Local East Belfast football club, Glentoran FC, recently filmed part of their 2021/22 kit launch video at the top of our cranes at our Belfast site.
This year, as part of their new kit launch video, we were delighted to welcome a number of their star players including Robbie McDaid, Elliot Morris, Marcus Kane & Patrick McClean.
Glentoran Football Club is one of the oldest clubs in Northern Ireland, having been formed in 1882. In 1914, shortly before the outbreak of World War I, Glentoran won the Vienna Cup, the first British Club to win a European cup. Several of their players who travelled to play in Vienna in 1914 worked at the Belfast shipyard during this period and many in turn would have worked on the world’s most famous ship RMS Titanic three years previously.
The club has had a long association with Harland & Wolff and in 1899 T.D. Reid, the club secretary, organised the formation of the club into a Limited Company primarily to give the workers in the Harland and Wolff shipyard the opportunity to invest in the club.
Other prominent Harland & Wolff figures invested heavily in the newly structured club. Amongst their number were the founders of H&W, both Lord Pirrie and Gustav Wolff.
Both Lord Pirrie and Wolff invested over £400 into the club at the turn of century, a figure that would now sit at over £12,500.
At Harland & Wolff, we are committed to supporting the local community and supporting those clubs, societies and groups that share in Belfast’s rich history.
The full video can be found by clicking here.