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26 Apr 2018 : Mersey Gateway to be lit yellow in green this Saturday in 100 years of football celebration

The Mersey Gateway is set to be illuminated green and yellow this Saturday to mark the centenary of town team football in Halton.

In 1918, the Highfield and Camden Tanneries Recreation Club was formed at Canal Street, Runcorn, and from it emerged Runcorn Football Club.

Founder members of the Cheshire County League in 1919, the Linnets (as they became known) were its first champions and in 1939 played FA Cup holders Preston North End in front of a crowd of 10,111 at Canal Street.

In their heyday, the Linnets were a leading semi-professional outfit, who won the top flight league in non-league football in 1982 and competed at three Wembley finals.

In later years, the club spent time playing at the Halton Stadium but when faced with it being wound up, fans determined to keep alive a passion for the football club formed Runcorn Linnets on the 28th April 2006.

Since then, Widnes FC has been formed and Runcorn Town has flourished, seeing Halton now have three teams competing in the North West Counties Football League Premier Division.

Council Leader Rob Polhill said: "Halton has a fabulous sporting tradition with both rugby league and football having played an important part in the lives of so many people in Halton over this last century. From quite humble beginnings as a tannery recreation club side, we now have three of the best non-league football sides in the region."

A century after football took hold in Halton, Runcorn Linnets are currently on the cusp of becoming champions of the Hallmark Security Premier Division, with the two other Halton teams in hot pursuit at the top of the league.

Runcorn Linnets chairman, Mark Buckley said: "Runcorn Football Club experienced mixed fortunes over the years and supporters of the old club are proud that the meeting we held exactly 12 years ago this Saturday, helped keep alive our passion for a famous old club and create a thriving successor which is owned and run by its fans.

"We have seen fierce competition this season with Runcorn Town and Widnes and it's a credit to Halton that we have our three teams all battling for promotion."

The Mersey Gateway will be illuminated green and yellow - the traditional colours of Runcorn AFC in their later years, now sported by Runcorn Linnets - on the evening of Saturday, 28th April.

23 Apr 2018 : Cheshire Senior Cup final to be staged at Millbank Linnets Stadium

RUNCORN Linnets have accepted an invitation from the Cheshire County FA to host this season's Senior Cup final on Wednesday, May 2nd.

It is an honour for our club to have been chosen to stage the county's showpiece game, which will this season feature a rare appearance from a Hallmark Security League team.

Stockport Town are only the second North West Counties League outfit to reach this stage of the competition and the first since 2004 when Woodley Sports defeated Witton Albion 2-1 (after extra-time) at Altrincham.

Stockport Town's opponents will be Nantwich Town of The Evo-Stik League Premier Division, who are no strangers to the Millbank Linnets Stadium, having defeated us here 2-1 in last season's CSC first round.

This is a first visit to our ground for Stockport Town, although we encountered the Lions earlier this season at Stockport Sports Village, suffering a rare defeat (2-1) in The Macron Cup Round Two South.

Former Linnets striker Ben Halfacre scored both Stockport goals that night and by scoring in each round, he has also been instrumental in a County Cup run which has seen the four-year-old club defeat Cammell Laird 4-0, Hyde United 4-3 on penalties (after a 1-1 scoreline in 90 minutes) both these ties being at home and then Winsford United 2-1, away, in the semi-final.

Nantwich Town's route to the final was a 2-0 away victory over Sandbach Town, a 2-1 home defeat of Linnets' first round conquerors Crewe Alexandra in round two and a 4-3 defeat of last-four visitors Stalybridge Celtic at Weaver Stadium.

This is the Dabbers' second successive final appearance they were beaten 2-1 by Crewe Alex in front of 1,831 fans at Alexandra Stadium (Gresty Road). Nantwich last won the Senior Cup in 2011-12, defeating Stalybridge 1-0 at Chester (Att: 449).

Runcorn has never hosted a one-off final of the competition, although Canal Street was a venue for the final between Runcorn AFC and Crewe in 1967-68 when the Linnets won a two-legged affair.

The final will kick off at 7.45pm. Admission is 10 (adults) and 7 (OAP and Under 16s). Children will be admitted free if accompanied by an adult.

A match programme will be on sale, priced 2.

16 Apr 2018 : Runcorn beat Burscough 3-0

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Runcorn beat Burscough in the The Hallmark Security League Premier Division at The Millbank Linnets Stadium with a score of 3-0. Matt Atherton put the Linnets ahead following a header from close range by throwing himself at the ball in the 57th minute. 60 mins:Burscough down to ten men as the number 10 is sent off. Michael Simpson increased the Linnets' lead in the 64th minute with a powerful shot from just outside the area that went straight under the 'keeper. Stuart Wellstead extended our lead in added time of the second half following a cheeky tap from inside the 6 yard box after dribbling around the 'keeper.

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14 Apr 2018 : Runcorn beat Charnock Richard 0-2

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Runcorn beat Charnock Richard in the The Hallmark Security League Premier Division at Charter Lane with a score of 0-2. Kristian Holt scored for the Linnets in the 34th minute with a cracking strike from just outside the 6 yard box. Freddie Potter increased the Linnets' lead following a great goal from the edge of the 6 yard box in the 73rd minute.

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10 Apr 2018 : Final push for pitch perimeter sponsorship scheme

We are now preparing for the final phase of our scheme to fully enclose the pitch perimeter at the Millbank Linnets Stadium.

Through the generosity of supporters from home and abroad, we have completed the vast majority of the work.

Chris White, Alan Spendlove and Co. have continued the tremendous efforts of Rob Johnston before them in installing the sponsored green infill panels.

The sponsorships, volunteer labour and indeed the panels themselves have helped us to transform the appearance and general 'feel' of the ground with efforts so far having taken us beyond 90% of the way to compliance with EvoStik League requirements.

Although we wouldn't need to have the work completed to qualify for promotion this season, the club is keen to get the job done promptly.

The final part of the scheme is to to fit meshing to the sections of fencing in front of the seated stand - we are unable to use green panels in that particular area as viewing from the seating area would be obscured.

The chosen alternative is less costly and as the intention has always been just to break even on the whole scheme, sponsorship of the meshed sections will be 25 each.

These will be fitted with an engraved plaque, like those applied to the green panels, to recognise the contribution of the sponsor.

So if any fan would like to further assist the club in its promotion goal by sponsoring a section for yourself or on behalf of a loved one, in memory of a late relative or friend or through a local organisation or company, we'd be most grateful.

At the same time, subject to sufficient interest, the club still intends to fit green panels elsewhere in the ground - to sections fronted by advertising boards. These can be sponsored for 35 per section.

This will hopefully open up the possibility of additional sections becoming available in other areas of the perimeter to meet fans' particular preference.

If you interested in sponsoring either a meshed or paneled section, please contact Chris White (one of our match day stewards, wearing a hi-vis jacket) at a game to make your pledge (advanced payment will be required) or obtain any further information.

Alternatively, get in touch with the club via Contact Us on the website.

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