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Stadium Tours
The Main Stand at Solitude formerly housed the majority of the Cliftonville support on any given home matchday but,
since the end of the 2007/08 season, is now only opened when the occasion demands.
Constructed during the 1950s, the Stand offers fans a wonderful vantage point from which to cast their eyes over
proceedings; running for approximately two-thirds the length of the stadium and casting an imposing shadow over the
action on the pitch and also housing the Cliftonville FC Social Club.
Beneath the Upper Deck - which consists of seats reclaimed when Ulster Rugby's Ravenhill Stadium underwent
major redevelopment in 2013 - is a section of former terracing, which was likewise made an all-seater zone ahead of
Cliftonville's Champions League meeting with Celtic in July 2013.
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McAlery Stand
Main Stand
Constructed during the 2007/08 campaign and used for the first time in September 2008, the new stand replaced the
old
Cage terracing, very much the spiritual home of the Red Army since the 1970s when it was said supporters - so
often regarded as the twelfth man - would almost suck the ball into the net, while ensuring visiting goalkeepers never
had a moment's peace.
The Cage received a fitting send off when it was used for the final time in the live Sky Sports clash with Linfield in
September 2007, although it was not demolished for a few weeks after that; Kieran O'Connor netting the last ever goal
in front of the old structure in a 2-1 win over Dungannon Swifts.
Officially opened when Cliftonville defeated Celtic 3-0 on October 13, 2009, the stand not only provides seated
accommodation for home supporters, but is now the new base for all of the Club's operations with a Control Room
built alongside the Press Box in the upper corner with changing facilities, Media Room, Ticketing Office, Doping
Room, the Fred Jardine Physiotherapy Suite and new office areas within the main body of the facility which, having
previously been informally titled the Cage End Stand, was officially named as The McAlery Stand (in honour of
Cliftonville's founding father, John McCredy McAlery) on September 20, 2014 - the Club's 135th anniversary.
Shortly afterwards, a major redecoration of the stand's interior was commissioned, with the tunnel area now home to
striking imagery commemorating our back-to-back Danske Bank Premiership crowns of 2012/13 and 2013/14 as well
as homages to some of the early Reds sides, not to mention our 1998 Champions and 1979 Irish Cup winners.
In addition, the adjacent staircase now tells the story of Cliftonville Football Club, meaning no journey to the
boardroom will be complete without nods towardsthe iconic Mr McAlery, the purchase of the Solitude grounds upon
which our stadium now stands, our first ever outright Champions from 1910, our European bow against FC Nantes
Atlantique, George McMullan's famous title-clinching penalty kick and the notable talents of players including Kevin
McGarry, Norman McCaw, Maurice Masters, Charlie Tully and Syd Over.
Bowling Green End
The Away End (behind the northern goal) is also known as The Bowling Green end on account of the bowling pitches
behind it and previously consisted of covered terracing but was the first section of the ground to undergo major
surgery when, in 2001, an 850-seater stand was constructed, offering one of the Irish League's best facilities for
visiting supporters.
Floodlights
Installed as part of a floodlight improvement project funded by the Irish Football Association through the UEFA
HatTrick II Assistance Programme, Solitude's new 800 lux constructions stand at 35 metres in height and were used
for the first time in Cliftonville's 4-0 defeat of Linfield on September 21, 2009.
Solitude is one of the oldest stadiums in world football
Originally trialled during the Club's Open Day ahead of the 2015/16 season, Cliftonville Football Club were delighted
to add Stadium Tours to our supporters' matchday experience shortly afterwards.
Home to the Reds since 1890, Solitude is one of the oldest stadiums in world football and, though it has undergone
plenty of transformation in the 125 years since and now boasts some of the most modern facilities in Ireland, it
retains a range of historical links back to its early days, when John McCredy McAlery's dream of bringing football to
Victorian Ireland was being realised.
Hosted ahead of selected fixtures, tours - which are completely free to join - last approximately one hour and provide
fans with an opportunity to learn about the history of the Club, see behind the scenes in the McAlery Stand and get the
chance to take photos with the trophies in the Boardroom.
Supporters are advised to keep a regular check of our Official Website, as well as our Social Media outlets, for
information on when our next Stadium Tour will take place and how you can sign up to be a part of it.