What is your favourite Cliftonville away shirt of the last 30 years?
It’s the kind of topic that entices a myriad of opinions and forthright outlooks – but now, for the first time ever, we’re compiling a definitive list from best to worst.
As outlined in greater detail below, over the coming weeks, we’ll be pitting two jerseys against one another and asking our supporters to vote for their preferred choice before eventually whittling them down to one sole winner following an exhaustive round-by-round process that will also provide a second chance for those shirts that fell victim to some unfortunate luck of the draw in the first instance.
Every reverse top since 1990, when replica ownership became more commonplace, will be scrutinised in the poll, however for the sake of preserving everyone’s sanity, the minor variation on the green kits sported between 2011 and 2014 will be entered as a single participant.
Perhaps controversially, we’ll also be including the black number worn against CSKA Sofia for our 2010 Europa League encounter in Bulgaria, however the strip that the Reds donned against Kalmar two years later will not be involved as it was technically a European kit as opposed to one worn solely due to a colour clash away from home.
So what’s it to be – your 1998 Premier League-winning gold shirt, 125th anniversary bottle green, the infamous Argentina stripes or the classic yellow reverse? We’ll give you a few days’ thinking time to determine your personal favourites before kicking off our first online vote, but ensure you’re suitably prepared in case two of your top choices find themselves up against the other – because one of them will have to go!
Head To Head
Every shirt will find itself pitted against another in a straightforward vote, with the 10 winners progressing to Round 3.
Second Chance Saloon
The 10 losers from the opening phase will provide five head-to-head encounters, with the winners (and the highest-scoring loser) going through.
The 16 jerseys to have negotiated the opening two chapters go up against eachother to form a Round of 16, Quarter Finals and Semi Finals.
Losers Semi Finals
The four strips eliminated in Round 2 face off in two matches that will help determine the fans’ least favourite.
The Decisive Votes
And then there were two – the poll to crown Cliftonville’s best away shirt of the last 30 years, plus another that will decide the worst.