Scannell bows out as Reds win title

Published Monday, 28 April 2014
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Chris Scannell has decided to bring his playing career to an end after lifting the Gibson Cup with Cliftonville for the second year in a row.

Scannell bows out as Reds win title
Scannell celebrates defending the league title. (© Presseye)

The Reds picked up back-to-back league titles for the first time ever and they capped off the season in style by taking all three points in a 3-2 win over Crusaders on Saturday.

It was an emotional day in particular for club veteran Scannell, who was hanging up his boots after 14 years with Cliftonville.

"That's me," he told UTV.

"I said to my wife last year when I was finishing, had the injury and she talked me back into playing another year - but this year has taken its toll and I'm going to be finishing."

The title race came down to the wire this year with Cliftonville edging out Linfield to spoil the leaving party for outgoing Blues boss David Jeffrey.

His successor Warren Feeney is set to be officially unveiled by the club at Windsor Park on Tuesday.

Scannell said the Reds' achievements this season haven't quite sunk in yet, adding: "That will take a couple of weeks I think.

"Last year we won it with a couple of games to spare but this time it went down to the wire, we were chasing Linfield for a lot of the time and since January we went on a fantastic run.

"Just to be involved in it is fantastic, I've been here from the poor times when we were playing play-offs right though to seeing them climb up the league to the last two seasons.

"It's been great."

Chris Curran, who scored a hat-trick in Saturday's match at Solitude, praised the efforts of everyone associated with the club for this season's success.

He said: "I can't speak highly enough about all the players, the team, the supporters, there has been a lot of hard work that's gone into it and to end up the way it has - it's unbelievable."

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13 Comments
Darzo in Co Down wrote (208 days ago):
also Well Done Chris must be great to have played football for so long for one club!! GOOD LUCK
Darzo in Co Down wrote (208 days ago):
Gerry u talk aload of rubbish the team from south belfast LINFIELD are the best team in Northern Ireland!! Ok last few seasons cliftonville have been very good and strong and hats of to tommy as he done a GREAT JOB! But just look at the trophy rooms that says it all haha SUPER LINFIELD
Mick in home off champion wrote (209 days ago):
Franco sorry to say we r the big boy off the league so y would Janty leave and for Joe and Liam they won't leave us unless cross the water reds men throw and throw? Andy take it u don't watch irish league. Chris has been and always be a reds hero could have left before like the reds but new we were going palaces like the rest he no it's a family club that r there for each other un binfeild who r only there for money and by the way welcome to cliftonvill Billy jo burns
Mark in Belfast wrote (210 days ago):
Andy, big serving of jealousy flavoured with stupidity and sour grapes me thinks. 99 red balloons !!!
Andy in Lisburn Road wrote (210 days ago):
Gerry in North Belfast. Youve won the league twice in a row. Get over it will you. Your team blows hot and cold. In 2 years time you will be mid table again "at best". My team from South Belfast will always be about, always have been, always will be. Fact. How many trophies have your lot won in the past 20 years? I could count them in i hand. Even the Glens have a better trophie haul than your lot, and they are a bad lot. Mulgrews twice the player of Scannell. All Cliftonville fans are getting carried away with 2 seasons of success. Whoopy Doo.
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