Well here we again, another manager, another step for the club, or is it? This is the first time in the club's history that they have gone back to find their next manager and have appointed Craig Brewster as player/manager for the second time. He was appointed on Monday and said "There's unfinished business and that starts today". Firstly I would like to congratulate Brewster on getting the job and wish him all the best in his second spell at the club.
His first game is against Arbroath and there is always a chance of a shock in the cup. Arbroath, like Caley Thistle, have not won a league game this year, so don't expect a classic game. Lets hope Brewster gets the players fired up for this one and gets us safely thorugh to the next round. It will be interesting to see if Brewster plays or not. I think he will save his re-debut for Hibernian on Saturday.
Inverness CT v Arborath
Tuesday 28th August @ 7.45pm
Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
CIS Insurance Cup 2nd Round
Referee: Stephen Finnie
Tuesday 28th August:
Berwick v Hamilton
Dundee v Livingston
Gretna v Cowdenbeath
Inverness CT v Arbroath
Montrose v Falkirk
Partick v St Johnstone
Peterhead v Kilmarnock
Queens Park v Hibernian
St Mirren v East Fife
Stirling v Hearts
Wednesday 29th August:
Dundee Utd v Ross County
Motherwell v Raith
The teams have played a total of 25 times (24 League, 1 Cup) with 83 goals (57 Inverness CT, 26 Arbroath) between them.
Inverness CT: 17 wins (16 League, 1 Cup)
Draws: 3 (3 League, 0 Cup)
Arboath: 5 wins (5 League, 0 Cup)
A GAME TO REMEMBER
For this week’s cup special we take you back to the most recent meeting between the clubs. It took place on the 15th March 2003 at Gayfield Park . It was in the 1st division in which these clubs played against each other the most. In this fixture Arbroath took the lead just before half time through Heenan. However an inspired team talk from John Robertson (the manager at the time) and good use of substitutions Inverness eventually won 3-1 in the end with goals from Hislop and a double from Wyness. The referee was Mike Ritchie and the attendance was 539.
The teams were as follows:
INVERNESS CT: Brown, McCaffrey, Golabek, Mann, Munro, McBain, Tokely, Wyness, Hislop, Hart, Robson.
Subs- Ritchie (for McCaffrey), Keogh (for Hislop), Stewart (for Hart), Fraser, Bagan.
ARBROATH: Hinchcliffe, McMullen, Florence , Trialist, Ritchie, Dow, Henslee, Currie, Swankie, Heenan, Brownlie.
Subs- Spink (for McMullen), McAulay (for Spink), Bowman (for Brownlie), Durno, Woodcock.
The referee was Mike Ritchie and there were no bookings on the day. Only 5 of the Inverness players who started the match have left the club: Mark Brown (Celtic), Stuart Golabek ( Ross County ), Bobby Mann (Dundee), Steven Hislop ( Gillingham ) and Barry Robson (Dundee Utd). These are the clubs these players left for.
FACTS BETWEEN THE TEAMS
- These 2 teams have played each other in the 1st Division, 2nd Division and the 3rd Division.
- Inverness CT are unbeaten in their last 4 games against Arbroath.
- Inverness CT have scored 5 goals against Arbroath on 4 occasions (including their first ever meeting) and 4 goals on 2 occasions.
- This will be Craig Brewster’s first game since returning to the club for his second spell as a player/manager.
- Arbroath are currently 9th in the 3rd division with 2 draws and 2 losses in their opening 4 league games.
- Inverness CT are currently bottom of the SPL with 4 losses in their opening league games.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Craig Brewster (Inverness CT): It doesn’t happen very often, players getting a second chance. However players seem to do very well when they return to Inverness CT. Dennis Wyness, Richard Hastings and Barry Wilson are all in their 2nd spell at the club and have not regretted taking the chance to return. However will it work with a manager? Only time will tell. Craig Brewster has returned for his second spell as a player/manager and with the club bottom of the league, the pressure is on him to get Caley Thistle out of the dreaded relegation spot. With 3 goals in the last 2 games, Brewster’s first signing (technically himself) will be a good addition. Will the partnership work with Niculae. A lot of mixed opinions from the fans about this appointment, but once we beat Arbroath, Hibernian, Celtic and Hearts in his first 4 games, no-one will be complaining!!
Paul Tosh (Arbroath): Paul is not a bad signing for Arbroath, another player who is in his second spell with a club. He started his career with Arbroath, then moved to Dundee , then Hibernian, then Forfar and scored 90 goals for Forfar Athletic but was released during the summer. A good player with experience, who was player/assistant manager at Forfar for a short time.