Liam Dalgarno is Chairman of the ICT25 Committee, which was set up to come up with some great ideas to mark our landmark 25th anniversary. This is a Committee that includes Director Gordon Fyfe, Chief Executive Officer, Scot Gardiner, ICT25 Ambassador Charlie Christie, former ICT coach Dave Milroy, who played more than 900 times for Inverness Thistle, representatives of the ICT Supporters Trust, Laura Grant/Kath Fraser, recently-retired Club Secretary, Jim Falconer, his successor Fiona McWilliams, and Commercial Manager Jim Oliver.
Liam is a lifelong supporter of the club and a sponsor and became a Director last year. He coaches soccer at Milton of Leys Primary School and was very proud when the Primary 5/6 team recently won a national 7-a-side tournament run by the Scottish Schools Football Association. Married with 3 young sons, Liam is the franchise owner of the Subway restaurants in Inverness, Nairn and Elgin. He is also the Subway regional developer covering the Anglia region of England.
Below, Liam gives an insight into the work of the ICT25 Committee.
Celebrating our landmark anniversary
It is a privilege to have been asked to lead the group charged with making 2019 a very special one for the club as we celebrate all we have achieved since our formation in 1994.
Our celebrations began with an ICT25 Ball at the Kingsmills Hotel. We were delighted that The Highland Council hosted a civic reception at the Town House, Inverness to mark the milestone. This reflects the huge standing that the club has in our city and wider community and underlines the importance of our partnership with the Council, who over the years have been a huge support to the club.
We have designed a new commemorative ICT25 strip and it will be available to buy very soon. Many of you will have seen it modelled by Oor Wullie, the Archie Foundation sculpture which is attracting so much attention near the main entrance to the stadium. I think it is a great looking strip and I’m sure it will be popular with fans. It is being registered as the club’s third strip but first and foremost it is intended to be a quality souvenir for our fans.
So what else have we planned?
- We would like to organise a keynote match and we are working with the Manager to identify top opposition
- Club Historian, Ian Broadfoot, has written an illustrated book recording our history ready for publication later in the summer. It will be called “Milestones and Memories”.
- We want to stage an ICT25 Community Festival to celebrate our huge commitment to our local community.
- We are working with supporters to organise a Hall of Fame event, in late October.
- Separately, fans will also be involved in choosing the ICT25 Dream Team – the best 11 players to have played for the club since 1994. A short-list of three players per position will be available for fans to vote for. To make the short-list players must have played 100 or more games for the club.
We would love to hear from anyone with other ideas to mark this landmark occasion.
With guidance from our 25th anniversary Ambassador, Charlie Christie, the ICT25 Committee have identified 6 key dates in the club’s history and the plan is to remember these milestones at specific commemorative events.
The dates are:-
13 August 1994: First Scottish League game v Arbroath at Telford Street Park ends in 5-2 victory, with the late Alan Hercher scoring a hat-trick.
12 April 1997: Third Division title secured with 4-1 home win against Albion Rovers.
8 February 2000: Unforgettable 3-1 Scottish Cup win at Parkhead over Celtic
15 May 2004: Promotion to Premier League guaranteed after 3-1 win at home over St Johnstone.
30 May 2015: Scottish Cup lifted following 2-1 win over Falkirk at Hampden.
16 July 2015: ICT play in Europe for the first time against Astra Giurgui of Romania. First leg at home ended in a 1-0 for the visitors.
With your support in 2019, we can make this a truly memorable year.
Hello, I think it would be great to have every team lineup photo from 1994 to present day, reproduced and laminated and displayed in the area after you enter the turnstiles. It is such a soulless place, you just have the food kiosk and the muted TV, and would brighten it up and give the fans a talking point as they drink their Bovril and eat their pies. I have thought for some time that so much more could be done with this space.
What about a commorative bottles of Malt Whisky with an ICT label. There could be a standard 5-10yo and a special 25yo for collectors.
I am sure local distillers would love to provide the golden nector.
You could ask fans to place orders to prevent having an undersold stock.