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How Glentoran lived up to their billing as one of world's greats and landed the Vienna Cup, explains new book

New book tells the tale of missed trains, drunken jaunts and footballing upsets as 'one of the planet's top sides' brought the Vienna Cup to east Belfast

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History boys: The story of Glentoran’s trek across the continent in 1914 has been chronicled in a new book

History boys: The story of Glentoran’s trek across the continent in 1914 has been chronicled in a new book

Davy Lyner holds the Vienna Cup many years after playing his part in Glentoran’s triumph

Davy Lyner holds the Vienna Cup many years after playing his part in Glentoran’s triumph

Key man: Davy Lyner was part of the Glens side

Key man: Davy Lyner was part of the Glens side

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History boys: The story of Glentoran’s trek across the continent in 1914 has been chronicled in a new book

It's not the biggest trophy ever won by an Irish football club, but the Vienna Cup has long been the focus of a massive debate among rival fans about what Glentoran did or didn't do to carry it off 107 years ago.

Glenmen proudly boast that its acquisition means they're the only Irish League club to triumph in a European competition, but other, perhaps envious, supporters say the cup was nothing more than a trinket presented to the east Belfast club after just a couple of matches.

However, a remarkable new book has finally revealed the full story behind how Glentoran Football Club waltzed off with the Vienna Cup just weeks before the First World War kicked off in a troubled part of Europe from which they had to flee back to their own country which was in the grip of the Home Rule crisis.


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