Cliftonville to end season at Solitude

Published Thursday, 24 April 2014
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League champions Cliftonville are now set to play out their final game of the season against Crusaders at Solitude, after the venue was switched from Seaview.

Cliftonville to end season at Solitude
Cliftonville boss Tommy Breslin gives fans the thumbs-up amid celebrations. (© Presseye)

The Northern Ireland Football League confirmed that the decision had been reached "following agreement between both clubs".

A spokesman added: "By making this decision, a greater number of fans can now attend the match and celebrate the Danske Bank Premiership trophy presentation."

Cliftonville sealed the league with a 2-0 win over Portadown at Shamrock Park on Tuesday and created a piece of club history by winning back-to-back titles for the first time.

On Wednesday evening, Reds manager Tommy Breslin appeared in the UTV Live studio to talk to sports presenter Ruth Gorman about the huge achievement.

"I'm really just so pleased for everybody to do with the club - the players, the fans, the board. But really, it's all about the fans," he said.

"We've brought so much joy to north Belfast and hopefully we can continue with that."

Prediction is maybe a bit strong – it was more bravado on my part, hoping that it wouldn’t go down to the last game of the season.

Tommy Breslin, Cliftonville

In a statement, the club later said that it had "acceded to a request by Crusaders" to host what will be both sides final game of the season at Solitude.

Speaking after a meeting of the Crusaders Board, Stephen Bell said: "Demand for tickets have been significant for what is now a celebratory event. However, demand has the potential to breach the Crusaders Football Club Safety Certificate.

"Following consultations with Cliftonville and relevant safety advisors, it was agreed to switch the match to Solitude.

"Crusaders Football Club see this as a 'one-off' solution to a 'one-off' problem. No League competition issues arise and no precedent is being set.

"We look forward to accommodating all who wish to attend what we expect to be a family and community day out."

The league trophy will be presented to Cliftonville afterwards.

Tickets already purchased remain valid, while additional tickets will be released for the game which is set to kick-off at 3pm on Saturday.

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Comments Comments
Homer in strabane wrote (279 days ago):
will someone please think of the children!!!!!
Dave in Belfast wrote (279 days ago):
The Irish league is a joke who cares
Allan in Belfast wrote (281 days ago):
It's all about the Rangers,eh Marty!!??
Marty in North Belfast Red wrote (281 days ago):
As a crues fan you should be happy that the reds are playing that away game at solitude , it will get more money for your club , plus the game is pointless Cliftonville r CHAMPIONS and the Crues are already in europe the money got from this match could get them their travel in Europe , if they played at the crues they might have afforded the train to bangor co down . Let those who look after the club run it and don't let people like you run it , it must be people like you running Glasgow Rangers bringing a big club to the ground !!!!! Com on ye REDS
Belfast in Belfast wrote (281 days ago):
U will find the reason there wer few reds fans at seaview at the end of last season was because of the barring of reds fan from walking down 2 the game & the flag protest held at or close 2 the ground reds fans wer sick they used a football match 2 highlight some political agenda.u would not get that hostility at solitude so ge ur facts right
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