On The Road With The Blues – Runcorn Linnets


A Brief History

The Linnets are the direct descendants of the former Conference club Runcorn which had announced its decision to cease operations following the 2005-06 Season.

A meeting was held by the now-defunct club’s supporters on April 28th 2006 at the Quayside Bar and Function Rooms in Canal Street. This was a symbolic gesture as the venue stood next to the Linnets Park Housing Estate that had been built on the site of the former club’s ground.

An existing Supporters’ Trust was remodelled to administrate the new club, with the name chosen to incorporate the old club’s nickname that was based on the traditional green and yellow colours.

The Leagues



The Last Five Seasons




The Last Six Matches





Runcorn are undefeated at home in the League having taken ten points from their four games. Radcliffe ended their 100% home record by earning a 0-0 draw in the last home League fixture. In home cup competitions the Linnets advanced in the Integro Cup by defeating Warrington Town on penalties after a 1-1 draw but exited the FA Cup at the hands of Maltby Main.

The Linnets currently lead the table with 25 points from their 12 games. They are currently eight points ahead of Leek but the Blues have four games in hand,

Goal Scorers

6 – O’Brien (3p), 5 – Potter, 4 – Holt, Shanley, McCarthy
3 – Corrigan (3p), Sherlock, 2 – Evans, 1 – Morris, Aley

The Grounds

Runcorn started life sharing with Witton Albion but it was always their intention to return to Runcorn.

It was originally planned to develop a site at Riverside College in the Dukesfield area of the town but this proved too costly. It was then decided to develop the municipally-owned Halton Sports complex at Murdishaw. The plans were accepted by the local Council and – with the backing of a grant of £93000 from the Football Stadium Improvement Fund – development began.

The club now play at:

Millbank Linnets Stadium
Stockham Lane

Distance from Harrison Park – 44.9 miles

The ground was officially opened on July 17th 2010 against Witton Albion. The stadium has gradually been developed with a seating area down one side and covered standing opposite. The latest improvement is the clubhouse which was opened in 2017 by the Mayor of Halton. There are plans to develop the surrounding land with retail and leisure outlets.

Admission is set at £8 for adults, £5 for concessions (65+, 17-18, Full-time students), £1 for Under 16s.

Accompanied Under 16s are admitted free of charge.

The average attendance this season is 312

There is ample space for car parking with an overspill grass area if required.

Time to Spare?

• The town of Runcorn is dominated by the ruins of Halton Castle
• Norton Priory is now a museum. Its grounds contain a walled garden and an ice house
• Runcorn Town Hall was previously a private mansion in the Italianate style
• Runcorn Shopping City was, at the time it was built, the largest covered shopping area in Europe
• Two Pints of Lager and A Packet of Crisps was filmed in the town