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18 Jun 2019 : Prolific marksman Jamie Rainford joins Runcorn Linnets

Runcorn Linnets manager Michael Ellison has drafted in a player with both a proven goalscoring record and winning mentality by capturing experienced striker Jamie Rainford from league rivals, Ramsbottom United.

Jamie is a well-travelled, successful EVO-STIK performer, who has scored regularly where ever his career has taken him.

Last season saw him finish joint second in the West Division charts with 22 goals, including one penalty, while serving Widnes, Clitheroe and Ramsbottom.

Jamie made his EVO-STIK debut for Rammy as we won 3-2 at The Harry Williams Riverside Stadium on December 1st and hit their winner at the Millbank Linnets Stadium on March 30th - the 2-1 comeback victory ultimately helping the visitors to secure fifth place, the final play-off spot.

This was Jamie's seventh goal in six matches, earning him the Rams' Player of the Month award.

The player had ended the previous season with Colwyn Bay, having joined the Welsh club from Glossop North End in February 2017.

The now 31-year-old hit 29 goals for the Hillmen in EVO-STIK League Division One North in 2015-16.

Jamie first came to prominence with Prescot Cables, where he stayed for close to two seasons, before transferring to Marine.

His career really took off at this point with the then youngster's 28 goals in 2010-11 drawing attention from Football League scouts.

His former clubs also include Chester, FC Halifax Town in Conference (now National League) North and AFC Fylde.

Linnets manager Michael Ellison said:

"Jamie's goalscoring record speaks for itself and it's clear what he's going to bring to the side apart from his goals - he brings with him a wealth of experience, a winning mentality and it's an understatement to say I'm delighted to have him on board."

18 Jun 2019 : Runcorn Linnets sign central defender Louis Coyne from Prescot Cables

Runcorn Linnets have announced young centre back Louis Coyne as their first new recruit for the coming season, the player joining from EVO-STIK League Division One neighbours Prescot Cables.

Louis, 21, had first arrived at Prescot in December 2016 on loan from Chorley. He had by that time already served Runcorn Town, who he had joined in September of the same year (making three starts plus one appearance as sub) and also Burscough.

Louis helped Cables to reach the EVO-STIK League Division One North play off final in May 2018 - Prescot losing 1-0 away to Bamber Bridge - and retain the Liverpool Senior Cup as they beat Marine in the 2017-18 final at Crosby.

The summer of 2018 ironically saw the player move to the Mariners of EVO-STIK Premier. However, in the first week of September, he was reluctantly released by Marine so he could return to Prescot.

It was around the same time that Peter Wylie, a Runcorn centre back regular last season, departed the Mariners for The Millbank so the pair are already acqainted.

Louis began his career with Rochdale as a youth tram regular.

He didn't appear for Prescot in either game against us last season but was a non-playing sub in the game at Volair Park.

Louis' 20 league appearances for Cables in 2018-19 included 14 starts.

Linnets boss Michael Ellison said:

"Louis is a great signing for us he has the attributes that I look for in a centre half.

"He a big lad, good in the air and he can play as well.

"He had a number of clubs chasing his signature. I'm delighted he chose Runcorn and I'm looking forward to working with him."

13 Jun 2019 : Bobby Evans is full of promise for extended Linnets stay

Midfielder Bobby Evans has agreed terms for a second season at Runcorn Linnets as he looks to build on some accomplished performances first time around.

On joining the ranks in the summer of 2018, Bobby made an good impression with his busy and skilful work in the centre of the park.

The former AFC Liverpool player had arrived in late pre-season after seeing his efforts to win a place in Witton Albion's plans scuppered by injury.

The EVO-STIK League side's loss was very much Linnets' gain as Bobby enjoyed a run of games in a midfield hit by absenteeism through long-term injuries.

Bobby appeared 21 times in all, making 15 starts.

He chipped in with a couple of goals along the way and was one of Runcorn's spot-kick specialists, netting in penalty shootout cup-tie wins over top-flight EVO-STIK League oitfits, Warrington Town, Hyde United and Stalybridge Celtic.

Linnets manager Michael Ellison said: "I think it was a great learning curve for Bobby last season, playing his first season at this level due to our injury problems.

"He pretty much played in every position and never let us down once which I think shows how important to any squad a player like him is.

"Technically, he's top drawer and his attitude is second to none. I think it could be a big season for Bobby this year and I'm delighted to have him on board again."

13 Jun 2019 : Zac Aley coming back again for 2019-20 campaign

One of the most pleasing moments at Runcorn Linnets last season came when Zac Aley made his long-awaited return after injury so happily the player is also coming back to the club for 2019-20.

Zac had missed all but the first four games of our title-winning NWCL campaign in 2017-18 so it was fantastic to have the former Blackburn Rovers professional back in the starting line-up.

After coming on as a substitute in October's crushing 6-1 win at Colne, he spent the rest of the season putting a 14-month injury nightmare behind him.

It obviously took time for Zac to get back up to full throttle yet he provided another highlight of the season with his explosive finish in the Cheshire Senior Cup home tie against Vauxhall Motors in November - Linnets, coincidentally, again triumphing 6-1.

Able to play in any position on the left, Zac brings versatility as well as balance plus strength, pace and experience to boot.

He is also one of the most effervescent characters around the club - his spirit and enthusiasm rubbing off on others.

Although for Zac there was an element of rehabilitation about last season, with regular football now behind him and a full pre-season to come, fans will look forward to seeing him at his very sharpest in the forthcoming campaign.

Manager Michael Ellison said: "It's great news for the club that Zac has decided to commit to another year.

"I know he's been disappointed with the amount of games he's been able to play last season because of his injury problems but that was always going to be the case after so long out.

"I think it's clear for everyone to see the quality he possesses in a number of positions and he's a massive character in the dressing room.

"After a good pre-season behind I'm sure we will get to see the best of him this season. To say I'm delighted to have him back is an understatement."

08 Jun 2019 : Ken Reynolds RIP

The club is deeply saddened to hear that former Runcorn AFC player and captain Ken Reynolds passed away last Sunday at the age of 93.

Ken was a long servant of the Linnets in the 1950s and is remembered by supporters from that era as a very talented half back.

Ken was in 1956 awarded a benefit match, which he shared with winger Norman Brown.

Colin has a commemorative testimonial souvenir photograph album celebrating his dad's loyal service, this having been presented to him by the club. On leaving Canal Street, Ken played for Rhyl.

Outside of football, Ken was an architect who managed many high-profile projects in Africa and Asia, bringing him to contact with prominent political leaders.

The funeral is on Friday, June 21st at Walton Lea Crematorium, 2.20pm.

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