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Cliftonville Chairman Gerard Lawlor has expressed his thanks to everyone who ensured that this afternoon’s return to match action at Solitude went as smoothly as possible.

Ahead of the friendly fixture with Newington, which the Reds won 2-0, supporters were asked to adhere to a raft of new health and safety protocols inside the ground and the Club are grateful for the cooperation of all ticket-holders as well as the Club Members and volunteers whose services contributed to a successful test event.

“I have always said that the volunteers who help Cliftonville day in, day out are the heartbeat of this Football Club,” explains Mr Lawlor.

“They are what make this place tick and I speak on behalf of everyone at the Club in expressing thanks to those who stepped forward to assist with the implementation of new regulations at Solitude – not just before, during and after the game today, but in the build-up throughout the week, too.

“Thanks must also go to the supporters who attended today’s game and were attentive to the measures that have been put in place, such as our new entrance and exit guidelines and the use of hand sanitising stations.

“By working with us, following signage and listening to instructions from either stewards or PA announcements, everybody contributed to a productive and beneficial return home – one that we will look to build upon with each new match.

“As we look to increase our spectator capacity for upcoming home games, we will likewise need additional helpers so that we can get as many fans inside Solitude as is safely possible and we will be very grateful to anyone who is interested in lending their services.”

Any supporters who would like to provide assistance at a forthcoming home fixture is asked to contact Facilities Director Adrian Keenan via email on