Attired in elegantly cut suits made by the club’s tailor J.R. McMahon from Portadown 14 Glentoran players in a party of 37 flew out of Aldergrove for the Glens Inter Cities Fairs Cup game against Royal Antwerp on the 28th September 1965. The team arrived in Brussels then made the 30 mile trip by coach to the port city. Glentoran stayed in the Nautilus Hotel on the banks of the river Scheldt. Gibby MacKenzie’s side lost the tie 1-0 and it would appear were forced to wear Royal Antwerp’s all white strip for the game, the red, green and black of Glentoran clashing with the Belgians’ red white and black home kit. Again a solitary photograph has been un-earthed showing Glentoran players in all white appealing for an off-side decision against Antwerp’s Marcel Jansens. The return leg in Belfast may have been epic if the large crowd that turned up could have seen it. The Oval was fog bound for duration of the 3-3 draw.
This shirt came to light recently thanks to Manx Glenman Robert Burns. All that is known about this shirt is that the Glens opened the 1965 season wearing it on at least two occasions against Crusaders in the Ulster Cup losing 4-1 and against Ards in the Irish League which also resulted in a 3-2 defeat for the Cock n Hens. On the subject of cockerels this shirt may well have carried the famous emblem for the very first time Glentoran also posed for a team photograph in this shirt, which Robert who remembers it well and who provided the pictures believes contained a very thin red round neck collar. The shirt was worn with white shorts and green socks with a red trim.