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Due to the fact that the Irish Cup was sponsored by Bass (a rival brewery) Glentoran were asked to remove the Smithwick's logo from the shirt for the final. This was a problem which would reoccur throughout Bass's association with the IFA. Not only did the Glens remove the Smithwick's logo they also embroidered the club badge directly onto the teams shirt for the occasion disposing of the patch. Glentoran supporters went a step further than they had during the 1983 final and on this occasion introduced not only a cockerel onto the field of play at the Oval, but also a pig which had been painted blue for the proceedings. The final failed to live up to expectations with the livestock stealing the show to a certain extent. The game ended in a 1-1 draw forcing a replay the following Saturday at Windsor Park. In the 36th minute of the contest, Gerry Mullan drove the ball across the face of the Blues goal only for Linfield's Paul Mooney to blast it into his own net in a failed clearance attempt. It would be the only goal of the game as once again Glentoran defeated Linfield in an Irish Cup Final. This game signalled the end of Glentoran's relationship with Adidas. A new shirt manufacturer would be in place for the next season.
This was the year that Glentoran and Umbro renewed old acquaintances and for the first time Glentoran supporters could buy the replica kit in large numbers. The Glentoran Gazette also carried Umbro advertising for the first time. This shirt was worn with white shorts and would see European duty in games against Fram, Lokomotiv Leipzig and Rovaniemi. The trophy haul suggests that this was one of the most successful shirts of modern times. During its tenure, Glentoran lifted two Irish Cups, the Gold Cup, The Budweiser Cup, the County Antrim Centenary Chalice and the Irish League Championship on a memorable afternoon at the Coleraine Showgrounds in 1988. Billy Johnston stood down on the 10th January 1987 to be replaced by Tommy Jackson. Former RUC striker Gary Macartney signed for the Glens at the start of the 1986/87 season and bagged 28 goals in 45 appearances. It would be a sign of things to come. Two player versions of the shirt were in existence showing a slight variance in the sponsorís logo and colouring of the Umbro diamond.