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2011
During the close season of 2011 Umbro and Glentoran parted company. In the early summer of 2011 it was revealed that the new manufacturer of Glentoran kit and associated product was to be Kukri Sports. Based in Lancashire in the UK and headed up by Terry Jackson, Director and General Manager of Kukri in Ireland, the company formed in 1999 by Phil Morris was already a recognised brand in Northern Ireland as technical partner to the Ulster Rugby side. As work began to design the home and away kits for the forthcoming season Kukri produced a “one-off” European strip for the team as they entered the first preliminary round of Europa League against FK Renova of Macedonia. Some shirts achieve iconic status and none more so than this predominantly green design. The shirt made its debut when worn by the squad as Glentoran club captain Colin Nixon netted an all important away goal in Skopje as the side lost 2-1. During the away leg the shirt was worn without sponsorship, but for the return game in Belfast Glentoran carried the logo of the Meningitis Research Foundation. The gesture was made in an attempt to create awareness of Meningitis which has tragically taken the life of two year-old Jaxon, the son of former Glentoran captain Chris Walker a few months earlier. In Belfast Glentoran supporters witnessed two of the best European goals ever scored by the team as both long range strikes by Richard Clarke and Oval debutant Martin Murray took the game to penalties.
This shirt would go on to be catapulted in the hall of fame as the Glens emerged victorious, progressing to a second European round for the first time in almost eight years. The shirt would also be worn in the home leg of the second round Europa league contest against FC Vorskla of the Ukraine. The East Belfast outfit went down 0-2 despite a battling performance from a young makeshift side.   Worn with black shorts the jerseys were later auctioned off to help raise funds for the Meningitis Foundation.