Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Cliftonville dish out the medals

Cliftonville players picked up their Premiership medals during a weekend gala dinner at the Hilton Hotel

Cliftonville brought the curtain down on a memorable season with a gala dinner on Saturday night – and have just a fortnight to wait before things kick off all over again.

Tommy Breslin's side were formally presented with their Irish Premiership winners' medals by club president and Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce as well as Irish Football Association chief executive Patrick Nelson during the black-tie occasion at Belfast's Hilton Hotel.

UTV's Ruth Gorman acted as compere in addition to entertainment from lifelong Reds fan Tim McGarry. The club also took time to acknowledge the continued service of legendary sports therapist Freddie Jardine, who was presented with a cake to mark his recent 90th birthday celebrations.

"It was a fantastic evening, where we not only paid tribute to the players, management and staff for their efforts this season, but also to their partners and families, who have played their own part in our success," explained chairman Gerard Lawlor.

"Being involved with a football club can often be like having another child or another partner in the family because of how much time you have to dedicate to it and we have always been appreciative of the sacrifices people have made to put in so much very hard work behind the scenes.

"We have countless volunteers who oversee a mountain of tasks for neither a wage nor even for any recognition, but simply for the satisfaction of knowing they're doing their bit for Cliftonville FC."

The Reds will be in European action in a mere five weeks' time, with their Champions League second qualifying round draw scheduled for Monday, June 24.

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