36 Facts About Inverness Caledonian Thistle


Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club, commonly known as Caley Thistle, is a professional football club based in Inverness, Scotland.

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle won the Scottish Cup in 2015 and was runner-up in the Scottish League Cup a year earlier.

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All three clubs had won a number of local titles, and Inverness Caledonian Thistle narrowly missed out on being elected into the Scottish League in 1973.

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In 1993 the league agreed to expand by an extra two teams, and improved road links to Inverness Caledonian Thistle now meant that competing in national competitions was more possible.

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The merger was opposed by some supporters of both clubs, with Inverness Caledonian Thistle fans staging a number of protests, but the merger went through and the new club was selected to the Scottish Third Division along with fellow Highland team, Ross County.

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle knocked other SPL teams out of cup competitions, including Motherwell and Hearts.

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle Stadium did not meet this criterion, leaving the club's Board with a dilemma: either to remain in the First Division or to groundshare with Aberdeen, over 100 miles away.

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The name Inverness Caledonian Thistle City was registered by the club, seemingly in case of a change of heart within the voters, however it was dropped when Inverness Caledonian Thistle CT won the Scottish First Division in 2004, and were promoted to the Scottish Premier League.

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The Inverness Caledonian Thistle Stadium was rendered a valid SPL venue after a rapid ground expansion, with two new stands added.

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle later became involved in a dispute with the club over a share of the transfer fee that was not paid to him when he left.

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On 21 April 2010, Inverness Caledonian Thistle secured promotion back to the SPL with two games to spare after Dundee lost to Raith Rovers.

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle became the first team in ten years to secure an immediate return to the SPL.

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That same season, Inverness Caledonian Thistle secured entry to European competition for the first time, with a best-ever third-place finish in the Premiership.

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At the split, Inverness Caledonian Thistle narrowly missed out on a top six spot, eventually finishing in a club record-equalling 7th place.

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In February 2014, Inverness Caledonian Thistle defeated Hearts in the Scottish League Cup semi-final.

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle struck first with Greg Tansey firing the Highland side into the lead.

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Just when Inverness Caledonian Thistle were on the brink of defeat, Nick Ross equalised in the 94th minute and sent the game to extra time.

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle missed their first 2 penalties with Billy McKay's penalty saved and Greg Tansey firing over the bar.

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Between May and September 2014, Inverness Caledonian Thistle kept a series of consecutive clean sheets, enabling them to achieve a club record of 616 minutes without conceding a goal.

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle lost a replay to the Edinburgh club, who eventually went on to win the competition.

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle went on to lift the cup on 24 March 2018, with Carl Tremarco scoring the only goal of the game seconds before the game was due to go into added time.

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle was the club's first captain, goalscorer and hat-trick scorer – in their first league game against Arbroath.

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In 2017 Inverness Caledonian Thistle cut ties with Carbrini due to delays in manufacturing of replica kits, which angered many fans who had ordered their kits which took months to arrive at their homes.

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The rivalry started when Inverness Caledonian Thistle were ground sharing with Aberdeen at Pittodrie Stadium in 2004 when Inverness Caledonian Thistle first gained promotion to the top flight, and their ground was being improved to the standards required to be a SPL team.

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When Inverness Caledonian Thistle were scheduled to play their home game against Aberdeen, it took place at Pittodrie where Aberdeen had to use the away dressing room and play in their away kit, causing a stir amongst the Aberdeen team and staff.

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle has been considered as somewhat of a breeding ground for future Aberdeen players, as players such as Adam Rooney, Jonny Hayes, Miles Storey, Graeme Shinnie, Greg Tansey and Ryan Christie have all ended up at Aberdeen after their time in Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle have had a long-standing rivalry with local club Ross County, who are situated a few miles north of Inverness Caledonian Thistle in Dingwall.

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle are the dominant team within the derby with 27 wins to County's 17.

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Highest attendance recorded at the Inverness Caledonian Thistle Stadium is 7,753 set on 20 January 2008 against Rangers.

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle remained in charge for only one season, leaving in 1995 to be closer to his family in Perth.

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle introduced new training regimes to increase player fitness and was successful in steering the club to good results against a number of established Premier League sides, including Rangers, Celtic, Motherwell, Hearts and Hibs.

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle resigned on 19 August 2007 due to the pressures of the job, and because he believed it to be the correct decision for him and his family.

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle has now resumed his former role, running the club's Centenary Club lottery.

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle was eventually sacked in January 2009, after a run of seven league defeats.

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In November 2013, after nearly five years at Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Hibernian reached a compensation deal with the club for Terry Butcher to move to Easter Road alongside assistant manager Maurice Malpas.

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Robertson's attempt to return to the top flight immediately was halted by Dunfermline Athletic after a late goal stopped any chances of Inverness Caledonian Thistle making the play-offs, and took the season, like the previous year, to the last day, where Dumbarton were playing Dunfermline Athletic, and Inverness Caledonian Thistle were away to Greenock Morton.

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