Making our own stories for 25 years
Twenty-five years ago, Inverness came together. Two football clubs were united. Joined as one, they became a team for all the community.
They quickly made cherished memories: rampant new boys tearing up the divisions…ballistic nights against mighty Celtic…Challenge Cups lifted high…the oldest trophy in the world brought here, to the blue and red banks of the Moray Firth. Those are some of the highlights – here’s the whole story.
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The club’s Silver Jubilee season culminated in a Scottish Cup semi-final and a third place finish in the Championship.
IRN-BRU Cup Success
A new league, a returning manager, a squad overhaul and two new chairmen in quick succession – quite a start to 2017-18
Relegation – the word that all football people fear. A top six finish is often said to be the goal of all Premiership teams but first and foremost they all want to stay in the top flight.
A first competitive venture into Europe, the quarter final of the Scottish Cup reached and seventh place in the Premiership confirmed on the last day of the season – not ‘top 6’ but ‘the best of the rest’.
A fairytale ending to a fairytale season. A Scottish Cup win, third place in the Premiership and Europa League qualification – it does not get much better than that.
Top Six Again
For the second season in a row Inverness Caledonian Thistle achieved a top six finish but the undoubted highlight was reaching the final of the League Cup.
A dramatic season for Scottish football and a fantastic season for Caley Thistle – a top six finish, a first full Scottish cap for a current ICT player, a semi final appearance in the League Cup and a first league defeat of Celtic at Celtic Park.
Nearly Top Six
After nearly making the top six last season 2011-12 was to be disappointing. ICT spent the season in the relegation zone and SPL safety was only assured three games from the end on 2 May 2012.
Not a season to remember for Scottish football with a referees’ strike, an SPL manager attacked during a match, bomb threats to football people and post match altercations on the touchline
What a difference a year makes. After the bitter disappointment of relegation at the end of 2008/09 there was jubilation as Terry Butcher’s side bounced back immediately to the SPL.
A traumatic season with a change of management in early January, the highs of two good cup runs and the desperate low of relegation from the SPL.
A topsy turvy season, a push for the top six that ultimately failed, an early season change of manager, a late season change of chairman, a new main club sponsor and a new league sponsor.
A First win over Rangers
SPL safety, a top six finish not quite achieved, dramatic and traumatic Old Firm matches and a new chairman.
Charlie becomes the Boss
After the SPL honeymoon of 2004-05 this season was expected to be all about survival. It started that way but great performances and results led to a push for a top six finish and Europe via the Intertoto Cup.
SPL Football in Inverness
Another momentous season - a new manager, top-flight survival, half a season at ‘home' in Pittodrie, two new stands at the renamed Tulloch Caledonian Stadium and SPL football in Inverness.
Promotion to the SPL
A season of triumph and an amazing end to the Club’s first decade. 2002/03 had been a tremendous success but 2003/04 was even better.
A Trip to Hampden
A season of high drama on and off the field. Changes at the top, championship contenders, more cup giant-killing and a Hampden appearance.
Who's to be the Chairman?
Preservation of First Division status, Scottish Cup exploits and economic trauma. The First Division was tight and safety was only assured at the eleventh hour.
27 minutes in Kilmarnock!
Despite a tight budget Steve Paterson steered the team to an excellent 4th place in Division One.
Lack of cash meant few signings and a reliance on the squad that had gained promotion. Stuart Golabek came from Ross County and Kevin Byers from Raith Rovers.
Promotion to Division 1
Steve Paterson signed three players in the close season but none were to be major influences. Mike Newlands was injured and only played pre season. Martin Bavidge made his senior debut but spent most of the season at Forres on loan. Gary Farquhar was only in the team sporadically and spent some time mid-season on loan to Clachnacuddin.
Full-Time in Division 2
The season started well. On 1st July Steve Paterson and most of the first team squad went full time and pre-season match results were generally good. These included a match at Wick which produced a record 32 second goal from Marco De-Barros and a two-game visit to the Western Isles.
Promotion to Division 2
This was the season that promotion to the Second Division was achieved. In the close season the club signed the Paul Cherry and Scott McLean - both from St Johnstone - as well as ex-Ross County and Raith Rovers winger Barry Wilson.
A Scottish Cup Adventure
The 1995/96 season started with a new management team, some new players and renewed optimism that the worst of the Club's problems were behind them. A prominent addition to the playing staff was the Lossiemouth striker Iain Stewart.
The first official Caledonian Thistle match was on Saturday 30th July 1994 against St Mirren although two low-key matches had been played the previous week.
Three Inverness teams were founder members of the North of Scotland Football Association in 1888 - Thistle, Caledonian and Clachnacuddin. Thistle was formed in 1885 with Caley and Clach both dating back to 1886.