November 1983 saw the board of directors at the Oval announce a three year sponsorship deal with Smithwick's (part of the Guinness Company). Shirt sponsorship was back. No one could have guessed in 1983 that the deal would last almost 19 years and become the longest standing sponsorship deal in British sporting history. The addition of the brand logo on the front of the kit would make this the fifth and sixth versions of the jersey to be worn in less than two years. The shirt also appeared without the badge and Adidas logo during this time. There was more to come though. Despite a 9-2 win against Larne and several other high scoring victories the only success in the season would come in the form of the Ulster Cup.
Time for a bit of spot the difference. For the start of the 1984/85 season Smithwick's decided to make a slight alteration to the font of their corporate logo. They made the S at the start and end of the Smithwick's larger than and the rest of the lettering and added an underscore to the wording. If the shirt was in turmoil so was the club. Caskey had returned from the States, along with Terry Moore. The Glens suffered four defeats in a row against Linfield before the end of November. A 2-3 home defeat against Cliftonville put added pressure on manager McFall. After the Boxing Day fixture with Distillery he was shown the door. Former Northern Ireland international Billy Johnston was in place in the hot seat by February and the Glens began to put a run together in the Irish Cup. Victory in the semi-final against Coleraine set up another epic encounter against our old rivals, this time at the Oval. Would Glentoran wear this shirt for the final? Of course they wouldn't.