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Not going to lie, the currently arranged fixtures are kinda disappointing...thought it was going to be special opposition, for the 25th Anniversary, but what's been named is Highland League sides...fingers crossed more exciting fixtures will be announced ūü§ě

 

https://ictfc.com/2019-20-pre-season-fixtures

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it's great that for once we've actually announced our fixtures rather than finding out about them through the other clubs. credit where it's due for this one, great communication, it's what we've been wanting over the years.

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There will be a number added and the special anniversary game need not necessarily be pre season.

The fact that we are beginning to publish them already is further well one evidence of improved communication and PR.

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Also have to see what game Ryan Esson is going to get for his testimonial!  pretty sure it will be an Aberdeen 11.

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13 minutes ago, IMMORTAL HOWDEN ENDER said:

What is happening with the League Cup format next season ?

Same as usual presumably. Group Stage kicks of mid July.

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11 hours ago, IMMORTAL HOWDEN ENDER said:

To me that is now pre-season ?

Yeah think we use League Cup group stages now as pre-season games. Can't see us getting more games to be honest.

4 pre-season games & 4 league cup games = 8

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The SPFL have confirmed that the Group Stage draw for the Betfred Cup will take place tomorrow (Tuesday 28th May) at 1.30pm at Hampden Park

Details of seeding pots will be confirmed tomorrow morning ahead of the draw.

Betfred Cup group stage dates
MD1 Weekend of July 13/14, 2019
MD2 Midweek of July 16/17, 2019
MD3 Weekend of July 20/21, 2019
MD4 Midweek of July 23/24, 2019
MD5 Weekend of July 27/28, 2019
Weekend of August 17/18, 2019

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Not getting at you IHE but frankly ever since the European place for winning the league cup was withdrawn I have zero interest in this mickey mouse competition which was once the worst attended professional competition possibly in the world, I would use it to blood youngsters as AF did at Man Utd.

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17 minutes ago, wynthank15 said:

Not getting at you IHE but frankly ever since the European place for winning the league cup was withdrawn I have zero interest in this mickey mouse competition which was once the worst attended professional competition possibly in the world, I would use it to blood youngsters as AF did at Man Utd.

It's the third most important tournament in the country and very worth doing well in for all sorts of reasons not least early season momentum and confidence building.

I didn't regard it as a Mickey Mouse competition when I was sitting at Parkhead with my head in my hands after losing out on penalties to Aberdeen and I don't regard it as a Mickey Mouse competition now.

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2 hours ago, wynthank15 said:

Not getting at you IHE but frankly ever since the European place for winning the league cup was withdrawn I have zero interest in this mickey mouse competition which was once the worst attended professional competition possibly in the world, I would use it to blood youngsters as AF did at Man Utd.

In a sense, I do agree. I don't really follow the League Cup as much as I would. But the lack of European qualification can be blamed on our Coefficiency.

Hopefully the introduction of the Europa League 2 in the 2021/22 Season will change that, and add another berth...

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2012 and 2021 are very far apart in time, but close in keyboards...

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29 minutes ago, Kingsmills said:

It's the third most important tournament in the country and very worth doing well in for all sorts of reasons not least early season momentum and confidence building.

I didn't regard it as a Mickey Mouse competition when I was sitting at Parkhead with my head in my hands after losing out on penalties to Aberdeen and I don't regard it as a Mickey Mouse competition now.

It's the third least important tournament, use it to blood youngsters, no one remembers who won the thing and no European place up for grabs. Concentrate on promotion.. As for confidence building, I seem to remember we got some decent results in this competition in the group stages before Hearts hammered us and we got relegated the same season. We have a small squad, the fewer unnecessary games for first team players the better IMHO. If you want to take this nothing competition seriously that's your prerogative but I certainly would not lose any sleep over going out in the group stages if we gave four or five youngsters a run in these matches.

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Feck me - Stimulating debate fer once. I can see what is behind all these views. And (feck me again) I agree with Kingsmills. :ohmy:

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League cup is still a great cup. Especially for a team like us. I like the group stages as it gives you a chance to play a fair few teams you wouldn’t usually play.  

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We enter three competitions a season (League, Scottish Cup & League Cup) With aim to do the best we can in each one.

 

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58 minutes ago, WYNESS101 said:

We enter three competitions a season (League, Scottish Cup & League Cup) With aim to do the best we can in each one.

Don't forget the Challenge (Irn Bru) Cup!

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Group D
Dundee
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Raith Rovers
Peterhead
Cove Rangers

 

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2 minutes ago, WYNESS101 said:

Group D
Dundee
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Raith Rovers
Peterhead
Cove Rangers

 

EASAY! EASAY! EASAY!

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Gotta say love a cup run no matter the competition and get on an early roll of wins confidence will build important we win this group ! Our slow starts to the season cost us 2 years in a row get them going Robbo ffs

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Game vs Aberdeen out at Borough Briggs on the 6th of July. 3pm KO just been announced. Be there or be square. 

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18 hours ago, IMMORTAL HOWDEN ENDER said:

Feck me - Stimulating debate fer once. I can see what is behind all these views. And (feck me again) I agree with Kingsmills. :ohmy:

You better lie down for a while to get over that !

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If you are not going to play young players in this competition when are you going to play them? a SC quarter or must win league match, I don't think so, we need to know how the youngsters handle competitive matches against men and that takes games a run of them so do it in all the group matches then you know who can cope at this level and who can't. If we can't play them in these matches what's the point in the U19s. If we even find one or two who can do it that would be a huge step forward.

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Still waiting for date of pre season fixture at Brora - looking forward to fish n chips in The Trawler at Golspie before ko.  An annual treat - both the footie and the food.  

 

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