If you started following the Glens in the Seventies then you'll remember this shirt as an all time classic. Crystal Palace had bucked the trend in the English First Division with a “sash” style jersey and the Glens fell in behind. Worn for the first time on the 8th of August 1972 in the Carlsberg Cup this design was to achieve cult status primarily due to the Glens participation in the 1973 Irish Cup Final. Glentoran went to Windsor Park as underdogs to a favoured Linfield team. Despite the odds being stacked against them they went into the break with a 1-0 lead. When George Eastham's side ran out for the second half however they emerged with Roy Stewart taking over in nets for an injured Alan Paterson. With the game tied at 2-2, Glentoran's Warren Feeney stepped up to convert a late penalty to lift the Cup. That would be only one of many fond memories of this era. Amazingly the part-timers would again stun European football by making it all the way to the European Cup Winner's Cup quarter finals in March 1974 wearing this jersey. Tragically Roy Stewart would die suddenly in the hours that followed the home leg against Borusia Moenchengladbach at the Oval.
No photographs exist of this shirt however reliable information suggests that both this jersey and its green counterpart were in use for a short period during the early Seventies. Worn only against Distillery it was an era when several young players were blending in with the older experienced guard. Jim Weatherup, Billy MCullough and Billy McKeag were coming to the end of their career whilst new faces like Alan Paterson, Rab McCreery and Johnny Jamison were coming to the fore. Only the Irish Cup, City Cup and the Blaxnit Cup would be raised aloft by a Glentoran captain in this three year spell.