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10cc and Herchie doing what they did best 😍
Who’s the traitors in the stand ? Pretty much a’ deid I imagine.

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Thistle's last game, crowd don't seem too happy.

P.S. Should mention I nicked the link from a poster on Fitbanorth.

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Neither Thistle, or Caledonian died. They created a club out of both sides. Inverness CT are a great side, with a rich history. 

Inverness CT are not a franchise in anyway at all. They have not moved to a new city. They have combined the history of both previous clubs. 

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26 minutes ago, Thistle Scotland Europe said:

Neither Thistle, or Caledonian died. They created a club out of both sides. Inverness CT are a great side, with a rich history. 

Inverness CT are not a franchise in anyway at all. They have not moved to a new city. They have combined the history of both previous clubs. 

^^^My team, Fort William aka Caley Colts.

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He's also correct. 

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Neither Thistle, or Caledonian died. They created a club out of both sides. Inverness CT are a great side, with a rich history. 
Inverness CT are not a franchise in anyway at all. They have not moved to a new city. They have combined the history of both previous clubs. 


Shut the f**k up.

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He is.

I'd left Inverness by then, so seeing that old video was very memorificent (a new word I just invented) indeed.

I wonder, if I'd remained a Kingsmills regular, if I'd have felt more ire. I don't think so. Just annoyed by the preponderance of blue I think.

 

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2 hours ago, Thistle Scotland Europe said:

Neither Thistle, or Caledonian died. They created a club out of both sides. Inverness CT are a great side, with a rich history. 

Inverness CT are not a franchise in anyway at all. They have not moved to a new city. They have combined the history of both previous clubs. 

f**k off

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5 hours ago, Thistle Scotland Europe said:

Neither Thistle, or Caledonian died. They created a club out of both sides. Inverness CT are a great side, with a rich history. 

Inverness CT are not a franchise in anyway at all. They have not moved to a new city. They have combined the history of both previous clubs. 

Eh! From an old school Jaggie, utter pish. Take your Plastic FC & shove it.

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Footage from 1990-1994 including Scottish Cup, last season matches plus news reports on the merger:

 

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At the risk of opening everything up again...given that Ross County got into the Scottish League at the same time, from a smaller and more remote place, why did it need a new, combined, Inverness side to make an application?   Could Caledonian, who seem to have been a lot bigger than the others at the time, have gone it alone and left Thistle behind in the Highland?  Or would that have meant Thistle also applying and splitting the vote?

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The rumours were County were a bit misleading with their accounts. 

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On 02/05/2020 at 10:07, bluearmyfaction said:

At the risk of opening everything up again...given that Ross County got into the Scottish League at the same time, from a smaller and more remote place, why did it need a new, combined, Inverness side to make an application?   Could Caledonian, who seem to have been a lot bigger than the others at the time, have gone it alone and left Thistle behind in the Highland?  Or would that have meant Thistle also applying and splitting the vote?

Initially it was all three HL Inverness clubs but Clach pulled out and also it wasn't all about Caley, it was both clubs equally involved and Thistle had previously applied unsuccessfully back in the 70's. It seems like Caledonian because their ground and the colours were dominant in the first year but the Telford Street Park was more suitable and more cost effective than upgrading Kingsmills. Car park was far too small for example.

It is possible had one club gone it alone there might have been issues with finance and the club would not have progressed as rapidly as it did. Most Scottish football fans don't realise that Elgin City for example were one of the three biggest clubs in the HL for decades but yet are still bogged down in the fourth tier. Its hard to say so is the possibility that Thistle were in decline before the merger might not have survived the 90's but what ever both clubs assets were beneficial to the merger, Kingsmills being prime development land close to the town center.

Its a lot of what ifs but the general idea was that a merged team from Inverness was more appealing to the SFL than a separate entity made it more sure that the town would be successful in application. Even back then in the early 90's other clubs within the Scottish League were still more bothered about the distance they had to travel instead of whether there would be an Inverness team in the league. According to the people behind the merger, merging the two clubs would raise the profile of the town, bring a feel good factor, attract bigger sponsors and make it easier to obtain public funding. Inverness and Nairn Enterprises were the prime movers behind the merger with Norman Cordiner as Chairman.

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On ‎02‎/‎05‎/‎2020 at 10:07, bluearmyfaction said:

At the risk of opening everything up again...given that Ross County got into the Scottish League at the same time, from a smaller and more remote place, why did it need a new, combined, Inverness side to make an application?  

I might be misremembering but I seem to recall Ross County having two or three really decent Scottish Cup runs in the years before being admitted and handed out a skelping or two to teams in the bottom tier of the SFL. Having a strong team that was known nationally might have been in their favour.

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On 17/04/2020 at 17:18, Thistle Scotland Europe said:

Neither Thistle, or Caledonian died. They created a club out of both sides. Inverness CT are a great side, with a rich history. 

Inverness CT are not a franchise in anyway at all. They have not moved to a new city. They have combined the history of both previous clubs. 

The ICT club history shows formed 1994, there is no combination of any history. It is a separate entity that used up the assets of the two merged clubs to fund the new one. Only the badge, the colours and the name give any clue to the club's origins nothing survives in its original state from the two original clubs.

 

I'm curious to know if anyone has anything that previously belonged to the old clubs from the grounds, barriers, a piece of a stand, turf, or even a whole shed (Thistle)!. Yes the shed. Did someone take this??

Favourite quirks of Scottish stadiums. - Page 57 - Scottish ...
 
I wish I had taken a barrier from the Howden End that would be perfect for my front garden. Obviously asking nicely as the ground was being sadly demolished.

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1 hour ago, AsimButtHitsASix said:

I might be misremembering but I seem to recall Ross County having two or three really decent Scottish Cup runs in the years before being admitted and handed out a skelping or two to teams in the bottom tier of the SFL. Having a strong team that was known nationally might have been in their favour.

The timing worked in County’s favour. Elgin had a far better history but shat in their own nest (another long story). If they’d got in in 94 they’d be up there as  ICT’s rivals , but the novelty had worn off by the time they got in.
County had never been a big club and their only previous championship had been in 66 before Bobby Wilson’s great side won in 91 and 92.
Then on the Saturday before the vote (Jan 94) they went to Forfar and hammered them 4-0.

I actually saw their last ever Scottish Cup game as a HL side in the next round when they rather tamely went down 2-0 at Alloa in midweek. The only other decent run in this era was 90-91 when they had good replay wins at Alloa and QoS before going out 6-1 at home to Meadowbank. It’s probably the 6-2 win at Palmerston that makes you think of skelpings.
By the time the clubs were voted in, Steve Paterson’s Huntly  side were dominating the HL.

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On 02/05/2020 at 10:07, bluearmyfaction said:

At the risk of opening everything up again...given that Ross County got into the Scottish League at the same time, from a smaller and more remote place, why did it need a new, combined, Inverness side to make an application?   Could Caledonian, who seem to have been a lot bigger than the others at the time, have gone it alone and left Thistle behind in the Highland?  Or would that have meant Thistle also applying and splitting the vote?

Thistle's chairman at the time was well in with the SFA and Caley were kind of talked into this merger to guarantee a successful application.

I always thought Caley should have gone it alone, but Thistle's chairman might have been able to stymie their application in that case. The two of them applying individually would definitely have split the vote.

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12 hours ago, Snafu said:

Initially it was all three HL Inverness clubs but Clach pulled out and also it wasn't all about Caley, it was both clubs equally involved and Thistle had previously applied unsuccessfully back in the 70's. It seems like Caledonian because their ground and the colours were dominant in the first year but the Telford Street Park was more suitable and more cost effective than upgrading Kingsmills. Car park was far too small for example.

From my more southerly perspective it looked more Caley because they'd had the success in recent years and both Clach and Thistle had been struggling.  Thistle seem to have lost out to Ferranti in the seventies because so many HL teams pitched in that it split the vote several ways.  By the time that had all been sorted out, there was momentum behind another team in Edinburgh.  20 years after they forced Leith out.  Bizarre.

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1 hour ago, The Mantis said:

It’s probably the 6-2 win at Palmerston that makes you think of skelpings.
By the time the clubs were voted in, Steve Paterson’s Huntly  side were dominating the HL.

I think it was. Looking back at other results around that time they smashed Forfar 4-0, as you say, but also put 11 past St Cuthberts. Their 7-4 defeat to Berwick also stuck out. That team seemed to like scoring goals

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