A CAMPAIGN to bring Runcorn FC Halton back home gets under way tonight.
A group of 'disillusioned' supporters are launching Runcorn FC - Mission Possible and will hold their first open meeting at the War Memorial Club in York Place at 8pm.
They are urging attendance and support from football fans in Runcorn as they investigate ways for the Linnets to return to the town.
The fans behind the group say they have set up a steering group as a 'last resort' and if a move back to Runcorn isn't found over the next few years, one of the great-est names in non-league football will dis-appear.
The problem the group faces is there are no facilities of the required standard in Runcorn and even if they wanted to leave Halton Stadium, the club doesn't have any money to invest in a new ground.
But the supporters believe that where there is a will there is a way.
Group spokesman Simon Charlesworth said: 'We believe that support for the club still exists with many fans still following the Linnets' fortunes in the papers.
'But these fans will only return to support the team on the terraces if the team is playing in Runcorn.
'When Runcorn left Canal Street two seasons ago, many fans refused to travel outside the town to support the team and when the club added Halton to the team name, they alienated fans further.
'If this trend of losing supporters continues, then the Linnets will undoubtedly fold in a few years' time.
'We have nothing against the current regime. It's basically setting out to think of ways to get back over here and working in collaboration with the club to see if any of the ideas are possible.
'We will also be getting the council involved down the line. Supporters' views need to be aired and the council then needs to be involved to identify possible sites in Runcorn.'
The group say Runcorn FC Halton officials have not been invited to tonight's meeting but once supporters' main opinions have been identified, a meeting with the club will be requested.
Charlesworth added: 'All parties need to sit together and discuss ways of how we can get the club back to Runcorn.
'The group has been formed so that fans can have a voice and we will be arranging several open meetings over the next few weeks so that we can hear fans' views and outline our plans.
'The time to act is now. Lots of suggestions have been made over the last few years but not explored.
'We now need to hear these views again so that we can act before it is too late.
'We urge anybody with an interest in the club to come to one of these meetings and make their views known.'
* The group has set up a hotmail address at firstname.lastname@example.org for any correspondence.