Preparations have begun for the celebration on Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC’s 25th anniversary.
And the chairman of the organising committee sees the landmark birthday as a great opportunity to relaunch the club, generating new interest within the community and giving loyal fans many exciting events to look forward to.
Liam Dalgarno, a Director of the Club and a prominent businessman in the city, chaired the first meeting of the organising committee which has been set up to piece together a memorable programme of events.
He said: “ICT 25 gives us the chance to generate huge interest in the club. We want to engage with our supporters to capture all their ideas for a truly memorable year of celebrations. There are opportunities for existing and new sponsors to back the club, which is a big player in the local economy. We have a proud history and a very bright future ahead.”
Some of the high level ideas being suggested for the year of celebration are:-
- Organising a keynote match against prominent opposition
- Creating a memorabilia museum within the stadium, featuring a hall of fame and memorabilia
- Producing a film and photo-led book on the club’s history
- Staging events such as a celebration dinner/golf event/reunion
- Creating new merchandise including, a special commemorative strip.
Liam added: “We would love to hear from any supporter who has a good idea about our celebrations.”
The club played pre-season friendlies against St Mirren and Bolton Wanderers before their first competitive game was played on 9 August 1994 – a 2-0 win over East Stirlingshire at Firs Park in a Coca Cola Cup Round 1 tie. The club’s first Scottish League Division 3 match followed on 13 August – a 5-2 home win over Arbroath.