With Irish League football left playing the waiting game due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sunday Life has delved into the archives. In the latest chapter of a new summer series, Alex Mills scrutinises former Cliftonville and Ards defender Ronan Scannell, who toasted two Premiership title successes during a trophy-laden career that saw him find the net 26 times in 524 appearances for his beloved Reds.
Your most thrilling footballing memory?
It was a double whammy. Winning the Premier League in 2013, the club's first title success in 15 years, and then drawing Celtic in the Champions League was an absolute dream.
The late Tommy Breslin built a fantastic side. I suppose the success had been brewing for a few years, starting when Eddie Patterson was in charge.
It was a group of players that all matured together - we all knew each other inside out.
I think we took the club to a different level in terms of our training methods and professionalism.
We already had the League Cup in the trophy cabinet so to bring the League title back to Solitude for the first time in 15 years was special. To be honest, that team should have gone on to achieve a lot more.
Then, coming up against Celtic in Europe really was the icing on the cake.
Your worst moment?
Losing two Irish Cup Finals still hurts, particularly the 2009 defeat by Crusaders.
It was one of the worst feelings I've ever had, sitting on the pitch after the final whistle.
We didn't turn up, we didn't really give it a go and that really annoyed me. We didn't do ourselves justice.
I was on the bench for the defeat by Glentoran four years later. I sustained a thigh injury against Crusaders a few weeks before the Final. I received a lot of treatment, but I knew it was always going to be touch and go whether I made it or not.
I suppose I was fortunate enough to be on the substitute's bench, but the Glens beat us 3-1 so it was another bad old day at the office.
Unfortunately, the Irish Cup hasn't been a good competition for the club - perhaps this will be their year.
Most difficult opponent?
Playing against Glenn Ferguson was an absolute nightmare at times.
He was so strong and physical, but I wasn't the only one to have a tough old time against him.
Early in my playing days, Glenn was so experienced, so it took me a few years to get used to playing against him. I must say, he was absolutely fantastic.
However, I had probably my worst ever game against a young boy call Eunan O'Kane, who played for Coleraine at the time.
I didn't even know him at the time, but he went on to have a fantastic career in England with Bournemouth and Leeds United.
But the night I played against him at the Coleraine Showgrounds, he gave me an absolute roasting. He was brilliant and got a move across the water soon after that.
For a one-off game, that was horrible, but Spike Ferguson was certainly the most formidable opponent.
Person who was your biggest influence?
My dad Gerry got all of us started in football - and that includes my brothers Chris and Kevin.
He started up the local team and got us playing for Crumlin United - he used to look after the Under-12 and Under-14 teams.
We were involved from when we were eight or nine years of age. Kevin was five years older than me, so we didn't play together all that much.
Then, when we got a bit older, playing with Chris at Cliftonville was a great help to me. That meant a lot.
He was always a great support. Not many people have their brother at the same club to fall back on.
It was great having him there and he was such an influence not only on me, but on many players in that Cliftonville team.
But it all stemmed from the grounding we got from dad at junior level.
Without doubt, it is missing out on an Irish Cup winner's medal which I alluded to earlier on.
I have a full set of medals, apart from that one.
After we won the League title in 2014, I knew I was coming to the end of my career.
I played the following season and, although we were out of the title reckoning, we faced Ballymena United in the Irish Cup at Solitude.
I really thought it could be our year, but David Cushley stepped up and put one into the top corner late on. It took the game away from us - United won 2-1. I remember sinking to my knees and saying to myself, 'That's my Irish Cup hopes gone forever'.
It's a long time since the club has lifted the trophy. Believe it or not, the last time the Reds won it was the year I was born - back in 1979.
What would you change to make the Irish League more appealing?
I reckon summer football should be considered.
Why shouldn't they give it a go? If it is going to get more fans out in good weather, it's worth a shout.
I'm now assistant manager at Crewe United. I beg the question of how many people play football, junior or intermediate, on a Saturday afternoon? A lot of those people would want to attend an Irish League game.
There must be some way of tapping into that market in terms of people who play club football on a Saturday afternoon.
Most of junior football in England is played on Sunday, so there must be some sort of concession to free up those people who play on Saturday over here.
Over the past season, there have been some cracking games played on Friday night, which have been televised. I think that proved there is a market for it.
I think the Boxing Day fixtures, which attract the biggest crowds of the season over here, are holding the game to ransom in many ways.