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Colin Coates lifts the Irish Cup after Crusaders' success in 2019

Colin Coates lifts the Irish Cup after Crusaders' success in 2019

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Cliftonville defender Colin Coates (right) closes down Glentoran's Jay Donnelly at the BetMcLean Oval

Cliftonville defender Colin Coates (right) closes down Glentoran's Jay Donnelly at the BetMcLean Oval

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Cliftonville's Luke Turner described by team-mate Colin Coates as a phenomenal talent

Cliftonville's Luke Turner described by team-mate Colin Coates as a phenomenal talent

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Colin Coates lifts the Irish Cup after Crusaders' success in 2019

He’s the Crusaders legend now playing a role in Cliftonville’s treble chase – football really is a funny old game.

Former Crues captain Colin Coates won everything in a golden 18-year spell on the Shore Road and it’s still hard to believe he’s putting his shoulder to the wheel for their increasingly noisy neighbours.


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