Richard McGuinness, a Glentoran Community Trust representative to the Glentoran Board, has, as of Monday 9th September 2019, tendered his resignation as Financial Director and Board Member of Glentoran Recreation Company.

Richard was one of 3 Directors representing “GFC1882” (the old Glentoran Recreation Company) on new owner Ali Pour’s board of 7.

Richard deserves immense credit for not only helping Glentoran Football Club survive over the past 5 years, but for the pivotal role he played in securing the recent takeover deal. The time and effort involved as a volunteer these last few years has been phenomenal, and Richard departs his most recent role with the utmost respect and gratitude of everyone here at the GCT.

Richard remains as a GCT representative on the board of GFC 1882, and retains the fullest support of Glentoran Community Trust.

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GCT oversee WW2 Pillbox restoration

Commissioned by Glentoran Community Trust


Job done. Three full days work at the Oval in awful conditions and an incredible effort by the men of the 71 Engineer Regiment, 591 Field Squadron (Portadown detachment) to restore the Oval pill box to its original condition on its construction in the summer of 1940.

All weeds have been removed, a path has been cleared through the overgrown shrubbery so that you can walk around the building, brickwork cleaned inside and out, rubble removed from the interior, graffiti cleaned,dangerous metal work made good, ceiling shored up and retained, sandbag entrance constructed, door built and the plaque removed from the building and reconstitued in a sandbag plinth.

On behalf of the whole Glentoran family we’d like to thank the Portadown troop for everything they’ve done, they brought all the tools equipment and materials with them with the exception of 1 tonne of sand provided by the Ladas Drive division of Haldane Fisher to whom we’d also like to extend our gratitude.

As there have recently been instances of anti social behaviour up at the hill we’ve locked the new door and we’ll leave a key with the secretary should anyone like a look around inside.

Not only is the pill box part of our history, it’s also part of the history of east Belfast. The stadium is often open so it would be great to see the local community calling in.

The plan in conjunction with the parent club, as we approach the 70th anniversary of Glentoran returning home, is to invite the men responsible for the restoration back to the Oval as our guests, we know they’ll be made very welcome and to invite everyone to take a new look at an old familiar piece of our history.

Thanks for all the positive feedback on what has been another enjoyable and worthwhile project.

For it’s back to the Oval we go.

Le Jeu Avant Tout.

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Glentoran Community Trust would like to invite all members to our next Annual General Meeting, to be held at the Oval on Tuesday 14th May 2019, with a prompt 7pm start.

The meeting will afford members an opportunity to bring themselves up to date with GCT affairs and most recent accounts.
Additionally, it is no coincidence that the date of this years AGM falls between the Glentoran FC Information Meeting on 8th May, and the Glentoran FC EGM on 16th May. The timing of our own AGM will give Trust members the fullest opportunity to be briefed on whatever investor/takeover proposals are to be put before GFC Shareholders at the EGM. GCT members will decide on the night how best to utilise the GCT Shareholding in any EGM vote.

GCT representatives on the Glentoran Board, John Moore and Richard McGuinness will also be in attendance.

Whilst we fully understand that 3 meetings in 7 days may be a tough call for those members who are also shareholders at GFC, given the gravity of the situation, and possibly the very future of Glentoran Football Club in the balance, we would urge ALL members to make a special effort to attend.

Glentoran Community Trust were formed to help give Glentoran supporters more of a say in the running of Glentoran Football Club, there is a huge decision to be made at the forthcoming Glentoran EGM, and Glentoran Community Trust members will have a huge say in the outcome.

Please remember you must be a member of the GCT to attend, but membership renewal fees can be paid either online in advance via the Join/Renew link above, or by payment at the door on the night.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 14th May.

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Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Glentoran Community Trust (Glentoran Supporters Society Ltd), will be held at The Oval on Wednesday 23rd May 2018, 7.30pm start.

Please remember you must be a member of the GCT to attend, but membership
renewal fees can be paid either online in advance via the Join/Renew link above, or by payment at the door on the night.

Regards – GCT Board

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GCT help bring Robbie McDaid to Glentoran FC

The board and membership of the Glentoran Community Trust are delighted to have beenRobbie McDaid1 able to assist Glentoran Football Club and team manager Gary Haveron with the financing and acquisition of centre forward Robbie McDaid yesterday. Over the summer the Trust have been in constant contact with Gary as he sought to strengthen the squad and Robbie was highlighted as a player he was very keen to secure the services of.

Robbie McDaid4The Trust’s membership have made a substantial five figure commitment (our largest ever) to the deal which brings the total Glentoran Community Trust contribution to players wages, club sponsorship and ground improvements to an eye watering £48,000 since its inception.

Additionally the Glentoran Community Trust had made donations to local charities and worthy causes in excess of £20,000 over the same period.

Robbie McDaid3At the same time the Trust continue to celebrate and preserve the rich heritage of Glentoran Football by organising events around historical milestones such as the Belfast Blitz and the Vienna Cup centenary. This aspect of the Trust’s commitment will continue with further events in the pipeline for the near future.

Robbie McDaid2Pictured before last night’s game alongside Glentoran’s latest acquisition Robbie McDaid are Glentoran Community Trust members Stephen Gorman and his son Dean, Andrew Veighey and his son Jack, Ray Cordner, John Moore, James Leebody, Wilson Bouvaird and Jim Welsh, with Glentoran manager Gary Haveron and club director Ian Kerr.

The Trust’s capacity to continue to assist the club only exists because of a strong and vibrant membership and to this end membership applications and renewals remain open at all times and can be made by visiting the join/renew section of our website above.

Thank you all once again for your tremendous support.

All photographs are provided courtesy of Colm Lenaghan / Pacemaker.

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Mervyn Jones

Mervyn2It is with the deepest sadness that we have learned today of the passing of GCT Treasurer Mervyn Jones.

A life-long and active Glenman, Mervyn had been involved with the GCT from the very start, indeed, as a Belfast City Councillor, he became interested in the Glens search for a new stadium, and joined the “Rest in East” campaign group as far back as 2003. When the GCT was born in 2006 Mervyn was then one of the first to sign up, and was elected to the GCT Board in 2008, before assuming the role of Treasurer some 6 years ago. His assistance to the GCT at Belfast City Hall has been invaluable.

When not at his beloved Oval on a Saturday however, Mervyn would travel to get his other football fix, watching Sunderland. He had also been a member of the Alliance Party for over 40 years, and represented the East Belfast wards of Victoria and Ormiston on Belfast City Council.

He will be sorely missed by everyone here at Glentoran Community Trust, and our deepest sympathy goes out to his 3 sons, Graham, Timothy and Ian, and to his extended family.

A very sad day indeed.

Funeral service will be held at Roselawn crematorium, 4pm on Tuesday 6th June.

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… By Sam Robinson

sam-book-coverwebSix months ago I found myself down at the Oval football stadium on a perfect sunny evening in late May. I was responding to a plea made to supporters by the groundsman to help him water the pitch. The kind of thing you don’t get to do at the Bernabeu.

After a time, whilst standing out in the centre circle watching the sun lighting the drops of water falling onto the pitch, I got a bit lost in reminiscing about all the days and nights I’d spent down here and of the good times and not so good I’d shared with everyone who has gravitated just like me, down Mersey Street and through these turnstiles over the last half a century.

The story of the Oval and of its people is one of perseverance, foresight, tragedy, murder, political intrigue, community spirit, civil unrest, war and peace, highs and lows, and success against the odds.

“THERE’S A GREEN SWARD CALLED THE OVAL” is available to pre-order online from today.

Despite a lot of advice to the contrary from the professionals, I have kept the price of what is a compilation of over 72,000 words in addition to 64 pages of photographs (some of which have never been seen before) to just £10. The ‘Official’ launch of the book , is set for a number of events in November and December, but as of today you can pre-order and purchase your copy here online at Books will be ready for collection, and posting will begin, from Thursday 24th November. The book will also be available from a number of other outlets, which will be posted on here in due course.

There are no plans for a pricey re-print folks, once the initial stock is gone that’s it, so if you want one it might be wise to get your order in now.

Le Jeu Avant Tout

Sam Robinson.

For more on the book and to order your copy click HERE

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Dear fellow supporter

In light of continuing developments and uncertainty at the Oval, the Glentoran Community Trust will be holding an Extraordinary General Meeting at The Oval Grounds on MONDAY 26th SEPTEMBER 2016 – 7.30pm start.

Glentoran Chairman Stephen Henderson, and GCT Board representatives John Moore and Richard McGuinness have kindly agreed to attend.

The meeting will give GCT members an opportunity to address any concerns they may have directly to those on the Glentoran Board, and also give Board members an opportunity to put to bed any unhelpful speculation currently doing the rounds on the terraces and social media.

You MUST be a GCT member to attend.

Those of you who may have lapsed memberships may also attend on payment of the annual renewal fee on the night.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards – GCT Board

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RICKY WARWICK – “Playing for the shirt”

Glentoran Community Trust, in association with the Elk Inn, Dundonald, proudly presents…   RICKY WARWICK – “Playing for the shirt”!

Ricky Warwick Elk poster 2016 low res

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Despite having one of his busiest years in the music industry, Black Star Riders and Thin Lizzy frontman Ricky Warwick is back in town to play what has become a must see Christmas show in his local hostelry The Elk Inn Dundonald.

This will be the third year in a row that Ricky (a long standing member of the Glentoran Community Trust) will play a blistering solo gig on behalf of the supporters’ co-operative.

Funds raised by Ricky’s shows in the past in The Elk have continued to allow the Trust to assist in securing the services of Glentoran players such as Jordan Stewart, Kym Nelson, Barry Holland and most recently to cover the costs of flying Glens stalwart Jonny Addis in from university in Liverpool for the forthcoming season’s games.

Only someone of the calibre of Ricky would go out of their way to make sure that this gig for his beloved Glentoran is pencilled into the diary year on year which is an incredible gesture. So get set to rip the roof off again, up close and personal on Tuesday December 6th 2016.

We understand that there is quite a considerable interest from BSR and Thin Lizzy fans on the mainland which is why we have released details at this early stage, giving you time to make travel arrangements etc.

If there are sufficient numbers coming over for the show we will incorporate a tour of Belfast for you, looking at the locations that inspired some of his work from Damascus street to the Mersey, the Solway and the Dee, the Oval stadium home of Glentoran FC, the club he so ardently supports and some of the sights and stories that make this city the most unique of places.

Ticket purchase details will follow in good time before the gig but as always will be priced at £10.

We hope to see you all there…     It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas 🙂

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Jonny flies in with the GCT

New 2 year deal for Jonny Addis


Jonny, with GCT’s Sam Robinson, John Moore & Jim Welsh

As Chairman of the GCT I guess you get to have more conversations than most with Glentoran Chairman, Stephen Henderson, but when you see his number coming up on your phone towards the end of July you sort of know it’s not an invitation to a barbecue!

It turned out the club were keen to extend a player’s contract, and when Stephen named the player involved everyone on the GCT Board was eager to listen.

JonnyAddisBoxingJonny Addis is not only a good footballer, but a genuinely nice guy as well. A sign of the guy’s character is that Jonny was one of only 3 first team players who followed through on a promise to fight in the GCT Charity Boxing Night at La Mon a few years back. Never missed boxing training for 6 weeks, and the event raised over £12,000! £8,000 of that money went to the Glens and the other £4,000 to a number of local charities.

I told Jonny Addis, Stevie Gordon and Jay Magee afterwards, that if any of them ever needed help in the future and the GCT were in a position to provide it, we would. Which brings us to today…   MORE HERE

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