RUNCORN FC Halton fans saw the first chink of light at the end of what is still a dark tunnel this week when the club headed off a potential player revolt.
It was reported players had threatened to boycott this Saturday's home game against Worksop because they have not been paid regularly.
However, they got some of the money owing before Saturday's 1-1 draw and after a meeting between chairman Dr Dave Robertson and new manager Steve Soley, phased payments have been agreed and the squad is happy.
'We've got to thank the chairman,' said Soley. 'He has done a lot for the club and without him, we would be struggling.'
The community is being urged to help the club through its continuing crisis in whatever way they can.
The easiest way is to attend home games but the club is also asking people to buy shares.
Programme editor Derek Greenwood, coordinating the campaign, said: 'Firstly, I am looking for 100 fans to commit themselves to buy £100 of shares either immediately or in two blocks of £50 over the next month.
'Secondly, if people feel they cannot afford to put up £100, I would ask them to at least contribute £5 a month over the next 12 months to join the lottery.'
E-mail Derek@RuncornFCHalton.co.uk or contact Derek Greenwood at any home match.
The Linnets Independent Supporters' Trust (LIST) are also appealing for donations - see page nine - while club secretary Alan Jones says buying a programme, raffle ticket and merchandise at games will help.
Wing-back Jimmy Turner, second-choice keeper Ashley Timms and strike pair Carl Rendell and Griff Jones have left the club.
Jones has joined Scarborough while Jimmy Turner was sent off on his Farn-borough debut.
New boys Neil Thompson and Southport striker Lee Mulvaney are on loan until the end of the season.
Ex-Lincoln City midfielder Scott Willis has signed contract forms with Runcorn after a spell at Halifax Town.
'He is a good young player and a very infectious character,' said Soley.
But Matty McGinn looks set to join South-port next week - the Linnets being resigned to the fact he would be leaving for Haig Avenue at the end of the season anyway.
Nicky Young and David Ness serve one-game bans on Saturday.