Glentoran along with a number of Irish League and League of Ireland clubs participated in the early Eighties in a five-a-side tournament sponsored by Ards Shopping Centre which was then known as Woolco. To avoid a clash of colours during the Woolco five-a-side tournament Glentoran borrowed these shirts from Southern side Drogheda United for one game. Ironically Finn Harps wearing Glentoran shirts had beaten Linfield in the tournament the season before.
This strip started life as another Glentoran European shirt, worn without sponsorship to avoid the television boycott of sponsored teamwear when they entertained Progres Niedercorn on the 30th September 1981 in the European Cup. Glentoran disposed of the side from Luxembourg and drew crack Bulgarian army side CSKA Sofia in the next round. As was mentioned previously it was during the away leg in Sofia that former manager and physio bobby McGregor collapsed and died. The shirt proved to be a hit with the supporters and came into use for the remainder of the season most prominently against Liverpool in a Centenary celebration friendly. This popular kit would remain as an away option up until 1985.