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Century note

Congratulations are extended to Levi Ives, who made his 100th appearance for Cliftonville in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Dungannon Swifts at Solitude.

The 20-year-old – who came through the Torquay United academy – made his debut against Portadown on October 17, 2015 and was voted the Club’s Player of the Year last season.

The 153rd player to reach a ton of appearances for Cliftonville, Ives has scored five goals for the Reds, including the winner in last month’s Danske Bank Premiership defeat of Glentoran.

Another centurion of sorts at the weekend was Ross Lavery, whose 67th minute strike to break the deadlock was the 100th goal Cliftonville have scored against Dungannon – and came 17 years to the day since the sides met for the very first time.

That maiden encounter, a 2-2 draw in the Fifth Round of the Irish Cup in 2001, was the first of 58 fixtures which have thus far yielded 28 Reds victories compared to the Swifts’ 10.

And, on the topic of notable dates through history, supporters will doubtless be interested to learn that today marks the 108th anniversary of Cliftonville’s first ever Irish League title success.

Joint-winners with Distillery in 1906, the Reds were crowned outright Champions four years later thanks to the hat-trick Fred Neville registered in a 4-1 win over Glentoran on the final day of the season.