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Highland League Clach offer more than 400 free season tickets to young fans as Inverness Caley Thistle stand accused of weakening their community links


By Alasdair Fraser

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Clachnacuddin players celebrating with the fans. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Clachnacuddin players celebrating with the fans. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Highland League Clach have launched a free season ticket offer just as big league city neighbours Caley Thistle face accusations of distancing themselves from the community.

The Lilywhites’ board has decided to offer up more than 400 season tickets free of charge for those qualifying for concessions.

They will be made available through local schools, with the club also retaining some for those getting in touch with officials directly.

Clachnacuddin entrance
Clachnacuddin entrance

Clach’s move comes just a few days after relegated Caley Thistle provoked anger and disbelief by announcing they had struck a deal with fellow League One side Kelty Hearts to relocate first team training to Fife.

They claim the move will cut the costs of accommodating players from the central belt in Inverness.

A statement from Clach said: “In an age where football has become dominated by global superstars and luxurious teams, it's easy for the next generation of fans to lose sight of who needs them the most - their local team.

Clachnacuddin FC's Grant Street home. Picture: Gary Anthony..
Clachnacuddin FC's Grant Street home. Picture: Gary Anthony..

“At Clachnacuddin, we are proud to have designed over 400 free season tickets for concessions to use for our upcoming season, promoting the opportunity to experience football in their home city.

“We will be donating these tickets to various local schools along with keeping some aside for fans who are free to contact us and reserve them.

“These tickets are for under 12s and they must be accompanied by an adult.

Local firm A4 Design and Print Ltd printed the tickets for Clach.


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