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If you want to skip straight to the ways you can help, then visit the Ground Fund page. You can also visit the Ground Project Blog that will track the project as it progresses, and you can go here to see photos of the construction of the ground.

The formation of the club in April 2006 was the first step in re-establishing the name of Runcorn Linnets within the town. The original Runcorn Football Club has a history dating back to 1918 and the fans who support our club did not want to allow this history to die. We firmly believe that the town of Runcorn can benefit from the re-birth of the club. From the very first meeting, we had the stated aim of moving back into the town. We established a working party to work towards this end.

The proposed pitch at Halton Sports
During the lifetime of the R2R project, a couple of sites have been identified and worked on, but haven't been able to be taken through to completion. The most recent of which was the Riverside College Campus in Runcorn, which proved to be a site that was too expensive to develop, with limited options for expansion. The chosen site for the project is now Halton Sports, Murdishaw. Approval was granted by Halton Borough Council for a project that will see a Ground of a sufficient standard constructed, utilising some existing facilities, and it is hoped that the All-Weather surface can be renovated, along with its floodlights, to provide an almost full-size 3G surface for use by the club and the public.

We have already established associated links with a junior football organisation within the town, Beechwood Linnets, and we would wish to further extend this in due course. We have held discussions with a Ladies football team, with a view to them becoming more closely identified with the club and offering them use of the new facilities. Our longer term aims would include working with the PFA to set up coaching schemes within the schools and local community.

We feel that we have already brought benefits to the local economy. We hold all our regular board and fundraising meetings in local public houses. We have much of our printing done by a local firm. We have set up a travel club using a local mini bus company. Local businesses have already offered excellent support, both with programme advertising and sponsorship at our home matches. We achieved the highest level of support in our league last season and that support has continued this year, being some 25% higher than the next best team and almost twice the average for the league. All this despite playing our home matches some 12 miles out of town. The potential is great, as Runcorn is a natural football community.

We continue to receive good support from our local Members of Parliament and we were honoured when the Duke of Westminster accepted our offer to be the club’s patron during the course of our second season.

We would hope that our proposed facilities could help offer much needed regeneration within the town. Although the site is no longer at the College Campus, the college authorities know that they will have access to them for prestige fixtures and we would be delighted if local cup finals could be scheduled for the ground. We want to firmly establish the club at the centre of the community within Runcorn and bring the town success. We have already started this with promotion in our first year and we hope this will just be the start. Our club is unique and we hope you will help us thrive and prosper.

Our aims

  • To preserve 90 years of top-class non-league football in runcorn
  • To provide a football ground to UniBond Premier Division standard
  • To provide multi sport all-weather facilities for use by local sports enthusiasts
  • To provide a social and sporting facility to benefit the local area
  • To work within the community with established junior and ladies football organisations
  • To establish coaching within the community

What the new facility will look like

A computer generated video of the site is available for viewing on the R2R Video page.

The Halton Sports Building
A plan of the building that is to be used as the changing and clubhouse facilities is available by clicking here.

How you can help

To enable us to realise our ambitions, we will need to raise a minimum of £200,000, to complete the project.

If you or your organisation feels able to support us, please do not hesitate to contact us for further information, or visit our Ground Fund page to get further information.

Alternatively, contact either Hedley Edwards (Tel: 01928 575529) or Stuart White (Tel: 01925 602505), who will be delighted to answer your questions.

If you wish to make a donation, you can do so online via the Ground Fund page, or if you prefer, you can send a cheque payable to "Runcorn Linnets FC" to PO Box 268, Runcorn, WA7 5WQ with a covering note explaining that your donation is for the Ground Fund. If you have any questions or require more information, then don't hesitate to contact us.

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