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Relegation tone

The second installment of our Away Kit Battle takes centre stage today, pitting two efforts from Relegation Play-Off campaigns against one another.

In our bid to determine Cliftonville’s best and worst change strips of the last 30 years, we’re sending our fans to the polls to decide which weekly nomination makes progress to the competition’s next round – with a special second-chance saloon offered to all of the shirts which lose out in the opening phase, just to be absolutely sure that none are discarded through sheer misfortune of the draw.

The motivation behind your vote rests entirely with you. Perhaps it was the away strip the Reds wore in your first season following them across the land, or maybe there’s a favourite player from that era who’s synonymous with a particular kit in your mind’s eye.

Did Cliftonville surge to trophy success while bedecked in a certain top or, from a purely aesthetical point of view, do you just happen to like the colour and design more than the others?

Whatever your reason, we want supporters young and old to play their part in helping us compile a definitive list that stretches all the way back to 1990.

As part of the draw process, all of the jerseys in contention were divided into colour-coordinated pots (thus ensuring, for example, that no yellow kit would face off against another in the opening phase) before random pairings were conducted to produce 10 head-to-head battles – the second of which you can vote on below.

The Green and Gold number sported during the team’s Premier League title winning campaign of 1997/98 has already made safe progress and now it’s time to determine its first companion – but there’s no need to rush. Our poll closes at noon on Monday, so you’ve got the whole weekend to take your time and make a considered decision before clicking the button.

CIS Insurance Cup Winning Yellow & Blue
Supplier: O’Neills
Sponsor: MDS Pharma Services
Worn: 2003/04
Notes: A straightforward Yellow Shirt & Blue Shorts combination, this strip was sported during a campaign that saw Cliftonville lift the CIS Insurance Cup before ultimately securing their Premier League status courtesy of a Promotion/ Relegation Play-Off victory over Armagh City.

Lime Green & Navy Stripes
Supplier: Rossco
Sponsor: KitKat
Worn: 1999/00
Notes: A possible nod back to the early-to-mid-90s efforts that saw the Reds turn out in Green & Navy Stripes under a brace of suppliers, this was another kit that lasted just one campaign and made its final appearance in a Play-Off defeat of Ards at Castlereagh Park.


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Which shirt is your favourite?