We’re going back to the 1990s for this week’s Away Kit Battle, which has pitted two memorable strips against one another.
The Navy & Green stripes worn on the road during Diadora’s sole year of association with the Club in 1995/96 finds itself up against the Yellow & Navy O’Neill’s effort from a couple of campaigns previous – but which of the two gets your vote?
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 – although the most recent addition to the collection will not be included.
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 the team 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 most recent of which you can vote on below.
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.
Change In Stripes
Notes: Something of a nod to the ensemble it replaced as Cliftonville’s away kit, this effort heralded the introduction of the new Premier League and was worn on the day that history was made when Gary Sliney netted the Club’s first goal in the new top flight… albeit in a 6-1 thrashing by Portadown, which stands as another piece of history as it remains the Reds’ biggest ever defeat in the competition.
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Notes: An old favourite among many fans despite being unfortunately synonymous with the Club’s propensity for early-to-mid-nineties cup disasters, due in no small part to the fact it was worn for the infamous Budweiser Cup Semi Final with Ards that saw the Reds concede three goals in injury-time having been 2-0 up with 90 minutes on the clock.