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1977
Umbro sent a special shirt to Belfast for the home leg of Glentoranís glamour tie against the Italian bianconeri of Juventus in the second round of the European Cup. Glentoran took to the Oval pitch on the 19th October 1977 in this wonderful kit. Juventus lined up with no less than nine Italian internationals in their side. Even Pietra Virdis their substitute cost the Turin side over £1 million pounds. On 38 minutes and with Glentoran giving their all Causio scored the opener with an absolute screamer. Glentoran and the 30,000 odd souls packed into the ground believed that they would settle the tie when with only five minutes remaining Glentoranís player manager was overturned in the box. Warren Feeney took the resultant spot kick but it failed to beat the legendary Dino Zoff in the Juventus goal. The shirt again would never appear again and with at least two Juventus jerseys appearing in Belfast after the game including the famous grey goalkeepers shirt traded by Zoff with Glens custodian Dennis Matthews (who wore it the rest of the season) The general consensus is that the shirts were swapped with Italians after the game.
1976/1978
Glentoran's first ever dedicated European shirt. This stylish design made its debut as the Glens took on FC Basle of Switzerland at the Oval in September 1976. This kit was to be worn in three more epic encounters in Europe. Firstly in 1977 when the side took on Iceland's Valur in the first round of the European cup at the Oval, during which, goals from Alex Robson and an own goal from keeper Siggi Dagsson put the East Belfast team into the second phase. The draw for that next round pitted the Glens against one of the biggest sides ever to play at the Oval, the Italian giants of Juventus. The shirt would be used in the away leg at the Stadio Communale in Turin. A Juventus side packed with internationals beat Glentoran 5-0 in the shadow of the Alps.