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2010/2011
The 2010-2011 season kicked off under the managerial guidance of former Glentoran midfielder Scott Young who had taken over the helm towards the end of the previous campaign. Young in turn brought two other former Glentoran midfielders Pete Batey and Tim McCann into the first team back room staff. The Glens tumbled out of Europe at the first hurdle going out to Icelandic side KR Reykjavik 5-2 on aggregate in the Europa League. The season will however be remembered at the Oval as the season during which Glentoran Football Club came perilously close to going out of existence. A huge tax bill threatened to drive the club into administration until the intervention of an anonymous benefactor at the turn of the year. A historic EGM of the club’s shareholders saw a unanimous vote to accept the beneficiary’s offer and to in turn overhaul the club’s articles of association with members of the newly appointed Coates Trust and board representation for the club’s support’s trust, the Glentoran Community Trust guaranteed. On the field the only trophy to arrive on Mersey Street was the County Antrim Shield whilst off it Glentoran said farewell to club captain Paul Leeman after 16 years of dedicated service to the team he had supported from boyhood. Glentoran’s annus horribilis was marked with the introduction of this striped shirt by Umbro. The kit received a mixed reception from supporters. It was certainly the weakest effort from Umbro during their tenure however sales were reported as extremely good. Available in both short and long sleeve versions Glentoran would play in black shorts for the duration of the campaign except in Iceland were they were forced to change to white due to a colour clash.