Inverness City blow final whistle as club folds
INVERNESS City FC have announced they will not return to football after confirming the club has been forced to fold.
The announcement was made that the team who played in the North Junior Football Association have been unable to find a new pitch to play on after being evicted from Lister Park, part of Bught Park, 12 months ago.
They were granted a year of abeyance to find a new home and had hopes of moving to Kirkhill. But the club said that it would not be able to find a ground to return to the league next season.
Chairman Alastair Wardhaugh said the club tried hard to find a new home so they could continue playing but were unsuccessful and forced to shut down.
He said the loss of the club was a huge blow for football in Inverness.
“We have lost a level of football between the summer amateur league and the Highland League.
“Junior football is a level where guys can play and be picked up by teams at a higher level. We had 14 players that had gone on to the Highland League.
“We have tried all avenues to find a pitch but we have been unavailable to find anywhere to play in the North Junior Football Association.
“It was planned to move to Kirkhill but that was not going to happen in time. The five year lease from Highland Council at Lister Park was meant to give us time to find a new home.
“But every time we asked a question about a place we were told no.”
Founded in 2006, City were twice denied promotion to the Super League because of ground ownership issues. After winning the North Junior First Division in 2014, a secure lease at Lister Park enabled the club to move into the top ﬂight for four seasons.