The club is saddened to learn of the death of a former head of youth development, John Beaton, who devoted his life to football and in particular the development of young footballers in Inverness. There will be a minutes silence for John ahead of tonight’s game against Cove Rangers. 

In 2011 John received a merit award from the Scottish Football Association in recognition of his lifetime of achievement in youth development.

ICT Director Gordon Fyfe said:  “As well as being an outstanding and committed youth coach, John worked with senior players and held management positions at Caledonian,, as well as Clach and Nairn County. 

“Many young footballers in the city owe a huge debt of gratitude to John for his dedication and allowing them to get so much out of the game. He was so well known throughout the game in the Highlands and will be sorely missed by his fellow coaches and the hundreds of players with whom he worked over a period of nearly 50 years.”

John was a long serving senior lighting engineer with The  Highland Council, latterly working part-time.