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Looking back, it's surprising that this shirt was only used for a season and a half. This proved to be the fourth change of strip during 1980/81. Glentoran under the guidance of McFall had navigated the whole of the Irish League campaign without defeat. Rab McCreery, George Neill, Jimmy Cleary, Johnny Jameson Terry Kingon and the rest were truly unbeatable during that magnificent and highly memorable year. Bizarrely Linfield's 6-0 defeat of Distillery on a Tuesday afternoon in April left Glentoran only needing a point to lift the Gibson Cup later that evening. Gary Blackledge scored twice along with a Jess own goal to bring the trophy back to East Belfast. It was the Chinese year of the Cockerel and the Glens were making the most of it. This shirt would certainly have made most people's top ten all time favourites. It appeared sparingly during Glentoran's Centenary season the following year and went on to claim another trophy in the form of the Gold Cup.
With no away shirt option in the three previous white designs, a green strip was provided by Adidas for Glentoran's glamour friendly against Spurs at the Oval on the 8th August 1981. 12,000 people packed into the ground on an un-seasonally wet and windy Saturday afternoon to see the FA Cup winners complete with Ardilles and Hoddle parade the trophy prior to the game. Despite Terry Kingon giving the home side the advantage, Tottenham lead by 3 goals to 2 with only minutes remaining. Gary Blackledge brought the house down though with a spectacular dipping volley to tie the contest and send everyone home happy. As with the white version, supporters loved this shirt and it would feature regularly throughout the next season.