NEWLY-APPOINTED Runcorn Linnets chairman Derek Greenwood has spoken of his delight at taking up the post.
His appointment was announced after the inaugural meeting of the board elected by the Linnets Independent Supporters' Trust.
Greenwood said: 'I am very proud and honoured to have been asked to chair the board by my fellow board members.
'The progress the club has made in a relatively short space of time is due to the hard work and dedication of these fans and all those others who have contributed in different ways.
'We hope to continue with that work and to create a solid foundation for the future development of the club.'
On the field, the club is one of the favourites for promotion from North West Counties League Division Two in their first season.
Behind-the-scenes, the push to bring the club to Runcorn is gathering pace.
Greenwood added: 'My thanks also go to (manager) Steve Carragher and (assistant manager) Mark Phillips for creating a team that has already given us much to admire.
'To the players themselves, we say a huge thank you. If the second part of the season is anything like the first, then the fans are in for some great entertainment and real excitement.
'Remember, this club was established by the fans, for the fans and we would like to thank you all for your excellent support.'
Meanwhile, Runcorn Linnets officials have been applauded for their achievements so far.
Paul Stockton, a member of North-wich Victoria Supporters Trust, was the independent adjudicator for Linnets' board elections on behalf of Supporters Direct.
He said: 'Congratulations to Run-corn Linnets for getting the whole thing off the ground.
'Obviously, there is history... all those Boxing Days and New Year's Days when you were in the Conference.
'I am sure you enjoyed your victories at the Drill Field just as much as we enjoyed our victories on the old ground at Canal Street.
'I wish you every success this season and in seasons to come.
'Keep the thing going and get back to your home town - and you never know where you can go from there.'