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Competition History

Tain Thistle joined the Ross-shire Welfare FA in 1997, and have competed as members of the association's league and cup competitions each year since. Perennial underachievers for the first years of their existence, Thistle worked hard to develop their team through the hard work of many to eventually finish runners-up in 2005, then again in 2008, before eventually winning the Ross-shire Welfare League Championship in 2009.

Below is a table of the Jags' league season finishes to date.

Season Pos Pld W D L F A Pts
2016 1st 12 11 1 0 77 9 34
2015 1st 14 13 0 1 63 17 39
2014 3rd 14 8 3 3 34 22 27
2013 1st 12 8 2 2 42 17 22
2012 4th 12 5 3 4 32 27 18
2011 4th 14 5 4 5 35 35 19
2010 3rd 14 7 2 5 39 29 23
2009 1st 14 9 3 2 48 13 30
2008 2nd 12 8 1 3 29 19 25
2007 4th 12 6 0 6 36 33 18
2006 3rd 14 9 1 4 27 19 19
2005 2nd 14 7 5 2 48 41 19
2004 5th 14 5 2 6 39 39 12
2003 8th 16 3 0 13 25 89 6
2002 6th 16 6 5 5 46 54 17
2001 8th 18 6 1 11 44 112 13
2000 4th 14 5 3 6 31 37 13
1999 7th 12 2 1 9 16 55 5
1998 9th 16 0 1 15 16 100 1
1997 9th 16 1 2 13 24 82 4

Tain Thistle's first silverware arrived in 2007, ten years after the club's formation, with a 3-1 win over Ross-shire Club in Inver. Goals from Garry Perks and Robbie Ross saw the victory sealed to take the Pattisons' Challenge Cup, the oldest trophy in the Highlands back to the town where it was first contested in 1896.

Thistle won their second trophy during their first league championship winning season in July 2009 on home soil against Inver. Goals from Liam Rostock and Michael Brand in extra time following a Darran Goller goal gave Thistle a 3-1 win to secure the Cordiner Cup.

The Ross-shire Welfare League Cup was added to their list of cup wins in May 2011, thanks to a valiant effort against Balintore at their rivals' home ground. Goals from Darran Goller, Martyn Farquhar and Liam Rostock were enough to give the ten men of Thistle a deserved victory.

Thistle secured their first Seaboard Cup in Balintore against Alness Athletic in July 2012, with a stunning second half performance and two goals from substitute Andy Ripley, either side of a Darran Goller strike.

In 2013, Thistle secured the first half of a league and cup double with the winning of the Coronation Cup for the first time in June. The match was moved to Maryburgh at the last minute due to an issue with Dingwall's Jubilee Park and on the day, a superb "Chippie" Mailley goal sank Fortrose Union.

Finishing level on points with Alness Athletic at the end of that same season, Thistle went on to beat the former champions 7-2 in a play-off match in Alness to secure the club's second Ross-shire Welfare League Championship. Under manager Robert Ross, the club enjoyed their most successful season to date, securing their first 'treble' in 2015 by winning the Ross-shire Welfare League Championship with 13 wins from 14, while also winning the Seaboard Cup and the Cordiner Cup.

Under new manager Daniel Cormack, the club made history by retaining the Ross-shire Welfare League Championship as the first team to do so in 20 years, remaining unbeaten throughout their league campaign. In addition, they won the Merrythought Cup for the first time, and also retained the Cordiner and Seaboard Cups.


Club Honours

Ross-shire Welfare League
Winners: 2009, 2013, 2015, 2016
Runners-up: 2005, 2008

Pattisons' Challenge Cup
Winners: 2007
Runners-up: 2016

Cordiner Cup
Winners: 2009, 2015, 2016
Runners-up: 2005, 2013, 2014

Seaboard Cup
Winners: 2012, 2015, 2016
Runners-up: 2004, 2013

Coronation Cup
Winners: 2013
Runners-up: 2002, 2007, 2014

Merrythought Cup
Winners: 2016

Ross-shire Welfare League Cup
Winners: 2011
Runners-up: 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015

Mid-Ross Challenge Shield
Winners: 2012

Charity Shield
Winners: 2009, 2013
Runners-up: 2005, 2008, 2015

Graham Jardine Quaich
Winners: 2014, 2016
Runners-up: 2008-09, 2009-10, 2013

Homecoming Cup
Winners: 2009

Christopher Grant Trophy
Winners: 2009

Tain Silver Cup
Winners: 2015, 2016

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