Invitations have now been emailed for THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF GLENTORAN COMMUNITY TRUST, which will take place on MONDAY 13th OCTOBER 2014 at 7.30PM, in THE McCLEANS SUITE – THE OVAL.We are delighted to announce that Glentoran Director of Football Roy Coyle has agreed to attend for a short question & answer session, and of course Glentoran Chairman and fellow GCT member Stephen Henderson will also be there.

A complete update on the financial position of the Trust will be provided on the evening, and there will be an opportunity to renew memberships (1st July 2014-15), or make a donation to the Trust. If you are unable to attend you may also renew your membership online via the Paypal link at the Join/Renew page above.

The AGM will also afford members an opportunity to raise all issues that you feel may be of consequence to the Trust, and be brought up to date on all current and future projects by the GCT.

We would encourage all members to make an effort to attend, this is your Trust, please come along and have your say.





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ViennaCupTickeWebVienna Cup Centenary Dinner tickets have now been printed and will be on sale from GCT Board members at the Oval this Saturday, by emailing, phoning 07725 211668, or by visiting our facebook page.

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Vienna Cup Dinner – Belfast City Hall update

Glentoran Community Trust are delighted to announce that we are now in a position to take advance bookings for the “Vienna Cup Celebratory Dinner”, to be held at Belfast City Hall on Saturday 1st November 2014.

The event will begin at 7.30pm with a complimentary Wine Reception, followed by a 4 course Dinner in the Great Hall, which, in keeping with the historical Belfast theme, will follow the menu of the final meal served on the illustrious RMS Titanic.

The Vienna Cup will of course be in attendance, and after welcoming our guests, we will relive the story of the intrepid journey of Glentoran Football Club into Europe in 1914, and the capture of the Vienna Cup, narrated by Belfast actor & playwright Dan Gordon (TBC).

The evening then moves to our musical entertainment, Jazz and Swing sessions from our very own 10-piece Big Band, and melodies from Northern Ireland’s very own 5 piece all girl vocalists “The Swing Gals”!

A late bar is also in place.

Please Note:

The GCT are firmly of the opinion that this particular function is not about raising money, it’s about celebrating the heritage of our great football club, and an opportunity to acknowledge one of the most memorable moments in the history of Irish League Football – something that belongs to all of us.

Glentoran supporters haven’t had a lot to smile about of late, and we want to give as many fans as possible the opportunity to come along and enjoy a wonderful celebration in the majestic setting of Belfast City Hall.

That being the case we have kept the price down to a minimum…

The meals are costing us £35pp, and entertainment £1,000.
Based on an projected attendance of 100, we are selling this event at COST PRICE.

Individual tickets will cost £45, while tables of 10 can be booked for £450 (we will seat tables closest to the front as the orders come in). Tickets are not yet printed, but should be available from next week and are available to pre-order from today.

Ticket orders can be placed by approaching any GCT Board member, by emailing, or via our facebook page.

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VCsoldoutSorry folks, the Vienna Cup retro shirt has now SOLD OUT - in less than 24hrs!

If you were lucky enough to get one we will be in contact with you in due course regards the draw for which shirt you will receive, and to arrange payment.

Many thanks to all those who made a purchase – a fantastic effort!

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Vienna Cup Retro Shirts – (NOW SOLD OUT)

VC2Glentoran Community Trust are delighted to unveil, and offer for limited sale, the 100th anniversary retro Vienna Cup shirt.

Working closely with our teamwear supplier Kukri and with the kind permission of the Glentoran Board of Directors, the Glentoran team will take to the field at The Oval on 1st November 2014, to play Ballymena United in a specially commissioned replica kit based on the iconic shirt worn by the 1914 Glentoran Vienna Cup winning side.

Later that evening the Glentoran Community Trust will host a Vienna Cup Centenary reception at Belfast City Hall (Tickets £45 – full details to follow shortly)

VC7Individual supporters now have the chance to purchase one of these unique team shirts, and ALSO have their name or the name of their choice incorporated onto the shirts design. The jersey will carry an embroidered Glentoran badge alongside Vienna Cup commemorative artwork.

No replicas will ever be made, and this shirt will only be worn once. Once names are submitted by supporters an open draw will be made to see which name takes to the field with which player on the day.

Full details and more images at this LINK

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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.”

Regards – 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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