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1996/1997
The season kicked off with a tournament sponsored by Stena Line in Stranraer, Scotland, followed by several friendlies against amongst others Burnley. By now the sponsor had been added to the shirt for the forthcoming campaign. On the transfer front, Liam Coyle returned to Derry City and Trevor Smith re-signed for Portadown. In Europe Glentoran were drawn against Sparta Prague in the European Cup Winners Cup and gave a fairly good account of themselves only being beaten 2-1 at the Oval. The Glens would opt to use the new away shirt for the second leg at the Letna Stadium in Prague. The result at the Oval once again showcased the skills of Little who was snapped up by Burnley before the league got under way. This busy shirt was worn with black shorts and green socks. Results were poor this time out for Cassidy's side as the Glens drew a blank on the trophy front.
1996/1997
Supporters first got a glimpse of this remarkable shirt at the Stena Line tournament in Stranraer. Le Coq Sportif (as was the norm in the mid Nineties) tried to achieve optimum advertising potential within the shirt design by incorporating their Cockerel logo all down the right hand side of the jersey. This shirt would be known perennially as the “Big Chicken Shirt” it would also achieve notoriety as the shirt worn by the Glens in Prague on the night they crashed out of Europe on the end of an 8-0 thrashing by the Czech Republic side. Players kept coming and going throughout the season with Cassidy picking up Tom McCourt, John Drake, Rory Hamill, Phil Mitchell along with Tunisian Noureddine Maamria and Dutch goalkeeper Guido Van der Kamp in a six month spell. The shirt (worn with white shorts and socks) only lasted a year but it has since become a cult classic at the Oval.