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snorbens_caleyman

17 October 1953, Telford Street Park

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3 minutes ago, snorbens_caleyman said:

It was 64 years ago today.     Were you there? :amazed:

Click on the PDF link below to see the complete programme. 

complete programme.pdf

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You know, I'm old enough to remember this, but alas, I wasn't at that match.  Can't remember why I missed it.  Looking at the team sheets brings back good memories  of the real glory days of Caley, seeing a few  of their great players involved in this match.  Bobby Bolt as trainer, Willie Bruce, Donnie ("Ginger") MacKenzie and Willie Jamieson were all favourites of mine.  I notice Andrew ("Joopie") Mitchel had transferred to Thistle by then.  I thought he'd gone a little later than that. Other Inverness stalwarts in the team include Roy Lytham and Roddie McLean.  Also, Tom McNiven, as linesman, was a well known face in Inverness sport for many years.  I remember him most as a cricket umpire in the N Of Scotland league.

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Thanks for replying!  I know that one or two here are old enough, so I wasn't being totally facetious when I asked if anyone was there.

It was before my time, but my late father must have been there - I came across this in the many boxes of old photographs that I took out of the family home years ago, and that I am only now exploring.

I remember my Dad and my grandfather talking about Bobby Bolt, Ginger Mackenzie and Joopie Mitchell - and they'd probably have known all the other Inverness players too.  Roy Lytham was on the committee at Thistle when my Dad was there in the late 60s - he was the only man who could get off with taking the mickey out of Jock McDonald. I think I remember Tom McNiven being there too - I don't think he had any official position, but he always used to be in the "tunnel" under the stand.

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This one's a bit early for me - I was just 3 month old! There are one or two names I recognise, though. Joopie Mitchell is a legend and I think I remember Bobby Bolt as part of the Caley coaching set up in the 60s??? Another name I recollect is Roy Lytham - to whom respect if he could take the mick out of Jock! Then there's Jackie Wheeler of Clach, the late father of Iain Wheeler who remains a Clach diehard to this day.

Right halves.... inside lefts... 2-3-5.....these were the days!

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I was 15 at that time and remember Bobby Bolt  as a rather toothless  centre half for Caley  who sweated a lot on his forehead .I think he came directly from Rangers F.C.. He also was on the go just before (or even alongside)   Pete MacKinnon  worked his considerable muscular build into  the centre half position. Pete always seemed to dance rather than run and mostly on his tip-toes/. He married the daughter of my next  door neighbour and was always kind and friendly to me. I remember him fondly and with great respect He passed away in a home in Fairfield road only a few years ago I believe. Truly a cheery chap and a kind and honorable gentleman. Jupie Mitche;ll of course and Frank MacBeth on the right side of the Caley team as he  danced his merry way forward with the ball. Them:clapping: were the days indeed.

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Peter MacKinnon must be a legend judging by the number of enquiries I've had through the Caley site.

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If anyone collects old programmes, there is one from this match on eBay just now. Ends Monday 27th at 22:28 GMT. Currently (Sunday 26th, 19:08) at £11.55. Two people have bid so far.

There's only a photograph of the front, but it looks to be in good condition - much better than mine.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1953-FRIENDLY-SCOTTISH-FA-X1-v-SOUTH-AFRICA-X1-INVERNESS/263295330873?hash=item3d4d9fea39:g:vA0AAOSwke9Z~KtC

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I think Peter MacKinnon was a very popular man  and a very successful centre half for Caley. He was always friendly and respectful and smiling. After my next door neighbour married Pete the Caley players were not short of being shy to show up at her door. Her daughter, Dale,  still lives in Inverness and after living at Hilton (I think)  she is now resident East of Inverness and has  a small farm which I visited the last time I was over. Has some big sheep and she manhandles them with ease. Absolutely great people!!

When that match was played I was 15 at  that time but don't recall attending. 

This thread is so interesting to me. thanks Mantis!!

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On 17/10/2017 at 8:16 AM, snorbens_caleyman said:

It was 64 years ago today.     Were you there? :amazed:

Click on the PDF link below to see the complete programme. 

complete programme.pdf

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With apologies to New Zealand, that would have been a match against 'The All Whites'.

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On 12/14/2017 at 6:54 PM, Kingsmills said:

With apologies to New Zealand, that would have been a match against 'The All Whites'.

That went through my mind looking at the line-up.  No African names whatsoever.  All British sounding aside from a couple of what I assume are Afrikaans. 

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