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Second nature

Our Away Kit Battle has reached the Second Chance Saloon, where jerseys that suffered a First Round defeat are offered the opportunity of a reprieve.

Ten strips are already safely through to the next phase of our project to determine Cliftonville’s best reverse ensemble of the last 30 years but, to ensure no kit misses out through sheer misfortune of our opening draw, today we’re offering our first stay of execution – with the luminous yellow and black hooped effort that Marty Quinn’s men donned on the road in 1998/99 up against the attire from the 2007/08 season which was loosely based on the traditional Ajax design, albeit with a Mint Green centre

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.

Our poll closes at noon on Monday, so you’ve got the whole weekend to make a considered decision before clicking the button – and, with the defeated jersey which accumulates most votes handed a final shot at redemption, every contribution really does count!

Luminous Luxury
Supplier: Le Coq Sportif
Sponsor: KitKat
Worn: 1998/99
Notes: Worn for a decidedly unremarkable Premier League title defence in 1998/99, this kit is regarded as something of a cult classic among fans, for whom fears of potential floodlight failures mattered not a jot with this eye-catching ensemble around.

Ajax Amendment
Supplier: O’Neill’s
Sponsor: MDS Pharma Services
Worn: 2007/08
Notes: Sported for a single season, this shirt (one of just two from the last 30 years that saw the Cliftonville badge placed centrally) was traditionally accompanied with White shorts and socks, however it was not unusual for Green shorts to be worn from time to time, including the Club’s memorable Setanta Sports Cup debut against Drogheda United.


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Which shirt is your favourite?


Ajax Amendment