Published: 11/11/2017 06:00 - Updated: 08/11/2017 15:15

Newly-merged Caledonian Thistle makes Scottish League debut in 1994 despite on-going wrangling

IC 200, Inverness Courier


THE historic merger between the Inverness Thistle and Caledonian football clubs ran into ferocious opposition from fans on both sides.

Caledonian was the bigger club and expected to have more of a say in how the new club was organised and run while concerned Thistle fans felt it was increasingly like a takeover but were determined to be treated as equals.

The discord was still evident at the start of the season and beyond with the behind-the-scenes wrangling continuing for another three years.

Despite the off-the-pitch rumblings, there were celebrations when the newly-merged team made its historic debut in the Scottish League in August and beat Arbroath 5-2.

The hero of the day was striker Alan Hercher who stormed into the record books, not only scoring the opening goal but completing a hat-trick in the space of 20 minutes.

The club added Inverness to the name at the end of the 1995-96 season.

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