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07 Aug 2018 : Patrons' pledges can help us to achieve our goals - Ello

Manager Michael Ellison has outlined in a message to Runcorn Linnets supporters the importance of our new Patrons Fund to further developing the club's title-winning first team.

He says:

"On behalf of the club and especially myself and all the management team, I'd first of all like to thank those fans who have already committed to our new Patrons Fund.

For those who are unaware, the new scheme was launched earlier in pre-season and is similar to initiatives already running at neighbouring/rival clubs to further support the manager by generating funds to finance the team.

Fans can pledge money either by a regular monthly payment or a one-off donation and every penny will help us to achieve our goals.

Fundraising and sponsorship is, in the current financial climate, becoming ever more difficult so we are even more grateful to all the companies, organisations and indivuduals who continue to support us.

To those people who aren't already involved with the Linnets, we'd love to see you at our games to further increase our growing attendances or using our excellent facilities or media to promote your company.

We are fortunate at Runcorn Linnets to have a very strong supporter base for a club at our level and the backing we receive was a big factor in us winning the title last season.

However, we are now stepping up to a higher level and will be competing in The EVO-STIK League this coming season against established clubs with significant resources to invest in their teams.

As you may welll know, we are a fans-owned club and while that has its benefits in terms of the club being run by supporters, it does mean that at present, we don't have any major financial backer.

The Patrons Fund is an ideal way of generating extra funds to help with team building by supplenenting the money that we receive through the turnstiles, our 200 Club, draws and raffles and also through our commercial deals.

Every contribution to the Patrons Fund will assist with our squad building as it will be ringfenced specifically for that very purpose.

It will give us a greater chance of success and could make all the difference to our hopes of building on  last season's title win that much quicker.

The club has done everything it can to give us an improved budget to work with but, at the same time, we as a management team fully understand it cannot commit money it does not have or needs to keep in reserve.

There is so much more financial commitment in running a club beyond funding the team - as I am sure you can appreciate, paying utility bills, affiliation fees, insurance and maintaining or improving the stadium does not come cheaply.

We need as many of our fans as possible to embrace the fan-owned concept of our club by supporting, volunteering, contributing and investing in whatever way they can.

We have this summer received the commitment from the bulk of last season's team and also brought in some very good new signings.

If you would like to give the club and team the best possible opportunity of maintaining and continuing the progress that has already been made on the field and off, please subscribe if you can to our Patrons Fund through either a one-off donation or a regular contribution over the 2018-19 season.

Whatever you can afford, big amounts or small, will be very gratefully received and much appreciated by me, Crossy, Salty and Lawty as we look to take the team to the next level.

Thank you everyone for your support and let's ensure we all do our very best to keep moving forward as a club."

For further information and details of how to participate in the scheme see the Patrons Fund Page

05 Aug 2018 : Linnets welcome Ellen Johnston into backroom team

RUNCORN Linnets are pleased to welcome into our backroom team massage therapist Ellen Johnston.

Ellen will assist our head sport rehabilitator Gemma Mooney in player conditioning and recovery.

Ellen holds a Level 3 qualification in sports massage therapy and only recently returned from studying in the United States.

She has now started her own business offering full postural consultation and deep tissue massages.

It's good to have you on board, Ellen and we hope you enjoy your time with Runcorn Linnets.

04 Aug 2018 : Runcorn lose to Witton Albion 0-3

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Runcorn lost to Witton Albion in the Pre-season warm-up at The Millbank Linnets Stadium with a score of 0-3. Witton Albion scored in the 38th minute. Witton Albion increased their lead in the 47th minute. 88 mins:Witton awarded a penalty. Witton Albion extended their lead in the 89th minute from the spot.

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03 Aug 2018 : Runcorn Linnets enrol for Northern Premier League Football Academy 

Runcorn Linnets FC are the fifth new club to join the Northern Premier League Football Academy this year in preparation for a September 2019 start.

The newly-promoted EVO-STIK League outfit feel it's the right time and next step to try to host such an initiative with the league's Concept and Development Football Programme being the perfect vehicle.

Linnets' recently-appointed chairman, Mike Bignall said: "Runcorn has always been a football town and we have some great schools with fantastic sporting backgrounds. Being able to offer a Further Education pathway to local students as well as members of our junior teams is amazing for both us and our town.   "The students can also progress on to a degree course which again is providing our youngsters with a fantastic opportunity."

Mike added: "It's not just the Level 3 course on offer but also a level 2 course.

"We are excited to see if we can complete the next stage of our infrastructure."

The Runcorn Linnets FC Academy is a full-time course as an alternative to college. Students will study for a BTEC in Sport Level 3 (Diploma and Extended Diploma available, which is the equivalent to two/three A Levels) or an NVQ Level 2 in Sport for those students who haven't obtained the GCSE grades to qualify for the BTEC.

The course will be delivered by a tutor in the mornings with a UEFA qualified coach conducting afternoon football training for the students.

The coach will also manage a Runcorn Linnets Academy team on Wednesday afternoons against NPLFA sides from fellow EVO-STIK League clubs such as Leek Town, Belper Town, Micklover Sports and Witton Albion.

The Northern Premier League is the official name of what is through sponsorship known as the EVO-STIK League.

All NPLFA games take place at the main grounds of all clubs involved and are filmed for analysis with a weekly highlights show being broadcast every Friday on www.youtube.com/NPLFA.

The NPL Football Academy has been a huge success on and off the pitch.

More than 600 students have enrolled in total since its launch. Many have progressed to university, scholarships in the US, the NPLFA's own sports degree course or employment.

As of May 2018, almost 50 players have progressed to their respective first teams with four students entering the professional game.

An NPLFA spokesperson said: "We are thrilled Runcorn Linnets have joined. We have enrolled five new clubs for the 2019-2020 season and we have one club left to enrol (which will be announced shortly) and this will complete our intake of clubs.

"The recent demand has been staggering but shows we are trying to set up, run and develop a programme at all our clubs in the right way.

"The Linnets have a real commitment to developing youth which should encourage local youngsters to join the programme.

"From a club's point of view, it costs nothing either financially or in time to see if we can establish such a programme at their football club. As with every club, we will be working hard to try and create a successful programme."

By being a part of Runcorn Linnets FC, there are genuine pathways to play for the first team and with the football programme being held Monday to Friday, students will still be able to play for their local junior sides at the weekend.

Recruitment will begin in September 2018 for a September 2019 start but interested Year 10/11 students can pre-register at www.nplfa.co.uk or you can email [email protected]

There is a maximum of twenty places available for the Runcorn Linnets Academy with trials to be arranged in October 2018, December 2018, February 2019, April 2019 and May 2019.

01 Aug 2018 : Ronnie returns to the Runcorn ranks

Runcorn Linnets have signed defensive midfieldman Ronnie McCarthy for a second time.

Like striker Kurt Sherlock, he is a familiar figure to return to the club after featuring throughout the Linnets' 2018-19 pre-season as a trialist.

A holding player, Ronnie can also operate in central defence.

The 24-year-old is noted for his commitment and endeavour, having initially joined the Linnets in August 2016 on dual registration with Skelmersdale United, our now EVO-STIK League Division One West rivals.

Ronnie made his first debut off the bench in the Linnets' maiden competitive win under Michael Ellison's management - a 4-1 home victory over Irlam in The Hallmark Security League Premier Division.

The player's first spell in the Yellow & Green saw 23 appearances, including 20 starts, in 2016-17 season with two goals.

Ronnie has also previously played for Vikings FC (now Widnes FC) and scored one of the goals in their maiden victory in North West Counties League football - a 5-1 win at Northwich Flixton Villa in August 2013.

Since leaving Linnets, Ronnie has played for Burscough but he has since had a spell out of the game because of a cruciate ligament injury.

Pictured - Ronnie McCarthy signs for Linnets club secretary, Tracy Measor (Photo by James Eastup).

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