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Premier winning class

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, as Heritage Development Officer Paul Treanor notes, last night’s victory over Portadown was the Reds’ 400th Premiership win – and came amid a string of other landmarks.

As well as being the Reds’ 30th Premiership defeat of the Ports, the occasion also saw Cliftonville net their 100th Premiership goal against the County Armagh side; Joe Gormley’s headed opener claiming the milestone.

Declan Dunne’s clean sheet was the fifth Cliftonville have kept in a perfect 10 home successes this term and extended a remarkable record that has seen Portadown fail to find the net at Solitude since their last victory at the venue way back in January 2014 – with the Reds having banked 10 straight wins in that time.

Ryan Curran’s second-half penalty, meanwhile, saw him find the target for the third game in succession and came days after he had become just the 22nd player in history to reach the 50-goal mark for the Club, with his double in the weekend triumph over Glenavon sealing Cliftonville’s 40th Premiership defeat of the Lurgan Blues (and 75th home win in all competitions) in what was our 1500th home League fixture.

This week in numbers
1500: Saturday’s meeting with Glenavon was Cliftonville’s 1500th League game at home
The Reds have now won 400 Premiership fixtures
100: Joe Gormley’s header was the 100th Premiership goal Cliftonvile have scored against Portadown
75: Number of times the Reds have overcome Glenavon at Solitude
50: Ryan Curran’s winner against the Lurgan Blues was his 50th goal for the Club
40: Amount of times Cliftonville have defeated Glenavon in the Premiership
30: The Reds have beaten Portadown 30 times on Premiership duty
10: Cliftonville have won all 10 home games in all competitions this season
8: The Ports’ run without a goal at Solitude is set to bypass the eight-year mark
5: Number of clean sheets Cliftonville have kept at Solitude this term