Scotty

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  1. Irn Bru Cup semi final

    Happens in MLS too .... MLS Cup final goes to whichever team in the final finished highest in the league. This year's final will either be in Toronto (for 2nd year in a row), or Columbus, Ohio (who hosted the previous 2) .... Until 2010 (when it was held in Toronto between Colorado and Dallas) they used to specify a location but I think the geography was a big factor. I went to that final in 2010 (it was included with my season ticket) but 20,000 neutrals in a ground did not make for a good atmosphere for a final.
  2. Italy

    and that's why its the World Cup and not the Strathspey Cup ! ..... Not sure that too many Costa Ricans would be interested in some of the games but they would definitely be interested in their own country's games ! especially as that country got there on merit .. and are only a couple of places below Netherlands in the world rankings with Egypt ranked at 30 just one place below Scotland. In fact, until May this year Scotland were ranked below all 3 of the countries you just turned your nose up at ... sitting in 61st spot with the Saudis at 53 and Egypt and Costa Rica occupying 19th and 20th spots. Do you know anything about those teams, their players etc ? or are you just using snobbery and elitism to write them off before a ball is kicked. Try watching some of these "lesser" games ... you just might like them !
  3. Italy

    really? Why not just allow the 'big' European teams and perhaps call it the Euros? or maybe we can continue your version of the same elitism shown that has turned European club competition into a farce since the days of the Champions Cup or the Cup Winners Cup. Teams that have never, and will never be champions competing in a TV cash-cow solely for the benefit of rich clubs and who look down on any 'small' teams who have the audacity to actually qualify then have to go through multiple qualifying rounds before they can meet a rich team who finished 4th or 5th in their league. Which small nations might you be referring to ? The 5 regional qualifiers out of 46 teams from the Asian/Middle East conference who had to play 4 different sets of qualifying rounds to get there? Perhaps you mean the 5 African teams who also had to face three different qualifying competitions to whittle it down from 53 teams and get through? Surely you cannot mean the 3 North/Central American nations (from 35 participants) who had to go through 5 different rounds of qualification to get there? I will assume your disdain for the smaller nations does not extend to the 14 UEFA or 5 CONMEBOL (South America) qualifiers as they are far better .... even though 5 of 10 nations qualified in South America from a single round-robin competition where they played each other home and away, and 14/52 in Europe who played 1 set of qualifying fixtures and then the playoffs. Of the 32 qualifiers, only Iceland and Panama will be making their first appearance and they are there on merit. If Italy, Netherlands (and Scotland) are not there it is because those nations were not good enough over the course of the entire campaign to qualify. simple. Also - of the 32 qualifiers ... and leaving aside those qualifying for the first time ... only 3 teams of the 32 have failed to move on form the group stages in previous appearances .... Egypt (group stages in 1934/1990), Tunisia (group stages in 1978, 1998, 2002, 2006) and Iran (group stages in 1978, 1998, 2006, 2014) Personally, I am going to be cheering for some of these small nations during the World Cup: Iceland & Morocco are my teams of choice for now as I had tremendous vacations in both places and the people were brilliant. I would really love one of these two nations to do what Iceland did in the last tournament and stick a huge middle finger up to those folks who think they should not be there, or who look down their noses at them despite the effort it took to get there.
  4. THE MATCHDAY THREAD Discuss ICT & other games in this thread as they happen Inverness CT -V- Falkirk PREVIEW 11th November 2017 @ 5:15 PM, Caledonian Stadium Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Facebook Go to the Chatroom Media Coverage TV COVERAGE Live on BBC Alba [UK Only] https://www.bbc.co.uk/tv/bbcalba or http://www.bbc.com/sport/live/football/41890742 LIVE TEXT (ONLINE) Sporting Life BBC VIDEO SPFL YouTube Channel ICT Official YouTube Channel TEAM LINEUPS TO FOLLOW Tweets by @ICTFC Tweets by @ICTFC
  5. NICK ROSS Trialist

    He will not make it into an MLS side ... not even the Whitecraps. The biggest issue is not ability, if he knuckled down and impressed on trial with someone he might be viewed as a potential signing, it is the fact that any team he went to would have to use up an international roster spot to sign him and these are regarded as valuable commodities. He is more likely to find a spot in USL and the wages there are probably less than he would be looking for (more like squad level at ICT). The other issue in North America is the season is about to end so nothing doing until February or later when training starts up again.
  6. Irn Bru Cup semi final

    for pre-game at least
  7. *** VOTING IN THE POLL ABOVE IS FOR PEOPLE WHO WERE AT THE MATCH ONLY *** If you were at the match, please use the poll above to vote for your top 3 players. As a bit of fun, we have also added an option to rate the referee .... Please make sure you vote for 3 separate players. If you make an error, let us know so we can fix it. PLEASE ONLY VOTE ABOVE IF YOU WERE AT THE GAME Anyone caught trying to cheat the system WILL be banned from voting in ALL site polls...this is your only warning. **NOT at the game ?** As a result of requests received, we have made a slight change to how these threads work for site users who watched the game on TV or listened to the full game live on the radio ....... You too will now be able to cast your votes, but should do it in the thread below, and NOT in the official poll above. Just list the three players of your choosing and award 5,3, or 1 point(s). You can give the ref a mark if you want too ! These votes will NOT be counted in the official total, as we only count votes from those who where actually at the game, but it IS a way for you to participate in the process .... which many people asked for .... a happy medium we hope !!!!!
  8. NAPS Competition - Week 13

    Scotty : Alloa @ 2.30 CDN Girl : Montrose @ 2.10 SOS : Elgin @ 2.30
  9. THE MATCHDAY THREAD Discuss ICT & other games in this thread as they happen Livingston -V- Inverness CT PREVIEW 4th November @ 3PM, Tony Macaroni Stadium Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Facebook Go to the Chatroom Media Coverage AUDIO COVERAGE BBC Sportsound BBC Sportsound [UK Only] LIVE TEXT (ONLINE) Sporting Life BBC VIDEO SPFL YouTube Channel ICT Official YouTube Channel TEAM LINEUPS TO FOLLOW Tweets by @ICTFC Tweets by @ICTFC
  10. Toronto FC - 2017

    So that's TFC through to the Eastern Conference Final against Columbus Crew ! It was squeaky bum time for the 30,000 crowd on Sunday but TFC managed to hold on at BMO Field after a raucous bad tempered affair officiated by a referee that makes SPFL refs look like world beaters !!! The 2-1 victory in New York last week was the saving grace in this round, with another sublime free kick from Giovinco to win it. But after a tunnel fight on Sunday that saw Jozy Altidore (and Sacha Kljestan) red carded and out for the next game - or perhaps more - and a booking that sees Giovinco miss the first game of the conference final, TFC will have to rely on others to carry the next game against Columbus. First Leg - New York RB 1-2 TFC 2nd Leg - TFC 0-1 New York RB The Tunnel Fight (filmed by a fan from the 'tunnel club' [a walkway where fans can usually watch their team head up the tunnel. opposition teams dont usually come this far as their changing room is immediately left at the start of the tunnel some 20m further back])
  11. Toronto FC - 2017

    2007-2015 were not great years for TFC. There were a few bright spots of mediocrity in an otherwise sh***y existence, yet the stalwarts continued to go and support the team through all of the highs and lows. Last year was was good even though we fell at the final hurdle, but this season has been amazing so far and TFC have already broken a few club records - with 7 games to go - such as most points in a season, most wins in a season and a few others .... now they are on track to shatter a few league records too ! Another fine win last night against rivals Montreal Saw this article on the MLS website today and it dawned on me just how close TFC's current team are to being the best performers in MLS. ever !!! Wow ! https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/08/27/chasing-history-toronto-fc-pace-one-greatest-seasons-ever With seven matches left to play in the 2017 regular season, Toronto FC are currently on pace to log one of the greatest single seasons in MLS history. Having already captured the 2017 Canadian Championship crown back in June, here are some of the other all-time marks within reach of the Reds: Supporters' Shield No Canadian club has ever won the trophy awarded to the team with the best record during the regular season. Toronto FC are nine points clear with seven matches to go. Toronto FC: 56 pts New York City FC: 47 pts Columbus Crew SC: 42 pts Seattle Sounders FC: 42 pts Chicago Fire: 41 pts Portland Timbers: 41 pts Most Points Toronto FC are chasing the LA Galaxy's 68 points in 1998 (shootout era) and the 67 points by the 2011 LA Galaxy (post-shootout era). Toronto FC are currently at 56 points with 21 points still available for the taking. LA Galaxy (1998): 68 pts LA Galaxy (2011): 67 pts San Jose Earthquakes (2012): 66 pts San Jose Earthquakes (2005): 64 pts Seattle Sounders (2014): 64 pts Most Points Per Game Only three teams in MLS history have registered 2.0 points per game or more. Toronto FC are currently second all-time: LA Galaxy (1998): 2.13 ppg Toronto FC (2017): 2.07 ppg* Miami Fusion (2001): 2.04 ppg San Jose Earthquakes (2005): 2 ppg * = 7 matches left to play Most Wins In the post-shootout era (since 2000), this record is held by the 2014 Seattle Sounders with their 20 wins. Toronto FC are at 16 wins with seven matches left to play. Seattle Sounders (2014): 20 wins LA Galaxy (2011): 19 wins San Jose Earthquakes (2012): 19 wins Six teams tied with 18 wins Fewest Losses Toronto FC will need to go undefeated the rest of the way to own this mark all by themselves: Toronto FC (2017): 3* FC Dallas (2010): 4 Real Salt Lake (2010): 4 San Jose Earthquakes (2005): 4 Five teams tied with 5 losses * = 7 matches left to play Most Goals Scored With 55 goals scored and seven matches left to play, Toronto FC will like their chances of breaking into this all-time Top 5: LA Galaxy (1998): 85 goals D.C. United (1998): 74 goals San Jose Earthquakes (2012): 72 goals D.C. United (1997): 70 goals LA Galaxy (2014): 69 goals Best Goal Differential The 1998 LA Galaxy (+41) and the 2014 LA Galaxy (+32) logged the best goal differential totals in league history. After their 3-1 win in Montreal on August 27, Toronto FC are currently at +29 (55 goals scored vs. 26 goals allowed). LA Galaxy (1998): +41 LA Galaxy (2014): +32 Toronto FC (2017): +29* San Jose Earthquakes (2012): +29 D.C. United (1998): +26 Real Salt Lake (2010): +25 * = 7 matches left to play
  12. Game 16 - Livingston (A) 04 Nov

    Scotty HT: 0-1 FT: 0-1 1st ICT: Bell 1st Opp: Mackin Crowd: 1977 CDN Girl HT: 0-0 FT: 0-0 1st ICT: Baird 1st Opp: Mullin Crowd: 1655 SOS HT: 1-0 FT: 1-2 1st ICT: Vigurs 1st Opp: Todorov Crowd: 1799
  13. NAPS Competition - Week 12

    Scotty : Peterhead @ 2.00 CDN Girl : Dumbarton @ 2.15 SOS : Dundee Utd @ 2.10
  14. THE MATCHDAY THREAD Discuss ICT & other games in this thread as they happen Inverness CT -V- Dunfermline Ath PREVIEW 28th October @ 3PM, Caledonian Stadium Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Facebook Go to the Chatroom Media Coverage AUDIO COVERAGE BBC Sportsound BBC Sportsound [UK Only] LIVE TEXT (ONLINE) Sporting Life BBC VIDEO SPFL YouTube Channel ICT Official YouTube Channel TEAM LINEUPS TO FOLLOW Tweets by @ICTFC Tweets by @ICTFC
  15. *** VOTING IN THE POLL ABOVE IS FOR PEOPLE WHO WERE AT THE MATCH ONLY *** If you were at the match, please use the poll above to vote for your top 3 players. As a bit of fun, we have also added an option to rate the referee .... Please make sure you vote for 3 separate players. If you make an error, let us know so we can fix it. PLEASE ONLY VOTE ABOVE IF YOU WERE AT THE GAME Anyone caught trying to cheat the system WILL be banned from voting in ALL site polls...this is your only warning. **NOT at the game ?** As a result of requests received, we have made a slight change to how these threads work for site users who watched the game on TV or listened to the full game live on the radio ....... You too will now be able to cast your votes, but should do it in the thread below, and NOT in the official poll above. Just list the three players of your choosing and award 5,3, or 1 point(s). You can give the ref a mark if you want too ! These votes will NOT be counted in the official total, as we only count votes from those who where actually at the game, but it IS a way for you to participate in the process .... which many people asked for .... a happy medium we hope !!!!!
  16. Abusive Posts

    Not sure what the reasoning is, and quite frankly, not interested, but the level of abusive posting has reached a point where its becoming a really big problem. Not going to bother writing a big tome on the subject now ... its been done before, and I have linked below this to the last couple of topics from 2012 and 2009 that seem relevant. I know one or two will read it and others may just say "**** off !" ... so be it. Bottom line is that the personal abuse of other posters stops now or the ban hammer comes out. That's not a threat, its a promise. You want to abuse someone? then do it somewhere else, we don't want you. This is not what this website is for. We do not invest in software and hosting to give someone the opportunity to hide behind a keyboard and bully, abuse or defame others. We do it so fans can discuss and debate all things ICT (and beyond), to give fans a place where they can congratulate and criticise the club in equal measure, ask questions, seek opinions, and where supporters of the club of any age can spend some time enjoyably without being the subject of personal attacks. Right now, the personal abuse and vitriol from many directions makes it far from enjoyable.
  17. Game 15 - Dunfermline (H) 28 Oct

    Scotty HT: 1-0 FT: 2-1 1st ICT: Bell 1st Opp: Cardle Crowd: 2322 CDN Girl HT: 1-1 FT: 3-2 1st ICT: Baird 1st Opp: Higginbotham Crowd: 2121 SOS HT: 0-0 FT: 1-0 1st ICT: Vigurs 1st Opp: McManus Crowd: 2232
  18. NAPS Competition - Week 11

    Scotty : QOS @ 2.10 CDN Girl : St Mirren @ 2.00 SOS : Berwick @ 2.10
  19. Inverness CT -V- Dunfermline

    same old ... same old .... little guy has language class and football training tomorrow so any updates that the mods dont get to will be added when I get back later.
  20. Abusive Posts

    ... no, but that wasnt the question was it ... if we consolidate things into less forums then we always end up getting told the opposite .... that there are too many posts or that its hard to figure out if things are on/off topic. you can never please everyone. What I will commit to is that when we do our next major upgrade to the forum version I will take a look. There probably is some room for a little bit of re-organisation.
  21. Abusive Posts

    use the 'my activity streams' menu item to create your own customised version of the 'unread posts' page. You can filter out any forum you dont want.
  22. Abusive Posts

    We have closed two threads recently. One for abuse that had taken it so far off topic that it almost met itself coming back despite warnings on the thread that were not heeded, and the other one because it was a second attempt to resurrect the same topic so lets be a little more accurate and truthful here ! If these are not the topics you refer to, or you wish to debate any moderating decisions, please feel free to send me or any one of the moderators a message with your examples and we will give you an answer as it relates to any specific thread. There are plenty other threads that we probably should lock when they get abusive but we tend not to unless someone reports it to us ... I would argue that the second part of your comment that banning people as a first resort rather than closing threads which by that time have becomes cesspools of abuse and argument is rather more draconian than simply locking them.
  23. Under 16s Gopher Free this Weekend

    Caddyshack ... comedy classic
  24. Abusive Posts

    No one is banning discussion. That was never stated. However there is a huge difference between discussion and personal abuse.