Jack Search - A Runcorn LegendIn March 2019, Halton Borough Council honoured the memory of the man widely regarded to have been the Linnets' greatest ever player. The roadway in the new retail park outside The Millbank Linnets Stadium was named Jack Search Way, in tribute to Jack's service to Runcorn AFC, his association with the town and war-time heroism. Jack's exploits over 15 years either side of World War Two as Runcorn's prolific centre forward - winning Cheshire County League and FA Senior Cup honours as well as being involved in an FA Cup third round of 1939 against holders Preston NE - are chronicled in the Linnets Legends section of the website. In war years, he was awarded the George Medal for bravery. Serving in Sicily, Jack (who rose to the rank of Lt-Col) cleared stocks of ammunition from the path of a raging petrol fire. His heroic action prevented a major explosion, thereby averting huge damage and casualties. Jack later became chairman of the Canal Street club before joining the board at Everton FC, but he never forgot his time with the Linnets and always took an interest in their results and progress. Jack's daughter and son-in-law, Jeannie and David De Rycke travelled from their home in Cumbria to see "Gentleman Jack", as he was rightly known, honoured. The roadway was unveiled three days after the 31st anniversary of Jack's death. The material in this section of the Historical Archive is dedicated to Jack and has been taken from the scrapbook he kept during his time with Runcorn AFC.
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