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For a generation of supporters this was to be THE shirt. On Wednesday 13th September 1967, 40,000 people packed into the Oval Grounds to see Glentoran take on the might of Benfica. They were not to be disappointed. Glentoran took to the pitch in this jersey. Noticeably different from its predecessors in that it now had matching hoops around the sleeves as well as the torso. Those lucky enough to be inside the ground that night were not disappointed. For 85 heart stopping minutes the Glens led the Portuguese courtesy of a John Colrain penalty. As the clock ticked down for Benfica, Eusebio pounced to level the scores; Albert Finlay had already saved a Benfica spot kick. Three weeks later in the Stadio de Luz, Lisbon, John Colrain's well drilled side held the Red Eagles to a scoreless draw, only exiting the competition on the first ever away goal ruling. Returning home Glentoran would continue to wear this version of the shirt throughout a league campaign which would ultimately lead to the retention of the trophy. Glentoran would also play both Arsenal (at home) and Anderlecht in Europe in this shirt in the following seasons.
1967/1970
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Another discreet change was made to the design for the start of the 1968 campaign. Despite all the success that John Colrain had brought to the Oval both he and the Glentoran board remained at loggerheads. Colrain remained angry that he had not received a wage increase as an acknowledgment of the transformation he had made at the club. Colrain was sacked in July 1968. Within months of the Scot's departure Glentoran announced the arrival of Alex Young as the new player/manager. Known as the Golden Vision due to his blonde hair and the foresight of his midfield play Young had been a successful player at both Hearts and Everton. Much was expected by the Oval faithful. He had a hard act to follow. As for the shirt, now there was another variation on a theme this time with green trim. It would be worn sparingly in the seasons that followed most notably against Arsenal at Highbury in the 1969 Fairs Cup. It lasted longer than Young though who had left after only four months in charge. Next up was Peter McParland whose side would regain the Gibson Cup during his first full season in charge in 1970.

1968/1971