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History Archives

2010-11 - Hard Decisions

May 31 2011 02:09 PM | Scotty in History

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 - but for Caley Thistle it was excellent. A very successful firs...

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2009-10 – Bouncebackability!

Jul 01 2010 08:35 PM | Scotty in History

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. After five seasons in the SPL, demotion to the Irn-Bru sponsored SF...

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ICT Formation

Jul 01 1994 02:00 AM | Scotty in History

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. Over the years rivalries thrived a...

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1994-95 - Birth of a Team

Jul 01 1995 12:00 AM | Scotty in History

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. On Wednesday 20 July they beat RAF Kinloss 2-0 and on Friday 22 July they beat Golspie...

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1995-96 - A Scottish Cup Adventure

Jul 01 1996 12:00 AM | Scotty in History

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. His goalscori...

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1996-97 - Promotion to Division 2

Jul 01 1997 12:00 AM | Scotty in History

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. They also fixe...

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1997-98 - Full-Time in Division 2

Jul 01 1998 12:00 AM | Guest in History

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...

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1998-99 - Promotion to Division 1

Jul 01 1999 12:00 AM | Guest in History

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...

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1999-00 - SuperCaleyGoBallistic!!!

Jul 01 2000 12:00 AM | Guest in History

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. Mid season Davide Xausa and Dennis Wyness joined but Paul Cherry and Iain MacArthur ret...

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2000-01 - 27 minutes in Kilmarnock!

Jul 01 2001 12:00 AM | Guest in History

Despite a tight budget Steve Paterson steered the team to an excellent 4th place in Division One. Mark McCulloch and Barry Wilson left for Livingston in the close season but David Bagan arrived from Kilmarnock and Roy McBain from Ross County.  D...

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2001-02 - Who's to be the Chairman?

Jul 01 2002 12:00 AM | Scotty in History

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. Paul Sheerin left for Ayr United and Richard Hastings went to Ross County. Arrivals were Pa...

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2002-03 – A Trip to Hampden

Jul 01 2003 10:02 AM | Scotty in History

A season of high drama on and off the field.  Changes at the top, championship contenders, more cup giant-killing and a Hampden appearance.  A season that started in economic confusion ended with a Tennent’s Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden...

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2003-04 – Promotion to the SPL

Jul 01 2004 10:12 AM | Scotty in History

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.  The Bell’s Cup was captured and there was a Scottish Cup semi-final appearance for the second year in successi...

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2004-05 – SPL Football in Inverness

Jul 01 2005 10:12 AM | Scotty in History

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. The club's second decade started on 10 July with a friend...

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2005-06 – Charlie becomes the Boss

Jul 01 2006 10:12 AM | Scotty in History

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. In the event seventh place was achie...

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2006-07 - A First win over Rangers

Jul 01 2007 12:00 AM | Scotty in History

SPL safety, a top six finish not quite achieved, dramatic and traumatic Old Firm matches and a new chairman. The prelude to 2006/07 was dominated by the choice of pursuing an Intertoto Cup spot or making a pre season trip to Italy's Tuscan...

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2007-08 - Brewster Returns

Jul 01 2008 12:00 AM | Scotty in History

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. Things are rarely dull around Tulloch Caledonian Stadium....

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2008-09 – Relegation Woes

Jul 01 2009 07:00 AM | Scotty in History

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. The campaign had started so well with a win at Aberdeen that meant top of the league for a week but after...

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