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Continental styling arrived at the Oval in 1952 when this shirt was commissioned but not worn in that years Irish Cup Final. Bold V necks were all the rage for football teams across Europe. Several other new features appeared including candy stripes worn as change strips by Manchester City and Aston Villa for the 1956 and 1957 FA Cup finals. Glentoran opted for this shirt as first choice for the start of the 1954/55 season. A badge of sorts appeared back on the Glens shirt and the contrasting sleeves were re-introduced after the popularity of the 1934 kit. From what can be seen in some very faded photographs the badge looks to have been nothing more than a shield with diagonal lines running across it. Success was sparse during the lifespan of the top with trophies few and far between. Trevor Thompson would debut in 1956/57 playing in the side along with the “Monarch of the Glens” Sammy Lowry.
A green version of the new shirt appeared as well, worn against opponents whose primary colour was red. During this spell the Glens came off worse in another marathon Irish Cup Final which wasn't resolved until the second replay against Distillery on the 30th April 1956. In the same season 30,000 would pack into the Oval to watch Glentoran take on Linfield in the second round of the Irish Cup. The game would end in a 2-2 draw with an imperious performance from Sammy Lowry. 30,000 would watch the replay as the Glens went down 2-1 at Windsor Park. Again the shirt would be worn with long white baggy shorts, combined with red and green socks.