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Every angle had been covered; East Side also produced an away version of the “Cougars” top which carried exactly the same numbering. The numbering system was decreed as follows. 1. for goalkeepers, under 10 for defenders, 10-19 for half-backs, 20-29 for forwards, and 30+ for fringe players. The playing kit was made from a quite heavy fabric and the socks manufactured without any feet in them. Instead the tube sock would be worn over the top of a short white sports sock and attached to the foot by an elasticised strap across the sole. Many of the teams such as Shamrock Rovers and Sunderland who participated in the tournament were not afforded the luxury of being provided with specially commissioned kit and as a result turned out in the jerseys they had brought with them. The tour was hailed as a success and remains a highlight of Glentoran's 127 year history.
Glentoran left Belfast on the 23rd May 1967 to travel to the USA. On their arrival the team was caught up in a media frenzy, motor cavalcades, radio and television interviews and celebrity status. John Wendell Anderson III who was appointed chairman of the Detroit Cougars (as the team were to be known) had his own ideas about playing kit for the Glens. At a reception for the new arrivals two sets of strip were unveiled to the press and players. Made by East Side Sporting Goods Company Detroit under the brand name “Rawlings” this shirt was a million miles away from anything Glentoran had ever worn before. The black home version bore squad numbers on the front, reverse and sleeves along with the player's names on the back. The Cougars colours were decided as black, orange and white.