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 clash with Dungannon Swifts delivered another set of milestones.
Joe Gormley’s first-half strike saw him reach the 20-goal mark for the seventh time in his Cliftonville career, four times more than nearest challengers Sid Over, Kevin McGarry and Norman McCaw, who all achieved the feat on three occasions each.
That goal (the Reds’ 666th away from home in the Premiership) also means two players have netted 20 in the same season for just the sixth time – and Gormley has now been involved in four of those!
This campaign, he has joined Ryan Curran in hitting the landmark, having previously done so with Jay Donnelly (2017/18) and twice with Liam Boyce (2012/13 & 2013/14); James Millar and McCaw doing likewise in 1931/32, with McCaw and Over breaching 20 apiece in 1934/35.
No opponent has conceded more Gormley goals than the 22 Dungannon have now shipped, with the victory being both the 30th time Cliftonville have defeated the Swifts in the League as well as the Reds’ 180th Premiership away win.
The one sour note from the encounter was, of course, Jamie McDonagh’s second-half red card but, intriguingly, that was the team’s first dismissal of the season, with the winger being the first Cliftonville player to be sent off since goalkeeper Aaron McCarey’s early exit from a defeat to Coleraine on May 1, 2020.
Last night in numbers
666: Number of Premiership away goals Cliftonville have scored
180: The Reds’ defeat of Dungannon Swifts was the Club’s 180th Premiership away win
30: Amount of times Cliftonville have beaten Dungannon in the League
22: Joe Gormley has scored 22 goals against the Swifts – more than any other opponent
7: This is the seventh season in which Joe Gormley has reached 20 goals for Cliftonville
6: For just the sixth time in the Club’s history, two players have scored 20 goals in the same campaign
1: Jamie McDonagh became the first Reds player to be sent off this season