A 94th minute deflected strike by Colin Nixon earned Glentoran all three points in a pulsating JJB Sports Premiership battle at The Oval this afternoon. The Reds had taken a fourth minute lead through Francis Murphy and, after the same player had volleyed straight at goalkeeper Elliott Morris, Chris Scannell struck the crossbar before Gary Hamilton drew the Glens level. Mark Patterson saw a glorious opportunity wasted ahead of the hosts being reduced to 10 men when Jamie McGovern was dismissed for a needless kick-out at David McAlinden but, despite the numerical disadvantage, Glentoran would go on to win it when Nixon's ball across the face of goal in injury-time took a deflection off Ciaran Donaghy and past John Connolly.
Official Club Statement Wednesday, August 27, 2008
In light of disappointing incidents and events eminating from our game on Tuesday night against Lisburn Distillery, Gerard Lawlor, Cliftonville's Team Affairs Director, will be conducting talks with players and team officials and will be taking concerns raised to the Referees' Committee and the General Secretary of the IFA Premiership. It is regrettable that the Club feels it necessary to take these steps yet again.
A White mess at New Grosvenor Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Cliftonville were defeated 3-1 by Lisburn Distillery this evening in a fixture which raised plenty of questions on the highly topical issue of refereeing in the JJB Sports Premiership. David McAlinden got the Reds' goal after Darren Armour had nodded Distillery ahead and the same player got the Whites' second, converting from the penalty spot after Ryan Catney had felled Curtis Allen - outside the box. Allen bagged the home side's third but Cliftonville were frustrated time and again by referee Stephen Weatherall, whose decision-making and dishing out of bookings certainly caused plenaty of head-scratching in the visitors' camp.
No live TV on Monday Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Due to unforeseen circumstances, next Monday's Setanta Sports Cup game with Cork City will not now be broadcast live on television and reverts back to a 7.45pm kick-off.
Paul the best Tuesday, August 26, 2008
One of the most popular features in recent editions of The Red Eye has been the Question & Answer sessions that former players have kindly taken part in, with both Jim McFadden and Shaun Strang providing intriguing insights into their time at the Club. A number of other ex-Reds have agreed to go under the spotlight and the latest of these is the legendary Paul Reece. Paul was, of course, the goalkeeper in the famous 1997/98 Championship winning side whose Cliftonville career began with a clean sheet and penalty shoot-out heroics in the 97 County Antrim Shield Final and also played a key role in the Club's battle against relegation the same year. His time at Solitude was relatively short but certainly provided many wonderful memories for the Red Army, who are now invited to submit their questions to the man himself by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reds kick off with five star display Saturday, August 23, 2008
Chris Scannell became the first Cliftonville player since October 2001 to score a hat-trick when he bagged an 11-minute treble in the Reds' superb 5-1 defeat of Ballymena United this afternoon - and it was Scannell who also hit the last one in a League Cup success at Larne. Neil Teggart had headed United in front after just two minutes at The Showgrounds, but Francis Murphy levelled and Rory Hamill netted against his former employers before Scannell pounced on 43, 49 and 54 minutes to secure the points.
Kids make firm impression Saturday, August 23, 2008
Cliftonville's U15 Development Squad spent last weekend on a pre-season tour of Scotland and enjoyed two testing work-outs against either side of Glasgow's Old Firm. On Friday, they faced their counterparts from Celtic at Barrowfield, in the shadow of Celtic Park and spent Saturday at Ibrox as guests of Rangers Football Club for their Clydesdalebank Premier League clash with Hearts. On Sunday, they travelled to Rangers' training complex at Murray Park and, after another gruelling 90 minutes, the players and coaching staff toured the magnificent facilities at the Â£14m development. The young Reds thoroughly enjoyed their visit and are hugely appreciative for the advice and guidance they received from the Academy staff at both Celtic and Rangers and it is hoped that some of the younger teams at Cliftonville's Football Development Centre will be able to participate in similar trips in the coming years.
Get your finger out! Thursday, August 21, 2008
Supporters are reminded that, with the return of the animated advert at the foot of the website's homepage, they can earn the Club money with one simple press of their mouse button. Just click on the advert and Cliftonville FC will be sent a cheque. It really is as simple as that. Remember there is no limit on how many times you click the ad, so make sure to do so upon every visit - and as frequently as possible.
Home from home for DC in Shield Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Following their 1-0 defeat of Bangor this evening, Donegal Celtic have progressed to face Cliftonville in the Quarter Finals of the County Antrim Shield. The game will be played on Tuesday, September 9 at Celtic Park, although the Reds are the designated 'home' team for the occasion.
Reds selected for TV Corker Tuesday, August 19, 2008
The Club has received confirmation that our Setanta Sports Cup clash with Cork City at Celtic Park on September 1 is to be broadcast live on Setanta Sports. The game will kick off at 8.05pm and will mark the Reds' first live television appearance of the season, with the home JJB Sports Premiership fixtures with Linfield (October 27) and Glentoran (November 17) already pencilled in for the Sky Sports treatment.
Shop til you drop - online Tuesday, August 19, 2008
The Club are delighted to announce the return of our online shop. Now supporters from across the globe can get their hands on the latest replica gear (not to mention key-rings, mugs, Matchday Magazines and plenty more besides) at the simple click of a button, so don't waste any time and make sure to visit www.theredsshop.net straight away! Meanwhile, those who enjoy the more traditional method of purchasing goods from the Club will no doubt be delighted to learn that the shop will be open for business from The Whitehouse this Thursday evening (7.30-8.30pm).
Were you at Windsor washout? Monday, August 18, 2008
Following last Saturday's abandoned JJB Sports Premiership game against Linfield at Windsor Park, the Club would ask all fans who were in attendance to contact us as soon as possible. Supporters who were at the game should e-mail their name and address (including those of any children who were accompanying them) to email@example.com, or leave their details with any member of the Management Committee either in the Social Club on Thursday evening (7.30-8.30pm) or during the fixture with Ballymena United this Saturday. This will assist the Management Committee in making arrangements for the rearranged game.
New season gets Chris of life Monday, August 18, 2008
Cliftonville's domestic campaign finally got underway at Celtic Park this evening as Brantwood were defeated 3-0 in the First Round of the County Antrim Shield. Chris Scannell opened the scoring on 36 minutes before Rory Hamill netted his first goal for the Club. Scannell bagged number three on 62 minutes, while Brantwood goalkeeper James Haugh produced a stirring display to ensure the Reds were unable to increase the scoring.
It's game on! Monday, August 18, 2008
Tonight's County Antrim Shield First Round game with Brantwood is on after the pitch at Celtic Park passed referee Stephen Weatherall's 4pm pitch inspection.
Inspection at Celtic Park Monday, August 18, 2008
This evening's scheduled County Antrim Shield First Round game with Brantwood is subject to an afternoon pitch inspection. The match referee - the aptly named Mr Weatherall - will monitor the Celtic Park playing surface at 4pm and we will bring you confirmation of his decision as soon as it is known.
Club targets Bangor homecoming Sunday, August 17, 2008
With reconstruction work at Solitude ongoing, the Club is hopeful that we will be back in our familiar surroundings for the October 11 JJB Sports Premiership fixture with Bangor. Until then, we will play our 'home' games at Donegal Celtic's Suffolk Road home, although the August 26 meeting with Lisburn Distillery has been switched to New Grosvenor (with the return date on November 8 taking place at Solitude). All of which means that we will be using Celtic Park for 'home' fixtures with Brantwood (August 18), Cork City (September 1), Dungannon Swifts (September 13), Drogheda United (September 22) and Glenavon (September 27). Owing to the differing nature of each of these matches, arrangements for our supporters will be made on a game-to-game basis in relation to capacity, segregation and, where necessary, ticketing. Our fans are therefore advised to keep a check of this website and our Official Media Partner, North Belfast News, for information as each match approaches. Our supporters will be housed in the home end of the ground for this week's County Antrim Shield clash with Brantwood and admission will be Â£7 for Adults and Â£5 for Concessions.
Catch up with stars of the 90s Sunday, August 17, 2008
Don't forget to pick up your copy of The Red Eye at the County Antrim Shield clash with Brantwood this week or you'll miss out on exclusive interviews with two Red Army favourites from yesteryear. Former midfield ace Shaun Strang - now living in Australia - reveals his favourite Cliftonville goal, most hated away trip and much more to Liam Murray, while the legendary Keith Alexander, currently in charge of English League Two outfit Macclesfield Town, recalls with fondness his brief stay at Solitude and those never-to-be-forgotten inspirational displays against Portadown, Glentoran and Linfield. Elsewhere, Paul Treanor returns with his look at Cliftonville performances and results from the past 25 years and we have the second installment of Marty Vernon's trip home New Jersey to watch the Reds last season, not to mention contributions from Eddie Patterson and Liam Fleming with a few pictures from the historical showdown with FC Copenhagen at Parken Stadium in July - all for a cost of just Â£2.
Windsor replay information Saturday, August 16, 2008
Following the abandonment of this afternoon's JJB Sports Premiership fixture with Linfield at Windsor Park, the Club would like to assure our supporters that endeavours are being made to ensure that today's admission fees will not go to waste. In the aftermath of referee Alan Black calling a halt to proceedings, efforts were made to either refund our fans or supply them with a ticket which could be used when the match is eventually replayed. Unfortunately, we were not able to broker a deal on the issue with our counterparts at Linfield but we will be meeting with them again in the coming days with a view to arranging some form of compensatory package for our supporters.
Water let down Saturday, August 16, 2008
Today's Premiership opener with Linfield was abandoned after 32 minutes due to a torrential downpour which rendered the Windsor Park pitch unplayable. The Blues had been leading through a Jamie Mulgrew strike but it was apparent from very early on that the match would not last the course and Alan Black was left with no other option than to call a halt to proceedings.
Coleraine pencilled in Thursday, August 14, 2008
The JJB Sports Premiership fixture with Coleraine - postponed due to industrial action by the Referees' Association at the weekend - will now take place at Coleraine Showgrounds on Tuesday, October 7 with a 7.45pm kick-off.
Shield fixture details announced Monday, August 11, 2008
The Club today completed the planning of next Monday's County Antrim Shield First Round game with Brantwood, which will be staged at our temporary 'home' of Donegal Celtic Park. Admission will cost Â£7 for Adults and Â£5 Concessions and Cliftonville supporters will be housed in the home end of the ground. We hope to have confirmation of every other scheduled 'home' game at Celtic Park - and the necessary arrangements for our supporters - available on this website before the end of the current week.
Final defeat for Wee Reds Sunday, August 10, 2008
Cliftonville Strollers suffered an unfortunate defeat in the Final of the North Belfast News Cup this afternoon. Paddy Conway's men were defeated 2-1 by Glentoran Colts in the Seaview showdown.
Strollers up for the Cup Saturday, August 9, 2008
The first team may not have been in action this afternoon, but supporters can still get their football fix at Seaview tomorrow, when Cliftonville Strollers take on Glentoran Colts in the Final of the North Belfast News Cup. The game kicks off at 12pm and there's no doubting that Paddy Conway and co will be extremely grateful of any backing they receive. Meanwhile, the Club's Under 15s side will embark on a brief tour of Scotland next weekend and will face both Celtic and Rangers U15s as well as visiting Ibrox Stadium as guests of Rangers Football Club for their game with Hearts on Saturday.
Coleraine game postponed Friday, August 8, 2008
At 7.02pm this evening, the Club were informed that tomorrow's fixture with Coleraine has, like every other game in the JJB Sports Premiership, been postponed due the much-publicised referees' strike. Confirmation of rescheduling will be made available on this website in due course.
Westside story for North Belfast Thursday, August 7, 2008
The County Antrim Shield First Round fixture with IFA Interim League side Brantwood will be played at Donegal Celtic's Suffolk Road home in west Belfast due to ongoing construction work at Solitude. The game will be played on Monday, August 18 with a 7.30pm kick-off and we are grateful to our supporters for their patience with regards to playing our 'home' fixtures at Celtic Park and we once again offer our thanks to Donegal Celtic for the use of their facilities.
Members & Season Ticket sales Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Members and Season Tickets will be on sale from 7-9pm in the Social Club at Solitude on Thursday August 7, Tuesday August 12 and Thursday the 14th. Forms will be available on the night, but can also be downloaded from this website. The Reds Shop will also be open on the 12th and 14th with the latest Puma gear available for purchase, while supporters are reminded to return their completed 200 Club forms at the earliest possible opportunity.
Derby Day in Shield Tuesday, August 5, 2008
This evening's County Antrim Shield First Round draw saw Cliftonville paired with North Belfast neighbours Brantwood for the second time in three seasons with the game scheduled to take place on August 19. The Reds won the last meeting 5-0 on the way to winning the competition in 2007.
Cash turnstile at Windsor Monday, August 4, 2008
Supporters will not require tickets for the August 16 JJB Sports Premiership fixture with Linfield. Admission to the game, which will be played at Windsor Park, can be obtained by payment at the turnstile.
Oval and out for Glens game Monday, August 4, 2008
The JJB Sports Premiership game with Glentoran on Saturday, August 30, has been switched from Solitude to The Oval with a 3pm kick-off. In turn, the November 17 clash with the Glens will take place at Solitude and will be broadcast live by Sky Sports. We are very grateful to everyone at Glentoran FC for their assistance in this matter. Meanwhile, the live TV game with Linfield at Solitude on October 27 has been brought forward to a 7.30pm kick-off.
The JJB Sports Premiership Monday, August 4, 2008
The Irish Football Association today unveiled JJB Sports as the sponsor of local football's newly structured top tier. The IFA have a long standing relationship with JJB Sports and have agreed an initial one-year contract with the option of an extension after the 2008/09 season. The JJB Sports Premiership kicks off this Saturday, when Cliftonville travel to face Coleraine.
Red Army hit all the right notes Friday, August 1, 2008
"Five nil! We're gonna win five nil!" greeted players from both sides as the teams took to the pitch at Parken Stadium last night. The mathematical permutations may have altered during the course of the game, but the Cliftonville supporters' enthusiasm never dwindled. Once again in Europe, the players were backed to the hilt by a fanbase who knew that, although victory bordered way beyond the impossible, there was little point in letting cold, hard reality get in the way of having a wonderful evening. Just when the painted supporters on the advertising boards were treated to a rendition of "It's all gone quiet over there!", it certainly livened up elsewhere as the hosts broke the deadlock through Ailton Almeida. Jose Junior added a second just a few minutes' later but the singing never stopped. Efforts from Rory Hamill, George McMullan and Chris Scannell brought about choruses of "A goal! We nearly scored a goal!", while Atiba Hutchinson's strike ensured that half-time was spent with home fans being reminded that: "Seven three! We're gonna win seven three!". The second-half kicked off with FCK moving 4-0 ahead almost immediately through William Kvist and Morten Nordstrand's penalty made it 5-0. Before we knew it, Thomas Kristensen and Junior had popped up with numbers six and seven on the hour mark - a full 15 worrying minutes before our players' limbs were scheduled to tire. A triple substitution by Eddie Patterson brought Parken to its feet as home supporters rose to applaud the efforts of Declan O'Hara, Rory Hamill and George McMullan and give a stirring welcome to replacements David McAlinden, Mark Patterson and Ciaran Boyd. To their credit, the team continued to play the best football they possibly could and the Red Army were determined to roar them on all the way. Stood with shoes in hand, "Shoes off if you love the Reds!" was the latest offering and the clock ticked down to the tune of the by now obligatory "Red Army!" on repeat. In the final minutes, though, there was a dramatic change of atmosphere. "Cliftonville! Cliftonville! Cliftonville!" rang around Denmark's international stadium - and it wasn't coming from the away support. Suddenly, Copenhagen's fans were showing their appreciation of our players' efforts and both teams soaked up rapturous applause from every spectator on the final whistle. Home players had long since departed the scene while Cliftonville's weary battlers enjoyed one last lap of the pitch, cheered all the way by FCK's fans. Outside the stadium, shirts and scarves were swapped as Danish and Irish alike enjoyed eachothers' company into the wee small hours - downing drinks, singing songs and even partaking in an impromptu game of football in the street, with bus shelters for goalposts. Like you do. Many home fans expressed their surprise with how passionate Cliftonville's fans were in the backing of the team. Some said they were the finest ever to visit Parken, others said they were second only to Celtic. I don't think the Red Army will complain about either.
Norwegian test for Copenhagen Friday, August 1, 2008
This morning's UEFA Cup draw paired FC Copenhagen with Lillestrom of Norway in the Second Qualifying Round. Cliftonville's conquerors will be at Parken on August 14 before travelling for the return leg two weeks later and we naturally wish them well. Meanwhile, KAA Gent - who eliminated the Reds from last year's InterToto Cup - were paired with Swedish outfit Kalmar.