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Reds to the rescue

Cliftonville were last night hailed as heroes as Irish FA chiefs awaited news of when they can expect to receive upwards of £23 million of government funding towards the rebuilding of Windsor Park.

Today it can be revealed it was the eagle-eyed Reds’ representatives who brought the controversial Dunloy FC proposals crashing down at Thursday’s eventful IFA Extraordinary General Meeting.

It went ahead despite warnings from Sports Minister Nelson McCausland that the bitter power struggle at the IFA was putting that Windsor funding in jeopardy.

A ‘yes’ vote — effectively handing control of the IFA to figures believed loyal to the discredited old regime of deposed President Raymond Kennedy and his No2 David Martin — would almost certainly have torpedoed the new Windsor deal, and the many more millions set to stream down to all levels of football from the new 18,000 all-seater stadium revenue.

For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.

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