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Glentoran will travel to the United States this week to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of the famous Detroit Cougars.

It was back in 1967 that John Colrain took the Glens across the Atlantic for a tournament which would build the foundations of professional football in America.

Here is what you need to know about the history of the Cougars, and about this week's special trip.

Who are the Detroit Cougars?

Back in 1967 Irish League club Glentoran represented the City of Detroit as an attempt was made to introduce soccer to North America. International teams were selected to represent different cities across America, and the Glens were chosen to play as the Cougars, who were one of 12 founder members of the US Association.

Who played for the Cougars back in 1967?

The Detroit Cougars squad was made up of 18 players; 14 from Glentoran and 4 guests. The full squad was: 1. John Kennedy (GK); 1. Sam Kydd (GK); 2. Harry Creighton; 3. Billy McKeag; 4. Roy Borne; 10. Tommy Jackson; 11. Billy McCullough; 12. Walter Bruce; 14. Arthur Stewart; 15. Billy Sinclair; 20. Trevor Thompson; 21. Jim Weatherup; 22. John Colrain (player-manager); 23. Alan McNeill; 24. Eric Ross; 25. Danny Trainor; 30. Johnny Johnston; 32. Tommy Morrow.

How many games did they play?

The Cougars competed in 12 games with their home matches being played at the University Stadium in Detroit.

28 May 1967 Shamrock Rovers (A) 1-1 (Colrain)
4 June 1967 Sunderland (H) 1-1 (Trainor)
7 June 1967 Shamrock Rovers (H) 1-0 (Stewart pen)
11 June 1967 Aberdeen (H) 2-2 (Thompson 2)
14 June 1967 Bangu (H) 0-2*
18 June 1967 Wolves (A) 1-4 (Thompson)
21 June 1967 ADO Hague (A) 1-6 (Trainor)
25 June 1967 Dundee United (H) 1-0 (Morrow)
28 June 1967 Cagliairi (A) 1-1 (Stewart pen)
2 July 1967 Cerro (A) 0-1 (Weatherup)
5 July 1967 Stoke City (A) 0-0
9 July 1967 Hibernian (A) 1-1 (Weatherup)

Why are Glentoran going to Detroit this week?

They received an invite from Detroit City FC last November to play a special commemorative game in the United States. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Detroit Cougars. It marks 50 years since the late John Colrain took Glentoran to America to compete in a tournament that helped provide the platform for professional football in America.

How long will Glentoran be in the States?

The team travels out on Thursday and returns home next Monday

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Who will travel with the Glens team?

Manager Gary Haveron will take a 16-man squad to Detroit. The squad includes three new signings – Daniel Kelly, Corey McMullan and John McGuigan – and five of the young players given their opportunity in the final weeks of the season.

The full playing squad is as follows:

1. Elliott Morris; 2. Dwayne Nelson; 3. Ross Redman; 4. Tre Sterling; 5. Karl Hamill; 6. James Ferrin; 7. Eric Foley; 8. Steven Gordon; 9. Curtis Allen; 10. John McGuigan; 11. Daniel Kelly; 12. Conall Delaney; 13. Paul O'Neill; 14. Salou Jallow; 15. Jonathan Smith; 16. Corey McMullan.

Who else is travelling?

Two members of the 1967 squad will travel with Glentoran. Tommy Jackson and Billy Sinclair will be making the trip.

You maybe didn't know this...

Back in 1967, player/manager John Colrain and legendary journalist Dr Malcolm Brodie got to meet Frank Sinatra in New York. John - a Sinatra fanatic - travelled with Malcolm to the famous Jilly Rizzo bar to watch the crooner sing. Afterwards they were introduced to Frank who famously told John, "play good ball, buddy".

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