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09 Aug 2022 : Runcorn Linnets announce new partnership with Kaizen

Runcorn Linnets are teaming up with the Pitching In NPL's official ticketing partner Kaizen for the 2022-23 campaign.

As part of this partnership, Kaizen are processing season tickets and will sell advance online tickets for individual games at APEC Taxis Stadium.

Season Tickets

Season ticket holders will receive a card to gain entry to games in a quick, secure and convenient manner. Cards will from now on be scanned at the main turnstile (Turnstile One) closest to the clubhouse.

If you are interested in purchasing a season ticket for the coming season, due to time constraints, please contact Paul Riley on 07525 261623 before Friday 12 August to ensure access to the Widnes game. In future, season tickets will be available online via the Kaizen system or via the club.

    Season ticket prices are:

  • 150 - Adults
  • 100 - Concessions (19-22 and 65+)
  • 15 - Junior Matchday Membership (18 and under) This Includes entry to all home league games, a free club scarf and priority for any all-ticket matches.
Individual Match Tickets

While pay at the turnstile will still be available for most games, individual match tickets for each home league and cup game will be available for purchase online through Kaizen. With the possibility of at least one all-ticket game (Macclesfield), we wanted to be prepared for all eventualities and after considering several options, concluded that the link-up with Kaizen is the best way of doing this.

Further instructions will be sent prior to any all-ticket games.

To purchase advance tickets for an individual match, fans will need to register with Kaizen. This is a simple, safe and secure process.

Online Kaizen Account

If you have already purchased a season ticket, a Kaizen account has been created for you and you should receive an email on Wednesday inviting you to validate your account.

To validate your account, please follow this process:

  • 1) Press the 'Activate' button on the email.
  • 2) Set up your personal password on the second line.
  • 3) Check that your personal details are correct and add or delete as desired.
  • 4) Mailing preferences are currently set so that you will not be contacted by anybody. Please amend this as appropriate if you wish.
  • 5) Save changes.
  • However, if you do not wish to validate your account, simply ignore this email.

    If you need help with this process, please call Bren Connolly on 07808 584481.

    Should you wish to create a Kaizen account, please follow this link and press on 'Register' in the top right corner.

    Priority for all-ticket games

    Season ticket holders, Trust members and Junior Matchday members will receive priority for any all-ticket games before they go on general sale.

    About Kaizen

    Kaizen have been working with non-league clubs since 2015 and all transactions between Kaizen, the club and its supporters are fully compliant with GDPR legislation relating to data protection.

    Marine have been using Kaizen for some time - selling their ticket allocation for last season's NPL West Play-off Final through the company - and were happy to recommend their services. We thank Marine and particularly chairman, Paul Leary, for their help and advice.

    01 Aug 2022 : Rhain Hellawell heads out of APEC Taxis Stadium for pastures new

    Rhain Hellawell is moving on from Runcorn Linnets for a new challenge.

    The winger returned for pre-season with the club but has decided that his future lies elsewhere.

    Signed for 2021-22, he showed plenty of promise, despite his first season at the club being truncated by injury.

    Rhain made 16 appearances for the Linnets, scoring twice.

    Runcorn boss Dave Wild said: "Rhain has decided to go for pastures new.

    "He just moving on to a new challenge after a difficult period of football due to his injuries etc last season."

    The club thanks Rhain for his contribution and wishes him well for the future.

    01 Aug 2022 : Under 21s bosses leave Runcorn Linnets

    Runcorn Linnets Under 21s manager Dean Vian has stepped down from the post.

    His assistant Bren Rowley has also resigned.

    Both men had been at the club since the start of the year, leading a young team in the Premier Division of the North West U21s Development League.

    The recruitment process to find their successors is under way.

    Club chairman Pete Cartledge said: "Our thanks go to Dean and Bren for the work they have done on behalf of the club and we wish them both well.

    "We expect to have successors in place for the start of the new season."

    01 Aug 2022 : Dapo makes short-term move to Abbey Hey for personal reasons

    Runcorn Linnets favourite Dapo Olarewaju is to join Abbey Hey of the North West Counties League on dual registration in order to help him deal with a family matter.

    Linnets manager Dave Wild stressed that this is only a temporary move so that the Manchester-based player can be closer to home for the immediate future.

    Wild added that the popular winger Dapo remains very much in his plans.

    The boss said: "Dapo has opened up to me this weekend, regarding a pretty serious family issue that's been affecting him mentally.

    "We've agreed that he needs to play close to home for a short period of time to support his family.

    "This is NOT Dapo leaving - it's us, as a club, supporting him."

    Dapo heads to Abbey Hey with all good wishes and we very much look forward to his return to Runcorn Linnets when he feels ready.

    29 Jul 2022 : Linnets' loan swoop for Chester starlets

    Runcorn Linnets have pulled off a double loan deal with the signings of Zack Clarke and Sam Turner, both 19-year-old attacking players from National League North club Chester.

    Zack (pictured left) is a 6ft 3in striker, Linnets being his fourth loan club in Pitching In Northern Premier League football.

    Zack joined Chester in summer 2021 after impressive performances in the Stockport County Academy and signed his second 12- month contract at the Deva Stadium in May.

    He last season had stints at Leek Town, Clitheroe and Atherton Collieries.

    Zack got his first taste of league action with Chester in January, coming off the bench to play the last half hour against AFC Telford United.

    Winger Sam (right) has been with his home city club since he was nine years old and impressed on stepping up to the senior ranks last pre-season.

    He had been part of the Under 19s team, which lifted the National League Alliance Cup in March 2021 under the now Chester first team boss Calum McIntyre, scoring in the decisive penalty shootout.

    Since penning his first senior deal last August, Sam has also spent valuable time on loan at Lower Breck in the North West Counties League Premier Division and more recently Widnes, our NPL West neighbours.

    He this month signed a new contract with Blues for a further 12 months.

    More about our new loan signings...


    Here is a timeline of Zack's career so far:

    June 2021

    The then 18-year-old striker arrived at Chester on leaving Stockport County after a successful spell in their youth setup, culminating in him winning the Academy 2nd Year Players' Player of the Year Award.

    He made an immediate impression with a four-goal haul in a friendly against Elton Vale.

    Chester's then co-manager Anthony said of Zack:

    "His hold up play and general game awareness is fantastic for such a young player, and we believe we have a very good young centre forward on our hands."

    August 2021

    Zack joined Leek Town on loan on an initial 28-day youth loan.

    September 2021

    Chester announced that the young striker would be signing with Clitheroe on loan.

    October 2021

    The Clitheroe deal was extended, Zack having scored on his debut for the Lancastrians with the winning goal at Kendal Town. He would score three goals in seven Clitheroe appearances overall.

    December 2021

    Zack was recalled from his spell at Clitheroe before stepping up a division, signing a one-month loan with Atherton Collieries in NPL Premier.

    January 2022

    Zack made a his National League North debut for Chester in a 1-1 draw against Telford United, coming off the bench for the last half hour.

    This came 24 hours after Zack had played 90 minutes for Colls.

    Steve Watson said: "I put Zack on to give us some legs. I'm pleased for him. He gave us a lot of energy."

    February 2022

    Zack returned to Colls on loan, the last of his 15 appearances coming at FC United of Manchester in April.

    May 2022

    The player penned a new one-year-deal at Chester

    Seals manager Calum McIntyre said: "He has an exciting profile in terms of physicality and has had some useful opportunities out on loan in senior football this season.

    "With the move to daytime training and increased contact time with our players, we hope to be able to develop Zack further given the potential he has shown."


    Sam's senior career is summarised below:

    August 2021

    Sam became the latest Chester Academy graduate to sign a senior deal at the Deva Stadium.

    The then 18-year-old forward was immediately loaned to North West Counties Premier Division side Lower Breck for the 2021-22 campaign.

    He was described by the then Blues joint boss Anthony Johnson as "terrifically gifted young technical player" and by Calum McIntyre, Academy head at the time, as "an outstanding talent."

    January 2022

    Chester recalled Sam from Lower Breck after a "hugely successful" spell , agreeimg a one-month youth loan move to Widnes.

    February 2022

    After Sam had followed up his first goal against Clitheroe in late Jsnuary by also scoring in their next game versus Ramsbottom, it was confirmed that Chester had consented to the player spending the remainder of the season with Widnes. He made 16 appearances in all.

    July 2022

    Sam was rewarded with a new 12-month contract at Chester.

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