At our recent (well, it doesn’t seem that recent) home match with Cliftonville, Glens goalkeeper Elliott Morris passed a remarkable milestone with the club when he became the longest serving first team player in the club’s history. On that date, Elliott had been a first team player for 17 years, 7 months and 23 years to date. That bypassed his long-term teammate Colin Nixon’s tenure of 17 years, 6 months and 20 days.
It's always been speculated that East Belfast's most famous son, Sir Van Morrison, was a childhood Glenman when growing up on Hyndford Street and attending Orangefield Secondary School (in the same school year as our own Roy Coyle). Well in a wide-ranging interview with journalist Martin Chilton in The Independent earlier this week, Sir Van told the world of his family links with the club, his attendance at our matches with his Dad, and the part Glentoran inadvertently played in his education.
Some words of tribute and remembrance from the Castlereagh Glentoran Supporters Club for their long standing friend and member Albert Kirk, who sadly passed away at the weekend.
As chairman of Castlereagh Glentoran Supporters Club (CGSC), it is my sad duty to announce that our former chairman, committee member and esteemed member Mr Albert Kirk, passed away on Sunday the 29th of March in The Ulster Hospital. Firstly as a club, our thoughts and prayers are with his family circle at this painful time.
The Glentoran Club Chaplain, Rev, David Thompson has offered the following prayer for those among the Glentoran and East Belfast families who are anxious, alone or troubled during this very difficult time for our society.
A prayer for this interrupted season of life.
A few words of thanks and reflection from the close family of our friend and former Director, Kevin Milhench, who recently passed away:
In order to protect the health and wellbeing of Glentoran players, employees, volunteers and supporters, the Oval will be closed until we have a greater understanding of how broader society plans to deal with the impact of the Conoravirus in Northern Ireland. The club will provide regular updates through this website and our social media platforms:
If you need to contact the club during this period, please use the following email addresses:
The funeral service for our friend and former Director, Kevin Milhench, will take place as follows:
Wednesday 18 March, 2020 at 3pm, in St Dorothea's Church, Gilnahirk and afterwards at La Mon.
Kevin's family have requested that there be no dark colours at the funeral. The theme is to be "all things bright and beautiful" so mourners are requested to wear bright colours to celebrate Kevin's life.
Following a decision by the IFA, all football in Northern Ireland has been suspended until 4 April. This means our scheduled matches against Crusaders and Linfield have been postponed.
The folllowing statement has been issued by the IFA:
"The Irish FA Board has met today. In response to the evolving situation around Coronavirus (Covid-19) and having listened to partners throughout the football family, the Board has suspended the current football season, at both domestic and grassroots level.
Saturday 14 March 2020 Kick-off 3.00pm
On Saturday we go to Seaview to play Crusaders for the second time in a fortnight, following our excellent 2-1 win in the Sadler’s Peaky Blinder Irish Cup at the Oval.
The Crues are currently one point ahead of us in third place, following their home win over Institute last week and our disappointing defeat at home o Cliftonville. However, they had lost their previous two Danske Bank Premiership meetings in an untypical four game losing run that included our own cup win.
Statement from NIFL on this Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership programme: