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Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th  April   2013
Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye

Cliftonville celebrates winning the Danske Bank Premiership by lifting the Gibson Cup in front of their fans after Saturday's match  at Solitude.

Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th April 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Cliftonville celebrates winning the Danske Bank Premiership by lifting the Gibson Cup in front of their fans after Saturday's match at Solitude.

Brian Little

Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 27th April 2013
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com
Celebration as Danske Bank Premiership Champions Cliftonville lift the Gibson Cup.

Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 27th April 2013 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com Celebration as Danske Bank Premiership Champions Cliftonville lift the Gibson Cup.

Mandatory C - redit Darren Kidd/

Celebration as Danske Bank Premiership Champions Cliftonville lift the Gibson Cup.  
Cliftonville's Stephen Garrett, Barry Johnston and Martin Donnelly

Celebration as Danske Bank Premiership Champions Cliftonville lift the Gibson Cup. Cliftonville's Stephen Garrett, Barry Johnston and Martin Donnelly

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PACEMAKER BELFAST  27/04/2013
Cliftonville v Ballinamallard Danske Bank Premiership
Cliftonville's Diarmuid O'Carroll opens the scoring during todays game at Solitude.
Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/04/2013 Cliftonville v Ballinamallard Danske Bank Premiership Cliftonville's Diarmuid O'Carroll opens the scoring during todays game at Solitude. Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th  April   2013
Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye
Danske Bank Premiership- Cliftonville FC v Ballinmallard United  FC
Cliftonville Ciaran Caldwell scores against  Ballinmallard United    during Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership match at Solitude.

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th April 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Danske Bank Premiership- Cliftonville FC v Ballinmallard United FC Cliftonville Ciaran Caldwell scores against Ballinmallard United during Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership match at Solitude.

Brian Little

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th  April   2013
Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye

Danske Bank Premiership- Cliftonville FC v Ballinmallard United  FC
Cliftonville Diarmuid O'Carroll celebrates with his team mates after opening the scoring against  Ballinmallard United    during Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership match at Solitude.

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th April 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Danske Bank Premiership- Cliftonville FC v Ballinmallard United FC Cliftonville Diarmuid O'Carroll celebrates with his team mates after opening the scoring against Ballinmallard United during Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership match at Solitude.

Brian Little

Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 27th April 2013
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com
 
Danske Bank Premiership Cliftonville v Ballinamallard at Solitude.

Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 27th April 2013 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com Danske Bank Premiership Cliftonville v Ballinamallard at Solitude.

Mandatory C - redit Darren Kidd/

Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 27th April 2013
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com
 
Danske Bank Premiership Cliftonville v Ballinamallard at Solitude.

Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 27th April 2013 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com Danske Bank Premiership Cliftonville v Ballinamallard at Solitude.

Mandatory C - redit Darren Kidd/

Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 27th April 2013
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com
 
Danske Bank Premiership Cliftonville v Ballinamallard at Solitude.
Cliftonville's  Ciaran Caldwell

Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 27th April 2013 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com Danske Bank Premiership Cliftonville v Ballinamallard at Solitude. Cliftonville's Ciaran Caldwell

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Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 27th April 2013
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com
 
Danske Bank Premiership Cliftonville v Ballinamallard at Solitude.

Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 27th April 2013 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com Danske Bank Premiership Cliftonville v Ballinamallard at Solitude.

Mandatory C - redit Darren Kidd/

Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 27th April 2013
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com
 
Danske Bank Premiership Cliftonville v Ballinamallard at Solitude.

Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 27th April 2013 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com Danske Bank Premiership Cliftonville v Ballinamallard at Solitude.

Mandatory C - redit Darren Kidd/

Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 27th April 2013
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com
 
Danske Bank Premiership Cliftonville v Ballinamallard at Solitude.

Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 27th April 2013 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com Danske Bank Premiership Cliftonville v Ballinamallard at Solitude.

Mandatory C - redit Darren Kidd/

Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 27th April 2013
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com
 
Danske Bank Premiership Cliftonville v Ballinamallard at Solitude.
Celebration after Cliftonville's Ciaran Caldwell scores

Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 27th April 2013 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com Danske Bank Premiership Cliftonville v Ballinamallard at Solitude. Celebration after Cliftonville's Ciaran Caldwell scores

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Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th  April   2013
Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye

Danske Bank Premiership- Cliftonville FC v Ballinmallard United  FC
Cliftonville manager Tommy Breslin    and Ballinmallard United  manager Whytie Anderson    during Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership match at Solitude.

Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th April 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Danske Bank Premiership- Cliftonville FC v Ballinmallard United FC Cliftonville manager Tommy Breslin and Ballinmallard United manager Whytie Anderson during Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership match at Solitude.

Brian Little

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th  April   2013
Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye

Danske Bank Premiership- Cliftonville FC v Ballinmallard United  FC
Cliftonville manage Tommy Breslin   against Ballinmallard United    during Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership match at Solitude.

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th April 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Danske Bank Premiership- Cliftonville FC v Ballinmallard United FC Cliftonville manage Tommy Breslin against Ballinmallard United during Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership match at Solitude.

Brian Little

Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th  April   2013
Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye

Danske Bank Premiership- Cliftonville FC v Ballinmallard United  FC
Cliftonville   Liam Boyce against  Ballinmallard United    during Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership match at Solitude.

Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th April 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Danske Bank Premiership- Cliftonville FC v Ballinmallard United FC Cliftonville Liam Boyce against Ballinmallard United during Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership match at Solitude.

Brian Little

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th  April   2013
Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye

Danske Bank Premiership- Cliftonville FC v Ballinmallard United  FC
Cliftonville   Diarmuid O'Carroll celebrates opening the scoring against   Ballinmallard United    during Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership match at Solitude.

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th April 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Danske Bank Premiership- Cliftonville FC v Ballinmallard United FC Cliftonville Diarmuid O'Carroll celebrates opening the scoring against Ballinmallard United during Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership match at Solitude.

Brian Little

PACEMAKER BELFAST  27/04/2013
Cliftonville v Ballinamallard Danske Bank Premiership
Cliftonville's Ciaran Caldwell makes it 2-0 during todays game at Solitude.
Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/04/2013 Cliftonville v Ballinamallard Danske Bank Premiership Cliftonville's Ciaran Caldwell makes it 2-0 during todays game at Solitude. Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST  27/04/2013
Cliftonville v Ballinamallard Danske Bank Premiership
Cliftonville's Ciaran Caldwell makes it 2-0 during todays game at Solitude.
Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/04/2013 Cliftonville v Ballinamallard Danske Bank Premiership Cliftonville's Ciaran Caldwell makes it 2-0 during todays game at Solitude. Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST  27/04/2013
Cliftonville v Ballinamallard Danske Bank Premiership
Cliftonville's Diarmuid O'Carroll opens the scoring during todays game at Solitude.
Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/04/2013 Cliftonville v Ballinamallard Danske Bank Premiership Cliftonville's Diarmuid O'Carroll opens the scoring during todays game at Solitude. Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST  27/04/2013
Cliftonville v Ballinamallard Danske Bank Premiership
Cliftonville's Diarmuid O'Carroll opens the scoring during todays game at Solitude.
Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 27/04/2013 Cliftonville v Ballinamallard Danske Bank Premiership Cliftonville's Diarmuid O'Carroll opens the scoring during todays game at Solitude. Photo Kirth Ferris/Pacemaker Press

Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 27th April 2013
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com
 
Danske Bank Premiership Cliftonville v Ballinamallard at Solitude.
Cliftonville's  with Ballinamallard's

Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 27th April 2013 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com Danske Bank Premiership Cliftonville v Ballinamallard at Solitude. Cliftonville's with Ballinamallard's

Mandatory C - redit Darren Kidd/

Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th April 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye Cliftonville celebrates winning the Danske Bank Premiership by lifting the Gibson Cup in front of their fans after Saturday's match at Solitude.

Cliftonville got the win they needed over  Ballinamallard United to clock up a new record Premiership points tally and officially start Solitude’s champagne celebrations — but those weren’t the only cause for celebration in north Belfast.

Chris Scannell’s late introduction from the subs’ bench had  the home faithful on their feet as the skipper’s lengthy rehabilitation from a torn Achilles tendon was not enough to prevent  him playing his part in the  club’s big day.

The occasion was never likely  to hit the heights of their title- clinching epic a fortnight ago  and, though the mood round  the ground was relaxed  throughout a 90 minutes that  were almost a sideshow ahead  of the main event, the atmosphere was predominantly celebratory as fans young and old  turned out in their numbers to  finally watch Tommy Breslin’s  heroes get their hands on the Gibson Cup.

It has been some 15 years  since the famous old trophy last graced the north Belfast venue and an attendance of 1879 -which just so happens to be the year of Cliftonville’s formation -was every bit as keen as the players on making up for lost time as a series of adopted tunes blasted out from the sound system.

Belfast Telegraph


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