We can now confirm that the record attendance set for a match at the Caledonian Stadium in 2008 when the club faced Rangers has now been overtaken, and is still rising and as we write this, we have now sold 7,820 virtual tickets for ICTFC v Heart of Midlothian FC, beating the previous record of 7,753.
Everyone at ICTFC is both astonished and full of gratitude to the fans of all clubs who have bought tickets so far. Virtual tickets for our Championship match v Hearts only went on sale on Saturday morning and with very little fanfare, as were preparing for our scheduled and subsequently postponed game v Dundee. We had no target. We had no expectation.
That however, did not deter our own loyal Caley Jags fans, nor the football public in general from rallying to support our initiative over the weekend. Incredibly, fans from across 4 continents have bought tickets since Saturday.
But one group of fans in particular, the supporters of Heart of Midlothian FC, have made the most incredible financial effort and subsequently, they have not only made a huge difference to us in this stressful and onerous season, they have shown a collective level of goodwill seldom seen in football.
Unless we build a new stand in the future, of which there are understandably no plans to do, they will forever hold the record (and it is still rising!) attendance at Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club and it has been achieved in the most philanthropic of circumstances.
It is a unique record, achieved in unique circumstances and given the circumstances, entirely appropriate. And it is still rising.
Thank you everyone, whoever you support, the generosity and warmth you have each shown towards a fellow football club is hugely appreciated.