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    Arbroath -V- Inverness CT - Preview


    Dawn of a New Era


    Big Dunc takes charge of his first game at Inverness with a visit to Gayfield to take on Dick Campbell's Arbroath. Kick-off is at 3:00 on Saturday with Inverness looking for a change in fortunes after a disasterous run of games saw Billy Dodds sacked after the defeat to Dundee United, with just one point from six League games and out of the League Cup and Challenge Cup. Success won't happen overnight and the Caley Jags fans might have to wait a bit for a turnaround in results, but it won't be for a lack of passion or enthusiasm for the game.



    Duncan Ferguson

    Match/Ticket Info

    Supporters Bus £20



    Venue Pld Won Drn Lst For Agst + / -
    Home 24 17 4 3 59 19 +40
    Away 23 10 6 7 32 27 +5
    Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Total 47 27 10 10 91 46 +45

    We hold a big advantage over Arbroath in the H2H's but it's tighter in the away fixture.

    Last 10 Competitive Meetings
    2 - 4
    2 - 0
    4 - 1
    1 - 1
    0 - 0
    0 - 0
    0 - 0
    3 - 0
    0 - 0
    0 - 1

    In our last Championship game at Arbroath - Smokies Smoked 4 - 1: Both clubs had big wins in the first games of 2023 and it was Inverness that continued in style with a 4-1 win at Gayfield. Billy Mckay, who scored a hat-trick last week, opened the scoring at the back post in the ninth minute but Ben El-Mhanni levelled fifteen minutes later when he slotted into the bottom corner. Jay Henderson put us ahead just before the break as he lifted a shot high into the net from inside the box. Twenty minutes into the second half Dan Mackay shot into the bottom corner to double our advantage. Substitute Lewis Nicolson concluded the scoring in the 86th minute with a header from sub Steven Boyd's cross. Great win on the road for the Caley Jags that moves us into sixth place in the table, eleven points behind table toppers Queens Park. Great start to 2023 for the Caley Jags with two big wins on the bounce.

    Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts
    1. Dundee Utd 6 4 2 0 12 2 14
    2. Raith Rovers 6 4 1 1 10 7 13
    3. Arbroath 7 4 0 3 13 8 12
    4. Dunfermline 6 3 2 1 9 5 11
    5. Partick Thistle 6 3 1 2 14 9 10
    6. Airdrieonians 6 3 0 3 6 10 9
    7. Queens Park 7 3 0 4 10 15 9
    8. Ayr United 6 2 0 4 8 14 6
    9. Morton 6 1 1 4 8 15 4
    10. Inverness CT 6 0 1 5 3 8 1


    Saturday 30th September

       Arbroath v Inverness CT

     Ayr United v Raith Rovers

    Dundee Utd v Queen's Park

    Morton v Airdrie  

    Partick Thistle v Dunfermline  

    Current Form

    Inverness start a new era tomorrow after a winless start to their Championshp campaign. However, it's a clean slate with Big Dunc at the helm although he will still have the same tools to work with. Roddy MacGregor, Lewis Nicolson, and Sean Welsh have missed out over the last month and Danny Devine and Wallace Duffy were added to the injury list last time out. We did field a Caley Jags XI in the North of Scotland cup win over Rothes with Keith Bray getting the only goal of the game.`That side was a mix of youth and fringe players with three or four first team choices making up the side. Difficult to know what players Ferguson will be looking to, but I doubt it will be a massive shift from the Dodds era this early in his role. 

    Caley Jags so far: 

    Arbroath have got their act together after a poor start to their Championship. Three straight losses have been replaced by three straight wins. Their last game was an emphatic 3-0 win at Firhill. Jermaine Hylton scored either side of a strike from Thomas O'Brien to pull them up to third in the table.

    Smokies so far: 

    Latest Team News:





    Dick Campbell had this team out against Partick Thistle:
    Norey   Steele   O'Brien (Stowe 90)   Stewart
    Slater (Jacobs 88)   Gold
    Dow (Candé Baldé 84)   McKenna   Hylton (McIntosh 84)
    Dünnwald-Turan (Bird 45)
    Adams; Lyon




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    The world (and Evertonians) will be watching this game very closely. Lets hope it's the right one and the big man gets off to a flier. Despite my reservations on his appointment his various media interviews invoke promise. We will see. Mon the Caley Jags.

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