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  1. TheMantis

    Toni Macaroni or Plastic Whistle?

    The only thing that reeks is your paranoia! Here’s a more balanced account, speaking as somebody with no axe to grind, but who campaigned and petitioned for Caley to be admitted in the 1990s, but nevertheless can say the words ‘central’ and ‘belt’ without frothing at the mouth. First, the vote was actually in May 1974, not 1973. Most posters on this forum will already have stopped reading, having not been born at the time. However, they may remember that the ‘protectionist barstewards’ overwhelmingly voted in TWO Highland clubs 20 years later. If not, they will certainly be more interested in reigniting the rivalry between ICT and Livi than any historical guff spouted by an old man with a chip on his shoulder. The fact is that football clubs vote -individually- in self interest - always have, always will. Leagues start centrally then spread outwards. Back in 1974 the car journey from Edinburgh to Inverness took 5 hours (cue more conspiracy theories). The real “scandal”, then, should be ‘why did the Inverness-centric protectionists keep Wick Academy out of the HL till 1994?’ 😂 The first ballot was tied at 13-13. If the Highland vote hadn’t been split 3 ways (Elgin, Ross County and Thistle) the Jags would probably have won on the first ballot. The Lowland vote was only split between 2 clubs- Ferranti and Hawick. Ferranti Thistle were an established EOSL club at the time, and had been full SFA members for two years. Typical snobbery then to repeatedly refer to them as ‘an Edinburgh works/welfare team’. As is sneering at ‘The Toni Macaroni Arena’ which after all is no worse than ‘The Global Energy Arena’. I don’t know whether dementia is creeping in or whether you just think nobody was paying attention the first couple of dozen times, but as other posters have pointed out, you don’t half tend to repeat yourself. Mind you, as for Partick Thistle, you got that bit right.
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    The Pre-Season Thread

    That actually happened when the team played 2 games in Lewis in 1997 and went to The Saw Doctors at Back Community Hall. Alex MacLeod (whatever’s happened to him?) incoming... “The Mantis has been dining out on that story for years”. 😂
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    2018/19 League Cup Group Draw

    Hope it's Hearts then. Plus pretty much anybody apart from Brechin, Alloa, Forfar, Stirling, Cowden as we've played them all recently.
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    Cove Rangers

    No, it was Steven Kirkland.
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    Cove Rangers

    I was actually there and hoping for a Cove win, expecting Cowden to be in the LL next season, as they were quite lucky to beat East Kilbride on penalties last year. Met many old SHFL mates, most of whom were looking for a Cove win to get rid of them out of the HL. Cove have only themselves to blame. They were the better team for 3/4 of the 180 minutes then came out for the second half at 2-1 up, expecting to just go through the motions. The mass brawl can actually be seen on the internet if you look, but it was in stoppage time, as McManus had already been dismissed in the 94th minute for a second yellow. Ross put in an absolutely shocking challenge on a Cowden player and sent him sprawling across the track in the direction of the dugouts. The BBC gives the red for Ross at 90+7 and Watson at 90+8. The winning goal came with just under 20 mins left. It was a bit like Wayne Rooney's effort for Everton which I've just been watching on MOTD. The keeper was away out of his goal and you have to give Brad Smith credit for hitting the target from nearly halfway. There was a claim that the keeper was impeded by Jordyn Sheerin, who in turn claimed that he was pushed onto the keeper by a Cove player. Questionable whether he would have got back to save it anyway. The referee was probably incapable of seeing all this, maybe ball-watching. The stand side linesman didn't come out of it well, as Megginson's first goal may have been offside, Cowden's second came from a very questionable foul right in front of him (although the defending at the free kick was embarrassing), and the winner was at his end. John Sheran embarrassed himself, it has to be said, by agreeing to be interviewed right after the whistle. A brilliant day out though, great value for money in the sunshine.
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    Highland Derbies Next Season

    😂😂😂 Safe to say the 'Parochial Wee Mannie' trophy won't be leaving your mantelpiece any time soon Chip Charles.
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    Highland Derbies Next Season

    They weren't in the Premier in 2011-12 but came up as champions. The next season we beat them into 4th place by a point. They scraped 6th though in 15-16 while we scooshed the bottom 6 and finished 7th with more points. So last 3 seasons running plus 94-95 is the answer. They've managed 6 seasons on the bounce in the top tier while we managed 5 then 7.
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    Who would you like to see at ICT next season?

    Yeah that one.
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    Who would you like to see at ICT next season?

    Still shuddering every time I think about the last time we played them
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    Who would you like to see at ICT next season?

    Never thought much of Froxylias in the final even if he only got about 20 mins.
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    Morton -V- Inverness CT

    Realistically this is farewell and the last chance we'll get to support the team this season. See you there.
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    Dumbarton -V- Inverness CT

    Gutted to miss that one. Did we have many there?
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    Dennis Wyness

    Who can forget the goal at Tynecastle when he turned Stephane Mahe and struck it past Niemi, or the 4 against Ayr, or the many goals in routine dismantlings of County, plus the two late ones to give us a 3-3 draw at TCS at New Year. He even passed on his 2 season tickets at St Mirren so Naelifts and I could get in. What a gent.
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    Mrs. Irene Graham of Thorpe Avenue , Boscombe, delighted the audience with her reminiscence of the German prisoner of war who was sent each week to do her garden. He was repatriated at the end of 1945, she recalled - 'He'd always seemed a nice friendly chap, but when the crocuses came up in the middle of our lawn in February 1946, they spelt out 'Heil Hitler.'' ( Bournemouth Evening Echo)