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25 Jun 2019 : Free-scoring Freddie Potter eyes more goals at Runcorn Linnets
When it comes to goals, you can bank on Freddie Potter and Runcorn Linnets' top scorer for three of our last four seasons is ready to cash in once again, after confirming he'll be back in the front line for the campaign ahead.
The talismanic 31-year-old striker fittingly scored the first and final goals of the club's EVO-STIK League debut season - also retaining the President's Award, which he had won as leading scorer in our title-winning Hallmark Security League Premier Division season of 2017-18.
Freddie had first taken the accolade in 2015-16.
He was also the overwhelming winner of a fans' vote for 2018-19's Goal of the Season. This is another trophy he has captured twice in succession and three times in all - although in 2014-15 the honour was shared with his now manager, Michael Ellison.
Many supporters attending the league game at Mossley reckoned his latest winning effort, an instinctive overhead kick, was the best goal they had ever seen "live".
Unfortunately, this was one of the rare occasions when there was no photographer present to capture the moment but for those who made the trip it was clearly a joy to behold!
Freddie's Linnets career record stands at 75 goals from 138 appearances - a highly impressive return from a player, who is equally adept in the air and on the ground.
Add to that a big presence and excellent workrate, it is little wonder that all at The Millbank Linnets Stadium are delighted that he is staying.
Manager Michael Ellison said:
"It's clear for everyone to see what Freddie brings to the party. With his goalscoring exploits over the past few seasons, he's become a talisman for the club and a fans' favourite.
"When you actually see his goals to games ratio in black and white, it is quite exceptional and I do believe there is still more to come.
"He was really unfortunate last season with injuries which limited his game time - certainly in the second part of the season.
"I know he's looking forward to a good pre-season and if he can stay injury free, I'm sure we will see plenty more goals.
"It's great news for the club he's committed to another season."
23 Jun 2019 : Deadball specialist Louis Corrigan all set to continue with Linnets.
Another of Runcorn Linnets' key senior players has confirmed he is staying.
Influential Louis Corrigan has been a consistently strong performer in the Yellow and Green over the last one and a half seasons.
He helped Michael Ellison's side to take the final step to the North West Counties League Premier Division title the campaign before last, after a number of near misses.
Louis also played a big part in ensuring that the Linnets settled quicky and effectively into Northern Premier League life.
Undoubtedly one of the best left backs in our division, vastly-experienced Louis is an excellent reader of the game.
He is also a set-piece specialist in and around the box.
Louis has scored some special goals from free-kicks while also putting his ice-cool temperament to good use when penalty taking.
A trademark free-kick goal in the final game of last season at Glossop North End saw Louis reach double figures for the season with half of his 10 goals, in 46 appearances, coming from the spot.
Linnets manager, Michael Ellison said:
"Louis is a player I tried to sign on a number of occasions. When he finally decided to come to the club, he certainly didn't disappoint.
"He's a real technician with a wand of a left foot and an eye for a spectacular goal. He never misses a training session and brings a wealth of experience to the squad.
"I'm over the moon he's decided to commit to another season."
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."
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