Charles Bannerman

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  1. Irn Bru Cup semi final

    You are being pretty optimistic there. Claggan Park is only ever playable on mid summer's day in leap years!
  2. Stadium Improvements/Enhancing the Crowd

    Does the BBC study actually evaluate the quality of the pies? I'm not nitpicking or smartassing here, because this is what the quoted passage says, so it's important to clarify.
  3. ICTFC Gain SFA Progressive Performance Award

    Quite frankly, I'm not convinced that the "ticky box" approach here is necessarily the best one. It has too many echoes of a deskbound approach to a real, on-the-ground sporting problem. Nor am I totally convinced that there is any real solution to this issue for as long as Scottish football is run for the benefit of the Old Firm hegemony (which is another echo of Kingsmills' Weegiecentric principle.).
  4. Inverness CT -V- Falkirk

    Any preference for the "Rangers Ball" or the "Celtic Ball", while Dumbarton get the other one? (I reckon they keep the OF apart using a Braille Union Jack and a Braille Irish Tricolour so should have these balls in stock.)

    I think there's another Muirfield Miller - Russell Cameron who I believe was announced recently - in that photo. Is that not Russell with No 11?
  6. Inverness CT -V- Falkirk

    I'm not sure if this is a statement of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle or of the Wave Particle Duality?
  7. Paradise Papers

    That looks like a lawyer's way of saying "You're talking bollox, son." (And rightly so 😊)
  8. Great thought, Buckett, but I'm not sure we have the human assets at our disposal. The aim there is to get ICT into the top, ballpark, 100 teams in the UK using local boys. That would imply that we would need local access to at least 1% of the UK population which comes to over 600,000. We have nothing close to that on our doorstep, and that's before you consider that there's a rival club just 15 miles away - albeit with a rather different recruitment strategy!
  9. Livingston -V- Inverness CT

    Some achievement by Yngwie as well checking through all these results! 😊
  10. Livingston -V- Inverness CT

    As far as I can see, the last goal conceded was 63 min into the 2-1 defeat at Dumbarton on Sep 23. That makes 567 min of play without conceding. I don't know what previous seasons' stats say.
  11. Good question indeed, Blair. Let's first state that a club playing high level Scottish football in front of 3-odd000 in Inverness isn't fundamentally financially viable, before going back a bit to start the financial thread. Input from Tulloch disposed of a £2.3M debt in 2000 and thereafter, combined with good housekeeping, got the club playing SPL football debt free in a compliant stadium in Inverness. Even by 2006/07, I understand that Charlie Christie had a £650pw wage cap imposed on him. Thereafter, with the club needing to stand on its own two feet, it became a case of relying on windfalls to balance the books (roughly). These principally took the form of performance windfalls for league placings and cup runs, player transfers - most conspicuously Ryan Christie's - and the sale of the Social Club. CJuice raises a valid issue about other possible transfer revenue and, albeit in the context of guys simply going for nothing on pre-contracts, performance in this respect would be worth evaluating - remembering also that your team takes a hit every time you sell a player. I get the impression that expanding player budgets began under Butcher who seems to have been adept at persuading chairmen - but in return made some very effective signings and brought in performance income. The real problem, in my view, began with Yogi and continued under Richie Foran. Here the signings were far poorer value for possibly still increasing money and, I suspect, began to pressurise the finances - with decreasing effect on the field after winning the Cup, largely with Butcher players. These were replaced by YH and RF with inferior but at least as expensive signings who effectively earned the club a very expensive relegation. This year's accounts - presumably due soon - should make interesting reading although they are never required to be as revealing as many would like. Notwithstanding, they are likely to continue a story of the legacy of the club having, under YH and RF, paid more and more for less and less.
  12. Derby - 8th November

    This game is very much a Ross County conception and promotion which will be played in Dingwall. Caley Thistle have willingly accepted the invitation, but equally do not appear to want to make a particularly big deal of what is being regarded at the club as a charity friendly for fringe and reserve players. The game was announced by Ross County first thing yesterday morning and since then has received a large amount of publicity in a very short time, given the nature of the fixture. Kingsmills' final words above hence apply.
  13. Derby - 8th November

    It's actually been quite widely covered in the media since it was announced this morning, on radio and television as well. John Robertson has been emphasising that this isn't a full first team derby and that a number of fringe players will have opportunities to be tried out.
  14. Can we have less hype in future

    This thread does seem a little ironic in view of the flights of fantasy and misplaced optimism in the national media after a certain very late own goal against Slovakia.
  15. Let's go out of Sneck

    Wot's this? The Broons' But An' Ben?
  16. Caley Jags Together

    On the strength of L_G's post, perhaps the best thing to do for the moment is to let things run without ongoing debate for a while.
  17. Caley Jags Together

    ....since August, when some responses to questions about this organisation included the suggestion that those who were asking them were "sniping" or being unfairly impatient or the like. It seems inconceivable that what is still one of Scotland's leading football clubs continues to suffer from the long term absence of an active supporters' organisation. The word was that the process of organising a CJT AGM would begin "in the next couple of weeks"... that was back on August 29th.
  18. Inverness CT -V- Dunfermline

    This was the first I'd seen for a few weeks. What a transformation!!!
  19. Message from the Chairman

    Certainly the word on the street was that there had been a delay, with speculation that this may relate to the status of a sub-clause in the original agreement, in view of the stands being donated rather than sold. Remember also that more than half the voting rights MM control are by virtue of Tulloch because Tulloch donated their 730,000 shares to the ICT Charitable Trust which MM controls. MM now also has a 100% presence on the Board, which now numbers just three people following the resignation earlier this month of Ken Thomson. I only discovered that Ken had resigned when I made one of my periodic trawls through the Companies House files this afternoon. This is the sixth resignation from the ICT board since April. My visit to the Companies House website also revealed no indication yet of the allocation of the 500,000 new shares whose uptake was announced in August. It was said at the time that the transaction should be complete by the end of September. This was a slice of the 1.1M new shares made available for release at the SGM early in August. I also found no indication in the CH files of the transfer of the Hospice-owned shares to their new purchasers, although I'm not sure if that information should necessarily be there yet. There's a document dated February where the Hospice are the declared owners and nothing has been updated yet. This may not be significant.
  20. Abusive Posts

    Now that I'm back in the house..... all I can say is that I find playing around with numbers faintly recreational!
  21. Abusive Posts

    Given that almost two thirds of the posts are in the Caley Thistle forum which has more than five times the posts in the second biggest forum, I'm not sure that reducing the number of forums. The % breakdown of forums is Caley Thistle 64.7, UK Football 1.4, World Football 8.2, Rumour Mill 2.9, Other Sport 0.3, Gringo's PL 5.1, Serious Topics 2.4, General nonsense 11.8, For Sale 0.2, Tech Support 0.8, Old Inverness 2.3, Classic Music and Retro TV (to the 1dp quoted) 0.0. The only rationalisation I can see is to incorporate UK football, World football, Rumour Mill and other sport into a single forum (total 12.8%) perhaps called "Non ICT Sport" or similar, but even that's a bit diffuse.
  22. Message from the Chairman

    All (I think) of the new ones were Kaddy Rats of my vintage.... assuming that Dave Burgess is a member of the family that I think he may be.
  23. Message from the Chairman

    I would pretty well agree with that. The original MM consortium were fairly well known and, further to straws in the wind that they were going to be expanding, it's good to know who are involved. I also agree that a football presence with an established pedigree is overdue on that board. Graham Rae does indeed state that they have no agenda but it remains to be seen whether they may become obliged to adopt one. When the McGilvrays and Alan Savage announced their purchase of the Hospice shares, Dougie McGilvray stated that they would be looking to have two directors on the Board. This prompted instant speculation about a possible power struggle. among the quite fragmented factions who have significant holdings in ICT. These, let's not forget, include the strategically vital 10% voting rights of Caley Jags together - of whose existence I am aware of no more evidence now than several months ago when their apparent Dodo-like status was first mooted. Anyway... there's also another aspect of a possible power struggle that adds potential spice. As Graham Rae says, MM have indeed made significant investment, but the bulk of their numerical clout is a result of their control of the ICT Charitable Trust and hence of the 730,000 shares donated to the Trust by Tullochs and which are inextricably associated with David Sutherland.... that well known nemesis of Messrs D. McGilvray and Savage.
  24. Yogi an Arab ?

    What might have happened had Yogi been allowed by Caley Thistle to speak to and to leave for Dundee United is an interesting thought. By United's normal timescale, he would have been sacked from there by now and both Raith Rovers and Caley Thistle might collaterally have avoided relegation. The way matters would have unfolded in Inverness had Yogi left earlier is an especially intriguing "what if?".
  25. ARMED FORCES DAY : 28/10/17 : Ticket Info : v Dunfermline

    I could probably imagine anything, now that Syrian refugees have been accommodated in the "safety" of Alness. Frying pans and fires come to mind.