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  1. I'd need to look again at more recent figures but the last time we were relegated we lost almost 1,000 fans from the average attendance. Obviously a fair chunk of this will be smaller away supports but there will also be a fair reduction in home support this season as well. I think our average crowd was maybe around 3,500 last season? If we can keep it around 3,000 this season we'll be doing very well indeed.
  2. Getting a sense of deja vu here...
  3. That post from Chris covers a lot of the main points from last night. Completely agree that Calder and Chalmers should swap if they are both playing down the left flank again. For a while Chalmers was playing on the right side of midfield last night and looked pretty ineffective. When he switched back to the left he looked strong defensively but struggled to really get any crosses into the box when attacking. Calder looked like much more of an attacking threat when he went down the left side but was lazy at times when trying to get back to defend. Polworth will be hung out to dry if he continues to be played as a wide midfielder. Hopefully another wide player is being targeted along with an attacking central midfielder to try and provide us with a bit of spark in the final third (so many clichés). We struggled to break down the Albion defence last night with most of our chances coming from long balls forward. A Ryan Christie or Andrew Shinnie type player would have been extremely useful. Even a Doran type figure behind the strikers if not wide to relieve Polworth. Zschusschen did okay but missed an easy chance when Baird cut the ball back from him and he somehow skewed a shot wide from about 6 yards. Hopefully with some game time he will get up to speed. Seedorf did well for most of the game and Vigurs also impressed but wasn't necessarily anything extraordinary. Draper looked increasingly lost as the game wore on. The penalties were probably the highlight of the game simply due to how awful they were.
  4. Might be worth remembering that Brechin played this game without 5 or 6 first team regulars. A solid win no doubt with some good performances but I suspect we'll be facing a very different Brechin side in the future. Mulraney looked a real threat and hopefully he can have a storming season for us. Strange to see us playing 4-4-2 after so many seasons of, well, not. Didn't realise Baird was so small.
  5. According to this piece in the Courier another player has been told that they are free to go. http://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/Sport/Football/Caley-Thistle-add-Joe-Chalmers-as-John-Robertson-warns-suitors-off-Ross-Draper-13072017.htm Seems to be a fair few rumours around that Raven is set to leave so perhaps it's him.
  6. I wondered if it might have been Nigel Hasselbaink but I think he's signed for a Greek team or something.
  7. GoalkeepersOwain Fon WilliamsRyan EssonMark RidgersDefendersGarry WarrenBrad MckayDavid RavenCarl TremarcoRiccardo Calder Collin Seedorf Matty Elsdon Joe Chalmers Midfielders Ross Draper Liam Polworth Ian Vigurs Aaron Doran Jake Mulraney Zachary Elbouzedi Forwards John Baird George Oakley Adutch Striker
  8. Joe Chalmers has now signed. Dutch striker arriving later...
  9. I'm fully aware that a lot of the work was done a) by volunteers and b) off their own back with no salary, freebies etc. It's of course highly commendable and I've said so in the past but I'm happy to repeat it - the media team did a really excellent job pulling together highlights of the odd game, interviews before and after games and of course with the Twitter updates. The recent addition of live streaming games to overseas supporters is also excellent and has been widely commended on here. However, I stand by my feeling that it was, at times, something of a closed shop to outsiders. Twice either I or someone else had offered to do the Twitter updates for games were one of the regulars couldn't make it and each time we received a quite terse rejection. I'm sorry to hear that you felt like you wanted to leave it all behind and do something else but if the club, media team or whoever need some extra hands to help out I'm sure there would be willing volunteers. Maybe I've missed the calls for additional support on the media side of things (and indeed any other times the club has asked for an extra pair of hands) but if it's an ongoing plea for assistance, and it sounds like it is, maybe it would be an idea to have a section on volunteering on the club website with some of the opportunities that could be on offer for both home and away games?
  10. The man himself confirmed this last week. Sorry to see him go. I hope we do as well as possible in every game we play but if we patch the League Cup but just use it to get fitness up and have a (semi) decent league run I'd be happy enough with that. Like the Challenge Cup the League Cup is fast becoming a competition that means nothing until you get to the latter stages so I wouldn't be bothered if we struggled so long as performances were decent and we use it to turn in a good league campaign. Totally agree. Social media is the place where people go for news now and as such having a good presence on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc is really important for clubs. There's absolutely no doubting that what Don and others did to raise the profile of the club through their Twitter antics was largely a good thing save for some minter episodes like the SuperBowl commentary. For the most part the info put out there was well received, informative and very funny. The club definitely benefited from this. However, if there was one criticism to be made it was that the people who were involved appeared to be opposed to anyone else joining in and helping out. Something of a "it's my ball" attitude at times. Obviously you don't want to be giving out a password for a club account to just anyone but sometimes it felt as though those involved didn't want anyone else involved which, ironically, is probably what we need now. I completely understand that when you've worked on something for so long and built it up, in this case from pretty much nothing, that you would be hesitant to see someone else come in and potentially ruin it all but I couldn't help but shake the feeling that at times, whilst additional hands would have been welcomed, they weren't really wanted. Maybe I've picked things up wrong, it wouldn't be the first time, but that's just how I see it.
  11. According to Clach it is:
  12. Absolutely howling performance today. I know it's just a pre season friendly but still...
  13. So our 'realistic' first team squad is something this then? Goalkeepers Owain Fon Williams Ryan Esson Mark Ridgers Defenders Garry Warren Brad Mckay David Raven Carl Tremarco Riccardo Calder Collin Seedorf Matty Elsdon Midfielders Ross Draper Liam Polworth Ian Vigurs Aaron Doran Jake Mulraney Zachary Elbouzedi Forwards John Baird George Oakley
  14. Elsdon loan deal is six months with an option to extend to the end of the season. Confirmed by the player and the manager apparently.
  15. So is this roughly the areas of the squad that we've strengthened? Mark Ridgers - GK Riccardo Calder - DL (also midfield?) Collin Seedorf - DC (also midfield?) Matty Elsdon - DC Zachary Elbouzedi - MR John Baird - ST George Oakley - ST
  16. Last time I trust what Jamie Durent says then
  17. Six months.
  18. Another defender signs, this time on loan. A quick Google for the lad seems to indicate that he is 20 years old and a CB.
  19. I'm sure they are however for the wages that Draper is likely to be on JR will be able to bring in a couple of extra players in his place much like he has done or is doing now that Boden is off the books. It's a tough one. Do you keep one of the best players at the club and probably someone who is captain material as well to drive the team forward or do you flog them and use the cash freed up to bring in two or three players in other areas where the team needs strengthened? For me, ideally, other players get shipped out, use the money saved to bring in some other faces and keep Draper. But I seldom get what I want
  20. Or an indication of just how badly we need the cash from the transfer and that saved from his wages.
  21. That's a good point (although the amount they received from Boyce was never disclosed and I can't imagine it being close to £1 million). We know County have a fair bit of dosh after the Boyce deal so they can easily stump some more. If we're going to sell Draper then we should take the buying club to the cleaners like the French and German sides do when a minted EPL club bids for one of their players.
  22. Cheers guys. Can't help but feel it's pretty similar to Ryan Christie when Hughes was talking about interest from Celtic. If County match our valuation he'll be off.
  23. That's certainly the hope anyway. Back of the P & J has Robbo allegedly rebuffing another Staggies offer for Draper and basically telling them to make the club an offer it can't refuse for the guy. I say allegedly as I've only seen the headline and can't read the actual story so there may not be any quotes to support the headline.
  24. TBF a lot of the signings Foran had made last summer were generally welcomed by the fans (myself included) as they were the players we needed at the time i.e. strikers, defenders instead of the plethora of midfielders signed by Hughes. Obviously things didn't work out so I'll remain cautions. Regardless, glad to see us making moves to strengthen the playing pool.
  25. Here's a wee ESN video compilation of the guy: