GLEN ROVERS will wear their all-black change strip when they face Blackrock in this Sunday’s Co-op SuperStores Cork Premier SHC final.
With the Glen playing in green, gold and black hoops and the Rockies in green and gold hoops, a change was required. General rule mandates the two teams to change, but as both sides’ alternative kits – black for the Glen and dark green for the Rockie – would have clashed, the County Board took the decision to toss a coin for choice of colours, with the clubs agreeing. and Blackrock made the right call, ensuring they will play in their famous hoops on Sunday afternoon (4pm at Páirc Uí Chaoimh).
Historically, there was a rule in Cork that, when a clash of colours arose, the younger club would have to change. This meant that Blackrock, formed in 1883, would stay in their usual green and gold hoops against the Glen – founded in 1916 – who would play in the black and white of their sister club, St Nicholas.
In the 1976 final, the Glen played in a new change strip of gold jerseys, black shorts and green socks but, by the time the clubs met in the decider again in 1978, the rule had changed so that both teams had to switch strips and the Rockies wore green jerseys, trimmed in gold, with white shorts.
This match-up would continue when the clubs met through the 1980s and 1990s up to 2004, though when they last clashed in 2008, Blackrock changed to green jerseys but the Glen’s only alteration was to use black shorts rather than the usual white.