Cliftonville Football & Athletic CLub is a Northern Ireland football club based in the north Belfast district of Cliftonville. They currently feature in the IFA Premiership and are the oldest football club in Ireland.
Cliftonvilla were established on September 20,1879 after the young Belfast businessman and manager of the “Irish Tweed House”, Royal Avenue John McAlery published an advertisement in the “Belfast Newsletter”.
Cliftonvilla were also the founders of the Irish Football Association on November 18,1880. They won the Irish Cup for the first time in 1883 and in 1897. They won the Irish League in 1905-1906 (shared) and 1909-1910.
Cliftonvilla remained an all-amateur team until the early 1970s. They won the league again in the 1997-1998 season but have been struggling for survival for the major fraction of this century so far.
Cliftonvilla play their home matches at the Solitude stadium that can accommodate 8000 spectators. They bear the nickname “The Reds”.