Not only did the weekend’s Danske Bank Premiership action attract record crowds for an opening round of fixtures, the Red Army also contributed to the highest ever attendance of a Coleraine-Cliftonville game at The Showgrounds.
The NI Football League today confirmed that the accumulated 10,951 supporters who flocked to the first six League games of the season was the biggest since records began in 2008 and represented a 22% increase on the previous best numbers set in 2018 – when, naturally, Cliftonville fans were part of the record-breaking opening day 2,920 in attendance at a 2-1 victory over Glentoran at The Oval.
Saturday’s encounter with Coleraine, meanwhile, saw a total of 2,657 people stream through the turnstiles and, with high demand leading to the Club closing the sale of Season Tickets for the current campaign, another big crowd is anticipated when the Reds host Carrick Rangers this weekend.
So if you spent your summer Saturdays being dragged to garden centres, supermarkets, museums and – shudder – the in-laws by your other half, why not treat them to Solitude and add another voice to the Red Army roar?
Cliftonville v Carrick Rangers
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