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08 Apr 2021 : Chairman's Update - Week 11

Runcorn Linnets Juniors

It was great to see all the Little Linnets back at the Millbank for their games this weekend and please indulge me while I tell you that my son Jack got man of the match for his Under 8s team in their 2-2 draw and he also scored which may seem more impressive when I tell you he is a goalkeeper!

Akidamey restarts on the 11th and I'll be there to welcome them all back to the Millbank, it's always great to see all the little ones having so much fun.

Runcorn Linnets Under 18s and Under 21s

Our Under 18s played Runcorn Town at the Millbank and won 3-2, they raced into a 3-0 lead before being pegged back but held on to the win. So well done to Gibbo and his team, I'll try to get myself to some of your games in future.

I had the privilege of being in attendance for the Under 21s game against St. Helens Town as a club official. It was a very tight game with the Linnets playing some good football and they eventually got a 3-2 win. Well done to Ste Chaney and his team, I look forward to seeing more of your games.

Ground Development

At the start of the implementation of the COVID-19 restrictions the club was successful in applying for a 7000 grant for COVID-19 measures, the majority of which was to pay for additional terracing to make social distancing easier.

Work has begun on building this terracing on the other side of the goal from the existing terracing. The reason I am telling you all now is because I can guess some of the questions that will be asked when fans return and see that we have built an uncovered terrace.

I am aware that we desperately need another covered stand at the far end of the ground. Unfortunately, the grant can only be spent on terracing and cannot be used to provide cover, so the decision was made to build a terrace of a similar size to the existing terrace but without the cover.

Building a new stand at the far end is a club priority but it must be planned properly and will cost more than 7000.

Pre-Season Planning

Peter Cartledge and I have met with Calum and Colin and plans for pre-season are well underway. The players are due back soon for pre-season and I have to say I am really looking forward to seeing them all.

We are determined to make sure that Calum and the team have everything they need for the start of next season, so we have arranged for pitch works to start week commencing the 19th April so that the pitch will be available earlier than usual.

As always, thank you for reading this update, stay safe and I'll see you all when the Linnets are back.

Dave Jones

Chairman - Runcorn Linnets FC

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