Today marks 23 years since Cliftonville were crowned Premier League Champions for the very first time – and we’re inviting our Twitter followers to relive every agonising second of arguably the most dramatic day in the history of Ireland’s Oldest Football Club.
Using a mix of BBC and UTV archive footage from April 18, 1998, we’ll be posting to-the-minute updates from Solitude as the Reds’ 1-1 draw with Glentoran meant players, supporters and staff alike had to hope that Linfield didn’t win their game in Coleraine, which had inexplicably been allowed to kick-off an hour later.
With footage from inside a nervy dressing room and equally anxious stands and terraces, some members of the Red Army might even recognise their younger selves listening to every anguishing kick of radio commentary from The Showgrounds before the final whistle on the Blues’ 0-0 draw sparked unprecedented scenes of chaotic celebrations at an emotional Solitude.
You don’t even need to have a Twitter account to enjoy – if indeed that is the correct word – the occasion all over again, simply keep a check on the @cliftonvillefc timeline, while we trust Facebook followers will forgive us for delaying our Goal of the Day update from its traditional 12pm slot to coincide with the precise moment Harry McCourt found the net.
So take a deep breath, sit back and do your best not to get too nervous as we step back to the day the Reds ended an 88-year wait to be crowned Champions.