completion of the merger in 1994, Inverness Thistle FC and
Caledonian FC, bitter rivals for over a century, became
Caledonian Thistle FC then later renamed Inverness Caledonian
However we may have felt at
the time of the merger it is undeniable that the new club has
been a terrific success....so far! Indeed it is quite a
remarkable achievement that 10 years and 1 day after the Jags
played their last ever match, Inverness Caledonian Thistle won
the 1st Division title and with it promotion to the Scottish
Premier League. How many of us could ever have dreamed of that
10 years ago?
Fans invade the
pitch after ICT's 3-1 victory over St Johnstone takes the 1st
Division title to Inverness for the first time in history!
Both clubs had their share of
'diehards' who were set against the merger taking place. There
are still many folk in Inverness who absolutely refuse to have
anything to do with the new club. I must admit it took me a long
time to come round to the idea of supporting the new club but
eventually I attended my first match and have been a regular to
Longman Stadium ever since. I realised that the only person
missing out by not attending was ME! By accepting the new club I
was able to go and support my local team again, the only
difference this time around was that my local team was now
playing in the Scottish League, something I'm fairly sure would
not have happened had I still been watching the Jags.
Unfortunately there is still
an air of Caley bias at the new club. The strip is predominantly
blue and the only chant you'll ever hear at the Longman Stadium
is "Caley...clap,clap,clap...". Also most people in
Inverness still refer to the new team as "Caley"
although if anyone does in my company I just 'politely'
While none of us will ever
forget going to watch the Jags on a Saturday afternoon, we now
have a full-time senior Scottish League side playing on our own
doorstep. Why don't we get behind ICT and support them as best
we can while still remembering the past with fondness.