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Matt Atherton

Position : Defender

With a club record 276 appearances already under his belt, modern-day Linnets legend Matt returned to the Millbank Linnets Stadium in September 2017 after little more than a season away.

He is back for a third spell after being at Ramsbottom United and more recently Clitheroe, who still hold his Evo-Stik League registration.

A hugely-popular player at Runcorn, Matty started his career at West Lancashire League side Euxton Villa and in 2007, joined Welsh Premier League team Connah's Quay Nomads where he scored on his debut. He made the switch to Runcorn Linnets in 2010 but after a brief stay, joined Clitheroe for the first time in August 2011 and later represented Bamber Bridge.

He returned to the Millbank in 2012 and went on to become the first player to make 250 senior appearances for the club. Having first made his name as a winger, Matty has also played as a central striker and has even appeared in an emergency goalkeeping role but has now converted to the left-back role.

Runcorn Linnets would like to thank Runcorn Supporters Club who have kindly sponsored Matt Atherton.

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