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Keeping up appearances

As well as edging closer to his 200th Cliftonville goal in last Saturday’s Danske Bank Premiership victory over Institute, Joe Gormley also became just the 24th player to reach 300 appearances for the Club.

The 29-year-old, who made his debut in a Europa League clash with The New Saints in June 2011, is the second member of the current squad to have reached the milestone, with Stephen Garrett 58 ahead of him in the standings.

The top four players on the appearances directory – Mickey Donnelly, George McMullan, Ronan Scannell and his brother Chris – all made their final outings for the Club this century, with fifth-placed Ernie McCleary having made the first of his 430 appearances back in 1947.

In the highly likely event of featuring against Dungannon Swifts this weekend, Gormley will nudge in front of Alfie Gardiner (the only goalkeeper on the list) and begin closing in on his next target, Barry Johnston, who represented the Reds a total of 308 times – and will, no doubt, be pushing for the brace he needs to reach 200 goals.

Cliftonville’s 300 Club
610 appearances: Mickey Donnelly
545: George McMullan
523: Ronan Scannell
456: Chris Scannell
430: Ernie McCleary, Walter Mills
396: Marty Tabb, Ryan Catney
365: John Muldoon
359: Liam Fleming
358: Stephen Garrett
347: Kieran Loughran
338: Tim McCann
331: Peter Murray
330: Herbie Hegarty
324: Stephen Small
318: Eamonn Largey
316: Robert McGuire
313: Keith Mulvenna
308: Barry Johnston
300: Alfie Gardiner, Joe Gormley