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Throughout the course of the 2004/2005 Season the new look programme, the Linnet’s review, features some of the great names from the past. These players and managers helped make the Linnets a force in Non-league football, and it’s hoped that these pages will help job memories of fan’s who were around at the time, or prove of interest to younger fans who weren’t.
|John was a player and a manager, and will go down in history as the first manager to take the Linnets to Wembley.
|Eddie played well over 400 games for Runcorn and scored over 130 goals in that time. He partnered two of the greatest goal scorers in the history of the club in Alan Foster and Alan Ryan.
|Ossie Smith was an outstanding captain and a fine player. It is no coincidence that the club enjoyed so much success with John Williams in charge and Ossie as his captain.
|Alan Ryan was a shipping clerk when he became a Linnets Legend on 9 December 1967. Ryan was just 20 years of age, scored the winning goal against Notts County in the First Round of the FA Cup, and went on to score 66 goals that season, a remarkable achievement.
|Jimmy Cumbes was probably the best goalkeeper Runcorn ever had. He played for us for a spell from 1964 -1965 and returned for a short period to help out in 1977.
|“Spike” Carter is another of those players who would fit most fans definition of a Linnets Legend and who also played and managed the team during his association with the club.
|No series of articles on Linnets Legends would be complete without the late Brian Pendlebury. “Pengy” was a local lad who kept goal for Runcorn from the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s.
|Born in October 1955 and was 5 feet 7 inches of pure pace. Sometimes he was almost too quick for himself! Not only did he possess outstanding pace but he also had one of the longest throws you could see in football. It was often better than a corner!
|Peter Duff was a quiet, unassuming man who dedicated his football career to Runcorn FC. Peter is a player whose loyalty and devotion to the club, as well as his medals tally, quite rightly earn him the title of Linnets Legend.