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  1. No, I'm his warm-up man It seems to me to be a pretty pointless thing to do - but especially if there is a chance of only the 5th league victory of the season.
  2. What are you going to do if we are winning?
  3. Could someone check if Ewen Mackenzie is still available? Couldn't do any worse, and he should have more experience under his belt now. Although I see he wanted RF as assistant...
  4. Like it or not, I have heard most of them on the course over the years. One of my former golfing mates had this story about a friend of his. The bloke was playing in a charity fundraiser, in which each group of players included a "celebrity" assigned by the organiser. The celebrity in his group was an athlete/coach that none of them had ever heard of. On the 3rd hole, my mate's pal gets lucky with a less than perfect drive. He turns to the others and says "A Sally Gunnell!". The celebrity bristles, and says "Eh? What do you mean by that?" "Well, you know. Sally Gunnell, Ugly, but runs.". "I AM MARRIED TO SALLY GUNNELL!!!" And there are still 16 holes to play...
  5. The next match is in Dingwall at 19:45 on Friday 28th. That's why it mentions "away fans".
  6. Ian "Chipper" Stephen. And Johnny Cowie. Tony Fraser. Bobby McLean. An incredible goal-scoring machine. They were all there in the couple of seasons before they won the league. Johnny Cowie's wife never saw him score She used to sit in the stand reading a book, and would only look up when the rest of the crowd went wild.
  7. Matchday Thread

    And I see from the highlights that one of them made a half-hearted claim for the goal, and the three nearest did not claim at all. Which should have meant something to the ref.
  8. Sadly, no - I was there at the end of the 60s. Can't remember what I played, apart from the Dambusters' March! By the early 70s I had moved on.
  9. It wasn't - which is why he walked after two years and many rows. (And I wanted to move on from playing the records on match-days at Kingsmills ) Having said that, Jock was undoubtedly successful at hauling the Jags from the bottom of the league to the top. One wonders what he would have made of this season at ICT...
  10. The guy next to me in the Gents at the end of the Cup Final put it "perfictly": "Whatever happens now, we are in the history books forever!".
  11. My father was secretary at Thistle for a couple of years - shortly before they won the League twice in a row. Early bath for your two-footed foul, CB.
  12. Thanks for your kind comments, Caleytrue, and I am glad that you enjoyed the film clip. I was gobsmacked when I discovered it by accident - it had never occurred to me that some film of the event might exist. I wasn't at the Telford Street gig, but it was well-known in Inverness. The only other time Rory played in Inverness was the gig that I referred to above - on 1 March 1973. (I know this because I have an advert for the tour, from one of the music papers, in a frame on the wall beside me - good picture of Rory, and a list of all the tour dates). It was in the Caledonian Hotel, which is now the Mercure, on Church Street. They put on gigs in their ballroom. I have no idea if it is still a ballroom, but if you stand on the riverside and look at the hotel, it is the shoebox-shaped extension coming towards you on the right-hand side. It was my first proper rock gig with a A-list name. I wasn't really into Rory at the time, but my mates were, so I said "OK, get me a ticket too". I don't think I realised how lucky I was - I believe that the show could have been sold out two or three times over. We didn't get many big names in the north of Scotland, so anyone who made the journey could expect a great welcome. Just imagine that small, low-ceilinged ballroom jam-packed with hot, sweaty, drunken Highlanders eager for their shot of rhythm'n'blues, and then imagine Rory and the band pulling out all the stops! It was great. As I said, I thought all rock gigs were going to be that good. To be honest, I don't remember many details about the music - I wasn't very familiar with it at the time. I do remember "Bankers Blues" being introduced as one from the new album ("Blueprint"), and I also remember Rory promising to come back to Inverness during "In Your Town" - but he never did. I, however, moved away in 1974 - first to university and then to work in London, so I saw him again many times over the years. Many happy memories - and also sadness at his untimely death.
  13. It's clearly a "seniors" team, and that isn't one of the trophies that a Highland League first team could win. It's still a substantial trophy, though. The photos to me suggest late 50s or early 60s. Before substitutes, anyway - only 11 players in the seated pic (and 10 in the other!). At first I thought the ground in the seated picture might be Telford Street before the Howden End enclosure was built (I don't know when that was) . But I am really not sure about the ground. I have a feeling this is not Thistle. Even if it was a senior team, I'd have expected to recognise some of the faces - of the officials if not the players. As I said, that's a serious trophy! Could this be a works team, with a strip based on or borrowed from Thistle, or that just happens to look like Thistle's in black and white?
  14. That wouldn't make the statement bollox, though. There is nothing in it which says that they are NOT examining the situation. As I've already said, they can't come out with a credible "full confidence" statement, and they also (I hope) wouldn't say "we are considering the manager's future". But I would expect that they are investigating their options, possibly with a discussion on the agenda for the board meeting this week, which would more or less fit in with the Sun's timetable.
  15. Indeed - that occurred to me when reading all the demands for Foran to go now. There are 6 games left. How many games would a new manager - unfamiliar with the squad - require to work out the best team and system? Cue someone to start shouting "Charlie Christie now!!"
  16. And exactly what do you expect the board to say? They can either come out with the "full confidence in the manager and team" guff, and get laughed at. Or they can acknowledge that there are problems with the manager and the team, and thus pull out the last few threads of the rug from underneath them. Damned if they do, damned if they don't.
  17. Matchday Thread

    Not if they get sent off in the tunnel! I said this the other day, and nobody reacted. So I'll say it again. If our players are as good as some folks here make out, why haven't THEY done something to sort themselves out? Experienced pros, playing at the top level in the country, should be able to see where the problems are, and then try to address them. I agree that the manager and coaching staff should take a lot of the stick, but the players themselves are not blameless.
  18. So why don't our captain and senior players do something about that? Either by talking with the manager - and I do mean "with" and not "to" - or even making their own adjustments on the field of play when they can see what the problems are. Maybe I am being incredibly naive. Or maybe they have already done these things - I am not close to the club and I don't see many matches. But to blame absolutely everything on the manager seems a bit much, when we still supposedly have "players who are better than our current position would suggest". Presumably they can think for themselves - although I accept that whether they are allowed to is a different matter.
  19. You will get very tired of seeing this picture.
  20. Thanks, weeman. That explains why semi-obscure German marques like Wartburg and Trabant had come to my mind...
  21. But the cat is now out of the bag. The negotiations will now have to take into account the possibility - 50-50 at the moment, if anyone still believes pollsters - that Scotland will leave the UK in the near future. If the UK government ignores that during negotiations then that will boost the pro-independence argument. Key to the whole thing will be the EU's attitude towards an independent Scotland. I would expect the Scottish government to be trying to talk to the EU as much as possible - on and off the record - over the next couple of years. The question is whether the EU will talk to them. Or whether the EU will be willing to talk about Scotland during Brexit negotiations, even if the UK government is reluctant.
  22. Great photographs, again. So much detail - especially when you click on them and get the slightly larger versions. What strikes me is how little traffic there is. Plenty of parked cars, but few actually on the move. If I had to guess, I'd say you took them on a Sunday morning when the churches were in! Plenty of gas in the gasometer - must have been expecting a cold spell. I used to live very close to it, at the top of George Street. About where the wall of the car park of Smyth's toy superstore - next to the roundabout - is now.
  23. Well remembered! I fired a few bullets in there, but never really got into it. Living up the road, I cycled up that steep part of Castle Street many, many times. Though Hetty's shop was a frequent stop. A family friend lived in one of the houses in the second row (appropriate!) off Castle Street on the left. You went in off the street past Hetty's shop, then turned left. I had no idea that they were, until she moved in. Quite claustrophobic- Castle Street buildings on one side, and the slope up to Ardconnel Street on the other.
  24. Used to be on Tomnahurich Street, IIRC. I always meant to take a photo, but never had a camera with me. There used to be a Chinese takeaway in Falkirk - where my wife comes from - called "The Family Way". And somewhere I have a photo of a sports shoe shop in Nicosia, called "Athlete's Foot".
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