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More than just a nifty 50

Regular readers of our Matchday Magazine will know all the facts and figures behind each new week at Cliftonville Football Club, while our Twitter followers are regaled with daily delves into the archives and Saturday’s 2-1 win over Glenavon left a number of marks on the record books.

As well as being Paddy McLaughlin’s 50th victory as Reds boss, it was also the first meeting between the sides this season that didn’t finish 1-1.

Now unbeaten in seven home games with the Lurgan Blues stretching back to April 2018, Cliftonville also celebrated Aaron Donnelly’s first Premiership goal for the Club, with his previous strike coming in last season’s Irish Cup defeat of Hanover and this weekend’s effort marking him out as the team’s 12th different scorer this term.

In what was the 380th encounter between the sides, the Reds’ 127th victory pales in comparison to the 180 wins Glenavon have chalked up – while the Mourneview side also boast an historic advantage in the goal difference stakes, with their 772 strikes dwarfing Cliftonville’s 577.

When narrowed down to just Premiership games, however, it’s the Reds who hold the better record with 39 wins and 22 defeats in 85 clashes that have seen Cliftonville net 134 times and Glenavon 109.

Last Saturday’s loss to Linfield, meanwhile, saw Jamie Harney become the latest Reds player to reach 125 appearances for the Club, with Liam Bagnall having achieved the feat in the recent 1-1 draw with Ballymena United and Garry Breen doing so in the 2-1 win over the Sky Blues seven days earlier.

The weekend in numbers
380: Saturday’s was the 380th meeting between Cliftonville and Glenavon
Amount of victories the Reds have recorded against the Lurgan Blues
Garry Breen, Liam Bagnall and Jamie Harney have all recently broken the 125 appearances barrier
The defeat of Glenavon was Paddy McLaughlin’s 50th win as Cliftonville Manager
Number of different players that have scored for the Reds this season
Cliftonville are unbeaten in seven home meetings with Glenavon
Number of 1-1 draws Cliftonville and the Lurgan side had previously contested this term
Aaron Donnelly’s goal was his first strike in the Premiership