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Glentoran celebrated their 125th year in existence by kicking off the season in a re-make of an old fansí favourite. As has been acknowledged elsewhere on the website the famous white shirt with the three hoop design has always been regarded by many supporters as a seminal design, harking back to the late sixties. Umbro put a modern twist on the shirt adding side flashes and for the first time in the Irish League the Glens adopted the squad numbering system first piloted in the Setanta Sports Cup and during the 1967 Cougars tour. Player names and numbers were also available to add to replica shirts through the club Superstore. A couple of high profile friendly games heralded the commencement of the 2007-2008 season. Crack Spanish side Espanyol were due in the province to play Glentoran however a flight delay from the mainland with playing strip meant that the game kicked off almost four hours late. The shirt was also worn by the Glens in the seasons preliminary UEFA Cup round against AIK Solna from Sweden. Glentoran were defeated heavily by both European opponents. It was the first campaign with a new man at the helm after a turbulent close season on BT4. Former Northern Ireland captain and Glentoran first team coach Alan McDonald took charge in the wake of Paul Millarís departure. Alan would lead the club to a County Antrim Shield final victory and to second place in the league in a gripping climax to the season.
Umbro also commissioned a 125th Anniversary team badge which appeared on both the home and away shirts as well as associated product. The choice of the away kit was also a popular one with the arrival of probably the smartest black jersey ever worn by Glentoran. Again Umbro embellished the shirt with green and red trim. Danepak the club sponsors for five seasons re-branded as Tulip as so the sponsors logo changed as a result. This shirt was worn quite regularly throughout the season as well as in the Setanta Sports Cup however the all black strip will best be remembered as being worn by Glentoran when they paid host to Manchester United to mark the East Belfast sideís 125th year. Thousands converged on Mersey Street as United stormed to a 3-0 victory. Sky Television signed an agreement to cover a number of Irish Premier League games as well as the match against Manchester United. Glentoran featured heavily throughout the year however only one trophy found its way into the cabinet this season. Supporters commemorated the playing of Glentoranís very first game at Ormeau Park by taking the red, green and black back to the park 125 years to the day to play a celebration match in period shirts from the Victorian era.