Clachnacuddin, Football, Grant Street Park, groundhopping, Highland League, Merkinch, Non League, Scotland, Strathspey Thistle
Friday 13th August 2021 ko 20:00
CLACHNACUDDIN 4 (Morrison 52 Logan 70 Taylor 80 90)
STRATHSPEY THISTLE 1 (Duncan 14)
Entry £10 (plus £1 stand transfer)
On one level it would have been rude not to, our holiday accommodation was only a 10 minute walk from Grant Street Park. Yes, we’d based ourselves in the Inverness district of Merkinch, and through no planning at all we’d found ourselves in a place steeped in local football history.
Our flat was more or less opposite the site of the Telford Street home of Caledonian FC, one of the two sides (the other being Inverness Thistle) that merged in 1994 to form today’s Inverness Caledonian Thistle. The merged club played their first two seasons at Telford Street before moving to the newly built Caledonian Stadium in 1996. The ground was demolished and now is a retail park. But a trip to Clach did involve a certain amount of sentiment, as I’d visited back in October 2007, ironically for another Friday night fixture.