Last Updated: Friday, 10 August 2018 17:36
The success of Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Under 17 squad in winning their national league title last season is to be marked on Saturday at the club's opening home Ladbrokes Championship league match against Ayr United.
Prior to kick-off, the young starlets will be paraded in front of the Home fans for winning the SFA's Club Academy Scotland League System GP2.league with 22 wins from 24 outings, scoring 104 goals in the process.
No fewer than ten of the squad have been signed on professional deal and are now playing for the club's under 18s development squad.
Manager John Robertson is thrilled at having such a strong pool of young talent to call upon.
Robertson said: "We have an outstanding group of young players, who all deserve the chance of making a career in football. The club's future is in good hands with this outstanding crop of players."
Club Chairman Graham Rae said: "Board Members offer their sincere thanks to our dedicated coaching team fir bringing the best out of these talented youngsters, who have brought success to the club. Hopefully, many will progress to the first team."
Last Updated: Friday, 10 August 2018 20:29
Inverness Caledonian Thistle is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of its first club captain, Alan Hercher, who has died at the age of 52.
Sincerest condolences are extended to his wife, Karen, and children, Alan and Claire as well as family and friends of the very popular former player.
From Beauly, Alan began his career at Ross County before signing in 1986 for Caledonian where he made a name for himself as a powerful box-to-box midfield player with a flair for scoring goals.
He was appointed captain of Inverness Caledonian Thistle on their formation in 1994 following the merger of Caledonian and Inverness Thistle.
He had the distinction of scoring a quick fire hatrick in the club’s first home league match in the Scottish league set up - a 5-2 victory over Arbroath at Telford Street Park. This was the second fastest hat-trick scored by an ICT player.
In his three seasons with ICT, Alan played 79 times, scoring 23 goals. He won a League Division 3 winners’ medal in 1996/7 and was awarded a testimonial against St Johnstone on 28 July 1997.
He later played for Clachnacuddin and Brora Rangers.
Long time friend and team-mate Charlie Christie, who is Head of Youth at ICT, said: “‘Alan was more than a terrific football player; he was a terrific individual who was hugely respected by all those who played alongside him and against him. It was fitting he scored the club’s first ever hat trick in the Scottish League and he followed this up with so many important goals for the club in our early years. Big ‘Herchie’ was a truly great Highland footballer who will be sorely missed by me and by so many others.”
Last Updated: Thursday, 02 August 2018 17:18
Inverness Caledonian Thistle will begin their league season this Saturday as they face Falkirk in the Ladbrokes Championship. The Caley Jags will be hoping for a good start to the season after ending the season on a good run of form last term.
Cammy Mackay has continued his return from injury as he played in Tuesday’s 16-0 win over Fort William. Sean Welsh returns from suspension.
Paul Hartley has been busy this summer as he’s brought in 13 new signings which include: Tom Dallison (Brighton and Hove Albion), Dennon Lewis (Watford), Leo Fasan (Kilmarnock), Patrick Brough (Morecambe), Dimitrios Froxylias (Dumbarton), Ruben Sammut (Chelsea), Paul Paton (Plymouth), Deimantas Petravicius (Motherwell), Scott Harrison (Hartlepool), Rees Greenwood (Gateshead), Dan Turner (Port Vale), Dylan Mackin (Livingston) and Marcus Haber (Dundee)
Hartley joined Falkirk midway through last season and steered the club away from relegation play-off danger and will be hoping to build on that this campaign and to be closer to the top end of the table. Falkirk failed to qualify from their Betfred Cup group as they won two and lost two of their matches.
Head-to-head: Falkirk Wins: 23 Draws: 9 ICTFC Wins: 14
W East Fife (A) 2-1 L Hearts (A) 5-0
L St Johnstone (A) 1-0 W Raith Rovers (H) 2-1
W Forfar (H) 2-0 W Cowdenbeath (A) 5-2
L Montrose (H) 0-1 W Cove Rangers (H) 2-0
Falkirk (V East Fife): Fasan, Kidd (Owens-Evans 59), Muirhead, Dallison, McGhee, Brough, Sammutt, Petravicius, Mackin, Lewis (Greenwood 60), Turner (Haber 60).
ICTFC (V Hearts): Ridgers, Rooney, Mckay, Donaldson, Tremarco (Calder 57), Trafford, Chalmers, Polworth, Walsh (Mackay 71), Doran, White (Austin 61).
Last Updated: Saturday, 24 February 2018 11:41
Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC has warmly welcomed a decision by the Highland Council’s City of Inverness Area Committee to agree the transfer of the lease of the main stadium at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium and the North and South Stands from Tulloch Homes to the football club and also to permit access to the car parking areas for the foreseeable future.
The move has been agreed in principle by the Committee, as trustees of the Inverness Common Good Fund, and the transfer of the lease will now be finalised by legal representatives of the two parties.
From the football club’s stance, a successful outcome to these detailed negotiations places the club in a much better position to attract future investment. The asset will also boost the club’s balance sheet.
It also means the club would no longer require to pay an annual rental of £205,000 to Tulloch Homes and would see a write off of a rental debt to Tulloch Homes of more than £300,000.
Going forward, the club will pay £15,000 per year rent to the Council, as landlords, for the stadium and stands and £15,000 per year to Tulloch Homes, as holders of the lease, for the car parking areas.
The club had advised at the recent annual general meeting that further inward investment is required to ensure the immediate future of the club and to lay the foundation for a more sustainable financial model taking the club forward. Importantly for the club, the short-term sub-lease for the car parking areas will be in place until Tulloch Homes secure planning consent to develop the car park site but would be subject to a minimum period of three years.
Tulloch have also confirmed their intention that any future development on the car parking areas would recognise the need for Caley Thistle to use the Stadium and Stands 24/7 for football and related purposes and that all such development, will require to comply with Planning and Building Regulations, Safety, Police, Ambulance and Regulatory rules then in force and key to Caley Thistle maintaining the Stadium’s Safety Certificate. That way, Caley Thistle will have no future concern regarding its ability to access and operate from the Stadium and Stands Site.
Graham Rae, Chairman of Inverness Caledonian Thistle, said: “We are very pleased indeed that councillors have agreed in principle to the new lease arrangements. This is crucial to the future of the club. This recognises the hugely important role we play in our community.
“Once the legal documents are signed, we will have a stadium on our balance sheet and be in a stronger position to attract inward financial investment and pursue other income generating initiatives, such as auctioning the Stadium Naming Rights.”
He said the club were very grateful to Tulloch Homes for agreeing to the transfer of the lease, which they first announced in December of 2016.