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    The Post Dodds Era Kicks-Off


    Life without Billy Dodds starts on Saturday, and it couldn't be tougher with Champions elect Dundee United visiting the Caledonian Stadium for a 3:00pm Cinch Championship encounter to round off a week of turmoil down the Longman. It was a no brainer really. The Board terminated the contract of Billy Dodds, and by association, Barry Wilson was struck off as well. No wins in our opening five games and only one point from fifteen had Inverness languishing at the foot of the table on our own. DoddsBall was in full swing. It was a sacking in the making after Dodds got a stay of execution with a Cup Final against Celtic at the end of last season. The big mystery was why was Dodds given a two year extension and who rubber-stamped his contract? The other mystery is where does John Robertson's loyalties lie and who pays his wages as he is more often than not seen at the Global Energy Stadium in Dingwall? Two down and more to go is the current theme coming from the support, so who is next?

    John Robertson and Charlie Christie will oversee this fixture on Saturday and until a new managemnt team is appointed.



    Billy Dodds & Barry Wilson

    Match/Ticket Info


    Venue: H2H v Dundee Utd Pld Won Drn Lst For Agst + / -
    Home 33 10 10 13 35 43 -8
    Away 28 7 10 11 36 42 -6
    Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Total 61 17 20 24 71 85 -14

    United do have the edge over us but we have had our moments. A 4 - 0 thrashing of United at Tannadice in 2010 will live long in the memory banks. 

    Last 10 Competitive Meetings v Dundee Utd going back to Oct 20th 2018: Only one win over the last ten games!!!
    1 - 2
    0 - 3
    1 - 4
    0 - 3
    0 - 1
    0 - 2
    2 - 1
    0 - 1
    1 - 1
    1 - 1

    The last meeting between the sides at the Caledonian Stadium was in November 2019 and the home fans were left scunnered in a 0 - 3 defeat.

    SCUNNERED:  Dundee United cruised to victory in the Highlands as disparity on the park mirrored that off the park. United were worthy winners as Inverness struggled to find any momentum and it was left to desperation and Mark Ridgers to keep the score down. Shaun Rooney deflected a forced Paul McMullan cross/shot into the net. A reaction save from Siegrist blocked a James Keatings effort before the break but that was as good as it got for the hosts. Nicky Clark stroked in the second as we unravelled and a cheap penalty saw Lawrence Shankland complete the scoring, but not the agony as we failed to trouble the United keeper with a series of fluffed attempts whilst United looked more likely to increase their lead.
    A poor day at the office that had the home fans shaking heads long before the end as we lose ground on the three teams above us.

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

           Friday 22nd September

    1. Queen's Pk 2-5 Ayr United:amazed:

             Saturday 23rd September

    1.   Airdrie v Raith Rvrs
    2.   Dunfermline v Morton             
    3.  Inverness v Dundee Utd
    4.  Partick v Arbroath

    Last Time Out

    We didn't know it at the time, but It turned out to be Billy Dodds last game in charge. Ironically, it happened to be our best performance of the season. However, the result remained the same, and we lost a 23 year unbeaten record to Raith Rovers who find themselves top of the league ahead of this weekends fixtures. An aesthetically pleasing first half gave way to a less impressive second forty-five before we succumbed to a late sucker punch when Jamie Gullan hammered home after a defensive lapse. Hard one to take but that's what happens when you're down. Championship form so far: 

    The Arabs are everyones favourites for the title, but they dropped two points last week when Morton came back to earn a point shortly after Mathew Cudjoe had been sent off. Robbie Muirhead capitalised on a defensive error on the hour after Louis Moult had given United a first half lead with his fifth strike of the season. Championship form so far:  W

    Latest Team News

    The Robertson/Christie combo will be without MacGregor, Nicolson and Welsh who have been out for a few weeks and nothing has changed there. However, we are in limbo, therefore who knows if Robbo and Charlie will rock the boat too much. It's a difficult enough task to pick up a team low on confidence, even moreso when the title favourites come calling. Harry Lodovica will be available for selection after his red card at Arbroath.

    Here's Ryan's Dad>>>



    Dundee United (Manager Jim Goodwin)

    In: Declan Gallagher, defender (St Mirren); Louis Moult, forward (Burton Albion); Ross Docherty, midfielder (Partick Thistle); Kevin Holt, defender (Partick Thistle); Liam Grimshaw, midfielder (Morton). Loan in: Jordan Tillson, midfielder (Ross County); Jack Walton, goalkeeper (Luton); Oliver Denham, defender (Cardiff City).

    Out: A number of players were deemed surplus to requirements at Tannadice as United up their game in their bid to bounce back into the Premiership. Charlie Mulgrew retired and the exprienced Steven Fletcher and Peter Pawlett are away amongst others.

    Louis Moult is a proven goascorer and will need close attention. Glen Middleton is a handful as well and an able provider. To be fair, as expected, United appear to have the strongest squad on paper.

    Dundee United Team v Morton last week 1-1:
    Grimshaw (Meekison 84)   Gallagher   Holt   McMann
    Tillson   Glass (Sibbald 69)
    Middleton   Watt (Fotheringham 68)  Anim Cudjoe :redcard:(58)
    Subs not used: Newman; Freeman, Stirton, Graham, Mochrie, Denholm




    innes-bar-open-meeting.jpgDon't forget, there's still an open meeting at the Innes Bar to discuss our current plight amongst other things.

    Dodds no more. But there's still Gardiner, Robertson and more to discuss.

    Come along and have your say.

    Innes Bar (Beer Garden)

    61 Innes Street


    IV1 1NR

    TIME: 12:00-2:15













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