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As is the case on many occasions in the second year of a kit deal, Rossco dropped the ball. Little or no thought had gone into the Glentoran shirt for the 2002/03 season. As can be seen from the graphic this was the dullest shirt the Glens had ever worn. The kit was saved by only the most minimal of red and black piping and the introduction of small front numbers on the home and away shirts. It was also the first year of a lucrative new shirt sponsorship deal with Danepak, producers of Danish bacon. However if the shirt wasn't inspired the team certainly were. The first trophy to be polished in the Oval cabinet this year was the League Cup following a 2-0 victory over Linfield at Windsor Park in December. Next up was the County Antrim Shield in March with a 3-0 win over Ballymena United. In March 2003 the decision was also taken to sell off the Oval grounds to fend off crippling debts. A blistering league campaign came to a head with Glentoran needing a victory against Institute at Drumahoe to lift the League title. Roy Coyle's side duly obliged and when the men from the East disposed of Portadown in a 6-1 demolition at Mourneview in April in the Irish Cup semi-final, the clean sweep was definitely on. Time then for a change of shirt.
Singularly the worst shirt Glentoran have ever worn without being under duress. It is hard to know where to start with Rossco's attempt at an away shirt for that year. Was it a sort of homage to the 67 Cougar's shirt? The colours were similar, but amber white and black? No one made the connection. In the most memorable of seasons this shirt was at best forgettable. It is hard to imagine it flying off the shelves which is in essence what a seldom used away shirt has to do. Red or green panels instead of amber would have saved the kit as it had been made from good quality material; however in the long and proud history of Glentoran colours this effort remains simply wrong. The season started badly for Glentoran when the IFA alleged that there was a discrepancy in the summer signing of former Celtic midfielder Andy Kilmartin. The club was docked 12 league points fined £7,000 and kicked out of the CIS Cup, only for the decision to be later overturned when it was discovered that the signing had been carried out in accordance with UEFA requirements. The team reacted superbly to the initial penalty and won the league at a canter. At least it couldn't happen again.