Junior clubs in Inverness

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Junior clubs in Inverness

Post by BMCCOLL » Mon Jun 23, 2008 2:54 pm

Congratulations to Inverness City on their elevation to the Junior ranks. According to the SJFA and Sun newspaper, they are apparently the first Junior side in the Highland capital.

Ahem, see below...

Camerons 1880s-90s
Catch My Pal 1924-25
Celtic Adventurers 1887-88
Clachnacuddin Juniors
College 1880s
Crown Strollers 1880s-1890s
Crusaders 1877-88
Hill Rovers early 1900s
Inverness Caledonian Juniors
Inverness Celtic 1890s
Inverness Citadel Juniors
Inverness District Asylum 1935-36
Inverness Rangers 1887-88
Inverness Rangers Swifts 1887-88
Inverness Thistle Juniors
Inverness Union 1888-1891 1899
Inverness Victoria 1887-88
Lorne
Northern Counties 1887-88
Seafield 1887-88
Seafield Wanderers 1887-88

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Post by upthewell » Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:29 am

Inverness District Asylum...

Wow - has there ever been another fitba team, playing at a higher level, with the Asylum in the name? :D

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Post by Townfan » Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:53 am

Catch my Pal???

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Post by Scottish » Tue Jun 24, 2008 12:08 pm

upthewell wrote:Inverness District Asylum...

Wow - has there ever been another fitba team, playing at a higher level, with the Asylum in the name? :D
Maybe the originators of the chant 'We're mental, we're crazy, we're aff wur procreative act heids?'

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Post by BMCCOLL » Tue Jun 24, 2008 2:48 pm

Catch-my-pal also competed in the North of Scotland (now the North Caledonian) League during the 1920s.

There were a couple of Asylum teams, as well as a number of "Deaf and Dumb" sides.

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Re: Junior clubs in Inverness

Post by Burnie_man » Wed Jun 25, 2008 10:50 pm

BMCCOLL wrote:According to the SJFA and Sun newspaper, they are apparently the first Junior side in the Highland capital.
Just poor reporting, at the SJFA AGM it was mentioned that they would be the first Junior side in Inverness "for many years"

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Post by Hampden Diehard » Tue Jul 08, 2008 7:33 pm

Were Caberfeidh (1970's) a junior club from Inverness?

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Post by Hampden Diehard » Tue Jul 08, 2008 7:40 pm

BMCCOLL wrote:There were a couple of Asylum teams, as well as a number of "Deaf and Dumb" sides.
Slightly off-topic, but my father played a bit of amateur & juvenile football in Glasgow in the 1950's and said that he hated playing against the deaf & dumb institute side. Apparently they used to run after anyone with the ball and grunt at them really loudly to put them off. Not a very PC post, I know, but he said that he just couldn't settle down to play at all against them. They were, apparently, quite a successful side!

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Post by Scottish » Tue Jul 08, 2008 10:56 pm

Hampden Diehard wrote:Were Caberfeidh (1970's) a junior club from Inverness?
They were from New Elgin.

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Post by BMCCOLL » Tue Oct 28, 2008 7:00 pm

After the Second World War, it has now been revealed that a Junior League actually operated in Inverness folding after the 1952-53 season. The remaining teams were Hill Rovers, Nelson, Craig Dunain, Merkinch Rangers, Culcabock and A N Other.

Hill Rovers actually remained in the Scottish Junior Association for another two years playing in the Scottish Junior Cup each year. When the hoped for Junior League didn't reform, they opted to joined the Highland Reserve League. This evolved into the present North Caledonian League.

I'd asked Stewart Davidson about it, but he, although aware of Inverness sides entering the SJC at this time, was totally oblivious to the existence of a Junior League. Its incredible that as recently as the 1950s, a now forgotten league had operated in the Highland capital.

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Post by Insertnamehere » Wed Oct 29, 2008 12:31 pm

scottish wrote:
upthewell wrote:Inverness District Asylum...

Wow - has there ever been another fitba team, playing at a higher level, with the Asylum in the name? :D
Maybe the originators of the chant 'We're mental, we're crazy, we're aff wur procreative act heids?'
Would it be totally wrong to say that the majority of their goals were scored by headers? :)

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Post by Burnie_man » Wed Oct 29, 2008 8:49 pm

BMCCOLL wrote:After the Second World War, it has now been revealed that a Junior League actually operated in Inverness folding after the 1952-53 season. The remaining teams were Hill Rovers, Nelson, Craig Dunain, Merkinch Rangers, Culcabock and A N Other.

Hill Rovers actually remained in the Scottish Junior Association for another two years playing in the Scottish Junior Cup each year. When the hoped for Junior League didn't reform, they opted to joined the Highland Reserve League. This evolved into the present North Caledonian League.

I'd asked Stewart Davidson about it, but he, although aware of Inverness sides entering the SJC at this time, was totally oblivious to the existence of a Junior League. Its incredible that as recently as the 1950s, a now forgotten league had operated in the Highland capital.
Aye it's amazing what you discover using Google when researching a programme for a game against Inverness City :wink:

It looks like 1954/55 was the last season that Hill Rovers competed in the Scottish Junior Cup. The previous season they defeated RNAS Lossiemouth before losing heavily to Aberdeen St.Clements.

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