Crest of Runcorn Linnets Football Club

Runcorn Linnets

Pitching In Northern Premier League Division One West

Runcorn Linnets Football Club, nicknamed “The Yellows,” is a non-league football club based in Runcorn, Cheshire.

Established in 1970, they currently compete in the Pitching In Northern Premier League Division One West, which is part of the eighth tier of English football. The team calls Millbank Linnets Stadium their home ground.

At the time of writing, Billy Paynter is the current manager with experience at Hartlepool United and Warrington Town among his past roles.

A photo of Runcorn Linnets
© James Eastup, licensed under CC BY 2.0

History

Runcorn Linnets, a club with a history of near successes, experienced another challenging season in 2022-23. They narrowly missed promotion from the Pitching In Northern Premier League West Division, losing the Play-off Final for the second consecutive year. The season saw them finishing as runners-up in the Liverpool Senior Cup in their first attempt and reaching the semi-finals of the Cheshire Senior Cup. Billy Paynter took over as manager for the last six weeks of the season, replacing Dave Wild who was appointed in summer 2022. Paynter, with his extensive professional experience, stabilized the team during this crucial period.

The club has had a remarkable journey since its establishment in 2006 by supporters of the former Runcorn AFC. They quickly achieved the initial goals of returning football to Runcorn and fostering community pride. The club’s stadium, opened in 2010, saw a new clubhouse and infrastructure improvements in 2017. A state-of-the-art pitch was installed in 2020, enhancing facilities for various teams within the club and the community.

Runcorn Linnets’ recent history includes significant managerial changes and on-field achievements. Calum McIntyre’s departure in 2021 led to Billy Paynter’s eventual appointment. The club has seen notable cup successes, including a NWCL Challenge Cup win in 2012-13 under Joey Dunn.

Legal

Runcorn Linnets FC Limited is a Registered Society in England and Wales under registration number IP29719R .

Staff

Current management and coaching staff

Alumni

Former players and managers elsewhere in the non-league pyramid