The road to the Irish League's return remains unclear. While we all wait patiently for the sport to get back under way, we've been casting our eyes back to better days.
Today, we asked former chairmen at Cliftonville and Crusaders, Jim Boyce and Stephen Bell, to pick their best eleven from Solitude and Seaview's finest.
Here are their dream teams - which is the best?
Goalkeeper: Paul Reece (1996-1999)
Paul was signed by the Reds to play in the final of the County Antrim Shield which we won in 1996. He was recommended to us by the late Keith Alexander. He was an English keeper, who flew in for matches, and was the outstanding shot-stopper when we won the Irish League under Marty Quinn in the 1997-98 season, the first title win in 88 years.
He was exceptional and kept an incredible number of clean sheets. Conor Devlin was outstanding in our back to back league title wins but I've left him on the bench. Other top keepers for us were Paul Straney, who has sadly passed away, and Bobby Carlisle.
Left-back: Gerry Flynn (1994-2001)
To me, he was one of the best left backs to play in the Irish League. He was very good in defence and attack over his seven years with the team. It was a difficult choice as Ronan Scannell was very similar but Gerry gets the nod. A quality all round player.
Centre-back: John Flanagan (1977-1981)
He was the best sweeper in the Irish League over those years. Absolutely outstanding the year we won the Irish Cup in our centenary in 1979. He played alongside Marty Quinn in the heart of the defence. Gave great service to Cliftonville.
Centre-back: Marty Quinn (1974-1981)
Outstanding captain and centre-half. Made 286 appearances and was a no nonsense, tenacious defender. Marty epitomised what a Cliftonville player should be and he went on to become the manager from 1995 to 1999, helping us to win five trophies. A total leader on and off the pitch.
Right back: Mickey Donnelly (1988-2004)
Outstanding one club man over 16 seasons and rarely did he have a bad game. He could play anywhere along the back four and I could not leave him out of the team so I'm putting him at right back. I had to fit him in the backline somewhere. Played for the shirt and still at the club as a youth development officer. Dubliner Ian Hill, who played right back, and Marty Tabb were unlucky to miss out.
Midfield: George McMullan (2000-2016)
Tough tackling, played mainly on right hand side of midfield, another inspirational leader and who can forget the penalty he scored against Linfield to win the league title in 2013. An iconic moment. 545 appearances, 10 winners medals and three runner-up medals. Also made 13 European appearances which must be a club record.
Midfield: Packie McAllister (1988-1996)
Packie was fiercely competitive but also a very skilful player over about six seasons. Another complete leader and loyal player for Cliftonville. He had a successful career at Coleraine after making 119 appearances for the Reds. We have been blessed with superb midfielders and just missing out in my starting 11 are Barry Johnston, Ryan Catney and Terry Kingon, who went to Glentoran and won a league title.
Midfield: Ciaran McCurry (1975-1983)
Very talented left footed midfield player, very silky skills and was also outstanding at free-kicks. Made 264 appearances during his spell at the club before moving across the water. Was in the 1979 Cup winning team.
Striker: Dr Kevin McGarry (1948-1961)
One of the first players I can remember watching at the age of seven. 286 appearances over a 13 year period and scored 170 goals. His goalscoring record has only recently been beaten by Joe Gormley. He won several Northern Ireland amateur international caps and also made three senior international appearances.
Striker: Joe Gormley (2007-2009, 2011-2015, 2017-present)
Incredible centre-forward. To this day, when he's on the pitch, even if the team are losing you always feel he will score and change the outcome of a game. Had he not received a serious injury at Peterborough he could have been a great English League player and earned several Northern Ireland caps. But he loves Cliftonville and has shown great loyalty to the club. A real goal machine, 211 goals in 325 appearances.
Striker: Liam Boyce (2008-2010, 2012-2014)
Without a shadow of doubt, one of the most skilful forwards I have seen. He could turn someone on a six pence. He lacks a little pace but makes up for that through his sheer ability and individual brilliance. He's a great lad too and deserves all the success he's had. Hopefully, he can play for Northern Ireland for many more years. Another talented striker unfortunate to miss out in the team is Chris Scannell.
Conor Devlin (2012-2016): Superb goalkeeper in Tommy Breslin's championship winning teams. Great leader of the side and won seven trophies.
Marty Donnelly (2011-2018): Very unlucky not to get into the starting 11 but I had to go with three up front. 278 appearances for the club, nine winner's medals and 10 European appearances. Magical left footed player though can play on either wing. Still doing the business at Larne with Devlin.
Barney Bowers (1977-1979): Brilliant young midfielder. When I was chairman, I transferred him to Derby County in 1979. He did well but when he came back he joined Glentoran, as an east Belfast lad.
Tim McCann (1990-1999): Most exciting right winger that I have seen at Cliftonville. I used to say to managers just get the ball to Tim and let him provide the cross for someone to score. Brought pace and creativity to the team. Made 338 appearances and scored 58 goals. Also grabbed three winners medals before joining Glentoran.
John Platt (1974-1981): The brother of Jim and brilliant centre forward. Still revered as a Cliftonville hero. Played in a struggling team but he scored 99 goals in 190 appearances. Played in the 1979 Irish Cup winning team, and scored twice against Linfield to win the Gold Cup in 1981 under Jimmy Brown.
Goalkeeper: Roy McDonald (1972-1992)
I remember Roy when I was a boy behind the goals and he was a man mountain in my eyes but what a character and amazing servant to the club. I've a lot of memories of big Roy including when I was a teenager watching him score down at Ards. A lovely big fella and I was one of the founding members of the Ian McDonald Supporters Club, honouring his late brother.
Left back: Stephen McBride (2002-2013)
Steeky made 402 appearances and you wouldn't think he has the build of a footballer but he could tackle and was up and down the wing all the time. In this team you will see how much I rate and appreciate the wingers. He had a great partnership with Stuart Dallas, a constant attacking threat.
Centre-back: Glenn Dunlop (1991-2000)
This was my hardest position to choose as we have been blessed with many top defenders. Our teams have been built on a top goalkeeper and two top centre-backs. Damien Byrne and Barry Hunter were unlucky to miss out. Glenn was loyal and laidback. Once he put on that Crusaders jersey he became a different animal.
Centre-back: Colin Coates (2002-2020)
Our successful team was built around him and he stayed loyal to us as he progressed through the ranks. When Coatesy was in his prime, the Linfield chairman Jim Kerr asked me what I wanted for him but Colin was happy where he was. 577 appearances and 73 goals. Hugely important player at both ends of the pitch.
Right back: Billy Joe Burns (2014-present)
He's taken the club to a different level and he would be unplayable, teamed up with Gavin Whyte. He's been so adaptable, covering at centre-back and in his six years with Crusaders I'm struggling to recall one bad game he's had and that's the mark of a good player.
Left wing: Stuart Dallas (2010-2012)
A player Stephen Baxter raved about when he was at Coagh United. Stephen knew he was a top player in the making and he was proved right. There were clubs offering him better money but we assured the family a move to Crusaders was right for his development. He's had his setbacks but he's always been a versatile player and now talented senior international. A guy who oozes quality.
Midfield: Kirk Hunter (1985-1998)
Kirk was Crusaders through and through, epitomised everything the club was about in the 1990s and had a key role in Roy Walker's team. A hard man on the pitch but away from it you couldn't meet a nicer fella. He put the fear of God into opponents and in one season Linfield couldn't beat us. 342 appearances, even with the suspensions, and a talented player with more than 70 goals.
Midfield: Chris Morrow (2002-2018)
Like myself, Chris is a local lad from York Park. Like Coatesy, he stuck with us from the youth team and a classy footballer who was unlucky with injuries. 396 appearances and 64 goals from midfield. When he scored the winner in the League Cup final against Coleraine it was extra special because his family were Shore Road people and it was a proud moment for them all. The fans fall in love with the players who are loyal and live two streets away from Seaview. Sid Burrows was a class act but I've gone for the Shore Road born and bred boy.
Right wing: Gavin Whyte (2014-2018)
The best player I have seen in a Crusaders shirt. So exciting to watch and he had everything. His passing, crossing, finishing was top class. He was playing in the under-18s, skipped the reserves and he never looked back. Obviously Stephen has an eye for a player. One of the best wingers to grace Seaview. Scored 50 goals and I'd love to see his assists tally.
Striker: Glenn Hunter (1989-1991, 1993-1998)
Glenn was a goal machine. We have been graced with great centre-forwards like Paul Kirk in the 1970s but Glenn was ruthless. 157 goals in 296 appearances, he was our top scorer until Jordan Owens broke the record. A lovely guy who stayed out of trouble but he knew where the net was. My first born in 1990 was named after Glenn but when the birth certificate came back there was only one 'n' in the name. I'll blame the wife for that!
Striker: Stephen Baxter (1994-1998, 2000-2002)
It was hard for me to leave out Paul Kirk who I loved watching but I had to include Stephen because of his service to the club. It would be an injustice to leave him out. As a player he saved us from relegation and his partnership with Glenn was awesome. With service from Stuarty and Gavin just imagine the goals they would have scored.
Kevin McKeown (1989-1997): Keeper who came across from Scotland and was a revelation for us.
Barry Hunter (1990-1994): I remember his big long legs hooking the ball away from strikers. A real character and always the life and soul of the party.
Martin Murray (1991-1998): One of the Dublin lads, one of the calmest and nicest footballers. Class act in midfield.
Artie Rice (1979-1982): He made me fall in love with wingers, small but the ball stuck to his feet. Gavin Whyte of the 80s.
Jordan Owens (2007-present): Another product of the youth team and still a goal machine today. 'Chicken' never wanted to talk about money, he would have played for nothing. Loyal and humble for a such a great player.