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02 Feb 2005 : Runcorn Announce Capture Of Willis
Runcorn FC Halton can today announce the capture of midfielder Scott Willis from Conference side Halifax Town. 23-year old Willis, who has signed for the Linnets until the end of the season, has had spells at a host of football league clubs in his short career, and he hopes that a spell at Runcorn can be his springboard back into the Football League.
Willis began his career as a trainee at Wigan Athletic before moving to football league clubs Mansfield Town, Doncaster Rovers, and Carlisle United. After his release from Carlisle, he joined Unibond side Bamber Bridge before moving to fellow Unibond outfit Droylsden.
League Two side Lincoln City then snapped him up in August 2002 and his form helped them to the play-off final in the 2002/03 season. Whilst at Lincoln, Willis attracted the interest of Millwall who were rumoured to be interested in signing the player for a fee of around £250,000.
After falling out of favour at Lincoln, he has had loan spells at League One side Stockport County and Conference side Hereford United before moving to Halifax Town at the start of this season.
New Runcorn boss Steve Soley said “I know Scott from my days at Carlisle United and I was delighted when he said that he would sign for us. Scott is without a doubt a football league player, and I hope that he takes this opportunity to show league clubs what they are missing out on and that he can secure a move back into the professional game”.
30 Jan 2005 : Increase in promotion and relegation for 2005/2006
At a meeting yesterday, Member Clubs of the Football Conference, voted overwhelmingly to increase promotion and relegation between Conference National, Conference North and Conference South from season 2005/2006 onwards.
The implementation to increase promotion and relegation would come into effect at the end of season 2005/2006 when the Conference National would relegate TWO CLUBS, one to each of Conference North and Conference South, while promoting FOUR CLUBS, two from each from Conference North and Conference South.
To accommodate the increase in promotion and relegation the Conference National would increase its Member Clubs from the current 22 to 24 at the commencement of season 2006/2007 with four clubs being promoted and relegated at the end of that season. Approval from the Football Association for the changes has been requested.
Conference Chief Executive, John Moules, said “once again the Conference seeks to provide ambitious and successful clubs in the national game structure with increase promotion opportunities”.
29 Jan 2005 : Runcorn draw with Barrow 1-1
Runcorn did well to come away with a point from their match at Holker Street. A penalty in the second half saw Barrow take the lead in a match which they dominated, but were unable to put beyond Runcorn’s reach. An exquisite Nicky Young equaliser lifted Runcorn in the last fifteen minutes of the game, but the single point for the draw was as much as they could muster.
26 Jan 2005 : Carlisle Too Hot For Linnets
Former Football League side Carlisle United cruised into the Fourth Round of the GLS Cup after a comfortable 5-2 victory over the Linnets at the Halton Stadium. Former Bury manager Andy Preece was the hero for Carlisle, grabbing four goals including a 22-minute first half hat-trick. Nicky Young scored for Runcorn to make it 3-1, and Robbie Moore netted his first for the club to make it 4-2, but a last minute Brendan McGill goal sealed it for the Cumbrians. Full Report to follow.
24 Jan 2005 : Management Team Released
Runcorn FC Halton have today announced the news that the Managerial Team of Alvin McDonald and Peter Carroll have been relieved of their duties with immediate effect.
The financial constraints at the club have meant a review of various aspects of the club’s present structures.
The club would like to place on record its thanks for the work done by Alvin and Peter since their appointments, and wish them both the best of luck with any future managerial careers that they may undertake.
Steve Carragher and Steve Soley will be in charge of team affairs in a caretaker role for the immediate future starting with the GLS National Conference cup tie against Carlisle Utd at the Halton Stadium on Tuesday 25 January.