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15 Feb 2018 : Mayor to officially open clubhouse and boundary fencing this Saturday
THIS Saturday's top-of-the-table inaugural Halton derby between Runcorn Linnets and Widnes FC in The Hallmark Security League Premier Division will be the setting for the official unveiling of major ground improvements at The Millbank Linnets Stadium.
Linnets' new £1.4m purpose-built clubhouse is to be formally unveiled along with an impressive upgrade of the football fields around the main stadium. The Mayor and Mayoress of Halton, Councillor Alan and Mrs Joan Lowe will perform a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1.45pm.
The new clubhouse, which has been in use since late November, is home to the first team, Ladies side and juniors. It includes a multi-use function room with catering facilities in two kitchens, secretary's office, inside and outside toilets (including facilities for the disabled), laundry room, medical/treatment room and excellent changing facilities for players, and match officials.
It is a dream that has come true for Linnets - made possible by the support of Halton Borough Council, which has reinvested proceeds from the sale of surrounding land for the building of a new retail and leisure development, including an Aldi supermarket and pub restaurant. The former Linnets clubhouse and adjoining Halton Arms pub were consequently demolished and the club car park relocated to within a newly-fenced area, next to the replacement clubhouse, which is now pitchside. The £57,500 boundary fence scheme to completely enclose the Halton Sports site was facilitated by a £32,500 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund and a £15,000 Area Forum grant, both of which were very much appreciated.
The club has negotiated and signed a new lease with Halton Borough Council, which has seen the Linnets take on responsibility for the junior pitches in addition to their new-look stadium.
The new boundary fence will enable young players to play and enjoy their football in safety while aspiring to be the players of the future for the Linnets' first or Ladies teams.
This redevelopment will help the club to add to its 43 boys and girls teams from across the age groups. There will be junior matches, involving a selection of the players from Runcorn Linnets and Widnes FC, taking place as curtain raisers to Saturday's main event.
With teams lying first and second in The Hallmark Security League Premier Division in direct competition from 3pm, the scene is set for a thrilling afternoon. A large number of invited guests will be attending - including Runcorn's two MPs - Mike Amesbury (Weaver Vale) and Halton's Derek Twigg - Halton council members and officers, directors and representatives of the Hallmark Security League, Cheshire FA, the Football Foundation, Area Forum, Aldi plus Linnets sponsors, including main club sponsor Millbank.
07 Feb 2018 : Freddie Potter bags Macron Player of the Month award in The Hallmark Security League Premier Division
After scoring the opening goal in last night's important 2-0 home win over Ashton Athletic, Freddie Potter awoke this morning to more good news.
'The Wizard' has landed The Hallmark Security League Premier Division's January Player of the Month award after securing his nomination as the winner of our corresponding Millbank award for January.
Very well done, Freddie. Richly deserved!
06 Feb 2018 : Runcorn beat Ashton Athletic 2-0
Runcorn beat Ashton Athletic in the The Hallmark Security League Premier Division at The Millbank Linnets Stadium with a score of 2-0. Freddie Potter put the Linnets ahead in the 24th minute with an awesome header from inside the area that went into the top left corner. Paul Shanley increased the Linnets' lead in the 68th minute following a superb shot from just outside the area that flew into the top right corner.
02 Feb 2018 : Runcorn beat Barnton 1-3
Runcorn beat Barnton in the The Hallmark Security League Premier Division at Townfield Lane with a score of 1-3. Barnton went ahead in the 21st minute. 24 mins:Penalty awarded to the Linnets. Michael Simpson equalised in the 25th minute with a firmly-placed penalty. Louis Corrigan scored with an excellent free kick in the 39th minute. Paul Shanley increased the Linnets' lead in the 74th minute following a cheeky shot through the keepers legs.
01 Feb 2018 : Freddie is our Millbank Player of the Month for January
January has seen Freddie Potter rubber stamp his recovery from a long-term injury by having a massive influence as Runcorrn Linnets' winning run in The Hallmark Security League was extended to 10 Premier Division games.
After getting himself in peak condition in time for the new campaign and in its early weeks looking as sharp as he has ever been, the talismanic centre forward was hit by serious collar bone damage in an FA Cup tie defeat at Ashton Athletic.
A long and frustrating way back for the fans favourite was only complicated when he picked up another niggle early in his recuperation.
However, his recent scoring record has been on an upward curve with two goals in November being followed by four in December. Three January starts plus two appearances as substitute yielded five goals during the month, taking his total to a very healthy 14 goals from 26 outings, including (because of injuries) just 11 starts.
He scored an excellent hat-trick, taking the opposition man-of-the-match vote against fellow title challengers Charnock Richard in an important Runcorn win at The MLS.
Freddie has also led the line superbly - holding the ball up to set up play (and chances for others) while troubling opposition defences with his ability in the air and on the floor.
He is a deserving Millbank Player of the Month for January at Runcorn Linnets.
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