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  1. There is no reason why Board members need to be born and bred Invernessians. In my opinion, what matters is that those involved have the desire to contribute to the Board, to make a positive difference and to work with the club to enhance it, both on and off the pitch. They are giving their time voluntarily for no financial or other gain, so should get our collective support. Having a varied Board with different backgrounds is important for it to work well. I consider myself a local, but only moved to the Highlands when I was 4, spent my school days in Fort William, then ended up in the central belt and I only lived in Inverness (first time round) in 1992. Work then took me away for a number of years before returning 8 years ago. That in no way detracts from my passion for the club.
    8 points
  2. Good to see the club supporting the Trust by encouraging new members: https://ictfc.com/supporters-trust-recruitment-drive Hopefully it gets a positive response.
    6 points
  3. This is not intended as an opinion on what the trust should or should not do. I post this purely for information and because Peter has stated that he stands willing to be corrected. This snippet is from the clubs articles of association. As at the last return, there are 4,902,379 ordinary shares issued. Supporters Trust have 13,658 shares, of which 108 have enhanced rights....leaving 13,550 "ordinary" rights. The enhanced shares are, in todays terms, equal to 490,237 shares....and we then add the 13,550....total 503,787 As per the company articles 900,003 of the ordinary shares carry no voting right, so issued shares with voting powers total 4,002,376 and this gives the trust a voting right of approx 12.6% in real terms This is the second largest single entity voting right which exists within the club right now and far surpasses the total voting right of all current directors combined. The largest shareholding/voting right sits with the ICT Trust (a different entity to the supporters trust). The company articles state no need for club directors to stand down and/or be reelected by rotation. They have the power to appoint new directors and are, at present, entirely self appointed with no elected members on the board. A shareholder resolution can be raised by giving sufficient notice ahead of any general meeting for the election of a board member. The Supporters Trust could do that now if they so desired. The current board do not hold anything like sufficient shares between them to stop that resolution and would need support from others to do so...if they so wished.
    6 points
  4. The ICT Under 18s beat Kilmarnock U18s 2-1 this afternoon. Jonathan Bain and Calum MacLeod were the scorers.
    5 points
  5. You can find a full list of 541 shareholders and their share holding on the Filings page on Companies House website here. It is the latest Confirmation Statement. It lists the Supporters Trust as having 13658 Ordinary shares. That may sound a lot but the nominal price of each share is £1 and the Club accounts identify £4.9million of called up share capital, so the Trust's holding is probably substantially less than 1% of the total. The Trust's shareholding should not be confused with its 10% voting right. This voting right stems from voting rights granted on behalf of supporters which were incorporated into the Memorandum and Articles of Association when the club was formed. I'm not sure what you mean about having a voice. We have a voice at the club, but how loud that voice is and how effective it is, has got little to do with our shareholding or voting right. What matters most is how representative the Trust is. Whilst membership is growing, it is still a small minority of the supporters of the club who are members of the Trust. The simple message is that if you want the Supporters Trust to have a louder voice - join it! If you mean why does the Trust not have a voice on the Club Board, the answer is simply that we have never been invited to have a representative of the fans on the Club Board. Several clubs do, and we believe that having a democratically elected representative of the fans on the Board can only be a good thing. But for that ever to happen, we would need to be seen to be truly representative with a membership in the region of the number of season ticket holders at least. We are a long way from that.
    5 points
  6. Can't read too much into them, but the BBC stats would suggest that coming out of that with a draw was a good result. But we played there three times last season, and are still playing the ball in the air? Beyond belief.
    4 points
  7. Our unbeaten start to the season continues!
    4 points
  8. A child or a Bentley?
    3 points
  9. Not so many votes for the away games with them not being online but a good number for the home games so far. The winner for July is Billy Mckay Please keep your votes coming in for August.
    3 points
  10. 3 points
  11. Matchday Two   Last season's nearly men are the hosts on matchday 2 as we visit Gayfield to take on Arbroath. Saturday at 3:00pm is the time to be there with both clubs looking to improve on opening day draws in the cinch championship. Its a tough place to take points away from although we were the only club who managed that last season in the league. Hibs were the only other side to defeat them there, and that was in a Scottish Cup tie. Arbroath had a fantastic season last term and may find it difficult to emulate that this season. Nonetheless, its still a massive challenge to get something from these games with Dick & Dom at the helm. MATCH/TICKET/SUPPORTERS BUS INFO On day one, the Smokies were held to a scoreless draw at Somerset Park. They ended the game a man short when Thomas O'Brien was red carded. He will now miss Saturday's game. We fared little better with a 1-1 draw at home to newbies Queens Park who took an early lead through Jake Davidson before Billy Mckay equalised just before the break. Both teams spurned numerous opportunities and both keepers did well to keep the score level. Venue H2H v Arbroath Pld Won Drn Lst For Agst + / - Home 22 16 3 3 56 18 +38 Away 20 9 5 6 26 22 +4 Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Total 42 25 8 9 82 40 +42 First Competitive Meeting Aug 13th, 1994  League ((Div 3)) (Hercher hat-trick: Legend) (H) 5 - 2 Most Recent Competitive Meeting May 13th, 2022 League (Playoff) (Semi Final 2nd Leg) (A) 0 - 0 Last 10 Competitive Meetings 0 - 0 (A) 0 - 0 (H) 3 - 0 (H) 0 - 0 (A) 0 - 1 (H) 1 - 0 (A) 1 - 0 (H) 1 - 1 (A) 3 - 1 (H) 0 - 1 (H) Biggest Victories Jul 30th, 2016 League Cup (Group C) (H) 7 - 0 LATEST TEAM NEWS  Robbie Deas misses out again in his second game for accumulated bookings. Shane Sutherland and Tom Walsh are long term injuries. Sean Welsh is recovering after minor surgery and Max Ram is out for a while. Danny Devine is not 100% and needs to be used sparingly at the moment. Apart from that, we are good to go with youngsters, fresh faces and Aaron Doran.    Eric's Smokies catch-up 💻 Departures Calum Antell, reserve keeper off to Berwick Rangers on a free: Backs Liam Henderson now at Falkirk and Chris Hamilton end of loan. In the January window last season Arbroath brought in a number of forward players in their push for the title, they have now left the club. Jack Hamilton end of loan from Livingston. Craig Wighton back at Dunfermline after loan spell. Sam Ford now plying his trade with Hume City FC in Australia, and Michael Bakare centre forward is now with Helsinki FK. A notable departure is Gavin Swankie who has retired at the age of 38 after four spells at Arbroath, his first appearance for the club back in season 2000/2001. New Arrivals Replacement reserve keeper Cammy Gill from Cowdenbeath FC. Mason Hancock a left back on loan from Aberdeen FC B. Keaghan Jacobs central midfielder on a free transfer from Livingston FC. Daniel Fosu a midfield player from an amateur team called Thatcham Town FC which is seemingly in Berkshire. Keiran Shanks from Inverurie Locos, a centre forward once an Aberdeen U18 player. Oh and Bobby Linn is still there after 9 years at the club. (some things never change) View full article
    2 points
  12. Well I suppose it is a slightly better result than last week’s draw. I’d imagine that I was the only person at the Sagrada Familia this afternoon who was busily checking the ICT score every minute, although a few days earlier I did see an ICT beach towel on a lounger in Salou but I didn’t see its owner.
    2 points
  13. Shoot in a West South West direction the ball will then swirl and dip confusing the goalkeeper who will flap at it like an Arbroath Kipper thereby missing the ball and donating 3 points to the Caley Jags 🤣
    2 points
  14. Following ICT means we’re all long distance supporters.
    2 points
  15. I'm sure he'll get a handle on it 😉
    2 points
  16. Other than a generic, cliché riddled statement (which commits them to nothing) what are the club actually doing to support the trust's efforts to increase member numbers? There's talk of getting involved in projects and improving the matchday experience that we've been hearing since the club came into being, but what does that actually involve? It's easy to do nothing and keep kicking it down the road on the back of the excuse that there's not enough members to give a representative view on what should be done, or to support what you want to do....but I for one haven't got a clue what you are actually asking fans to back. Give us something with some substance that we can buy into. You may not have as many members as you like, but there's nothing to stop you polling non members. If the club wanted to support you then they could actively work with you on doing that. Aside from coming up with more ways to extract the fans hard earned cash to funnel it in to the club to pay for the basics that should be covered by our matchday/season ticket, what can we expect?
    1 point
  17. It is great news that the Club's Board is stating publicly that a strong and active Supporters Trust is good for the club, and that they are supporting the Trust's Board in its campaign to increase membership numbers in order to better support both the Club and its supporters. For ease of reference, I have copied the Club's statement below. Please note that the Trust are holding an open meeting at the Caley Club at 12noon this coming Saturday. Board members will be present and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Trust as well as listen to your views of what you think the Trust should be discussing with the Club. We expect the meeting will go on for about an hour giving folk plenty of time to get something to eat and drink before heading off to the Cove game. Representatives of the Trust will also be at the Supporters Trust desk in the Sports Bar prior to the game, so please come along and say hello. We hope to have a regular presence at the desk prior to games in the future. The Board of Directors of Inverness Caledonian Thistle are happy to support a fresh bid by the Supporters’ Trust to increase its membership and play a key role in enhancing the match day experience of fans, through fund-raising activities. Gordon Fyfe, a club director and Supporters’ Liaison Officer, said: “The Board of Directors recognise fully the importance of our loyal support. The Supporters’ Trust has a 10 per cent voting stake in the club and therefore has a ready-made platform for representing the voice of fans. “To play a more meaningful role in the development of the club and become truly representative of our fans, the Trust needs to engage with the wide base of our support, including our enthusiastic and growing band of younger supporters and those who provide terrific vocal support at away games. “We are happy to support the Supporters’ Trust in their efforts to boost not only their Board but the wider membership and wish them well in their campaign. A strong and active Trust can only be good for the club.” New Trust Chair Jennifer Aitchison said: “An active Supporters’ Trust can do so much to help the Club in providing a better matchday experience for fans and in raising funds for specific projects. We want fans to join the Trust to help us support the Club and to better represent the views of you, the supporters, of our great club.” Anyone wishing to join the Trust should visit www.ictsupporterstrust.org. Annual membership is just £5 for adults and £1 for U16s.
    1 point
  18. The owner of the Bentley is Gavin MacDonald who has a flooring company in Inverness. His father John (Jojo) is the second hand car dealer and Jojo's father was John (Jock) Macdonald who lived in Cameron Square and had a scrapyard in Lotland Street. About 1970 Jock bought 2 old oil tanks on the shores of Loch Ewe on the Inverasdale road for scrap but to protect them they were surrounded by brick. My father who worked for Willaim Tawse had experience with explosives while doing road building with the Forestry Commision got the job cash in hand to blow away the brick. During the week the jelly and fuse wire were delivered to our next door neighbours shed in Benula Road as he was helping out. Jock provided a Blue Austin Cambridge full of fuel for the job and on Saturday morning the stuff was loaded in the boot and away we went along with the neighbour and his two sons. While my father was setting the explosives we were sent round the local houses to say there would be a loud noise but it was nothing to worry about! After the big bang the bricks crumbled in the dust exposing the steel tanks ready for cutting with the blowtorch, job done without health and safety
    1 point
  19. Smokies held in the wind A first half of few clear cut opportunities ended scoreless with Arbroath just shading the territorial advantage. An enforced change at the break saw Delaney replace Duffy. The second half went much the same way as the first with Arbroath creating more but Inverness attacking on the break and holding out for a point on the road. With both keepers on fine form, it was no surprise it ended honours even at Gayfield. This will be seen as a better point for the Caley Jags than the Smokies. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Billy Dodds was without five regulars, but Danny Devine was deemed fit enough to start. George Oakley accompanied Billy Mckay up front. Arbroath had Daniel Fosu up front with Bobby Linn the provider. Late signing Deri Cofu, a former Man City youth squad player, was on the bench. Daniel Fosu threatened in the first minute with a header that went wide and George Oakley had a shot cleared away from the goal line by Colin Hamiton after clipping the ball past Gaston as the game opened out. Mark Ridgers saved from Bobby Linn and Daniel Mackay did well after cutting in from the left, his shot saved by Derek Gaston. Billy Mckay and Michael McKenna tested the keepers before Mckay dragged an effort wide after twenty minutes from the edge of the box Ridgers made a double save to deny Bobby Linn's cross come shot and the follow up from Daniel Fosu, McKenna involved in the mix as well. The whistle blew to halt the move for offside, nonetheless Ridgers kept the ball out. The half time whistle ended an untidy spell where Oakley picked up a yellow card after half an hour. This game needed someone to put their foot on the ball and show some composure, sadly nobody did that in a frantic first forty-five Half Time: 0-0 Zak Delaney replaced Wallace Duffy at the interval. Hamilton headed over from a corner after fifty-two minutes as the hosts tried to make the breakthrough now playing with the wind early in the second half. The same player headed over minutes later after a couple of corners in quick succession as Inverness lived dangerously. Austin Samuels almost beat the offside trap but a marginal decision saw his 'goal' chalked off after he sprinted clear onto a great ball from Dan Mackay. Scott Stewart fizzed a wind assisted strike just wide from thirty-yards as Arbroath forced the play with the wind behind them, Inverness by now content to hit on the break. Mark Ridgers did well late in the game as he stood tall to deny Kieran Shanks who was through on goal and he reacted quickly to scoop the loose ball clear as the ball bounced towards goal with Shanks lurking. Shanks went down in the process amidst big shouts from behind the goal for a penalty. Full Time: 0-0 A draw was probably about right given both sides were on the ascendency with the wind at their tails. Nothing new in these fixtures, one of the most daunting on the calendar. A lack of clear cut chances and some good blocks and saves resulted in a point apiece. Mark Ridgers probably mostly responsible for the point in his 201st game for the Caley Jags. Date: 06/08/2022 Venue: Caledonian Stadium Attendance: 1861 Referee: Colin Steven Arbroath: 0 Manager: Dick Campbell Lineup: Gaston; Gold, Little, Hamilton, Hancock, Stewart (Shanks 76), Donnelly (Craigen 68), Low, Linn (Corfe 68), McKenna (Hilson 68), Fosu Subs (not used): Gill; Jacobs, Paterson, Scorers: none Booked: Fosu (51) Sent Off: none Inverness CT: 0 Manager: Billy Dodds Lineup: Ridgers; Carson, Duffy (Delaney 45), Devine, Harper, Shaw, MacGregor, Allardice, D Mackay (Boyd 67), B Mckay (Doran 75), Oakley (Samuels 56) Subs (not used): C Mackay; Nicolson, Hyde, Scorers: none Booked: Oakley (29), Carson (90+3) Sent Off: none a
    1 point
  20. We looked excellent for about 10 minutes then managed to fall into the usual Gayfield trap of engaging in an aerial bombardment which had my eyes bleeding. I just don't understand why we think this will prove to be a success against Arbroath. Only plus point of the day was my steak and black pudding pie. Worth nothing that the stewards at Gayfield again making this a rather heavy day out. I'm sure they'll be as brave next week when Dundee fill the away end.
    1 point
  21. I was there. It was just meh....... However a point gained in a hard place. We take it and move on.
    1 point
  22. I like children, but I couldn't eat a whole one 😉
    1 point
  23. Here is what Billy Dodds said after the game.
    1 point
  24. 0-0 at full time. Carson booked in stoppage time. Only 4 attempts in the whole game so sounds like a point gained rather than 2 lost but we need to get into winning ways soon. Sportscene didn’t even bother to give a full time report.
    1 point
  25. What a terrible game. No one able to keep the ball on the deck but conditions look horrendous.
    1 point
  26. Doran on for Mckay after 75 minutes, a minute after our first attempt of the second half.
    1 point
  27. 1 point
  28. Bloody hell this has been brutal. Wind is horrendous so what’s the point of lofting any ball in the air?
    1 point
  29. Half time 0-0. Oakley has picked up a booking. From the BBC stats, Arbroath have had 54% of the ball with 5 attempts, 3 on target, and we have had 3 attempts, 1 from Mckay on target. Delaney on for Duffy at the start of the second half: an injury?
    1 point
  30. Haven’t even read it because I’m on the shot. But the very Name CaleyD knows that he has the club and fans at heart good to see you back and somebody that will keep Billy’s surname spelt right. How does it go again😀
    1 point
  31. Ayr United came from two down to beat Queens Park away from home tonight. Queens Park - 2 Murray (18), Thomas (32)) Ayr United - 3 Akinyem (46, 90+2 pen), McGinty (78)
    1 point
  32. Thank you for clearing that up. Maybe you should rejoin the supporters trust board so they have someone who understands these things to keep them right? Also, I am not from Inverness, or Scotland, or even the UK 🤐
    1 point
  33. Bring it on lets hope Christmas will come early again on Saturday
    1 point
  34. Here's one that was visiting Lewis a few years back...
    1 point
  35. That was, of course, a Renault 5 GT Turbo. This one appears to have been a special edition called a "Raider", though I don't remember that. My wife was on the right side of 35 at the time - as was I 😥 - and grew wearily used to boy racers catching up, having a look, seeing "a bird!", and cranking up their souped-up Novas and Fiestas to show her what they could do I was never keen on it - never felt totally safe. Tiny wheels, little suspension, low down - I always felt I was sitting on an uncontrollable rocket-powered rollerskate. Turbo lag was significant - you put your foot down and then had time for a shave or a look through the newspaper, before you were suddenly kicked in the back. A magnet for criminals in the station car park, too. Someone tried to nick the stereo, but couldn't get it out and also probably realised that it was custom built for this car and would be useless elsewhere, so they left all the parts very neatly on the passenger seat. Another time we were driving to the station in the morning when suddenly there was a hideous metallic clattering from under the back of the car. The spare wheel was on a cradle under the back, which you lowered from inside the boot. Someone had cut through the cradle from the outside, nicked the spare, and then tied the cradle back up, until their knots came apart this morning and the cradle fell down to be dragged along the road. Had the usual Renault electrical problems, an over-sensitive alarm, and I remember the clutch cable failing too. Good fun, if someone else was picking up the bills!
    1 point
  36. Sorry -but blame my parents as I wasn't born in Inverness 😞
    1 point
  37. That door is easy but is it a Mk1 or Mk2 😜 I know the answer but will see if Mantis can find it in his I-Spy book!
    1 point
  38. It's a 1978 Matra-Simca Bagheera. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matra_Bagheera
    1 point
  39. Prelim Round (Aug 27) Highland Clubs: Glasgow Uni v Golspie Sutherland Fort William v Benburb Invergordon v Newtongrange Star Full draw: Byes - Jeanfield Swifts, Tynecastle FC Clydebank v Bonnyton Thistle Glasgow Uni v Golspie Sutherland Haddington Athletic v Darvel Syngenta v Threave Rovers Auchinleck Talbot v Coldstream Dalkeith Thistle v Lochee United Whitehill Welfare v Camelon Irvine Meadow XI v Hill of Beath Linlithgow Rose v St Cuthbert Wanderers Broxburn Athletic v Blackburn United Tower Hearts v Cumnock Sauchie v St Andrews United Invergordon v Newtongrange Star Vale of Leithen v Dunbar United Preston Athletic v Newton Stewart Wigtown & Badnoch v Dunipace Fort William v Benburb Dundonald Bluebell v Tayport Drumchapel United v Easthouses Lily Penicuik Athletic v Musselburgh Athletic Carnoustie Panmure v Hawick Royal Albert Rutherglen Glencairn v Kilwinning Rangers Pollok v Girvan Burntisland Shipyard v Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale
    1 point
  40. I'm trying to sign up four members. Two at one address and two at another. Entered two names on the form but only charges for one so I've given up for now.
    1 point
  41. Good effort. I recognise the efforts put in by a small number of individuals and have joined this week. I hope others do too.
    1 point
  42. Quite an interesting fact is we have never won on this day…
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