Reds set the pace
Cliftonville was often the Cinderella club of Irish League football, sticking rigidly to its amateur status until the 1970s. Even then the trophy cabinet gathered more dust than silverware. An Irish Cup win in 1979 and capturing the Irish League in 1997-98 – for the first time in 88 years – were exceptions as other clubs hogged the limelight.
But Saturday's triumphant Irish League clinching victory means the club could end up with three trophies this season – the team plays Glentoran in the Irish Cup final. That would be no more than the team deserves for its exciting brand of football. It is refreshing to see a new name on the winners roll of honour and will stir up much needed interest in local football as well as give heart to other clubs outside Belfast's Big Two, Linfield and Glentoran.