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  1. Matchday Thread

    The writing was on the wall for me last August when we lost to Partick, were knocked out of the League Cup by Alloa, lost to County and hammered 5-1 by Hearts. Something was wrong and alarm bells were ringing. These were audible warnings just above the sound of happy clapping and Foran love-ins breaking the otherwise silent Highland air. The images of Ostriches burying their heads in the sand is one that typifies our board, refusing to a man to identify any shortcoming. Therein lies the problem.
  2. Matchday Thread

    Report published and most of you are in there somewhere............
  3. Official ICTFC‏ Verified account @ICTFC 3 hours ago Reminder that tickets will be available in Dingwall for tonight's match. See you there...
  4. Should that read Unlucky Seat. Just wondered.
  5. Official ICTFC‏Verified account @ICTFC 16h16 hours ago Not quite made it to 4pm as we've sold out the tickets provided....more WILL be available from Ross County tomorrow.
  6. It's Now or Never The song says it all. It's now or never as we face County in the biggest game of the season on Friday night. Defeat will almost certainly see us relegated, unless Dundee continue their downward spiral, victory will see us cling on to our premier league status for another week at least. A lot has happened since our last game at Motherwell that saw us go down 4-2 and leave us with a mountain to climb. We had clawed our way back into the game thanks to an Alex Fisher double, but we then lost a bizarre non goal before being caught out. Since then, Maurice Malpas is seen by the board as the man to save our season and help us to avoid relegation. That's something he failed to do the last time he was here as we went down when he and Butcher failed to overcome the plight Craig Brewster left us in. A touch of Deja Vu going on here as Richie Foran has taken us to the brink, but the shoes are still on. Dundee recognised their problem and were pro-active in trying to avoid the drop by sacking Paul Hartley and putting their safety in the hands of Neil McCann. A run of seven straight defeats means that Dundee are now our nearest challengers for automatic relegation with the worst current form in the bottom-six. For all that, nobody can match our season long calamitous performances that leaves us with only four wins and a shatteringly bad one win in twenty-two league games, a statistic that has seen managers and boards sacked for much less. Here's the bottom-six as it stands prior to our game against County. Bottom-Six Pl W D L F A GD Pts 7 Kilmarnock 33 7 14 12 30 49 -19 35 8 Ross County 33 7 12 14 37 54 -17 33 9 Hamilton A 33 6 14 13 30 48 -18 32 10 Motherwell 33 8 8 17 38 61 -23 32 11 Dundee FC 33 8 6 19 33 53 -20 30 12 Inverness CT 33 4 13 16 36 62 -26 25 With Dundee our nearest safety outlet we face County in a derby that could virtually decide our fate. County took an undeserved point from Celtic thanks to shamed footballing cheat Alex Schalk who was awarded a penalty for diving. Liam Boyce converted to make it 2-2. Michael Gardyne had scored a superb headed goal earlier but Celtic edged ahead only for the ref to blunder once more and offer County a point. That point shows that County are on the verge of safety as are Kilmarnock. Diving cheat Alex Schalk was offered a two match ban for his embarrassing trip against Celtic. He had little choice to be honest with the defender almost a yard from him as he flung himself onto the turf to deceive the referee (fairly easy task) and win a penalty that should never have been given. He also tried to cheat his way to get the opposition player sent off. As the Arctic Monkey said..... What a scummy man. Liam Boyce's suspension does not kick in until after the derby, therefore he will be eligible for selection. However, County will be without influential defender Andrew Davies through suspension. Martin Woods is clear to play after his ban but Jay McEveley (doubtful), Tony Dingwall, Ian McShane and Paul Quinn are out. Carl Tremarco is the latest Caley Jags casualty to be sidelined after sustaining knee ligament damage against Motherwell that will rule him out for up to six months at least. That will mean a shoe in for Kev McNaughton at left back surely. Aaron Doran and Josh Meekings are still on long term sick leave. Lewis Horner got some game time in a development league game in midweek, as did Scott Boden and Dean Ebbe, who scored a penalty in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Dundee. Larnell Cole could return after serving a one match ban, but Gary Warren still has another game to miss. Billy Mckay and David Raven should return to bolster the options at either end of the park. tm4tj prediction:- This is yet another vital game and so far we have failed to win any of the recent six-pointers. Maurice Malpas is back to lend a hand but many feel it's come too late to save our season. Billy Mckay was taken on earlier, but apart from a stunning strike against Rangers, his goals per game ratio is not going to get us out of this mess, despite his overall play being energetic and full of quality. County are no better than us but have edged the derby's this season and that could be the difference between staying up or going down. I'm not convinced we can get the better of County in this one and a draw looks like being the best bet. We will need to rely on Dundee continuing to plummet, but even that option is running out of time because we are failing to help ourselves. Score draw in this one is where the smart money will be. Relegation watch games. It's looking like we need to target Dundee, so a Motherwell win would be welcome. County v Caley Jags Accies v Killie Well v Dundee
  7. Hit the above link takes you to ICT facebook page and video is about 5 or 6 posts down.
  8. Thanks Brian.
  9. Spotted this on the STV website. Looks like we will be getting the parachute payment. The bottom six The maximum that can be made by a bottom six club is £1.21m, which is the amount on offer to the team which finishes in seventh spot. The financial gap from place-to-place is then £52,750 by position. That means the team in eighth earn £1.16m, ninth get £1.1m, tenth receive £1.06m, 11th spot earns £1m and the bottom cub get £949,500 in prize money. The bottom side also receive a parachute payment of £300,000 in the following season, and a further £150,000 if they remain out of the Premiership the year after. If a team is relegated through the play-offs, they receive a parachute payment of £500,000 in year one and £250,000 in year two if required.
  10. It's all in the article link I provided above. The rest of the SPFL A total of 82.3% of the total SPFL prize pot is shared by Premiership clubs, leaving £3.75m to be shared amongst the other 30 teams. The Championship winners pocket the highest amount, taking in £474,450. The teams taking part in the play-offs receive £400,900, £337,600 and £274,300 for finishing second, third and fourth respectively. The winners of League One get £105,500, while the champions of League Two earn £56,970.
  11. Hearts U20s ran out 3-1 winners over Inverness CT U20s this afternoon at Riccarton. Lewis Moore’s second-half hat-trick was enough to give the Wee Jambos all three points in the Development League encounter, with Mitchell Foy grabbing a late consolation for the visitors. Full report on Hearts Website
  12. It's all in here.
  13. How did we all fare last June?
  14. Hearts U20s host Inverness CT U20s this afternoon at Riccarton. The Development League encounter kicks-off at 1pm on Pitch 1 at the Hearts Football Academy. The Wee Jambos sit 11th in the Development League table, while ICT find themselves in 15th.
  15. Matchday Thread

    Old Caley Girl shares her thoughts on this weeks report from Fir Park.
  16. Matchday Thread

    Talking on BBC Sport after the game, a fuming Foran said "Today, an official has killed us," I've got more news for you Richie. The club has been killed by the manager, with a board, in the dressing room. They haven't a cluedo. Game over I'm afraid.
  17. Matchday Thread

    Fishy Fishy ya beauty.
  18. Matchday Thread

    Laing, his name is fekkin Laing.
  19. Matchday Thread

    Fish trying hard, two saves deny him, good spell though.
  20. Matchday Thread

    Fon Williams with a terrific double save keeps us in it for now.
  21. Matchday Thread

    Commentators got Vigurs sussed?
  22. Matchday Thread

    Some positive signs as we come close from a Polworth shot. All is not lost yet.
  23. Matchday Thread

    Mon the Fish