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21 May 2022 : Tribute to the late Arthur Easton, Linnets Trust member and fan

The club is extremely sorry to have heard that stalwart Runcorn Linnets supporter Arthur Easton has passed away at the age of 75.

Quiet and unassuming, Arthur was a regular at our games for a number of years - travelling to home and away matches from his home in Widnes. He was also a Trust Member.

Paying tribute to his friend, fellow Linnets fan Brian Healey said: "Arthur had been watching the Linnets since their return to Runcorn in 2010.

"I got to know him 11 years ago when he sat near me in the stand . I recognised him from a country music club in Widnes and we struck up a friendship based on our mutual interest in the Linnets and country music.

"I then found that he lived round the corner from me in Widnes. We started travelling to away matches together.

"In recent years, Arthur only went to more local away games due to health issues but rarely missed a home game.

"Other than football, his main passion was country music and he was well known at country music clubs all round Merseyside.

"He was a lovely man who will be greatly missed by all who knew him."

The club's thoughts are with Arthur's family and friends at this sad and difficult time.

The funeral service at noon on Thursday, June 9th at GreenAcres Funeral Park in Rainford will be followed by interment at Foxes Bank Cemetery, Whiston.

18 May 2022 : Reflections of "Spenny" - prize-winning volunteer

Runcorn Linnets volunteer, Alan Spendlove ("Spenny") was awarded the Noel Bell Trophy for his contribution to the club at our Presentation Evening on Friday.

"Spenny" was unable to attend the event due to illness but wanted to show his appreciation to Noel's widow Sue for honouring him, give fans some context to work already carried out at and briefly outline future ambitions.

He said: "The Noel Bell Award for contribution to the Linnets. I am overwhelmed to receive such an honour.

"Unfortunately due to a viral infection, I was unable to be there to collect in person to accept the award, which is totally unexpected.

"I was privileged to have known Noel from living on the same estate. I would often bump into him and talk on his favourite subject Runcorn FC."

"Spenny" added: "When the pandemic started and football ceased, or ground volunteers decided that the time was right to make improvements.

"Alan Jones and Paul Tandy relocated containers and re-painted. It was left to me and my fellow volunteers Bren Connolly and Paul Riley to lay many flags and erect fencing,

"Sam Phillips asked me would I build a gantry for the media team above the stand. I jumped at the chance. Work in progress.

"With winter 2021 approaching, it decided we needed cover down the bottom (Forest End). I designed cantilever frames and had them manufactured and we set up a working party to fit them.

"We recently added more frames and with a very kind and welcome donation from supporter Reg Woods, we will be shortly be fitting more roof panels.

"I would like to envisage for the future a larger bar and terracing at the Popular End or down the side of the ground - oh, and we continue with the gantry.  Martin (Holding) needs cover for videoing the games."

Another regret for "Spenny" in his absence from the awards ceremony was being unable to say farewell to departing manager, Calum McIntyre.

"It is a pleasure to have known Calum," he added.

"Thanks for a cracking season and good luck to him at Chester FC."

Photo - Alan Spendlove (centre) with fellow volunteers Paul Tandy and Jimmy Peers.

17 May 2022 : More managerial farewells as assistant Colin Woodthorpe heads for Chester

Runcorn Linnets can confirm the departure of our assistant manager Colin Woodthorpe, who has accepted an invitation to become Calum McIntyre's No2 at Chester.

We have been really lucky to have had someone of Colin's renown, experience and calibre in the post over the last couple of years and he has proved a perfect foil for manager Calum in their time together at APEC Taxis Stadium.

Anybody who knows Colin will attest that he is a man of the utmost integrity with a high level of football knowledge at all levels.

He has played a key part in the development of our squad.

As well as appearing in the top divisions in both England and Scotland, Colin built a strong affiliation with Chester during his time there as a player, so this move is very much like going home for him.

Peter Cartledge, chairman of Runcorm Linnets, said: "We are delighted that Colin has not only been successful at Runcorn Linnets but very much enjoyed his time with us, like Calum showing a commitment which is second to none.

"We wish Colin well on his return to the National League and assure him and his family - especially son Ash, who we have all got to know and love - of a warm welcome when ever they come back to see us in the future."

17 May 2022 : Dave Jones resigns from Trust Board of Runcorn Linnets

Runcorn Linnets Trust Board has accepted the resignation from the board of Dave Jones.

Dave served as club chairman from January 2021 until February this year, when he stepped down from the role due to health issues.

Tendering his resignation from the board, Dave said: "It has been an honour to be a member of the Trust Board and to be chairman for a year but I need some time to concentrate on myself and getting myself better."

Linnets chairman Pete Cartledge said: "We understand and appreciate that this has been and remains a difficult time for Dave.

"While thanking him for his commitment and achievements as chairman and a Trust Board member, we will continue to offer Dave all possible support in the hope that he will soon be back to good health."

14 May 2022 : Ryan Brooke stars at emotional presentation night for Runcorn Linnets

Free-scoring Ryan Brooke stole the show during Runcorn Linnets' end-of-season presentations at APEC Taxis Stadium.

It was a very emotional occasion for all concerned as farewells were said to manager Calum McIntyre, who received a framed photograph from the club as a memento of his successful two years in charge.

Linnets' 34-goal top scorer Ryan bagged a hat-trick of awards - lifting the Jimmy Lightfoot Trophy as Runcorn Supporters Club's Player of the Season and Alan Jones's President's Trophy for leading the club's goal charts.

In the climax to the evening, attended by close to 100 people, he also walked away with the coveted George Worrall Trophy for Players' Player of the Year.

The charismatic centre forward had already claimed the Pitching In Northern Premier League West Division's Golden Boot for his 25 league goals in 2021-22.

He is also a finalist in the NPL Supporters' Player award, which encompasses all four divisions of the league at Step 3/4.

The Phil Tyler Trophy for Young Supporters Player of the Year was claimed by midfield playmaker and set-piece specialist Iwan Murray, who was also in prolific form over the season.

"Magic Murray's" scoring tally of 19 included the spectacular long-range effort against Leek Town, which had already won April's NPL Goal of the Month award and has now earned him the Linnets' Goal of the Season prize, the Bettley Trophy.

This has traditionally been presented in memory of lifelong Linnets fan Wilf Bettley, but now also honours his widow  and stalwart Runcorn supporter Joan, who died in September last year aged 90. 

There was more than a touch of sadness with Calum McIntyre attending the event a day after the announcement of his departure to Chester FC as first-team boss.

The club has nothing but praise and appreciation for Calum's work and overall contribution to the club over 22 months as manager and he leaves with all good wishes for a future, which Linnets fans are sure will be bright.

Calum's final duty was to present his Manager's Player of the Year award to centre half Sean O'Mahony, who he described as  "a warrior".

The Irishman made 48 appearances during the campaign  - more than any other Linnets player.

The manager admitted that saying goodbye to his squad, a special group of men and players, was the hardest thing.

There were two special awards - including one for club captain, Peter Wylie who during the season reached the 100-appearances landmark.

The 23rd player to have chalked up a century since the club's formation in 2006, Peter has been with the Linnets for just one game short of four seasons.

The defender's August 2018 debut came in their maiden NPL home game. 9 The other special award was to Alan Jones for outstanding long service.

Alan had served predecessor club Runcorn AFC in various roles, including youth team manager, executive director and finally club secretary - his efforts ensuring that the club completed what was to prove a traumatic final season in 2005-06.

He was awarded the presidency of Runcorn Linnets when the club was founded that summer and has also more recently been elected to the Trust Board, managing the club shop and licensed bar.

The Noel Bell Award for contribution to the Linnets, presented annually by Sue Bell in memory of her husband, a Supporters Club stalwart, went to Alan Spendlove.

A very popular personality, club volunteer "Spenny" has been involved in many ground improvement projects over the years - his latest to provide additional spectator cover at the Forest End of the ground being his biggest yet.

This was one of two awards, which this year recognised the work of the  club's unpaid workforce.

The inaugural Volunteer of the Year award, sponsored by Diageo and presented on behalf of the  company (owners of Guinness) by Mike McEvoy, went to Tammy Anderson from the club's tea bar.

It was noted that Tammy's dedication to the Linnets is such that she can be found at the ground "on all days ending with a y."

Host for the evening, Trust Board member and Linnets Live Radio commentator, Sam Phillips praised supporters for their backing over the season.

He thanked principal club sponsors APEC Taxis, Complete Security Service and Grangeside for their terrific support before presenting gifts to all members of the management and backroom staff.

To top off the night, Runcorn Supporters chairman Stuart Houghton presented an £800 cheque as a donation to the football club from the fans organisation.

Presentation time - pictured clockwise from top left: Peter Wylie receives 100th appearance award from Trust Board member Dave Jones; Volunteer of the Year Tammy Anderson with Diageo's Mike McEvoy; Club volunteer Josh McCluskey, Ryan Brooke and Stuart Houghton; Sean O'Mahony with Calum McIntyre; Club president Alan Jones and Trust Board Member Josh Christian; Young Supporters Player of the Year Iwan Murray with Michael McEvoy.

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