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Tired of being outwitted by Bass over Irish Cup final advertising, the Ad men at Smithwick's came up with this masterstroke for the 2nd May decider. Smithwick's removed their logo from the Cup Final shirt and replaced it with the word Glentoran written in the same font. Again the Glens came up against Glenavon in the final; however it was an unlikely hero in the form of Glentoran left-back John Kennedy who hit the winner and only goal of the game with a strike in extra time. It had been a turbulent season at the Oval and the relief when the final whistle blew was palpable. Roy Coyle had achieved the almost impossible and qualified Glentoran for Europe on the back of the cup final victory.
Le Coq Sportif probably realised that they had made a mistake with the previous season's shirt design and as a result launched this quality kit in the summer of 1998. Its styling harked back to the green “Clock Shop” jersey of the early Eighties with red and black stripes offset across the left hand side of the shirt. It was worn with equally stylish white shorts with red and black trim. The Glentoran kit room would never be the same again though following the death of one of Glentoran's greatest characters, team attendant Teddy Horner. Two months prior to his death Teddy had led the side out at Windsor for the Irish Cup final. The Glens mounted a ferocious assault on the Irish League championship. Glentoran would lift the title but the season would be remembered in equal measure for the greatest Glentoran comeback of all time. On the 31st October 1998, Coyle's side took on Coleraine at the Oval in the league. With 17 minutes left on the clock Glentoran were losing 1-4. Leeman scored the second goal on 73 minutes, and then McBride chipped in with a penalty. As the home crowd sensed something special was happening Coleraine found themselves down to nine men. The theft was complete when Elliott and Hamill overturned the deficit in the last ten minutes to leave the final result 5-4.
From 1998 Glentoran Gazette>>
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