Harland and Wolff - Shipbuilding and Engineering Works

Glentoran FC - The Shipyard Club

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 shipyard the opportunity to invest in their club. Other prominent figures in “Belfast Society” invested heavily in the newly structured set up as well. Amongst their number were both Viscount Pirrie and G.W. Wolff. Both Pirrie and Wolff invested the huge amount of £400 in the club at the turn of century.

It is impossible to visit Glentoran’s ground, the Oval, and not think of shipbuilding. You are in East Belfast and the Yard is visible from all parts of the ground.

The Oval in 1937 with the Musgrave Yard in the background.