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Walter Bruce: A true Glentoran great

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Published 30/11/2015

Walter Bruce. Glentoran. 01/01/68
Walter Bruce. Glentoran. 01/01/68

One of the most famous players in Glentoran's history, Walter Bruce, has died at the age of 77.

A member of the Glens' famous Detroit Cougars team, Walter's achievements and his longevity made him an Oval legend while he was still playing.

After supporting Glentoran as a boy, Walter signed for the club as a 16-year-old in 1953.

He was to make his first-team debut three years later, in February 1956, helping the Glens to a 2-1 victory over Derry City at the Brandywell.

During his 17 years at the club, he made 528 appearances, scoring an impressive 140 goals in that time.

Those goals helped the Glens claim four Irish League titles, including in 1967 when an Irish Cup final defeat by Crusaders prevented John Colrain's team from retaining the trophy and winning the double.

He was named Ulster Footballer of the Year that season and after making his Northern Ireland debut in 1961, Walter won his second cap that year.

It was during the summer of '67 that the Glens were invited to the United States to represent the city of Detroit, as the North American Soccer League was launched. Walter and team-mate Barry Brown returned to play for the Cougars again in 1968.

Walter is survived by his wife Iris and three sons Neale, Stuart and Ian.

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