Programmes & Stuff

93-94 Editor Bryan Munro. As the season began, we did not know that it was to be Caley's last. With our new player-manager, Sergei Baltacha, pictured on the cover of the "Blue Review" holding aloft the Russian Cup, we felt that great times lay ahead. Soon we were out of the Qualifying Cup to Thistle, with no Scottish Cup to look forward to, so 10 issues of 24 pages were produced, with no special big-match issues. A novel feature was the inclusion of an A4 poster each issue, featuring a Caley player, which I have shamelessly plundered for my Gallery. The programme shown here is from Caley's final home match against Thistle, when Billy Urquhart, an unregistered player, scored the only goal. This came in 50 minutes, at the Comet end, when the Legend met a Wilson Robertson cross with his head. Caley were later fined £200 for fielding Billy.

Billy Urquhart scores

92-93 Editor Bryan Munro. For the whole season the programme cover featured Billy Urquhart, in his testimonial, marked by Brian Reid of Rangers. 10 issues of this programme were produced, as well as a special 32 page colour edition for Billy's big night. The standard programme contained a healthy 28 pages, and this one is from the McEwan's Lager North of Scotland Cup (Quarter Final) against Fort William, which Caley won 3-1 with goals from Dave Caldwell, Alan Hercher and Charlie Christie. Caley lost out to Clach in the semi-final, and so ended the season without any silverware.

Season Ticket for 92-93

91-92 Editor Ian Davidson. A memorable season in which Caley won the Q-Cup with a wonderful late comeback against Lossie, and attracted great media interest with a Scottish Cup run which ended at the fourth round after a replay against Premier Division St. Johnstone (the only occasion in which a Premier club has failed to beat a non-League club). Perhaps all this attention diverted the players from the Championship, which was retained by Ross County as Caley collapsed on the run-in. This 24 page issue is from the league match on October 19 against County, when a 4-0 win was marred by Billy "Wad" Skinner breaking his leg. Scorers for Caley were Billy Urquhart (2), Alan Hercher and Ian Polworth. The following week Caley were at Dingwall on Q-Cup business, and qualified for the Scottish, courtesy of another magnificent strike from The Legend with the sides locked at 1-1.
90-91 Ian Davidson's 28-page programme won the Scottish non-League Programme of the Year, and was named 50th best out of 1241 UK entrants. This, sadly, was the only honour won by Caley during 90-91. There was a Q-Cup exit on penalties at the hands of Cove Rangers, and Ross County edged out Caley by 3 points to take their first League championship since 1967. The featured programme is from the Q-Cup 2nd round, against Forres Mechanics, won 2-0 by Caley, with Roddie Davidson and Billy Urquhart the scorers.
89-90 A strange season in which Caley won nothing, yet brought home to the rest of Scottish football just how strong a case the club had for admission to the League. In the third round of the Scottish, First Division Airdrie, who were to finish second and just fail to enter the Premier, were lucky to draw 2-2 at Broomfield against a Caley side who led with 3 minutes of injury time played. Caley finished the job at Telford street on a wintry Wednesday night, going through on penalties after a 1-1 draw, with Wilson Robertson scoring. The next round provided an anticlimax. When the game eventually went ahead, at Brockville, Caley went down 6-2 to Stirling Albion. This programme is from the Q-Cup replay against Fort William, won 4-0 with goals from John Docherty (3) and Martin Lisle. Caley lost to Cove in the semi-final.
88-89 The league flag went to Peterhead, after a long absence, and Caley's only trophy was the Inverness Cup, when Ross County were beaten 2-0 at Kingsmills. The nearest Caley got to another cup was in the final of the Q-Cup against Thistle, again at Kingsmills. Grant Street was to have been the neutral venue, but due to the destruction of Clach's stand by fire, the clubs tossed for home advantage. The match ended 1-1, Billy Urquhart scoring, and Caley were favourites in the replay at the Caley Park, but Thistle upset the odds and won 3-0 with goals from Danny MacDonald, Fraser Taylor and Billy Skinner. In the Scottish, Caley went out to Brechin. At Telford Street, they had only a Martin Lisle goal to show for all their superiority, but lost an equaliser to Charlie Adam. In the replay they lost 2-1 after leading through a Hercher spot kick. This programme is from the 3rd round of the Q-Cup against Cove, which Caley won 3-0 courtesy of Hercher, Lisle and an own-goal.
87-88 Caley finished champions, the last time they were to do so, edging out Buckie by two points. The Caley players watched from the stand as Clach held Buckie to a 2-2 draw which clinched the title for Caley. They also lifted the Q-Cup, with goals from Urquhart and Polworth seeing off a plucky Fraserburgh at Boroughbriggs. In the Scottish, Caley fell at the first hurdle, 2-1 to East Stirling, "Nero" Macdonald scoring, after failing to see off the 'Shire in a 1-1 draw at the Caley Park, when Martin Lisle got the Caley goal. This programme is from the league match in which champions Thistle were thoroughly routed 5-0, thanks to Lisle, Hercher, Duff, Bellshaw and Polworth.
86-87 Caley were pipped to the title by Thistle, who almost emulated Caley's record of a season undefeated, only to lose on the last day at Peterhead. Caley themselves were unbeaten until the last day of February, when they went down 2-1 to a Charlie Christie-inspired Thistle at Kingsmills. Caley did lift the Q-Cup, beating Rothes 2-1 at Elgin, and the Inverness Cup, in which they came from behind, four second-half goals from Urquhart, and one from Docherty, seeing off Ross County by 5-1. After seeing off Alloa (Alan Hercher giving the Blues a 1-0 replay win at Recreation Park, following a 2-2 draw) and Spartans (5-0), Caley faced St. Mirren in the 3rd round of the Scottish Cup. At Love Street Caley belied their non-league status during an impressive first half, before going out to the eventual winners of the trophy with the loss of three second-half goals. The programme is from a League Cup match against Nairn County, won 5-1 (Docherty 2, Hercher 2, Urquhart).

Date Last Modified: 9Nov2008