Glentoran paid tribute to its rich history as the club filmed the launch of their kit for the 2021/22 season atop the famous Harland and Wolff cranes in east Belfast.
he Irish League team released their new shirts on Saturday ahead of their Europa League Conference first leg against Welsh opponents The New Saints at The Oval on Thursday.
Glens players Robbie McDaid, Elliot Morris, Marcus Kane and Patrick McClean all took to the Harland and Wolff site to participate in the promotional video.
Their retro-styled home shirt pays homage to some of Glentoran’s most popular shirts in its history, with red stripes across the front of their home shirts against the traditional green background.
The 23-time Irish League champions, who will aim to fight the Gibson Cup this season against their rivals Linfield, became the first British club to win a European trophy after winning the Vienna Cup in 1914.
Several of their players who traveled to play in Vienna worked at the Belfast shipyard during this time and many were said to have worked on the Titanic three years before.
Harland and Wolff said Glentoran had a long association with the shipyard.
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Congratulations to Robert Childs and the team at @ Harland_Wolff1 to make it possible to reveal our in-house kit.
– Glentoran FC (@Glentoran) July 3, 2021
In 1899, club secretary TD Reid organized the formation of the club into a limited liability company – primarily to give workers at the Harland and Wolff shipyard the opportunity to invest in the club.
“Other prominent figures from Harland and Wolff have invested heavily in the newly formed club,” the company said in a statement.
“Among them were the founders of H&W, Lord Pirrie and Gustav Wolff.
“Lord Pirrie and Wolff both invested more than £ 400 in the club at the turn of the century, a figure that now stands at over £ 12,500.
“At Harland and Wolff, we are committed to supporting the local community and supporting clubs, societies and groups that share Belfast’s rich history.”
Glentoran’s home shirt seems to have pleased his fans on social media, as Johnny Wallace said: “Absolutely beautiful, come in.”
Paul Ellis added: “Again remarkable, both the shirt design and the promotional video. Goosebumps everywhere, especially as a former shipyard worker.
Alan Tumilison said the video’s launch was “awesome”.
“Hats off to our classic shirts and a new one to continue the dynasty. Love it, ”he said.