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Stripped back

There’s varied history at play as this week’s Away Kit Battle pits a treasured classic against a jersey that Cliftonville only ever wore once.

Despite not technically qualifying as a bona fide reverse strip, the all-black ensemble sported for the away leg of the Reds’ 2010 Europa League encounter with CSKA Sofia was nevertheless voted through to the last 16 of our contest, where it today stakes its claim for a place in the quarter-finals.

To get there, it will need to overcome the Navy & Green striped kit from the 1994/95 campaign – but which of the two gets your backing to continue?

We want supporters young and old to play their part in helping us compile a definitive of list of the Red Army’s favourites and, even if your chosen kit doesn’t make progress to the Quarter-Finals, every vote will help determine precisely where it ends up in our overall rankings between 1990 and 2020.

There are no more potential reprieves for any defeated shirts, with each winner progressing to the next round until an overall victor is determined.

Our poll closes at noon on Monday, so you’ve got the rest of the weekend to make a considered decision before clicking the button.

Bulgarian Black

Supplier: Puma
Sponsor: fonaCAB
Worn: v CSKA Sofia (July 27, 2010)
Notes: Sported just once due to a kit clash in the Europa League Third Qualifying Round First Leg tie with CSKA Sofia in the summer of 2010, this all-black number may not carry the same classification as a bona fide away strip but was a nevertheless popular ensemble among fans.

Stars In Stripes
Supplier: O’Neill’s
Sponsor: Total Haulage
Worn: 1994/95
Notes: The first of two consecutive Navy & Green striped away shirts, this get-up exhibited finer strips and was worn when the team triumphed at the McEwan’s Soccer Sixes in 1995 (although it should be heeded that it was traditionally worn with navy shorts, as opposed to white as per the image).

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Which shirt is your favourite?


Green & Navy