career in the fashion industry.

Nialle started out at his native Nottingham, coming through Forest's Academy.

After being loaned to Ilkeston Town in 2009-10, his first senior appearance for his parent club was in November 2010, when he cane off the bench against Cardiff City.

A one-month loan deal with Burton Albion in EFL Two was limited to three appearances as he sustained an ankle injury.

On leaving Forest, Nialle went to Bradford City, again in EFL Two on a one-year deal in July 2011.

In October 2011, Nialle moved into the Conference National with Darlington on a short-term loan, the following month heading for Mansfield Town in the same division - also on loan.

He signed for another Conference club Lincoln City in January 2012 until the end of that season before going to Hartlepool Uniter of EFL Two on a one-year deal after a brief stay at AFC Telford United.

Nialle returned from football exile to play for Grantham & District League team Greyhounders.

He subsequently played for Spalding, Coalville Town, Long Eaton United and Wythenshawe Amateurs.

We welcome Nialle to APEC Taxis Stadium and wish him an enjoyable and successful stay.

24 Jun 2022 : Meet the Manager evening in clubhouse on Friday, July 1st

As preparations continue for the 2022-23 season, there is an opportunity for Linnets fans to become acquainted with new boss Dave Wild and his backroom team.

A "Meet the Manager" evening has been arranged for Friday, July 1st in the clubhouse at APEC Taxis Stadium.

Dave will deliver all the latest news on his squad building and expand on hopes, aspirations and prospects for the campaign as he settles into the post.

There will also be appearances from assistant manager Jamie Rainford - familiar, of course, to many Linnets fans as a former Runcorn player and opponent - first-team coach Billy Paynter, Liam "Fessi" Hudson (our data analyst and player liaison officer), sports therapist Jack Gleave and goalkeeper coach David Phillips, who is already known by the vast majority of Linnets supporters.

This is a chance for fans, old and new, to hear at first hand the work Dave Wild and his staff have been undertaking since arriving at Runcorn and to ask questions of the management, coaching and support staff. The event kicks off at 7pm and we are sure there will be a good turnout as anticipation grows for pre-season games and the kick off to the competitive season.

The 55th Northern Premier League campaign kicks off on Saturday, August 13th with West Division fixtures expected to be released in mid-July.

22 Jun 2022 : RIP John Roach - Linnets fan across eight decades

We regret to pass on very sad news on the death of another of our stalwart fans.

John Roach passed away recently, aged 86, having loyally followed the Linnets since the 1950s.

As a supporter of Runcorn AFC, John would watch games from the popular side, sharing his traditional 'speck' behind the dugouts with good friend Derek Thompson.

In more recent years, he enjoyed supporting Runcorn Linnets and, true to form, his favourite spot was likewise on the dugout side, where he this time stood with pals Peter Hoxworth and Bryn Jones.

We were extremely sorry to hear of John's death and are thinking of his family and friends at this distressing time.

Picture - John Roach (bottom third from left) on the terraces at Canal Street with Derek Thompson to his right.

19 Jun 2022 : Iwan Murray bids farewell to Linnets

Runcorn Linnets can confirm that Iwan Murray has left the club.

We have been very fortunate over the last couple of seasons to have watched Iwan in the yellow and green.

It will not come as any surprise that he is moving on.

He has been an outstanding performer throughout his time with us and deserves to show his skills at a higher level.

Iwan is considering a number of options and while he hasn't yet decided on his destination, we know that he will be successful.

It has been a real pleasure to get to know Iwan and his family, and we wish them all the very best for the future.

Midfielder Iwan scored 25 goals in 61 appearances for Linnets, earning the admiration and respect of all associated with the club, and leaves us with a lot of happy memories.

17 Jun 2022 : Ryan Brooke leaves Runcorn Linnets for Rylands after U-turn

Runcorn Linnets are extremely disappointed to report that Ryan Brooke, having agreed terms to stay with us in the coming season, has today informed the club that he is signing for Warrington Rylands 1906.

We were delighted when Ryan, given his scoring profile and cult status with the fans, shook hands on a deal with our new manager Dave Wild after receiving an offer from Rylands.

The Northern Premier League West Division champions have since returned with an improved financial package - one that we could not match, even if we wished to.

As fans ourselves, the Trust Board shares the anguish our supporters will feel at losing a player of Ryan's calibre.

We did all we could to try to keep him and, as with all our players, he has been well looked after during his time with us.

The club thanks Ryan for his outstanding contribution, particularly his scoring feats of last season when he won the NPL West Golden Boot.

It isn't the first time we have lost an influential player and we move on in the knowledge that we have always recovered from such blows in the past.

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