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The Cat’s whiskers

Cliftonville Football Club will bid Ryan Catney a formal farewell when his Testimonial Dinner takes place this evening.

The tough-tackling midfielder joined from Lisburn Distillery in 2007 and played an integral role during the most successful era in the history of Ireland’s Oldest Football Club – as well as setting a personal landmark on the European stage, where he represented the Reds a record-breaking 18 times.

In total, Catney scored 13 goals in 396 appearances for Cliftonville and signed off by putting the ball in the net during his recent Testimonial Match at Solitude.

Club Officials, supporters, players and staff will tonight come together to pay tribute to the 32-year-old at a specially-arranged function at The Devenish Complex, where the Official Cliftonville FC Awards will also be presented.

Commencing with the eagerly-anticipated latest induction to the John McCredy McAlery Hall of Fame, the ceremony will continue with the recipient of this year’s Freddie Jardine Special Merit Award being honoured ahead of the Players’ Player of the Year, Golden Boot and Official Cliftonville FC Player of the Year Award presentations on what promises to be a memorable celebration to bring the curtain down on the season.

It is, however, Catney who will remain centre of attention for the occasion, for which all ticket-holders are requested to kindly ensure they are seated for 7pm.