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Version 2 of the cotton V neck was also used with a combination of white, green and red shorts. The new image again though did little to improve the fortunes of the Glens on the field as Linfield amassed a seven trophy haul during the 1961/62 season. Glentoran were a side in transition during the early part of the decade. For example the 1961 campaign had been masterminded by no less than three Glentoran managers. Tommy Briggs started off the season as Oval boss before Len Kane took over the reigns in November. Kane would last only five months before the Glentoran Board moved to appoint ex Belfast Celtic centre-half and former Portadown and Glenavon manager Harry Walker as the man in the hot seat. There were only two Gold Cup final wins to show for three seasons' efforts.
With the exception of the Club's brief utilisation of a Crusaders shirt during the war, this was the first top to incorporate stripes into the kit design. It was worn with white shorts and green socks. Isaac McDowell had taken over as manager and slowly several new players began to make an impact at the Oval, amongst them, the bespectacled Eric Ross and the young Richie Warburton at outside right. This was to be a really significant shirt as it was the first one to be worn by Glentoran in European competition (the Vienna Cup excluded). In 1962 despite winning nothing the previous season, the Irish League had selected Glentoran to represent Northern Ireland in the rejuvenated Inter City Fairs Cup. The Glens opponents were the illustrious Real Zaragoza from Spain. Despite a defiant display both at home and away, the East Belfast outfit would crash out of the competition 8-2 on aggregate. The Gold Cup was won but not in this shirt and the board announced plans to install floodlights at the stadium.