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Been meaning to post on this thread for a while, the whole merger is something I have never really got my head round. 

Am I right in thinking, the case for merging was to enhance chances of being allowed into the league? 

Obviously ICT gates aren't anything to write home about given the size of the city, so is there still ill feeling towards the club? Given that they formed in 1994? You'd think that gates would have improved by now. I suppose Old Firm dominance still rules. 

I actually played with Hercher's son (also named Alan) in a North of Scotland side a few years back, cracking defender with a sweet left foot, and a lovely lad. Was sad to read that his Dad had passed away. 

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There's still as many Rangers, Celtic and Aberdeen fans in the city as there was at the time of the merger.  Maybe even more now than then given the population growth since then.  

Glaswegians moving up here already supporting the OF.  Means any kids they have will support the OF.  And the born and bred Invernessians who support them, never having been to a game of course, are now having kids and sticking them in Celtic and Rangers kits.

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On 15/10/2018 at 09:40, TheScarf said:

There's still as many Rangers, Celtic and Aberdeen fans in the city as there was at the time of the merger.  Maybe even more now than then given the population growth since then.  

Glaswegians moving up here already supporting the OF.  Means any kids they have will support the OF.  And the born and bred Invernessians who support them, never having been to a game of course, are now having kids and sticking them in Celtic and Rangers kits.

I see more Caley Thistle strips on kids around town than the ugly sisters the last 2 or 3 years. Helps that the Celtic shop got burnt and the Rangers Social got turned into a Mosque. :lol: Ross County have more fans than Caley Thistle, makes me think a lot of Thistle and Caledonian fans thought f**k this but still wanted their football, even if they had to join the tinkers. I guess the Clach would have seemed like too close ex-rivals.

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10 hours ago, welshbairn said:

 Helps that the Celtic shop got burnt and the Rangers Social got turned into a Mosque. :lol:

It pleases me that this will really annoy Tommy Robinson

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On 20/11/2018 at 20:40, welshbairn said:

I see more Caley Thistle strips on kids around town than the ugly sisters the last 2 or 3 years. Helps that the Celtic shop got burnt and the Rangers Social got turned into a Mosque. :lol: Ross County have more fans than Caley Thistle, makes me think a lot of Thistle and Caledonian fans thought f**k this but still wanted their football, even if they had to join the tinkers. I guess the Clach would have seemed like too close ex-rivals.

A successful Ross County team in the HL had a bigger support than Caley or Thistle,  so no real change there, plus whilst County got support from the whole of Ross Shire, none of the Inverness clubs got much support from outside of  the sneck.  I have heard that a few Thistle fans elected to follow County but I very much doubt if any Caley fans would ever support County as the rivalry was too strong.  Sadly, most of the people I stood with on the Howden End no longer attend football and have been lost to the game.

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On 11/20/2018 at 20:40, welshbairn said:

I guess the Clach would have seemed like too close ex-rivals.

Petty tribalism. In a town the size of Inverness (it's not a city, it's just a town, no, really, it's just a big town), tribalism is laughable. Clach in recent years have had more downs than ups, but, if it's your team then it's YOUR  team.  

Spent the first 40 years of my life in Inverness and feel no connection whatsoever with ICT.

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I don't know a single former Thistle fan who follows ICT- a few support clach, two go to County games out of spite towards ICT but the rest have just stopped going from what I can tell. There's far, far too many people in Inverness who'd rather go down the road every week to scream for either of the bigot brothers. The County supporters bus I sometimes get on that stops at Inshes is usually ten minutes or so after a minibus of Celtic fans go down the road.

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