Glentoran Seconds

We have now completed our business re the donation of ‘Boxing’ night returns to Glentoran Seconds.

Just to recap: Glens Seconds players Kyle Mackie & Dickson Chisanga fought at the GCT boxing gig last May to raise sponsorship for team expenses. The Trust were able to top up their money raised to £1,000, and the final cheque was presented to manager Spike Hill after Tuesday nights’ match v Portadown at the Oval.

Once again we are delighted to have been able to assist the Seconds team, and many thanks again to all of you who supported the event.

We have a few words from Spike below which he has asked us to pass on…


“Just to thank you for the cheque from the Glentoran Community Trust.”

“As you are aware the mainstay of the ‘boxing’ money to the Seconds went towards the purchase of 20 sets of training kit. This further donation will go towards our planned Spin Classes, for Strength & Conditioning, and also towards Yoga Classes for Flexibility & Recovery for the youngsters.”

“Please pass on our sincere thanks to all at the GCT for your very generous support.”


Spike Hill -  Manager

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Ricky Warwick in ‘The Elk’

RickyWarwickLocal Rock & Heavy Metal star Ricky Warwick has agreed to play a special solo gig in aid of the GCT at The Elk Inn, Dundonald, on Monday 15th December 2014.

Ricky will need no introduction to Glentoran fans, once of ‘New Model Army’ and ‘The Almighty’, then frontman of Thin Lizzy spin-off band ‘Black Star Riders’, Ricky has already done a gig for us in The Elk before, and given this one is just 2 weeks before Christmas tickets are likely to go pretty quickly!

So keep checking in for ticket availability, pricing and updates.

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Vienna Cup – 100th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Viena Cup-City HallGlentoran Community Trust are delighted to announce the hosting of a ‘Vienna Cup’ Gala Dinner, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Glentoran Football Club lifting the famous old Trophy in the Austrian capital 1914 - to be held at Belfast City Hall on Saturday 1st November 2014.

The venue has already been secured, and will include a City Hall wine reception, 4 course Gala Dinner, guest speakers, and a ‘Big Band’ experience. The GCT have also agreed to supply a first team ‘Retro Shirt’, which will be worn by the Glens in their game v Ballymena Utd at the Oval that day – the shirts to be retained by the GCT and sold individually to help fund the event.

Demand for this event is expected to be high, and numbers may well be limited, so please keep an eye on the site in the coming weeks for further details and pricing.

The Vienna Cup story …  HERE

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Barry Holland & Kym Nelson


New GCT representative on the Glentoran FC Board Richard McGuinness pictured with Barry Holland & Kym Nelson

The Glentoran Community Trust were delighted to assist Glens manager Eddie Patterson with the signing of Barry Holland and Kym Nelson on professional contracts.

With proceeds from the La Mon Hotel Boxing event, the GCT will provide £6,000 to retain the services of both players for the 2014/15 season.

Indeed, the Trust had offered to provide a further £2,000 in the failed attempt to bring Cairan Caldwell to the club last Friday.

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Changes at GCT & GFC Board level

With the recent departure of Terrence Brannigan from the Board and indeed Chair of Glentoran Football club, the Glentoran Community Trust were delighted to learn that one of the GCT representatives, Stephen Henderson, was subsequently elected by his fellow board members to serve as new Chairman of Glentoran Football Club.

Stephens’ elevation to Chairman means that he must now (in accordance with GFC Articles of Association) become a member of the “Coates Trust”.     More … HERE

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Boxing Update – £11,000 raised for Charity & Glens

SOS Cheque

Glentoran Community Trust present a cheque for £1,500 to Survivors of Suicide (SOS) – Photo by Davy Brownlee

With all the proceeds finally in and most of the business complete, we can now give a final update on the GCT Boxing event last May. Over £4,000 raised for local charities, £6,000 thus far to Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson to strengthen the playing squad, and £1,000 to Glentoran Seconds.

Taken from the Glentoran Gazette 13th August 2014, GCT member Sam Robinson recounts the whole story from beginning to end … HERE

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Glentoran’s adpoted Ghanaian son Afriyie Acquah has this evening donated his matchworn Parma shirt from this season’s Italian Cup to tomorrow evening’s Glentoran Community Trust fight night auction.

ACQUAHshirtAcquah, aged 22, is one of the most promising players in the Italian Serie A at present and was selected on Monday for Ghana’s 2014 World Cup squad. He is the most famous exponent of the Glentoran Community Trust sponsored Glentoran Football Academy based in Sunyani

It is his first ever shirt to auctioned, and he has donated it to help raise funds for the club that gave him his chance, and in turn help Glentoran continue to prosper.

You can view and place a bid for any of the auction items HERE

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Fight Night – Glentoran F.C. White Collar Boxing Event – Thurs 15th May 2014

Judgement-Day-programmeClick here for more details.

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Road To Recovery

SB_DaveyI’m sure all the Glentoran family will want to welcome back to the Oval, Glenman David Treliving after his absence due to injuries sustained in a horrific accident on the Woodstock Road on 29th August this year. Continue reading

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The Story Behind The Badges

RavenBadgeGlenn Copeland, the brainchild behind the series of Club badges currently being produced tells the story of how this initiative came about. Continue reading

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