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07 May 2022 : Awards Night tickets on sale

TICKETS for Runcorn Linnets Annual Presentation Evening at APEC Taxis Stadium on Friday. May 13th are now available to purchase.

With enthusiasm high after a successful season, demand for tickets is sure to be strong so please book your tickets ASAP to avoid disappointment.

Tickets are priced at £10 each.

The celebration of a superb campaign - the first to be completed in three years - will feature traditional awards.

The winner of the Jimmy Lightfoot Trophy as Supporters Club Player of the Season will be announced - voting having taken place prior to the recent home game against Leek Town.

There will be awards for Players' Player of the Season (for the George Worrall Trophy), the Phil Tyler Trophy for Young Linnets Player of the Year (as chosen by the growing number of junior fans) and Goal of the Season for The Bettley Trophy.

Special awards will include the Manager's PoY as chosen by Calum McIntyre and the inaugural Volunteer of the Year prize, sponsored by Diageo, owners of Guinness.

Their Runcorn plant at Whitehouse is benefittng from £16 million of investment and we are grateful to the company for their support.

This award will recognise the vast amount of unpaid work, which is at the heart of our fan-owned community football club.

The recipient will receive the trophy in appreciation of the countless hours of dedicated voluntary work by so many in different fields, both on matchdays and behind the scenes during the week.

The awards evening will be hosted by Trust Board member Sam Phillips, whose commentaries on Linnets Live Radio have kept those fans, who are unable to attend matches, informed of fortunes home and away.

The presentation will feature matchday footage, some of it unseen, from our videographer Martin Holding, who has braved allhe majority weathers to capture  the season's key moments on film - from the unique vantage points in our stadium and opposition.

We hope everyone will enjoy the evening.

01 May 2022 : Memories of a fantastic season after Play-off Final loss

Runcorn Linnets will look back on 2021-22 with a huge sense of pride, despite the heartbreak of missing out by a whisker on a place in the Pitching In Northern Premier League Premier Division.

The 16-year-old fans-owned club got to within 19 minutes of a third promotion after leading their home West Division Play-off Final.

Having led from the third minute through divisional Golden Boot winner Ryan Brooke's 34th goal of the season in all competitions, the Linnets fell at the very last hurdle as a powerful visiting Marine side scored twice in eight minutes to secure the spoils.

Disappointment at the result was clear but this in no way diminished the achievements of the club over a record-breaking campaign, which will long be remembered and savoured.

Nobody associated with the club will forget the moment at Prescot Cables when their play-off spot was secured, or the 4-1 win and stunning display in the semi-final at Leek Town.

It was a campaign in which new standards were set on the field while attendances soared beyond all expectations, crowd records tumbling at regular intervals. The Play-Off Final saw the Linnets take the aggregate attendance at their stadium past 100,000.

Tickets for the 1,600 sellout final, this a new club and stadium best attendance, were the hottest in town.

Linnets' highest turnout for a league game is 1,015 (for the final game of 21-22 versus Colne).

Late twists and turns in a tight race for the play-off spots had seen Runcorn achieve their highest ever Step 4 placing, against long-established clubs with bigger financial muscle. Runcorn were more than up for the fight.

It was a delight to be able complete the season and reflect in the traditional way on its highs and lows (although there were not many of the latter) after the two previous Covid-curtailed campaigns.

Having already laid firm foundations, young boss Calum McIntyre has slotted important building blocks into place, continuing to develop an excellent playing environment with his coaching skills, man management and meticulous attention to detail.

Our staging of the final at short notice has attracted a lot of positive comments as have the quality and performance of our team and the sportsmanship and behaviour of our fans.

We are already looking forward to welcoming back our fantastic supporters next season!

29 Apr 2022 : Play-off Final - matchday arrangements

We are advising ticket holders for tomorrow's sold-out Pitching In Northern Premier League West Division Play-off Final against Marine to arrive as early as possible.

There are roadworks near to the APEC Taxis Stadium, so those travelling to the match by car should allow extra time for their journeys.

Please do not come to the ground if you don't have a ticket as all tickets have sold.

There will be no admission on the day without a ticket.

Arrangements for entry to the ground are as follows:

Purchasers of tickets on the Runcorn Linnets website should enter the ground by Turnstiles 1 or 2.

These are our normal turnstiles and will open at 12 noon.

Those who have bought tickets from Marine's website should use Turnstile 3.

This is the gate closest to the red brick building, looking downfield from Stockham Lane.

Season ticket holders and Trust Members, who purchased match tickets from the Clubhouse today (Friday), are asked to enter the stadium via the official clubhouse entrance.

Normal ground safety regulations apply. Security checks will be in operation at admission points.

Free car parking is available at the stadium. This is limited and will be on a first come, first served basis.

There is no overflow car parking at the ground tomorrow, at the request of the baseball club.

Due to events taking place at Ormiston Bollingbroke Academy and Brookvale Recreation Club, there is no parking at either venue.

If possible, please travel to the game by public transport, APEC Taxis or car share.

Temporary toilets will be provided inside the ground to supplement our usual facilities.

In addition to our usual bar, there is an extra sales point for draught Madri at the rear of the clubhouse!

Our tea bar and both licensed bars will accept card and cash payments.

Souvenir programmes, priced £2, will be on sale inside the stadium.

The ground will obviously be very busy tomorrow and we ask everybody attending to be considerate to others and patient with (and respectful to) our matchday volunteers.

We hope everybody enjoys the day and that the final is fitting of the occasion.

29 Apr 2022 : NPL West Division Play-off Final is a sell-out

All tickets for tomorrow's Pitching In Northern Premier League West Division Play-off Final have been sold.

Thank you to everybody, who has bought tickets and our sincere apologies to those who have been unable to purchase.

As you are probably aware, we initially agreed with Marine for pay on the gate only, for a game which was arranged at three days' notice.

However, following further discussions between the two clubs and the league it was decided to switch the tie to an all-ticket match.

We thank Marine and the NPL for their positive input and co-operation.

The change to all ticket provided equal difficulties in terms of reorganising, at two days' notice, with volunteer staff, who have contributed so much through the season and spent countless hours in the last week, tackling and overcoming various problems while fielding telephone calls, emails and social media messages from fans.

At 10.30pm on Tuesday, amid the  joy of victory in the semi-final at Leek, we were still unclear as to who our opponents would be and whether we would be away to Workington or at home to Marine.

In the lead-up to the play-offs, there had been no end of permutations with the fight for play-off places being so close and finishing positions only being decided on the final afternoon of the season five days ago.

We tried to engage with a recognised online ticket provider, but they were unable to cater for our needs at such short notice.

We then had no option but to revert to our online ticketing system, which was designed specifically for sales during Covid times and has never had to cope with sales for a match of this magnitude.

We have done our very best to accommodate all demands but have had to work within specific guidelines, resources and technical limitations.

Tough decisions have had to be taken but these have been made in good faith and taken in the best interests of both clubs in consultation with the Northern Premier League.

We have done our utmost to look after our Trust Members, as part owners of the club, and our season ticket holders  - as is only fair, right and proper.

Unfortunately, some supporters of both clubs will be left disappointed given the proximity and fanbase of the two well-supported teams.

Our attendances this season have outpaced the expectations of all our club officials and supporters.

We are most sympathetic to those, who have been unable to purchase tickets but we have done everything within our power and resources to ensure that the tie can be staged, successfully and safely, in front of a crowd which will beat our club record by a significant margin.

We thank everybody for their interest, support and understanding and look forward to hosting the Final and the biggest match in our short history, knowing that it will be a fitting climax to an already memorable NPL West Division campaign.

28 Apr 2022 : Our initial online Play-off Final allocation has sold out

Runcorn Linnets' initial online allocation of tickets for Saturday's Pitching In Northern Premier League West Division Play-off final has now sold out.

Thank you to those, who have purchased and apologies to anyone who has been disappointed.

We are sorry for the technical difficulties we have experienced throughout the afternoon, due to the high and unprecedented demand on the website. We thank you for your patience.

Tickets will be on sale to season ticket holders and Trust Members only from the club office at the stadium tomorrow between 9am-noon.

Numbered match tickets will be allocated against season ticket and membership cards.

Please note there will be no tickets on general sale from the office tomorrow.

A further update will be given at 1pm tomorrow.

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