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24 Jun 2017 : Jack is Runcorn Linnets' latest signing - at a day old!

Runcorn Linnets have welcomed their newest - and youngest - Trust member into the football family.

Baby Jack Thomas Bignall was signed up this morning by proud dad, Ste at just a day old.

Jack is a second child for Ste and wife, Claire and came into the world two weeks early, weighing in at Whiston Hospital yesterday at a healthy 8lb 12oz.

Despite arriving ahead of schedule, Ste and Claire were both clearly well prepared.

Ste, who runs the Linnets Updates unofficial twitter feed and Linnets Podcast while also writing first-team match reports for our website and local newspapers, explained: 'I was wearing my 10th anniversary 3rd kit when Jack was born.

'So within minutes of being in the world, he was pressed up against a Linnets kit and his mum, Claire has had him a yellow and green hooped cardigan and bobble hat knitted, ready for his first game!'

Just like his three-year-old big sister, Annie who came to her first game at six weeks old (a friendly at Barnton), Jack will be continuing the Bignall family's long affiliation with the Linnets.

It now spans five generations and includes Runcorn AFC's first trainer, a club secretary (Ste's late dad, Dave), match day stewards, ball boys, a Trust Board member (Ste's brother, Mike) and a junior Linnets player in Mike's son Sam.

Dave Bettley, Trust secretary at the Linnets, said: 'Jack is certainly the youngest Trust member I have registered since I took on the role and I very much doubt we have had any one younger since we relaunched as the fans-owned club 11 years ago.

'We'd like to congratulate Ste, Claire and Annie on their very happy news - while also giving baby Jack a special welcome and looking forward to him making his debut at The Millbank Linnets Stadium.

'We hope he grows up to be as staunch a supporter of the club as the rest of his family - he certainly has every chance and probably no option!'

20 Jun 2017 : Support is needed to keep Travel Club on the road

At the end of last season, our Travel Club organiser, John Greenhalgh retired from his role and with the loss at the same time of a few other regular users, fears were expressed that the regular minibus to Linnets away ganes would no longer be viable to run.

We have one of the biggest travelling contingents in our league but the vast majority of our following traditionally journeys to opposition grounds by car.

It was John's wish on stepping down from his 'duties' that someone would come forward to take over the running of the service.

The football club is conscious that should the minibus cease to operate, a number of staunch fans will no longer be able to follow the team on the road.

This would be a great shame and something we clearly don't want to see happen.

Trust Board member, Lee Chesterson is more than willing to keep the Travel Club operating but we would obviously need to make it feasible financially.

So we can gauge ongoing interest and assess whether we will have sufficient numbers to sustain the minibus, we would appeal to anyone interested in committing to using the Travel Club on a regular basis to get in touch.

We already have a number of pick-up and drop off points around town and the beauty of travelling by minibus is you can sit back and enjoy the trip - without having to worry about driving home, if you fancy enjoying the hospitality in our hosts' clubhouse while you are out!

You can get in touch through Contact Us on the website. or telephone Lee Chesterson on 07713194962

17 Jun 2017 : Macron Challenge Cup draw

Runcorn Linnets have been drawn away to Stockport Town or Maine Road in the Hallmark Security League's Macron Challenge Cup Second Round South after we received a first-round bye in the regionalised draw.

Northwich Victoria's place in a 23-club Premier Division was earlier confirmed by a vote of clubs at the League AGM in Blackpool.

14 Jun 2017 : Skelmersdale United fill July 29th friendly vacancy

Thanks to Skelmersdale United, we now have a fixture again for the weekend before the start of the 2017-18 season.

The Evo-Stik League club will visit the Millbank Linnets Stadium for a friendly on Saturday, July 29th following the cancellation of our scheduled warm-up game against Colne.

We are very grateful to Skem for agreeing to the fixture at relatively short notice and look forward to welcoming them.

The game will kick off at 3pm.

13 Jun 2017 : Runcorn Linnets seek replacement opposition for home friendly on July 29th

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the visit of Colne on Saturday, 29th July has been cancelled.

This leaves Runcorn Linnets with a free date at a crucial time in the pre-season build-up.

If any clubs at Step 4 or above would like to play Runcorn Linnets at the Millbank Linnets Stadium on that date (with a 3pm kick off), can they please contact mark.buckley@RuncornLinnetsFC.co.uk in the first instance.

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