Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Gibson Cup makes its home at Seaview

The Gibson Cup will be at Seaview tomorrow afternoon, whether Linfield are confirmed as Irish Premier League champions or not.

With the Blues needing only a draw against Crusaders to win the title those in charge of presenting the trophy have taken the decision to prepare to hand it over to Noel Bailie on the Shore Road.

The presentation party, including league chiefs and representative of sponsors Carnegie, will be at Seaview for the game too.

It is only the third time in the last 15 seasons that the Irish League has gone into the last round of matches without the champions being confirmed and that means uncertainty over where the trophy has to go.

Back in 2002 when Portadown took the crown ahead of Glentoran a helicopter was used to take the cup to Shamrock Park, while three years ago when the Glens pipped Linfield at the post the two all-important matches were taking place in Belfast so there was no need to take it by air.

The PSNI have been placed on stand-by should the unexpected happen and Linfield lose together with Glentoran winning at home to Portadown by enough goals to overhaul the Blues. Then a police escort will be put in place to assist the transportation of the Gibson Cup to the Oval to be presented to Glens' skipper Paul Leeman.

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