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With the Clock Shop deal running into difficulties Glentoran signed up with a company called ''Leisure Automatic Sales Ltd'' as sponsorship became an integral part of football income. The contract however dissolved as the company fell into the hands of the receiver only two months after signing the deal. On the field that season a star studded Glentoran side had been further enhanced by the acquisition of Barney Bowers from Cliftonville and Dermot Keely from Dundalk. Keely was a no nonsense centre-half would didn't take long to endear himself to the Glentoran support. Bowers too would go on to achieve great things with this talented squad. Both Johnny Jameson and Jim Cleary were included in Billy Bingham's Northern Ireland squad to travel to Spain for the World Cup Finals once the season had ended. Despite this being the Glens 100th year in existence, only one trophy, the Ulster Cup would head east. It was the season however of the prestige friendly with the Glens coming up against Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Leeds United, Liverpool and Norwich City all in an eight month period.
It is hard to believe but there were nine different variations of this jersey over a three season spell. In August 1982 Glentoran were lined up to play a glamour friendly against Manchester United. In the starting line up for the Glens that afternoon was none other than the legendary George Best. The last time Best had been at the Oval was for the Glens home game against Benfica in '67. For the first time in 16 years period (bar a short spell in 1979) Glentoran reverted to their traditional green shirt with red and black stripes. They turned out against Manchester United in this design. The first shirt was devoid of any club badge and notably did not sport the Adidas trefoil logo on the right hand breast, although the three white stripes remained as sleeve trim.