29.07.2006 @ 15:00 - Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Saturday 29th July:
Celtic v Kilmarnock (Setanta, 12:30pm)
Dundee Utd v Falkirk (3pm)
Dunfermline v Hearts (3pm)
Hibernian v Aberdeen (3pm)
INVERNESS CT V ST MIRREN (3pm)
Sunday 30th July:
Motherwell v Rangers (Setanta, 2pm)
Inverness CT v St Mirren
Saturday 29th July 2006 at 3pm
Referee: Alan Freeland
INVERNESS CT: Inverness have had a pretty good pre-season. Due to a possible place in the Intertoto Cup, a tour could not be planned until the last minute. As a result, Inverness didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get into the cup and so it was off to Italy where they won 12-0 and 5-0 against Montecatini and Tuscan Select respectively. Then it was back home where there were victories against Elgin City (2-0), Clach (6-0), Deveronvale (2-0), and Ross County (3-0) and an understrength team went down to Peterhead (3-2). Also Ross Tokely had a testimonial last Friday against a strong Sheffield United side where Caley Thistle went down 3-0.
ST MIRREN: St Mirren have had a relatively easy pre-season here in Scotland. They started with Stirling Albion where it ended in a 2-2 draw. They managed to beat Ayr United 2-0 but then drew a dull 0-0 with Dumbarton. They picked up the Renfrewshire Cup against rivals Morton 2-1 in extra time. Although their first loss in pre-season came last Tuesday night where they lost 2-1 at home to Partick Thistle.
The teams have played a total of 20 times (16 League, 4 Cup) with 59 goals (43 Inverness CT, 16 St Mirren) between them.
Inverness CT: 12 wins (8 League, 4 Cup)
Draws: 5 (5 League, 0 Cup)
St Mirren: 3 wins (3 League, 0 Cup)
A GAME TO REMEMBER
For this weeks game to remember we take you back to the first ever match between the teams. It took place on the 10th of August 1999 in the Scottish Challenge Cup. Inverness CT won the match 1-0 thanks to an 88th minute Mike Teasdale goal. The attendance on the day was 1334.
The teams were as follows:
INVERNESS CT: Fridge, Mann, Tokely, Hastings, Golabek, Teasdale, Christie, McCulloch, Sheerin, Stewart, McLean. Subs- Robson, Shearer, Glancy.
ST MIRREN: Roy, McLaughlin, Turner, Baltacha, Nicolson, Murray, Drew, Kerr, McGarry, Brown, Yardley. Subs- Mendes, Lavety, Ross.
The referee was Garry Mitchell and there were no bookings on the day. Three Inverness players still play for the club and there is one who is now the manager OF the club.
FACTS BETWEEN THE TEAMS
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ All League meetings between the teams have taken place in the First Division so far until Saturday.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Inverness CT have won all cup meetings between the sides.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Inverness CTÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Paul Ritchie is the top scorer in the fixture with 8 goals. Next is Dennis Wyness with 6.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ St MirrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s top scorer in the fixture is Yardley with 3.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Inverness CT havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t lost in this fixture for 12 matches. The last loss was 2-1 at home on the 3/11/2001.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The biggest win in the fixture was when Inverness CT won 5-0 on 6/5/2000. McCulloch got 2, with Xausa, Wilson and Bavidge all getting one goal.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The last meeting was on 3/4/2004. It was a 1st Division game at Love Street which finished 0-0. Inverness were playing in a Tennents Scottish Cup semi-final the week after.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
John Rankin (ICT): Caley ThistleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s solo signing is likely to feature against St Mirren at some stage. He will be keen to show his skills in his competitive debut for Inverness CT. This is his first time in the SPL. He was previously with Ross County and before that was apart of the Man United youth set-up. Looks like a promising player and will add more competition to the midfield as he bids to hold down a regular place.
David Van Zanten (St Mirren): The strong defender is a key player in the Buddies line-up. He was at Celtic for 5 years before joining St Mirren in 2003. The Irishman was player of the year for St Mirren last year and will be keen to impress in the SPL as the first team regular looks to start where he finished off last season.
28th Oct 2006 at Love Street
1st Jan 2007 at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium