RUNCORN FC Halton are in limbo after resigning from the UniBond League following relegation from the Premier Division at the end of last season.
Chairman Dr Dave Robertson says the club is not defunct although he has suspended its activities indefinitely.
'The club is not wound up or closed down but it is not trading or active,' he explained.
'It remains in existence pending whatever events occur in the future.
'There are costs involved in winding up the club and as it has no money to wind itself up, it remains as a dormant entity until such time as something happens that enables it to move on.'
Stalwart supporters of the 88-year-old club broke away to form a replacement, believing Runcorn FC Halton no longer had any credibility.
Runcorn Linnets FC will play in Moore & Co Construction Solicitors North West Counties League Division Two from August.
Dr Robertson added: 'There was an inevitability, once the supporters decided they wanted to go their own way that there wasn't any scope.
'I wasn't prepared to put myself in the situation where I could suffer further financial embarrassment and loss.'
Steve Pritchard, press officer for Runcorn Linnets, said: 'We never set out to wind up the old club or cause Dr Robertson personally any particular difficulty.
'We saw no way forward for that club and the only way we felt we could proceed was by starting afresh.'
Linnets have confirmed admission prices for the new season at £5 for adults and £2 for concessions.
Inaugural season tickets are available at £70 for adults and £28 for concessions.
The concessionary rates apply to 4-18 year olds (children under four are free), full-time students (who must produce a photocopy of their NUS card when applying) and senior citizens (men 65 and over, women 60 and over).
There is also an premier adult season ticket at £120, which includes reserved seat and parking space.
Corporate season tickets at £500 include four complimentary tickets per match plus use of sponsors lounge and refreshments before the match and during half-time.
Programme advertising from £70 to £300, matchday sponsorship (£250), matchball sponsorship (£100), mascot sponsorship (£30) and ground advertising boards (6ft x 3ft at £250) are also available.
For a £50 Golden Donation, companies and individuals will be entered into a draw with prizes including programme sponsorship (worth £500), away kit sponsorship, home shirt rear and short sponsor-ship, ball boy sponsorship, matchball sponsorship, matchday sponsorship, mascot sponsorship and a corporate season ticket.
A club spokesman said: 'Anybody making a Golden Donation that doesn't win one of the sponsorship prizes will automatically get a £50 credit towards purchasing one of the standard packages.
'All participants pledging support prior to the season starting are eligible to be included in the Roll of Honour on the club website.' Full details at www.runcornlinnets.co.uk
Runcorn Linnets are to use Fitness First in Runcorn for winter gym training, working on individual fitness programmes with international sprinter Darren Scott.