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In memory of John Martin

We are deeply saddened to learn that long-time Linnet John Martin has passed away.

John began supporting Runcorn in the early 70s, regularly attending games at Canal Street to follow their rise to the top of the Alliance Premier League in 1982. He witnessed a string of Cheshire Senior Cup wins and was present at all 3 FA Trophy final losses at Wembley in 1986, 1993 and 1994. His all-time favourite Runcorn player was Ossie Smith.

Despite the sale of Canal Street in 2001, John continued to follow Runcorn at Halton Stadium, Haig Avenue and Valerie Park before the Linnets we know today began to play at Murdishaw Avenue. He never owned a car, but was a regular at home and away games thanks in large to the kindness of his fellow Linnets supporters including Jack, Derek and Alan.

In the 1980s John would be accompanied to Runcorn games by his daughter Sarah, before being joined by his son James in the mid-1990s. He was thrilled to be with his granddaughter Jessica as she attended her first Linnets game in 2021.

John’s funeral will be held Tuesday 19th March 2024, 10am at Walton Lea crematorium followed by a get-together at the War Memorial Club straight afterwards. The family would like to welcome anyone who knew John to join them in remembering him.

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