Inverness CT

Founded In
Inverness, Scotland

About Inverness CT

Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club was first formed in 1994, as a result of a merger between the previous clubs from the area: Inverness Thistle FC and Caledonian FC. Originally operating as Caledonian Thistle, the team adopted its current name in 1996. The combined club was created in order to apply for a vacancy in the Scottish Football League. The application led to their entry into the Third Division for the 1994-95 season.

The team first attracted real national interest in 2000, when Inverness Caledonian Thistle were drawn away against SPL giants Celtic in the third round of the Scottish Cup. Going into the match as clear underdogs, Inverness caused a cup upset as they left Glasgow with a 3-1 win. Inverness manager Steve Paterson later said it was the moment Inverness announced their arrival in Scottish football. This unlikely outcome repeated itself in 2003, when Inverness were once again drawn against Celtic in the cup and won the match 1-0.

Although major honours have been beyond the team's grasp so far, Inverness' climb through the divisions was rapid. In 1997 they achieved promotion to the Second Division and in 1999 they entered the First Division. Finally, in 2003–04, they were crowned champions of the division and entered the Scottish Premier League for the first time. They remained in the division for several years, before being relegated back down to the First Division in 2009. The club returned to the top flight at the conclusion of the following season.

Amongst the more notable players to have represented Inverness in the team's relatively short history are Andrew Shinnie, Billy McKay, Grant Munro and Richie Foran.

Inverness CT play their home games at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium. The ground first opened in 1996 and underwent renovations in 2004, in order to meet the SPL's requirements. It can currently hold a maximum of 7,918 supporters.   

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