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14 Jul 2022 : Start to the season looks familiar for Runcorn Linnets

Runcorn Linnets will launch the Pitching In Northern Premier League West Division campaign on Saturday, August 13th with a derby match against Widnes.

This is a repeat of the first fixture of 2021-22.

The opening away match, on Tuesday, August 16th, takes us to Mossley - a club Linnets boss Dave Wild has previously managed.

As already announced, we interrupt the league programme on the second Saturday of our season (August 20th) to play in the Emirates FA Cup preliminary round at Trafford or AFC Liverpool.   The remaining August league fixtures are at home to newly-promoted Hanley Town on Tuesday 23rd, away to Prescot Cables on Saturday 27th and at home against Witton Albion, who have joined our Division from the NPL Premier, on Summer Bank Holiday Monday (29th).

Witton will be our hosts for the first game of 2023 on New Year Bank Holiday Monday (January 2nd).

Christmas fayre for Linnets fans is a Monday, December 26th home duel with City of Liverpool, managed by our former boss Michael Ellison.

The return clash at CoL is scheduled for Easter Monday, April 10th with Good Friday pitching us at home to Prescot Cables.

The NPL campaign ends on Sarurday, April 22nd, when we will  be away to Trafford.

13 Jul 2022 : 2022-23 player sponsorship is open - make your choice now.

Runcorn Linnets supporters are gearing up for another action-packed season - and the start of a new era under boss Dave Wild.

And as the countdown to the big kick off begins in earnest - with the launch of our warm-up friendlies at Stockport Town this Saturday - we are reinstating and launching our popular Player Sponsorship scheme.

Interest is rising as Wildy's plans continue to take shape and, from experience, we know fans will back our boys every step of the way.

For those who are able and wish to supplement their already invaluable support, individual player sponsorship is now available.

Fans can also sponsor members of our managerial, coaching and backroom team.

The scheme is open to companies and organisations as well as individuals.

Following a suggestion at our recent Annual General Meeting, we are making a change to the traditional format.

It will be a multiple sponsorship scheme so that each player or staff member can have more than one sponsor - thereby ensuring that nobody misses out on bagging their No.1 choice.

With the change of manager since the end of a successful 2021-22, it will to a degree be a new-look squad, which takes the field for the forthcoming campaign.

But there is still a strong presence from the group, which reached last season's Pitching In Northern Premier League Division One West play-off final.

A clutch of new signings, some of them familiar faces, will be eager to quickly make their mark and looking to take us to the next level after the promotion near miss in April.

But whether you plump for a returning player, choose one of our newcomers or would like to sponsor someone working hard off the field, the cost of each sponsorship is exactly the same - £100 (including VAT).

Each sponsor will receive the following benefits in return for their investment:

  • A signed photograph of their chosen player/staff member
  • Acknowledgement alongside their chosen person's profile on the Squad Page of our official club website.
  • Inclusion on the Player Sponsorship page in our matchday programme.

Should a player/staff member leave the club during the the season, his sponsor(s) will receive a "free transfer" to another person of their choice!

If you or your business would like to sponsor a member of our squad please email [email protected] - stating your choice of player and sponsor name.

This is also the address for all associated enquiries.

The club will reply with arrangements for payment.

Alternatively, you can send a cheque made payable to Runcorn Linnets FC Limited to Player Sponsorship, Runcorn Linnets FC, APEC Taxis Stadium, Stockham Lane, Runcorn, WA7 6GJ or hand it to Trust Board member Paul Riley on a matchday.

Please include a contact telephone  number or active email address along with your choice of player and sponsor name.

Thank you, as always, for your support.

08 Jul 2022 : Away draws in the FA Cup and FA Trophy

Draws have been made for the early rounds of the national FA competitions, involving Runcorn Linnets.

In the Emirates FA Cup, we have an exemption until the preliminary round in which we will be away to the winners of the extra preliminary tie, Trafford v AFC Liverpool. Our tie will be played on  Saturday, August 20th.

Our Isuzu FA Trophy campaign launches on Saturday September 10 when we will visit Workington in the first qualifying round.

If successful, we will go to North Shields or Pontefract Colls in the second qualifier on Saturday, September 24.

The FA Youth Cup draw has pitched our youth team at home to Clitheroe in the preliminary round in week commencing Monday, August 29), Linnets having been spared duty in the extra prelim.

05 Jul 2022 : Linnets land Sam Heathcote from West Didsbury & Chorlton

Our second signing of the evening, like the first a centre half standing at 6ft 4in, might be new to the club -  but he has something of a Linnets pedigree.

Sam Heathcote's dad Graham served our predecessor club Runcorn AFC in the mid to late 1980s as assistant to manager John King, having been an outstanding midfield player for Altrincham.

Sam duly followed in his father's footsteps by representing the Robins but he joins us from West Didsbury & Chorlton, who he captained to the North West Counties League Division One South title in 2021-22.

Sam had been with the Mancunians since December 2019.

He started as a junior with Manchester United, playing at centre forward.

However, his senior career was launched as a centre half - albeit a goalscoring one!

Sam made a remarkable entrance for Altrincham as an 18-year-old to grab a stoppage-time Moss Lane goal against Cheltenham Town with only his second touch of his debut!

The effort, in September 2015, earned Sam's hometown club a 2-1 win in the Vanarana National League.

He went on to make 50 more senior appearances for Altrincham.

2016-17 saw the player being loaned to Hyde United, where he made six appearances and in 2017-18 Sam played 29 times for Ramsbottom United.

Operating as a makeshift striker, he netted 11 goals. One of these ironically came against Altrincham at Moss Lane in the FA Trophy, although it was only consolation in a 4-1 defeat.

Sam returned to Hyde United, if only briefly, and upon leaving the Tamesiders in August 2018, he appeared against Linnets for Trafford early in our first NPL season.

The player subsequently opted to return to Altrincham to play Reserve team football to "get back enjoyment" from football.

Just before Christmas 2018, Sam moved to Wythenshawe Town and in September 2019, he linked up with Widnes.

Among his five outings for our Halton neighbours was a 2-1 home defeat by Runcorn Linnets.

It was from there that Sam signed for West Didsbury & Chorlton, where his influence in last season's success was plain to see as he scored an astonishing 30 goals from defence.

As farewells were said earlier this week, West's manager Chris Rowley described Sam as a "leader on and off the field".

Welcome to Runcorn Linnets, Sam.We are sure you'll like it here!

05 Jul 2022 : 6ft 4in defender Tom Moore looking to hit the heights with Linnets

Tom Moore is the third English import from Welsh football this summer for Runcorn Linnets, the towering centre back arriving from Connah's Quay Nomads.

Tom joined the then Cymru Premier League champions in early 2021 but found opportunities limited, not least because Covid restrictions in the principality caused football to be suspended.

He did, however, experience European football with Nomads and scored from a free-kick against Kosovan side Prishtina - albeit in UEFA Europa Conference League defeat for the Flintshire outfit.

It was a second time, unfortunately that coronavirus had dealt a blow to the Merseysider's ambitions.

Tom had been on the brink of signing a one-year deal at Scottish Championship club Inverness Caledonian Thistle when Covid prompted the club to pull out due to concerns over the financial impact of the pandemic.

Tom had spent two weeks training with Calley and had even been handed a squad number.

There was a promise of the move being revived when times were more certain, but instead, he signed a contract at Connah's Quay.

Even that move was not without drama as the Nomads discovered half an hour before the transfer deadline that the player was still registered with Widnes.

Fortunately for Tom, this wasn't a deal-breaker.

Other clubs including National League North's AFC Fylde and Scottish League One club Forfar Athletic had been chasing the signature of the giant, ball-playing defender.

Tom had previously served home town club Marine and spent a season in Sweden with Ytterhogdals IK.

Although primarily a central defender, Tom is a good technician who can pick a pass to players in front of him and is also well capable of filling a holding  midfield role.

It was in the middle of the park that Tom first came to prominence in Marine's successful Under 18s side before signing Northern Premier League forms with them in November 2016.

WingerJames Ellison and goalkeeper Andy Coughlin are the other players to have switched to Runcorn Linnets from North Wales clubs this off season, both having most recently played for Colwyn Bay.

We are very pleased to welcome Tom and wish him a fruitful and enjoyable stay at APEC Taxis Stadium.

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