Cliftonville crowned Danske Bank Premiership champions by Aaron Agnew

Who’d of thought that at the start of this season.  Let’s go back to July of 2012, Linfield Football Club win the league comfortably by 14 points they then go and sign Matthew Tipton, former Portadown striker who netted over 25 goals that season, every single fan of Irish League football thought Linfield would make it 4 consecutive title wins.  However a wee man called Tommy Breslin had other ideas, Cliftonville have always had a good start to the season in the Irish league, however after Christmas the wheels fall off.  Liam Boyce returned to Solitude after a stint abroad with Werder Bremen, some fans thought he’d put on a lot of weight and wasn’t interested.  First game of the season approached 30 minutes in and Cliftonville where dealt a major blow when top goal scorer and ‘Reds’ legend Chris Scannell went off injured, it ended up being his cruciate and collateral ligament that had snapped which ended his season and potentially his career.  Questions were asked who would score their goals? Up steps Liam Boyce, the so called uninterested overweight striker rallied the Red Army along with strike partner Joe The Goal Gormley.  The pair of them notched up 65+ goals in all competitions for the reds which saw them thrash North Belfast rivals Crusaders 4-0 to win the League Cup final, wrap up the Danske Bank Premiership with 4 games to go and have an Irish Cup final to look forward too.  The future is bright red in North Belfast.


 Photography by Russell Pritchard