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  1. I thought Vincent was rather under-rated when he was here. I'm surprised that he hasn't done better since he left but it is maybe all about the style teams play and how an individual fits in with the team. Robbo seems to be good at getting the best out of people as part of a team so I am hoping this will be a good move all round. Iain Vigurs was a player who returned successfully, so perhaps another player whose name begins with Vi can do the same.
  2. Wasn't Darren studying for a degree? He's maybe wanting to continue studying or to use his degree for a more secure long term future. Perhaps he didn't quite have the motivation required to succeed as a full time professional footballer and will be happier going part time. If he can enjoy his football whilst not having to rely on it to earn a crust, then good luck to the lad.
  3. I've heard so many versions of what the contractual arrangements were and why he wasn't playing that I am certainly not going to take any sides on this. What I do know is that he performed well for us when he did play, but after a shaky start, Mark Ridgers has been outstanding and has been 1st choice keeper on merit. It is also reasonable to assume that given Owain has turned down various offers in the past, the salary he was on here was better than he was being offered elsewhere, whether he was playing or not. It is difficult to attract decent offers if you are not actually playing and putting yourself in the shop window, and therefore I would suspect that he was getting quite a bit more than he was being offered elsewhere. I don't think there is any point conjecturing about his honesty or integrity. What is important is that the club learns from the mistakes of the past and we are not burdened with the consequences of contracts offered as a result of unrealistic expectations of future success. There is a difference between taking a calculated risk and being foolhardy.
  4. Inverness Caledonian Thistle Supporters Trust in conjunction with the Angel Wings charity is hosting a fans party night at the Stadium on the evening of Saturday 29th June. Earlier in the day, the team kicks off the start of Inverness Caledonian Thistle's 26th season with a friendly away to our neighbours Clach at Grant St. , so what better way to celebrate the first fantastic 25 years years and to look forward to the next 25 than with a party! The party starts at 19.00 and ends at 23.45. Ticket price includes a buffet and disco. Players past and present will be there so this will be a great opportunity to share memories with friends old and new and to chat about hopes and expectations for the next 25 years. Ticket prices have been kept low at £15 to make this event as affordable as possible, so please book early to avoid disappointment! Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite at All of us on the Trust Board look forward to meeting you on the 29th.
  5. Three promising youngsters. Hoban, Mackay and MacKinnon.
  6. Storey? The first chapter was OK but he’s lost the plot since. I don’t think signing him would lead to a happy ending.
  7. On the face of it as he was pretty outspoken. It perhaps suggests the powers that be think he was justified in being very annoyed.
  8. Not a chance we will get Rudden. I think he is a very good player who The Rangers will be wanting to keep hold of. I can’t see them wanting him playing in Division 1 with Falkirk but I expect the cost of taking him on loan would be beyond our budget.
  9. I always wondered why he played wide midfield for us. He looked like a natural striker to me. Having been out of the game at a higher level for a number of years, I don't know that he would cut it here any more. Perhaps take him as a squad player but I wouldn't want to pay a fee for him.
  10. How can you miss 4 penalties in a row in a shootout! Justice done but I ‘d rather not have both Dundee teams in the Championship next season.
  11. And played pretty well. When he was with us he was rightly criticised for trying to be too fancy and in having no end product. Today he gave a very mature performance, tracked back well and put some really good balls into the box.
  12. You've probably not seen much of Boris in the media recently. That might seem strange as there has clearly been an undeclared leadership contest going on prior to May's statement today. Apparently his advisers have told him to keep a low public profile in case he says or does something stupid which might be seized upon by the media! Nothing could demonstrate his total unsuitability to be Prime Minister than that. If he wins the contest then he will have an awful lot of public exposure, but by then, it will be too late.
  13. Cameron called the referendum in an attempt to unite his party but it has rather spectacularly back fired. Latest polling suggests that the Tories might actually slip as low as 6th in Scotland. What is really extraordinary is that in the UK as a whole, a party that did not even exist at the time of the referendum is set to win more votes than the Tories and Labour combined. Cameron's miscalculation appears to have changed the face of British politics for ever. Interesting times ahead.
  14. That's a fair point but on balance I think I'm with Kingsmills on this one. I think that with Dundee also in the Championship there would be a big rivalry between the two Dundee sides which would tend to spur the 2 of them on. I think Dundee will be stronger if Dundee Utd are also in the division. But I also think Dundee Utd will probably be stronger than St Mirren despite the parachute payments. Anyway you look at it, I would reckon that it will be Dundee plus the loser of the play-offs who will the favourites to go up next season.
  15. Brilliant statement from the club. Well done to the club and, of course, to Robbo.
  16. Oh God. It will be Alloa after Robbo next!
  17. No. It's too late to be thinking about this. It's bedtime ffs.
  18. Daniel Hoban and Martin MacKinnon have signed new contracts too. Daniel's is a 1 year extension and Martin's is a 2 year deal. Great to see the young lads getting contracts. We're not going to be short on keepers!
  19. Its only good on the club if the refusal was made with the agreement of Robbo. Regardless of contracts, it is in nobodies interest for the club to prevent anyone who wants to move to further their career, We saw what happened when the previous Board prevented Yogi from speaking with the Arabs. We're still recovering from the consequences. Given the memory of that episode, I assume that the club did speak with Robbo before Dundee were told to feck off but it would have been good to get a statement to that effect to firmly squash any unease. The Dundee statement about the vacant position refers to having been inundated with applications and that some of their targets are currently employed by other clubs and therefore they need to speak with those clubs first. This does not necessarily mean that Robbo has applied for the post, but if he didn't, it means Dundee are targeting him despite all the applications. We have good reason to be a little worried just now. I certainly hope Robbo is going nowhere. I think he's a great fit for the club and he has done a superb rebuilding job in the last two seasons. It would be a disaster for the club if he was to leave. I fear it would be a disaster for John too.
  20. I assume the answer is "no" because the games will not be held under the SFA's jurisdiction. But there is a lovely irony of him being appointed to the top job just a few days before being found guilty at a disciplinary hearing. I expect this irony will be lost on the SFA but it really should be an opportunity for them to finally acknowledge that there is a very serious problem with the standard of refereeing in Scotland.
  21. It would be good to see Donaldson get an extension on his contract - perhaps with a view to him taking the captain's arm band in due course. Tremarco will be 34 later this year, and much as I love the guy, he seems increasingly injury prone and I don't think he'll be able to command a regular place in the team beyond next season.
  22. I hate all the vilification of players when they move on and especially when they move to our main rivals. These guys are simply making a living best they can in a career with a very short lifespan. Moving to a bigger wage may not always be the best career move in the longer term and staying a bit longer at a club you have developed well at, may result in a far better offer the following year. However, players like Chalmers are not earning much with ICT and it is completely reasonable for them to move on. And to do so with our thanks and good wishes.
  23. I think opening up SPFL to promotion from the lower leagues has been a really positive move. It has allowed lower league teams to have some ambition whilst at the same time forcing some of the lower level SPFL teams to pick up their ideas if they want to remain in the system. This arrangement has been a huge success in England. The concern for me is where there is only one promotion place available, particularly in a situation like in the SPFL where that place is not automatic but subject to a play-off. This can result in a log jam where there may be several teams at the lower level who are actually better than several in the tier above. This is a bigger problem in England where the leagues mostly have 20 or more teams, but it might be more appropriate to have the team coming bottom of the SPFL being automatically relegated and the team next to bottom going to a play-off. Good luck to Cove, though. I think they will do well next season.
  24. Confirmation of what we knew/suspected. Joe's been good for us at championship level but I'm not sure he'll add much to County in the Premiership. Can see him getting paid lots more for sitting on a bench than he did for playing football this season. Invest the money wisely, Joe!