Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Fans urged to unite for Crusaders Cliftonville game

Sports fans have been urged to send out a defiant message when the long-awaited match between Crusaders and Cliftonville finally gets the go-ahead.

The showdown between the top two teams in the Irish Premiership was called off earlier this month because of a loyalist flag protest near the Crues' Seaview ground.

A new date for the game is expected to be revealed in the coming days and one Crusaders official is hoping to send out a powerful message by encouraging fans of other teams – and sports – to come to Seaview for the match.

Club director Mark Langhammer said it was a chance for sports fans to stand together.

"It was an idea put to us by Trevor Ringland," he said.

"He suggested that he would bring down six or seven Ulster and Irish rugby players from his era in their jerseys.

"We thought we'd build on that by going to other football clubs and other sports clubs, asking people to send out five or six people in their various club colours."

Mr Langhammer is hoping that politicians can also lend support.

"The idea is to get everyone standing together, united for sport," he said.

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