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Season 2006 - 2007

Ross County 1-2 ICT FC 28th July 2007

For the second time in one week Caley Jags found themselves facing a 2nd Division side in a pre-season friendly. This time however it was the SPL side that came out on top. The first goal went to Ross County when they took the lead on 34 minutes after Andrew Barrowman’s shot was deflected off Grant Munro. Munro however levelled the score on 69 minutes when he netted the ball following a John Rankin corner. Stuart McCaffrey made it 2-1 on 72 minutes, again following another Rankin corner.

28/07/07, 82 Photos


Peterhead 2-1 ICT FC 28th July 2007

Peterhead’s well deserved defeat of Caley Jags at Balmoor, on Wednesday evening, allowed them to claim the Buchan Cup. Caley Jags fielded a strong line up, including French trialist Giany Joinville. However it was Martin Bavidge who managed to score after just 10 minutes with a powerful drive past keeper Ally Ridgers. A more significant event for next season occurred two minutes later when Bobby Mann’s challenge on Caley Jags’ Dean McDonald which resulted in McDonald being stretchered off. Bavidge drove the ball past Ridgers on 30 minutes to double Peterhead’s lead. Caley Jags replied on 44 minutes when Richie Hart headed home a Ross Tokely cross.

25/07/07, 70 Photos

"... I'm a Rocket Man..."

Elton John Concert 15th July 2007

InvernessFest, a new festival taking place in the Highland capital between 15 and 29 July 2007 opened with a concert at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium. Part of the year of Highland culture celebrations the concert was headlined by Sir Elton John, supported by the Welsh band The Storys. Elton played a two hour set keeping everyone happy with old favourites including Rocket Man, I'm Still Standing, I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues, and Candle In The Wind.

One of the biggest cheers of the night came when he wrapped himself in a Caley Jags flag thrown on to the stage.

Sir Elton told the crowd: "I'd like to thank the Caley Thistle chairman. As you know I'm a Watford supporter, but I keep my eye on the Scottish Cup... It's great what the guys have done up here, it shows it's not all about Celtic and Rangers."

15/07/07, 136 Photos

"... Inverness deserved to win..."

St Mirren 0-1 ICT FC 19th May 2007

The last game of the season for Caley Jags, a trip to the city of Paisley, an early 12:30 kick off, the chance to grab an eight place finish ahead of Dundee United, the opportunity to field some of the younger squad members, the last game in the Caley Jags strip for team captain Darren Dods, the 300th game for the club by Richard Hastings. As for the Buddies, the chance to end the season on a high with a win against the team they beat in the first game of the season, the possibility of a tenth place finish ahead of Motherwell, a farewell to Kirk Broadfoot, and the opportunity to award the Key of the City to Ross Tokely in a mass show of forgiveness... NOT!!

The game itself ended in a win for Caley Jags. A single goal decided the outcome and it was scored on the 74th minute when Stuart McCaffrey headed home. As for Darren Dods, he did not play today, however Richard Hastings was fielded and was on form as usual, Ross Tokely received his now traditional welcome and to keep the Buddies support happy he fell over one of the advertising boards. Young Caley Jags players Zander Sutherland and Rory McAllister's performance pleased manager Charlie Christie and provides him with further options for next season.

Charlie Christie was pleases that the team finished the season with a win, their first away win in the league since 21-Oct-06: "It's always good to finish the season with a win... we thoroughly deserved it, we dictated the game from the first minute to the last, barring a wee charge from St Mirren after we had scored... it just took us so long to score, but it was a good way to finish the season."

Gus MacPherson said: "It was poor and no doubt Inverness deserved to win the game, we can't have any complaints... you try to remind players about standards but because of events last week it was flat."

19/05/07, 112 Photos

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"... I definitely feel some sympathy for Dunfermline..."

ICT FC 2-1 Dunfermline 12th May 2007

It started a big day today for the Pars as they continued their quest to accumulate the points that would see off the possibility of relegation this season. It was also a big day for Caley Jags as defender Ross Tokley fielded for the 400th time for the home team. It was Dunfermline however that made the more determined start and they were rewarded on 37 mins when Jim McIntyre volleyed home after receiving a Tam McManus flick on. Dunfermline continued to look dangerous but became more nervous as the game went on. Then on 77 mins Caley Jags drew even. A Richard Hastings free-kick, although fired straight at Dunfermline keeper Dorus De Vries, was not stopped and the ball slipped through his hands and into the goal. The game was sealed on 89 mins when Caley Jags' substitute Rory McAllister drive flew in, deflected off Dunfermline's Sol Bamba.

Charlie Christie reflected on today's home win: "I think you have to enjoy any win, although I definitely feel some sympathy for Dunfermline...They got a couple of bad breaks in the game. But, to be fair, I thought our play deserved those breaks and all credit to our players."

Pars' manager Stephen Kenny was surprised by his team's defeat after their strong start and recent run of excellent form: "Five wins out of six games put us at the top of the table in terms of the form league... We played well here but somehow lost the game... Relegation has consequences for everybody, but we just have to accept it and come straight back up."

12/05/07, 149 Photos

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Previous Seasons' Dunfermline Athletic Albums

"... a freak goal!"

Falkirk 1-0 ICT FC 5th May 2007

A 78 minute goal from Falkirk's Carl Finnigan was enough to win this game. It came after a long kick by Falkirk keeper Kasper Schmeicel was picked up and lobbed home over the head of Michael Fraser.

After the match Charlie Christie said: "... I thought both teams were certainly not at their best, but the game was there for us to win at half-time... but it took a freak goal to win it, a poor goal from our point of view."

Falkirk's assistant manager Brian Rice said: "... In the first half, there was nothing in the game but I think the introduction of the subs maybe freshened it up a bit and gave us a wee bit of impetus... we don't want the season to tail off and want to be undefeated in the last four games,"

05/05/07, 105 Photos

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Previous Seasons' Falkirk Albums

"... it was a great header..."

Dundee United 1-1 ICT FC 28th April 2007

Certainly a game of two halves, the first half was dominated by Dundee United, the second by Caley Jags. United's early efforts were rewarded towards the end of the first half when on 41 minutes David Robertson headed home a Noel Hunt cross. Caley Jags started the second have with more urgency. Graham Bayne replied on 58 minutes when he headed in a Richie Hart free kick.

After the match Donald Park, Caley Jags assistant head coatch said: "...I think our second-half performance we might just have deserved the draw and no more... It was a great header from Graham Bayne, great delivery from Richie Hart... as soon as he got in front of the defender it was a goal."

United's manager Craig Levein said: "I'm frustrated and disappointed we didn't win the match... the game should have been over at half-time and the second half should have been a chance to relax, play some good football and entertain our fans..."

28/04/07, 112 Photos

Previous Dundee United Albums

"... that was very pleasing..."

ICT FC 2-0 Motherwell 21st April 2007

It was a comfortable win for Caley Jags this week. Two goals in the first half by Craig Dargo was enough to secure the points. On 14 minutes Dargo blasted a shot from 20 yards. It deflected of Danny Murphy to sail past his keeper, Graeme Smith. Dargo then added to the score on 45 minutes. Strike partner Graham Bayne headed the ball down after a free-kick by Stuart McCaffrey, this was pick up by Dargo and slotted past Smith.

After today's win Charlie Christie said: "I feel we had the better appetite and drive today especially in the first half... we showed the same application against Falkirk recently but the difference today was that we got the two goals when we were on top... that was very pleasing and also justified... "

Motherwell manager Maurice Malpas was far from impressed with his side's performance: "I have to apologise to the fans, it's a long distance to come for a performance like that... It's the worst performance since I came to the club. I was disgusted by it. We were insipid, we had no urgency at all."

21/04/07, 105 Photos

Previous Motherwell Albums

"We lacked a wee bit of guile. "

ICT FC 1-1 Falkirk 7th April 2007

Caley Jags had the best of the first half. Chances fell to Craig Dargo, Barry Wilson, Richie Hart, John Rankin and Graham Bayne. Unfortunately none were converted to goals, Kasper Schmeichel making a number of excellent saves . The deadlock was broken on 80 mins when Falkirk substitute Carl Finnigan struck home from the edge of the box. Caley Jags did not stay behind for long, as a John Rankin volley from 6 yards provided the equalizer 6 mins later. Both teams had chances in the final minutes to claim all the points but neither side managed to score again.

Charlie Christie was satisfied with the team's performance, but thought they should have got more from the game, "I thought we deserved more than that... We were on top in the first half and I can't remember them having a shot on goal in the second half other than the goal... We lacked a wee bit of guile. In fact, you need to break teams down sometimes..."

John Hughes felt that it was fair that Caley Jags got a share of the points today. He felt his team lacked the composure required for their visit to Inverness, "If we had picked up the points, I must admit it would have been unjust on Inverness... Inverness is a very hard place to come and win... The players tried hard enough but the quality and composure wasn't there."

07/04/07, 97 Photos

Previous Falkirk Albums

"It's incredible ... "

Rangers 1-1 ICT FC 31st March 2007

Rangers started very strong and put early pressure on the Caley Jags. After only 14 mins Caley Jags' captain Darren Dods was sent off after impeding Kris Boyd when he was through on goal. Rangers' Charlie Adam scored the opening goal from the resulting free-kick. Caley Jags managed to get to half time without letting Rangers increase the goal count. The second half then saw ten men Caley Jags take more control of the game. A deserved equalizer was scored by Craig Dargo on 82 mins. This followed a flick on from Graham Bayne who received the ball from Richard Hastings.

Charlie Christie was pleased with this seasons results against Rangers, "It's incredible to think that we are unbeaten in three games against Rangers this season, we played a lot better in the previous two games but we were down to ten men today. I think to show that strength of character here was amazing given the double blow of losing a man and a goal from the resulting free kick."

Rangers manager Walter Smith commented on the Caley Jags performance after the match,"Sometimes teams can struggle against ten men but credit to Inverness because their back four and goalkeeper were solid and played well."

31/03/07, 108 Photos

Previous Rangers Albums

"... we are losing really cheap goals!"

ICT FC 1-3 Dunfermline Athletic 17th March 2007

Caley Jags started well but for the second week running defensive errors led to another defeat. The Pars earned three valuable points as they try to avoid what seemed like certain relegation this season. Markus Paatelainen scored his second goal in two weeks on 22 mins. However, Dunfermline's Stephen Glass equalized on 52 minutes and Jim McIntyre scored their second on 61 mins. Glass went on to score from a penalty on 79 mins.

Charlie Christie is not happy with the team's defending over the past two games, "It is really frustrating as we are losing really cheap goals just now, it is unlike us and we did the same last Saturday against Killie when we give away two goals from long throw-ins. The problem is I don't have huge options to change the personnel in the defensive side of things as we are very thin on the ground for players at the moment..."

Stephen Kenny's side now has a chance of avoiding relegation,"It was an important victory... we are six points from getting off the bottom and we have an inferior goal difference... we wanted to give ourselves a chance though and I think we've done that."

17/03/07, 106 Photos

Previous Dunfermline Albums

"... we
defended very poorly!"

Kilmarnock 3-2 ICT FC 10th March 2007

Caley Jags had to beat Kilmarnock to have any chance of a top six finish this season. After 10 minutes Markus Paatelainen scored his first goal for the team following a cross from Richard Hastings. He headed in from 12 yards to beat Graeme Smith. Killie replied on 17 minutes with a goal from Paul di Giacomo. Killie then scored twice again before half time with a second goal from di Giacomo and one from Stevie Naismith. Caley Jags struck back in the second half when a Barry Wilson corner was headed in by Darren Dods on 48 minutes. There were no more goals, and Killie should now secure a top six finish.

Charlie Christie acknowledged that today's result came from uncharacteristically poor defence, "Today for 25 minutes we defended very poorly which is so unlike us especially after last week's clean sheet against Dundee United and we have paid dearly for it."

Killie manager Jim Jefferies was pleased with the result, "We just deserved to win the game. It was terrific to come back from losing an early goal... We're not there yet but we are close to securing a top six finish and we deserve it because we have been there all season."

10/03/07, 100 Photos

Previous Kilmarnock Albums

"we got a break"



ICT FC 1-0 Dundee United 3rd March 2007

It's not unusual to see a goal in the last second of a Caley Jags game. However it's nice not to be on the receiving end this time. As extra time was drawing to a conclusion Barry Wilson had his penultimate shot on goal. It was saved by Derek Stillie, however Graham Bayne knocked the rebound onto Markus Paatelainen, who passed it back to Wilson. This time the shot was not stopped by Stillie, and Caley Jags pick up three points. This puts them back up to seventh place in the table.

Charlie Christie was pleased, for the team, after today's late win, "For the first 25 minutes we were very flat and in the second half we didn't perform very well either... we got a break late on... there is absolutely no doubt that these boys deserve it."

Craig Levein said, "... we failed to take them and were caught at the end by a sucker punch.We were just lacking a killer touch,"

03/03/07, 90 Photos

Previous Dundee United Albums

"I cannot believe it!"

ICT FC 1-2 Celtic 25th February 2007

A historic third defeat of Celtic by Caley Jags, in the Scottish Cup, was thwarted by two late goals. Celtic put pressure on from the start, however it was Caley Jags' Graham Bayne who opened the scoring on 18 minutes. Ian Black started the build up picking out Barry Wilson who went on to cross to Bayne who fired in from six yards. Caley Jags managed to keep their lead until the 89th minute when Steven Pressley headed in to level the game. Caley Jags were then denied a replay at Parkhead when Kenny Miller fired home from 20 yards.

After the match a very disappointed Charlie Christie said, "I cannot believe it. It a real sore one to take and the players are near to tears in the dressing-room. They put so much into the game and deserved so much more... You can't legislate for one great leap, one great header and a tremendous finish by Kenny Miller to win it."

Gordon Strachan confessed, "I had to make changes near the end, some of them desperate... desperate times call for desperate measures. With five minutes to go, and after the equalizer, I was happy to settle for the draw and a replay.... but the players said "no" and I'm just glad they are on my side."

25/02/07, 110 Photos

Previous Celtic Albums

"... we were poor in the first half ....  "

Motherwell 1-0 ICT FC 17th February 2007

Caley Jags have not won away from home since they beat Rangers last October. This time the sucker punch came just before half time when Scott McDonald headed home the winner for Motherwell. After a poor first half, for Caley Jags, the team came out after the break and took the game to Motherwell. Good opportunities fell to Rory McAllister and Markus Paatelainen but these were not converted to goals.

Charlie Christie said, "We were poor in the first half but merited at least a point on our second-half performance.."

Maurice Malpas said, "... it wasn't a great spectacle but it doesn't matter because it's a great win..."

17/02/07, 95 Photos

Previous Motherwell Albums

"... it is the worst we have played this year....  "

Hearts 1-0 ICT FC 10th February 2007

Caley Jags failed to impress today when they met Hearts in Edinburgh. There were early chances from Graham Bayne and Barry Wilson but they were not converted to goals after impressive saves by Steve Banks. The match was decided on 82 mins when Hearts' substitute Michal Pospisil scored with his first touch of the ball.


Charlie Christie said, "... it is the worst we have played this year. Today we looked like the Caley Thistle of old today, when we first went into the SPL and we were happy just to lump the ball away instead of passing it like we can.  We are better than that now so it is disappointing."

Valdas Ivanauskas praised his team's resilience. "... The boys were very, very tired after last weekend, which was a big shock for the club and for the players... I don't think they deserved to lose that game but that's football... the team are very tired but very pleased to beat Inverness."

10/02/07, 112 Photos

Previous Hearts Albums

"... it was a well deserved win....  "

ICT FC 1-0 Dundee United 3rd February 2007

Caley Jags now progress to the next round of the Tennent's Scottish Cup after a victory over Dundee United. The only goal of the game came on 15 mins when a defensive header by Lee Wilkie fell to Russell Duncan who volleyed in from 25 yards. Highlights of the game included fine displays of footwork from Michael Fraser and Ross Tokley and shots on goal by Barry Wilson and Rory McAllister. However, even with a fight back by United in the final 15 mins of the game no further goals were added to the score.

After the match Charlie Christie said, "I thought it was a well deserved win... It was a special strike, he (Russell Duncan) doesn't get very many goals but when he does score they tend to be very good finishes."Craig Levein said, "I can't fault our effort, but we lacked quality. Our biggest problem was that our most creative players didn't perform. As a team we never played cohesively."

03/02/07, 51 Photos

Previous Dundee United Albums

"We matched the league champions ....  "

ICT FC 1-2 Celtic 28th January 2007

In another fine display Caley Jags matched the league leaders for 90 minutes. Then, not for the first time this season an extra time goal robbed them of a share of the points. Celtic opened the scoring on 37 mins when Derek Riordan tapped in a rebound from the crossbar. Then on 57 mins Graham Bayne headed in a Grant Munro cross. Celtic won the game in the final seconds of extra time when Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink took advantage of a goalmouth skirmish and blasted the ball past Michael Fraser.

Charlie Christie reflecting on the game said "There are a huge amount of positives to take. We matched the league champions face to face, toe to toe... But Celtic are champions and, to be fair, can go back to front, they have got that aerial threat." Celtic manager Gordon Strachan said "We had to handle an exuberant, frantic Inverness side and we handled it... If we're lucky, we're lucky. But our goalie didn't have too many saves to make."

21/01/07, 104 Photos

Previous Celtic Albums

"... we can be a match for anyone....  "

ICT FC 3-0 Hibernian 21st January 2007

Caley Jags played one of their finest games today when they met Hibs at home. The first half saw some of the best football from the team since they entered the SPL. They opened the scoring when a poor attempt at a clearance by Chris Hogg was intercepted by Dennis Wyness.He deflected the ball into the path of Craig Dargo who had no problem netting the ball on 20 minutes. Ten minutes later Roy McBain added to the score after receiving a cross from Ross Tokely. With three minutes remaining in the first half Barry Wilson completed the scoring when he lopped the ball over keeper Andrew McNeill.

Charlie Christie was understandably pleased with the teams' performance, particulartly in the first half: "I thought we were tremendous in the first half and after we got the first goal we put Hibs to the sword for the next 20 minutes... It was a first-class showing from my players, we can be a match for anyone."John Collins also commented on his teams' first half performance: "It was a forty-five minutes to forget and too many players were below par."

21/01/07, 54 Photos

Previous Hibernian Albums

".We are all gutted...  "

Aberdeen 1-1 ICT FC 13th January 2007

For the second time this season Caley Jags were denied three points by Steve Lovell in the final seconds of extra time. Despite dominating the game for long periods it was not until the 86th minutes that the Caley Jags goal arrived. John Rankin swept the ball home from a Graham Bayne pass. Then, in the last seconds of the 3 minutes extra time Lovell lobbed the ball over Mark Brown to ensure Aberdeen had a share of the points.

A very disappointed Charlie Christie said: "We are all gutted that we are only going away from Pittodrie with only a point, which really does show the strides we have taken... but we fully deserved to win that game."Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood was happy with Lovell's performance,: "We looked down and out, but Steve has saved us again and it could be a massive goal come the end of the season."

06/01/07, 93 Photos

Previous Aberdeen Albums

"... pure class ...  "

Stirling Albion 1-6 ICT FC 6th January 2007

Caley Jags played with three strikers today, at Forthbank, when they met Stirling Albion in the 3rd round of the Tennent's Scottish Cup. Graham Bayne, Craig Dargo and Dennis Wyness all started the game. Richard Hastings was left out after picking up a calf strain, leaving three defenders in the line up. Caley Jags took hold of the game from the start and were rewarded in 8 minutes with a goal from Craig Dargo. This was soon followed by a goal from Denis Wyness who scored from a volley on 13 minutes. The Binos then replied 2 minutes later when David O'Brien netted the ball after picking up the ball from John Fraser. Two more goals were scored by Caley Jags before half time. Roy McBain scored on 22 minutes and Craig Dargo got his second of the match on 41 minutes. Barry Wilson added to the score 2 minutes into the second half. A final goal was scored by substitute Alan Morgan on 69 minutes. Caley Jags now progress to the next round after this comfortable win, where they meet Dundee United at home on 3-Feb-07.

A pleased Charlie Christie said: "... The goals from Dargo and Wyness were in particular pure class which is all credit to them and I think that breeds confidence.  I also thought Graham Bayne did exceptionally well first half and it was just disappointing that he didn't score."

06/01/07, 65 Photos

"... we bossed the game ...  "

ICT FC 2-1 St Mirren 1st January 2007

Caley Jags strikers Graham Bayne and Denis Wyness both scored from open play ensuring a win in their first match of 2007. The Saints pulled one back towards the end of the match. They then started to cause problems for their hosts, but did not add further to the score. The match started well for Caley Jags with Bayne's goal coming on 5 minutes when he headed in a Roy McBain cross. Then, 16 minutes later Wyness chested down a Richard Hastings cross which he blasted past keeper Bullock. The Saints battled back and eventually replied on 77 minutes when Kirk Broadfoot headed in past Mark Brown from a Richard Brittain corner. A number of excellent saves by Brown during the course of the game ensured all three points went to Caley Jags.

After the match Charlie Christie commented, "I thought that for 65 minutes we bossed the game, scored two excellent goals and then had three great opportunities to get a third goal, but we never got it. It has been a decent four games of late and barring 15 minutes of madness at Falkirk we have played really well and seven points out of 12 for us is good going." St Mirren manager Gus MacPherson said, "You can't give anyone in football a two-goal start and expect to come back... The last 20 minutes was one-way traffic, but we just couldn't get the second goal."

01/01/07, 68 Photos

Previous St Mirren Albums



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