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  • Tain Thistle scarves in stock

    Posted on Wednesday, December 31, 2008


    The first shipment of Tain Thistle red and black jacquard bar scarves is now in stock and we are now in a position to take orders through the website.  Alternatively, scarves can be purchased in Home & Music in the High Street in Tain, or from the serving hatch at the Tain Football Pavilion on matchdays.

    You can buy your official scarf by visiting the kit shop here:

    http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/kit.php
  • Tain Thistle stars elved!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2008


    The Invergordon Boys
    Fiddle, Stevie B, Austin, Kenny and Dave MacGruer elf up, country style.

    Send your own ElfYourself eCards

    The Tain Boys
    Tain's young up and comers Brando, Goller, Cowie, Martyn and Dickie do the Charleston.

    Send your own ElfYourself eCards
  • Tain Thistle 4 Bonar Bridge 5

    Posted on Sunday, December 21, 2008


    The much anticipated Christmas clash between Tain Thistle and Bonar Bridge produced a nine goal thriller, in what was to be the club's highest scoring game since joining the North Caledonian league in July.  

    Ending 5-4 in favour of the visitors, the game produced three first half penalties, seeing the first half end at 4-1 in Bonar's favour.  A tremendous fight back from Thistle, courtesy of Scott Morrison and manager Robbie Ross, both notching their first North Caley goals for the club, made for a nervy final ten minutes as the Bridge held on.

    Manager Robbie Ross welcomed back Gordon Duff, Scott Morrison and Michael Brand to the side, but made few changes to the lineup who lost 5-2 to Balintore in last week's Graham Jardine Quaich match.

    New to the side was Russell Lawrie, a striker from Inverness who took his place on the sub's bench for the start of the game.

    In all too familiar fashion, Thistle found themselves 1-0 down after only two minutes.  Gordie Oman hauled Sean Henstridge down on the edge of the box after kick off and referee Mark Dalton made no mistake when he instantly awarded a penalty to Bonar. Calmly, Henstridge knocked the ball past a diving Steve Bannatyne to take the lead for the visitors.

    Thistle's shape was in question for most of the opening stages as the combined pace and technique of Bonar's forward line had a beleaguered Tain back four chasing shadows.  Henstridge was clean through again within minutes and only an outstretched Bannatyne toe was the difference between 1-0 and 2-0.

    The let off was only temporary however, as on the 6th minute Henstridge worked a one-two with Billy Ferries to make easy work of a shot directly in front of goal.

    Retaining his place at right back was Andy Murray, but for the Invergordon man the game could not have got off to a worse start, picking up a booking for a badly timed challenge on the wing.  On 16 minutes however, Murray's afternoon could very well have ended early when his sweeping challenge on the edge of the box resulted in the second penalty of the afternoon.  A lenient Dalton blew the whistle for Henstridge's hat trick, only just over a quarter hour into the match to make it 3-0 for the visitors.



    Had it not been for Bonar Bridge losing their first choice keeper for the afternoon's festivities, the game could have been over by the half hour mark -- the unsettled David Crombie between the visitor's sticks seemed to be having a day of it, struggling to deal with the few yet accurate crosses from Arron Christie and Scott Morrison; Robbie Ross coming closest to scoring a consolation when his one on one strike flew just wide of Crombie's right hand post.

    Sensationally, just as Tain seemed to be gaining some semblance of a hope, Paul Cowie's failure to catch Sean Henstridge on the chase and a subsequent grapple between the two resulted in the third penalty award of the afternoon for Bonar Bridge!  Assistant referee Keith Middleton attempted to protest the case for Thistle that the resultant corner was sufficient but Dalton's authority won the case, and Bonar's John Dorrian made no mistake with the penalty kick to record an embarassing 4-0 deficit for the home side.

    Perhaps resting on their laurels too early, Bonar allowed Tain a consolation in the first half when the pressure on Crombie finally paid off.  A poorly handled back pass to Crombie left Scott Morrison with the easiest of touches for his first North Caledonian goal for Tain Thistle.

    The Tain Thistle changing rooms must have played host to a roasting only turkeys should be subjected to at this time of year, as the side came out all guns blazing, now shaping up in an unorthodox 3-3-4, with debutant Russell Lawrie replacing an unlucky Paul Cowie to take up the right side of a four pronged attack.  As is the often the case with such a gamble however, Tain were caught on the break at the start of the second half for Sean Henstridge to score his fourth of the day, taking the score to 5-1.

    The set back did not deter the home side however, as they continued to pile pressure on Crombie and his vulnerable defence.  A neat play through the middle put an inspired Morrison through on Crombie once more and with confidence, the wee man stuck away his second of the game to pull the score back to 5-2.

    The introduction of Colin Burry for Gordie Oman created new avenues of attack and soon enough Thistle were on top of the game.  A looping cross from the wing was enough for hard working Robbie Ross to leap as if catapulted above the Bonar defence and launch a bullet header past Crombie.  At 5-3, Tain were pulling themselves back and Bonar looked nervy.  The nerves showed as within four minutes, Tain had scored again, this time via a sclaff in the box which saw substitute Burry dink the ball underneath a disoriented Crombie.

    Complimenting the resurgent Tain attack was a steady second half defensive performance; Scott Innes and Gordon Duff doing tremendously well to cut out the offensive threat of Henstridge and Rostock when needed.



    The 5-4 scoreline made for a very tense final ten minutes, despite Bonar best attempts to fritter the remainder away with tight throw ins and delayed wing play.  Thistle could very well have levelled however on 85 minutes when new man Lawrie found himself clean through to Crombie's left - but the towering forward could only hit the woodwork with his powerful strike, much to the onlooking Tain support's dismay.

    Bonar Bridge will have been relieved to hear the whistle as Tain would have surely found an equaliser. The defeat unfortunately brings 2008 to a close for Thistle, who have found only one win this season.

    Team: Bannatyne, Murray (Goller), Farquhar, Oman (Burry), Innes, Cowie (Lawrie), Brand, A Christie, Morrison, R Ross, D Christie

    Scorers: Morrison 37, 57, R Ross 70, Burry 77

    Referee: M Dalton

    Striker Scott Morrison was pleased with the second half display, despite the final result. "We all gave ourselves a roasting at half time and everybody knew what needed to be done.  We were all disappointed with the first half, but the second half showed what we can do.

    "I'm pleased to have scored the first one.  That's all I needed, was to score one and the confidence stems from there."

    Bonar manager Billy Russell reserved praise for Thistle's fightback, citing the Tain player's resilience. "Even at 4-0 down they kept their heads up and got on with it.  All credit to them."

    Thistle's next game will be January 10th, with the club visiting Golspie Sutherland for what is likely to be the final Top vs Bottom clash of the season.
  • TAIN THISTLE XMAS RAFFLE!

    Posted on Sunday, December 21, 2008


    Buy your tickets online now for the Tain Thistle Football Club Christmas Raffle!

    The prizes include a brand new Nintendo DS with Nintendogs Labrador game, signed Tain Thistle cartoon print from The Scottish Sun newspaper, a £20 gift voucher and a framed photograph of a player of your choice.  And Just added -- a bottle of Glenmorangie Whisky!

    So get buying now - at only £2 a ticket!

    RAFFLE IS NOW COMPLETE

    Please be sure to include your full name and address when sending your Paypal payment.  Once payment has cleared, you will be sent a unique e-ticket number within 48 hours, to your Paypal email address.  The winner of the raffle will be drawn on January 10th, 2009.

    This raffle is being promoted by Mr Niall Harkiss, 31 High Street, Tain, IV19 1AE in conjunction with the Highland Council Lotteries Commission.
  • Fixture changes for 2009

    Posted on Monday, December 15, 2008


    Changes to the North Caledonian league fixture calendar mean that Tain Thistle will now begin the year with a trip to league champions Golspie Sutherland.

    In other changes, Thistle will end their league campaign at home against Invergordon.

    The full fixture list can be viewed here:

    http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matches.php

    Or by selecting Fixtures from the League option in the side menu.
  • Tain Thistle 2 Balintore 5

    Posted on Saturday, December 13, 2008


    A combination of experience and clinical finishing was enough for Balintore as they successfully defended the Graham Jardine Memorial Quaich against Tain Thistle, notching up three vital league points in the process.

    Thistle started the tie in positive fashion; Paul Austin coming very close to opening the scoring straight from kick off getting on the end of an Arron Christie cross to power a header into the parrying hands of former Jags keeper Ross Henderson.  

    Despite the early chance, a poorly defended throw-in at the other end of the park led to the Seaboarders taking a surprise 1-0 lead, when a bundled ball took a deflection off the back of the unfortunate Andy Durrand.  

    Durrand was on the wrong side of scoresheet once more fifteen minutes later when a Gus MacDonald shot destined for the car park was deflected past Steve Bannatyne to make it 2-0.  



    MacDonald was denied a goal once again ten minutes later when his well placed strike and resultant goal was disallowed, on account of debutant linesman Bob Urquhart flagging for offside.

    Despite the scoreline, Thistle continued to pile greater pressure onto Henderson's goal than the visitors were offering, with Daniel Christie, Robbie Ross, Gordie Oman and Arron Christie all forcing saves with a myriad of shots on target.  The hard work finally paid off for Tain on 44 minutes when the third own goal of the afternoon trundled underneath Henderson to make it 2-1.

    Thistle emerged for the second half rejuvenated and had the better of the early second half, again pressuring Ross Henderson with a number of well placed shots; Arron Christie most notably testing the keeper with a free kick, as he knocked it to brother Daniel for a powered right foot strike.  The home side finally got back into the game on 57 minutes, when Arron Christie powered a left foot drive from 35 yards beyond Henderson to make it 2-2.  

    End to end football followed as both teams searched for a winner, with Thistle coming close to going 3-2 up on the hour mark, following a goal mouth scramble which despite numerous tackles, could not fall favourably for the home side.  The number of counter attacks from Balintore increased, with man of the match Paul Cowie working endlessly to suppress it.

    Balintore eventually broke the deadlock however, scoring a third and fourth in quick succession following a extremely well executed series of counter attacks.  Scott MacKain made easy work of a one on one with Steve Bannatyne to take the lead for the visitors and a failure to deal with a cross ball resulted in an easy tap in for Gus MacDonald.



    In all too familiar fashion, Thistle conceded an entirely unnecessary fifth goal on the 77 minute mark; Gus MacDonald again clinical in front of goal following an unfortunate defensive knock on from Scott Innes.

    Thistle did enjoy a series of final attacks with substitutes Scott Morrison and Darran Goller injecting a smattering of pace up front but Morrison's one on one with Henderson went the visitors' way as the Balintore keeper easily closed the effort down.

    Team: Bannatyne, Murray (Brand), Durrand (Morrison), Oman, Innes, Cowie, Austin, Mailley, R Ross (Goller), D Christie, A Christie. Not used: Cameron, K Ross

    Scorers: Austin 44, A Christie 57

    At the final whistle, both sides gathered as club chairman and guest Jim Jardine presented Balintore with the Graham Jardine Memorial Quaich, resurrected after three years of inactivity, following the folding of Tain St Duthus.

    After the presentation, Balintore captain John Skinner said: "It's good to see Tain back in the league, because of days like this. It makes it more enjoyable."

    "Graham would have enjoyed the game today as he was always a scorer of goals. This one is for him."

    The win puts Balintore in a safe position in the top half of the table, but leaves Tain rock bottom with only 4 points from 13 games.  A slight hope of catching Alness and Invergordon exists for the Jags, with next week's home game against Bonar Bridge an important fixture in that quest.
  • Tain & Balintore to contest the Graham Jardine Quaich

    Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2008


    This Saturday's North Caledonian league match between Tain Thistle and Balintore at Grant Park will now also be contested to decide the winners of the Graham Jardine Quaich.  Referee John Johnston has agreed to preside over a penalty shoot-out should the scores be level after 90 minutes.

    The memorial Quaich (which will be presented after the match by Graham's parents Jean and Jim) was first contested in 1999 between Tain St Duthus and Balintore FC, teams with whom Graham had previously served with.

    Kick off time for Saturday is 1pm.
  • Halkirk United 3 Tain Thistle 0

    Posted on Saturday, December 6, 2008


    A defiant first half performance from a makeshift Tain Thistle side was not enough to prevent title challengers Halkirk from taking all three points at Recreation Park in this afternoon's North Caledonian league meeting.

    Thistle were able to keep their Caithness hosts at bay for just over half an hour before Mark Nichol broke the deadlock, beating trialist goalkeeper Steven Hyslop to give his side a narrow half-time lead.

    The Jags' resilience was not so strong in the second half, however, as they succumbed to a Sandy Sutherland double early on, and had no response to the 3-0 scoreline come full-time.

    Team: Hyslop, Farquhar, Durrand, MacGruer, Oman (Murray), Brand, Cowie (K Ross), D Christie, Goller, R Ross, A Christie (Davidson)

    Referee: J Johnston
  • Halkirk/Tain team news

    Posted on Friday, December 5, 2008


    Ahead of tomorrow's trip to Caithness, manager Robbie Ross faces a late personnel struggle to ensure that a strong team can be fielded against league title candidates Halkirk United, which could even see himself missing the bus!

    Coming back into the side should be Gordie Oman and Michael Brand, but key absences such as Barry Nimmons, Colin Burry, Scott Innes, Chris Mailley and Scott Morrison means that Thistle will be up against it in the return visit from their early season 7-0 home thrashing at the hands of Halkirk in September.

    Halkirk are expected to be without Gavin Henderson, who also missed the September tie, but otherwise manager Ian MacDonald reports an almost clean bill of health for the league fixture.
  • Balintore home fixture announced

    Posted on Saturday, November 29, 2008


    The next league game between Tain Thistle and Balintore has now been scheduled for Saturday, 13th December at Grant Park with a 1pm kick off.
  • Balintore 5 Tain Thistle 2

    Posted on Saturday, November 29, 2008


    A three goal flurry in the first half followed by two late goals was enough for 10 man Balintore, as they scuppered Tain's hopes of a first Easter Ross derby win in the North Caledonian league.

    Duff returned from suspension to reclaim his spot at the back but a last minute call-off meant that manager Robbie Ross had to field himself in goal for first time since the club's final Welfare charity shield tie against Black Rock Rovers in August.  Full back Dave MacGruer also returned to action along with Colin Burry.

    In infamous fashion, Thistle started the game as they often have this season failing to successfully play the offside trap, leaving Balintore three glaring opportunities to score in the opening stages.  The Seaboard side were 3-0 by the half hour mark thanks to a Scott Mackain hat-trick.

    Thistle did manage to pull a goal back before the break however; Arron Christie scoring his second of the season from 25 yards, dispatched into the top left hand corner of the net.

    Tain did their best to redeem the scoreline and look to be almost back in the game on the 80 minute mark when substitute Darran Goller made the best of a goalmouth stramash to pull the score back to 3-2.

    The chances of a 3-3 scoreline look promising still as Balintore were reduced to 10 men when a second yellow saw George Stewart of the home side dismissed for dissent.

    Going for a third however, Thistle were again caught on the break as the experienced North Caledonian campaigners added a further two in injury time.

    A John Skinner penalty and a goal from Graham Davis took their tally to a more-than-comfortable 5-2 win.

    Team: Duff, MacGruer, A Christie, Innes, Farquhar (Murray), Mailley, Austin, Morrison (Goller), R Ross, D Christie, Burry (Durrand)

    Scorers: A Christie 40, Goller 75

    Referee: G Dearie
  • Team news for rescheduled Balintore trip

    Posted on Friday, November 28, 2008


    Trialist keeper Steve Hyslop is expected to make his season debut for the Jags in goal covering for the absent Barry Nimmons, while reserve keeper Steve Bannatyne battles back to full fitness after being knocked down by a parked car.

    Midfielder Michael Brand is also missing, but the void is expected to be filled by the returning Brian Cameron.  Gordon Duff is also expected to be available, having returned from suspension for his dismissal against Muir of Ord three weeks ago.

    In other news, Invergordon's Andy Murray (right) could be signed in time for the game, pending his release from the Recreation Park side.
  • Balintore game rescheduled

    Posted on Saturday, November 22, 2008


    Today's game between Balintore and Tain Thistle has been called off due to bad weather, and rescheduled for the following Saturday, November 29th, with a 1pm kick off.

    The morning call off was the first of all five North Caledonian league games to be postponed.

    The appointed referee is expected to be Gavin Dearie.
  • TV and radio coverage for Tain Thistle

    Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2008


    The media frenzy continues as club chairman Niall Harkiss is interviewed, first on Radio 5 Live, then on Good Morning Scotland (Radio Scotland) about the club's inclusion in Football Manager 2009.

    Then, on the 19th November, BBC Scotland brought their cameras to Tain for a Reporting Scotland special.

    Listen again to the Radio 5 Live interview:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00ffjwj/5_live_Drive_18112008/ (52 mins in)



    Listen again to the Radio Scotland interview:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00fl77p/b00fl76q/Good_Morning_Scotland_19112008/ (2hrs 19mins in)



  • Thistle hit the headlines!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2008


    Following the inclusion of Tain Thistle in this year's release of Football Manager 2009, the club have hit the national headlines for their achievement!

    From The Sun:

    http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/scotsol/homepage/news/article1941628.ece

    From the Press & Journal:

    http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/943028

    From the North Star:

    http://www.north-star-news.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/3973/Tain_team_join_football_superstars!.html



      

  • Tain Thistle 0 Thurso 0

    Posted on Saturday, November 15, 2008


    It was honours even at Grant Park, as Tain Thistle hosted the Sir Georges Park men, Thurso in the club's tenth North Caledonian league match.  Manager Robbie Ross will have felt aggrieved to have taken only one point from a game in which a rejuvenated Tain Thistle side enjoyed a vast amount of possession and chances.

    Ross made several changes to the side, with the suspended Duff and absent MacGruer making way for Andy Durrand and Martyn Farquhar, who were returning from duty with Brora Rangers Under 19s.  Also returning was trialist Martin Mackay, who slotted in at left back for Arron Christie, who in turn pushed into the left wing position vacated by the absent Colin Burry.  

    The midfield remained mostly unchanged with Michael Brand coming in to make it a five. Scott Morrison retained his place as the lone striker, with Barry Nimmons returning between the sticks.

    Thistle suffered at the hands of a cruel wind upon their October visit to Thurso, and early on it appeared that the opposition manager had invited the weather with him on the visiting bus - as the rain blew upon kick off. Starting in a much more settled fashion, returning to a proven 4-5-1, Thistle enjoyed early dominance in midfield using the winging Christie brothers to pull apart a prone and nervy Thurso defence.

    Paul Austin had the first chance of the game, heading a Daniel Christie cross into the arms of Asa Sinclair after five minutes, and soon after it was the former whose shot fired just wide of the post.

    Thurso goalkeeper Asa Sinclair began to emerge as an early man of the match candidate, commanding his defence well against a determined and persistant Thistle attack.  Forward Scott Morrison did well on 20 minutes to turn and strike against the constant pressure of Steven and Sinclair; his shot falling wide.

    As the half hour mark approached, Thistle goal keeper Barry Nimmons could have easily been away for a pie, as Thurso finally made their first attack; Gavin Bremner forcing a save from the returning stopper on 35 minutes.

    Just as the half-time whistle approached, it was Chris Mailley who almost certainly should have opened the scoring; his driving effort from outside the eighteen yard box just sailing wide of Sinclair's left hand post.



    The teams emerged for the second half in similar fashion, the wind mildly assising the home side, but it was Thurso who stepped up their performance from the start, with Tain's Scottie Innes a tower at the back.

    Thurso manager Stevie Reid made an early change, introducing Andy Cumming into the fray, and it wasn't long before Tain's relentless pressure was pulled back into a more even end to end game. 

    Nevertheless, the resilient back four of Durrand, Farquhar, Innes and Mackay stood tall and defiant to ensure that Nimmons again had a quiet half.

    Thistle's chances came again after the hour mark, as centre half Scottie Innes launched a blistering free kick which was tipped by Sinclair and cannoned off the crossbar for a corner.  A barrage of corners and clever wing play led to a number of scrambles in the six yard box; the ball never falling to the right colour of shirt.

    As the game reached a close, the manager brought on Gordie Oman along with the surprise introduction of himself, replacing Morrison up front.  

    A frantic final ten minutes saw end to end football, including two Thistle defenders go into the book for last ditch tackles - Scott Innes and Martyn Farquhar seeing yellow.



    In injury time, a late opportunity for Martin Mackay could have clinched the game as Mailley played him through on goal, but the trialist looped the ball into the arms of the consistent Thurso keeper for almost the final kick of the ball.

    The game finished 0-0 but despite the point, Thistle will feel that they lost two, from a match they most certainly controlled.

    Team: Nimmons, Farquhar, Mackay, Brand (Oman), Innes, Mailley, D Christie, Austin, Morrison (R Ross), Durrand, A Christie. Not used: Cowie, K Ross

    Referee: B Gunn

    Assistants: D Cowie & B Murray
  • Team news ahead of Thurso game

    Posted on Friday, November 14, 2008


    This weekend's Tain Thistle team could see a number of changes to the side that lost 5-1 to Muir of Ord last Saturday.

    Gordie Oman is expected to make a return to action this weekend, along with the missing trio of Martyn Farquhar, Daniel Christie and Andy Durrand, who were absent due to their involvement in Brora Rangers' Scottish Youth Cup 3rd tie at Ibrox.

    Also returning to the side should be first choice keeper Barry Nimmons, who despite some injury concerns should be available for selection.

    Defender Gordon Duff is suspended following his dismissal last week, and will miss the game this weekend.  The only other known absence is that of Dave MacGruer who has other commitments.
  • Gordon Duff handed suspension

    Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2008


    Following his dismissal against Muir of Ord last Saturday, Gordon Duff will now serve a one match suspension, effective immediately.

    The suspension will rule the defender out of Thistle's home fixture against Thurso this Saturday, 15th November.
  • Muir of Ord 5 Tain Thistle 1

    Posted on Sunday, November 9, 2008


    A shambolic first half performance saw Tain Thistle slump to their 8th defeat of the season, at the hands of an experienced and in-form Muir of Ord side.

    Playing 4-4-2 for the first time since the start of the season, Thistle manager Robbie Ross re-introduced midfield pair Paul Austin and Chris Mailley to slot in between Colin Burry and Brian Cameron, who impressed the week prior against Golspie.  

    Ewen Thain and Scott Morrison returned to the side, paired up front, with the usual back four of MacGruer, Christie, Duff and Innes unchanged.  

    The most significant change saw the debut of goalkeeper Steve Bannatyne, who replaced the unavailable Barry Nimmons.

    Both teams started quickly from the kick off, with through balls penetrating both defences early on.

    Indeed it was Tain who should have taken the lead on 5 minutes, when Colin Burry's cross found the head of Ewen Thain whose effort failed to hit the target.  The rebound fell to the feet of right winger Brian Cameron at the far post, who also failed to make it count.

    In an end-to-end first quarter hour, Muir eventually took the lead through Ewan Dance who slotted the ball past an advancing Bannatyne with ease.  

    Undeterred, Thistle hit back almost instantly to make it 1-1, with Paul Austin knocking an easy ball past a flustered Ian Bartlett at his near post.

    Bannatyne was exposed again two minutes later as yet another Muir attack found the back of the net; Martin Callum volleying a loose ball from inside the area past the punching fists of the debutant keeper.

    Despite a series of frenzied counter attacks, Thistle found themselves in hot water after 20 minutes, with referee Graham Fraser adjudging that defender Gordon Duff had felled Dance just outside the area.

    Despite not being a goal scoring opportunity, the ref showed no hesitation in dismissing Thistle's consistent defender.  The protesting Colin Burry was booked in the aftermath, and from the resultant free kick, Callum made no mistake with his strike, putting the home side 3-1 ahead.

    Down to ten men, a disheveled and rattled Thistle side struggled to contain the persistent attacks of Muir of Ord, and on 24 minutes, Ewan Dance scored his second of the afternoon, from a tight angle.  

    With the half time whistle still ten minutes away, Thistle's frustration saw the outspoken Scott Morrison booked for a verbal tirade directed towards assistant referee Leona Dunbar.  

    Rounding off the first half's scoring tally, Martin Callum notched his hat trick on 35 mins, making it an embarassing 5-1 for Tain.

    As the break approached, Thistle's afternoon got worse when midfielder Paul Austin suffered a knee injury and was forced to leave the field of play.

    Following the break, Thistle moved into 2nd gear, as Muir of Ord happily sat back defending their more-than-comfortable lead.  

    Winger Colin Burry did his best to open up a relaxed Muir defence, coming closest to scoring with a looping shot just over the bar.  

    Shots from Thain and substitute Darran Goller in the latter stages also failed to hit the target, but it was Scott Morrison who was the first to test really test Bartlett, with a spinning volley inside the area which was stopped well at close range.

    Despite the goal spree of the first half, the second period produced no more goals for the home side; Bannatyne doing well to thwart a handful of attacks.

    While Muir move six points clear in 2nd place, the result leaves Thistle stranded at the bottom of the table, with Bonar Bridge having seen off the visit of Thurso in a 4-3 win to take them onto 7 points.  

    In the other afternoon's games, Balintore returned from Alness with a 5-0 win, Halkirk saw off Golspie 3-1, and Bunillidh's visit to Invergordon saw them run out clear 4-1 victors.

    Team: Bannatyne, MacGruer, A Christie, Innes, Duff, Mailley (Cowie), Austin (Brand), Cameron, Morrison, Thain (Goller), Burry

    Scorer: Austin 12

    Referee: G Fraser

    Assistants: L Dunbar & S Barnett
  • Thistle youngsters face Rangers

    Posted on Saturday, November 8, 2008


    Tain Thistle starlets Daniel Christie, Martyn Farquhar and Andy Durrand make their way to Ibrox in Glasgow today for tomorrow's SFA Youth Cup tie against Rangers FC, representing Highland League minnows Brora Rangers.

    Due to the travel commitment, the trio will miss Tain's weekend trip to Muir of Ord this weekend.

    Tain Thistle wish the boys all the best in their high profile tie.
  • Bannatyne to make Thistle debut

    Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2008


    With Barry Nimmons expected to miss this weekend's away visit to Muir of Ord, goalkeeping coach Steve Bannatyne is expected to fill the void between the sticks.

    Bannatyne, formerly of Invergordon, joined the club in August for the start of their North Caledonian campaign and has been listed as Barry's understudy for three games so far this season.

    The reserve's only run out came in a closed doors friendly against Brora Rangers in September.
  • Football Manager 2009 demo released

    Posted on Monday, November 3, 2008


    The demo release of Football Manager 2009 (due for commercial release on Nov 14th) has been made available for download via FootballManager.net and has been confirmed to include Tain Thistle Football Club, for the first time in the club's history.

    Thistle, formed in 1996, are represented in the demo as a non-league Scottish side, including director Alan Forsyth and current players Arron Christie, Barry Nimmons, Michael Brand and Colin Burry.  It is expected that the full release, available on sale from November 14th, will include the full squad and backroom team (as at 31st October 2008).

    In recent years, the only North Caledonian FA club to have been represented in the multi-million copy selling game was Golspie Sutherland, but this year the Scottish researcher opted to include all teams.

    In a twist, specific to Tain Thistle however, club chairman Niall Harkiss contacted Sports Interactive to request that the club's players and staff be included also.

    For more information on the Football Manager series, please visit:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_manager

    http://www.footballmanager.net
  • Tain Thistle 0 Golspie Sutherland 5

    Posted on Saturday, November 1, 2008


    League leaders Golspie Sutherland were forced to work for a 5-0 victory over a spirited Tain Thistle side at Grant Park.

    Jags manager Robbie Ross had to contend with a number of changes to the side, enforced by the absence of Invergordon trio Paul Austin, Gordie Oman and Scott Morrison, as well as the missing Chris Mailley and Ewen Thain.  

    The home side welcomed back Dave MacGruer, who reinstated the side’s first choice back four.  A makeshift midfield three of Welfare stars Michael Brand, Brian Cameron and Martyn Farquhar was announced.  

    Colin Burry retained his place on the left, with Daniel Christie making way for trialist Martin Mackay on the right wing.  Christie took his place as the lone striker to complete the 4-5-1.

    Thistle started the match well, thwarting a number of early Golspie attacks.  The prolific Shane Sutherland came closest to opening the scoring for the league champions with a powerful strike, tipped over the bar by on-form Barry Nimmons.  

    Nimmons was called into action again soon after, having to deal with a number of early corners.  

    On the quarter hour mark, Golspie striker Donald Sutherland was adjudged to be in an offside position when he pounced on a ball spilled in the box.  

    Five minutes later however, it was Shane Sutherland who ensured the lead, with a calmly taken goal, one on one with the Nimmons.

    Despite going 1-0 down, Thistle fought on, with Michael Brand and Brian Cameron both looking strong in midfield against the experienced and clever visitors.  

    Thistle’s best chance of the first half came from a looping Cameron cross which centre half Scottie Innes nodded just over the bar.

    Thistle continued to battle for an equalizer, following a series of clever moves using the battling Colin Burry and Martin Mackay, and the home side looked to have salvaged only a 1-0 deficit on half time, until left-back Arron Christie stopped a Golspie attack with a scything challenge inside the box.  

    Referee Graham John awarded a penalty, and Shane Sutherland hit the back of the net for a second time, to make it 2-0 at half time.

    Golspie returned to the field after the break, with all guns blazing, and by the hour mark they had extended their lead to five, beginning with another Shane Sutherland strike to mark the Golspie native’s hat trick.  

    Golspie made it four with a shambolic defensive miscommunication in the Thistle box, seeing goal keeper Barry Nimmons deflect the ball into his own net.  

    The fifth goal came from John Mackay, as the Thistle defence were pulled apart by the pace and confidence of the visiting side

    The league leaders took their foot of the pedal for the last half hour of the game, allowing the Jags back into the game, but despite a couple of slight chances for Daniel Christie in attack and substitute Paul Cowie, the match finished 5-0.
  • Daniel Christie banned again

    Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2008


    Thistle winger Daniel Christie, having accumulated 18 disciplinary points, will now miss Tain's visit to Muir of Ord on the 8th November.

    Christie, 17, was booked for dissent against Thurso during the club's visit to Caithness last weekend.
  • Thurso 4 Tain Thistle 1

    Posted on Saturday, October 25, 2008


    As has too often been the case, Tain Thistle found themselves fighting to claw back a heavy deficit in the opening quarter hour of their 200 mile round trip to Thurso.  

    Despite many chances, and domination of a second half of play, the Jags slumped to a 4-1 defeat.

    As has too often been the case, Tain Thistle found themselves fighting to claw back a heavy deficit in the opening quarter hour of their 200 mile round trip to Thurso.  Despite many chances, and domination of a second half of play, the Jags slumped to a 4-1 defeat.

    With the huge advantage of a blustering wind blowing in their favour, Thurso took a 6th minute lead, courtesy of a simple Michael Petrie header.

    Before Thistle could regain their composure, the momentum of the wind single handedly carried a Lee MacDougal drive past Barry Nimmons on the 11th minute, to put the St Georges Park men 2-0 ahead.

    Thurso went 3-0 up just after the quarter hour mark, with Andrew Cummings heading home a corner.  The goal was contested by the Thistle bench, as Thurso winger Martin Sinclair sat in an offside position when the set piece was taken, but the protests were waved off by referee Bob Gunn.

    Just as it seemed things couldn’t get worse, in-form Thistle defender Gordon Duff was forced to leave the field of play with a suspected hamstring strain, leaving manager Robbie Ross with a formation shuffling nightmare.

    Late call offs and work commitments had forced the Jags manager to make no fewer than three key changes to the side that defeated Alness United, with hometown boys Michael Brand, Martyn Farquhar and Paul Cowie coming in to the side.

    Thistle assumed a reasonable shape for the remainder of the first half, managing to cope with the wind-assisted attacks of Thurso when required.

    Despite some increased pressure applied by the visitors, their luck just would not turn, with top scorer Colin Burry coming off with only half an hour played, complaining of nausea.

    A drastically rearranged Thistle side emerged for the second half with goals in mind.  Now with the wind on their side, Tain pushed forward, with midfielder Chris Mailley switching with Michael Brand up front.

    Thurso keeper Asa Sinclair dealt with a number of Thistle efforts; most notably a Scott Innes long range effort which cannoned off the chest of Sinclair, only to fall into defender Grant Steven’s path for a clearance.

    Approaching the hour mark, Thurso broke against the sustained pressure of the away side to go two-on-one.  In textbook fashion, Martin Sinclair finished a well worked counter attack to put the home side 4-0 ahead.  

    Dejected, Thistle’s fervor turned to frustration as Christie brothers, Arron and Daniel, both saw yellow for dissent.

    Christie the Elder produced a moment of hope for Tain as they struggled for a consolation, when his mazey run ended with a shot deflected off of Sinclair’s right hand post.  

    The consolation finally came in the 85th minute however, when Michael Brand’s long range curling effort was blown into the top corner, in the classiest of the afternoon’s five goals.

    Defeat at Thurso leaves Thistle at the bottom of the table, despite a chance to leap above local rivals Bonar Bridge, who along with Alness vs Halkirk, had their visit to Helmsdale postponed due to adverse weather.  

    Team: Nimmons, Farquhar, Duff (Durrand), Oman, Innes, Brand, A Christie, Cowie (Thain), Mailley, D Christie, Burry (Goller). Not used: Bannatyne, Morrison

    Scorer: Brand 85

    Defeat for Invergordon at home to Muir of Ord leaves Thistle within 4 points of Invergordon and Alness, while the Jags now sit 6 points behind Thurso.
  • Golspie fixture changes

    Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2008


    The fixture between Tain Thistle and Golspie Sutherland, originally scheduled for January 24th, has been pulled forward to take place on November 1st, at Grant Park with a 2pm kick off.

    The return fixture, to be played in Golspie, will now take place on January 24th.
  • Tain Thistle 4 Alness United 3

    Posted on Saturday, October 11, 2008


    Tain Thistle battled their way to their first points and more importantly, their first victory of the 2008/09 North Caledonian league campaign, with a 4-3 home win over Tommy Regan’s young Alness United side.

    Jags’ boss Robbie Ross made two changes to the previous week’s side, with towering debut man Scottie Innes coming in for Andy Durrand, and Daniel Christie, returning from suspension, to replace Darran Goller.

    Thistle began the game with the same fervor and determination that had seen them take a 2nd minute lead in Helmsdale the week prior.

    Right-winger for the day, Colin Burry, came closest to opening the scoring in the first few minutes of the game, as his looping shot hit the top corner of Grant Robertson’s right-hand post and fell past.

    But it was a seemingly all-to-typical lapse in the home side’s concentration which led to the opening goal, with Alness’s Jamie MacDonald slotting home a fallen cross within the 6 yard box.

    Undeterred, Thistle continued their push for a goal, coming closest with an Arron Christie free kick on the half hour mark.

    The trio of Gordie Oman, Paul Austin and Chris Mailley bossed the midfield as they had done against Bunillidh, but it was Colin Burry who cemented his contribution with the equalizer. Cutting in from the right, the stalwart launched a 30-yard screamer past Robertson to make it 1-1 just over five minutes from half time.

    The second half started slowly, with Thistle having lost some of their first half momentum, and again, a geared up Alness found the net, with David Manson reaching a through-ball to place his shot past Barry Nimmons.

    2-1 down, Thistle continued to battle, reacting as they had in the first half by pushing forward; the combined attacking efforts of Daniel Christie and Scott Morrison putting the Alness defence under pressure with regularity, winning numerous corners.



    Indeed, it was after a corner when Tain equalized once more, as the ball fell to a host of feet for a goalmouth scramble. Debut man Scottie Innes pounced on the loose ball to coast it along the goal line off the far post, bringing the scores level at 2-2 just before the hour mark.

    Rattled, the Alness defence began to struggle to contain the attacking force of the home side, as they pushed with a renewed venom and desire to take the lead. Already with a goal under his belt, centre half Scottie Innes looked to score again, as his bullet long range effort cannoned off an unsuspecting Steven MacLean for a corner.

    But Alness’s frustration was soon to be their undoing as the away side’s keeper ploughed through Tain’s Gordie Oman to concede a penalty, picking up a booking in the process. Calm and composed, winger Daniel Christie placed the ball to Robertson’s left to put Thistle 3-2 up, sending the club’s supporters into a frenzy.

    Alness could do little to break Tain’s momentum, as they watched pacey substitute Darran Goller add further misery to their afternoon, pulling the United defence wide and exposed. Taking advantage of the freedom of space once again, it was man of the match Colin Burry who cemented the win with another tremendous goal.

    In a near carbon copy of his unsuccessful first half effort, Burry looped a shot round Robertson from distance, to this time dip the ball past the tired keeper into the far top corner, to make it 4-2.

    A nervous remaining half hour provided few goal scoring opportunities but plenty of drama, as both Thistle’s Paul Austin and United’s Johnny Bremner picked up bookings.

    The drama culminated in an 85th penalty awarded to Alness, following a Gordon Duff tackle which the home side believed to have been a yard outside the box. Calmly, Alness midfielder Craig Munro scored the penalty to give Tain a nervous five minute finale.

    Despite a couple of chances for the visitors, the strong and committed Tain Thistle dealt with the pressure of the final minutes to take the victory and their first three points of the season.

    In other action this weekend, Thurso defeated Invergordon by four goals to nil, Golspie Sutherland issued Bunillidh with yet another heavy defeat and Balintore overcame the high flying Halkirk United by a single goal.

  • Alness kick off time changed

    Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2008


    The match scheduled for 3pm, October 11th against Alness United at Grant Park, has been moved to 1pm, to allow for the Scotland vs Norway match.

    In other news, defender Stevie George has been released.
  • Bunillidh Thistle 3 Tain Thistle 2

    Posted on Saturday, October 4, 2008


    In the only league game of the day (due to the Port Services Cup 1st Round), it took a 90th minute goal to beat a rejuvenated Tain Thistle.

    In their best performance of the season so far, Tain were 2-1 up with 25 minutes remaining, but two errors led to the Helmsdale side stealing a win, giving the Jags their 5th consecutive defeat.

    With the first half wind on their side, Tain took the lead after only 2 minutes, through a low driven free kick by Arron Christie, giving the left back his first goal of the season. 1-0 up, Tain kept the pressure on, but a controversial penalty allowed Bunillidh back into the game just before the quarter hour.

    The decision did not affect Thistle's intent however, and following a series of attacks the visitors were able to take the lead again, this time with a header, scored by centre half Gordon Duff, putting Tain 2-1 ahead.

    Starting the second half in the lead, Tain kept the pressure on, using the runs of Colin Burry and Darran Goller when possible. Just after the hour mark, disaster struck.

    A miscommunication at the back led to an opportunistic effort from the home side, which saw the ball loop over the head of goalkeeper Barry Nimmons to make it 2-2.

    With everything to play for, Tain fought the game to the end only for disaster to strike in the final minute of the game. A killer through ball carried by the Helmsdale wind gave Bunillidh's Ron MacDonald a chance that he couldn't miss, and he casually slotted the ball home with ease, to give the home side a 3-2 win.

    The unfortunate defeat leaves Tain at the bottom of the table, still in search of their first points of the campaign.

    Team: Nimmons, Durrand, MacGruer, A Christie, Duff, Oman, Austin, Mailley (Cowie), Goller (Brand), Morrison (Cameron), Burry. Not used: Bannatyne

    Scorers: A Christie 2, Duff 37

    Referee: G John

    Assistants: D Cowie & A Thomson
  • North Caley clubs to vie for North of Scotland Cup places

    Posted on Monday, September 29, 2008


    Initial discussions have taken place with the North of Scotland FA with regard to the possibility of North Caledonian League clubs being invited to participate in the North of Scotland Cup.

    At present, twelve senior clubs (including Ross County, Inverness CT, Golspie Sutherland and Elgin City) take part and it is hoped, if all hurdles can be overcome, that 2-4 of the remaining places would be made available to NCL clubs.

    Initial indications suggest that qualification for these places could be determined according to final league placings.

    At the moment the cup starts at the end of July and may be played midweek. Recent finalists include First Division side and former Challenge Cup winners Ross County, SPL side Inverness CT and Nairn County.
  • Invergordon 3 Tain Thistle 0

    Posted on Saturday, August 30, 2008


    Tain Thistle may be off the bottom of the table, but for the second weekend in a row the club's North Caledonian adventure ended in defeat.

    Robbie Ross named three trialists in a starting lineup which was changed drastically from the previous week's home game against Bunillidh. In came Arron Christie, Martin Mackay and James Rice.

    Thistle handled themselves very well in the first half, missing several opportunities to take the lead, most notably through debut man Arron Christie who, after a referee miscommunication, was clean through on the Invergordon goal. For the majority of the first half, defensive pair James Rice and in particular Dave MacGruer dealt with everything the home side could dish out.

    But it was the Recreation Park men who took the lead, just before the break. Thistle failed to deal with a corner, allowing Gavin Legge to put Invergordon ahead. Tain heads down and the Jags' defence bedraggled, Alan Stone doubled the home side's lead within minutes, thumping home a rebounded effort following a poor clearance.

    The comfortable 2-0 lead for Invergordon made the second half a drab and ill- tempered affair, with frustration for the visitors gaining them three needless bookings. To add to the club's woes, James Rice left the field of play with an eye injury on the hour mark.

    Despite some clever wing play from Darran Goller and Daniel Christie, the chances never came and it was Allan Campbell, having scored a double earlier in the season for the Sutor Inn against Thistle, who netted in the 85th minute to increase the deficit to three.

    Team: Nimmons, Farquhar, A Christie, MacGruer, Rice (Durrand), Swanson, Cowie, Mackay, Goller (K Ross), D Christie (Morrison), Burry

    Referee: J Hasson

    Assistants: B Murray & L Dunbar
  • Club reeling after Grant Park vandalism shock

    Posted on Monday, August 25, 2008


    It has been reported that Grant Park, the council-owned mutual home of Tain Juniors and Tain Thistle FC has been severely vandalized over the weekend.

    The discovery was made this morning, following the club's opening North Caledonian league fixture at the weekend.

    Issuing a statement on behalf of the club, Niall Harkiss had this to say: "We are absolutely disgusted by this blatant example of deliberate and mindless vandalism. The police have been notified and will be dealing with the issue.

    "My thanks go to the Highland Council and Ian MacLeod of Tain Golf Club who have responded quickly, and will hopefully make the pitch playable for our next home game on the 6th."

  • Accordion Raffle Winner

    Posted on Monday, August 25, 2008


    The winner of our Summer raffle prize has been announced. Congratulations go to Mr S Donaldson of Tain, who is now the proud owner of a Stephanelli 48-Bass accordion.

    The accordion was kindly donated by Steve Clinkscale Music of Kelso.
  • Season opener ends in defeat against Bunillidh

    Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2008


    A glorious day out for North Caledonian debutants Tain Thistle turned to disaster with a 4-1 defeat at home to Bunillidh Thistle at Grant Park yesterday.

    Newly appointed captain Paul Cowie led the side out for the club's Winter season and first ever North Caledonian league game, but despite a confident start, the visitors eased their way into the box for an eighth minute opener, netted by Leon Urquhart.

    Before Tain could adjust the first goal, Bunillidh had doubled their lead, with Calum Mackay knocking home his side's second after 13 minutes.

    As has been the case throughout the pre- season, Tain took a good 15-20 to find their feet before they gained control of the game. Despite being 2-0 down, the team fought on, pulling a goal back just after half an hour, courtesy of a well placed Colin Burry free kick.



    Thistle went in 2-1 down at half time and in the second half dictated most of the play as they searched for an equalizer. But a looping Blair Duncan free kick, very much against the run of play, gave Bunillidh a third goal, which all but killed Thistle's hopes and confidence.

    Adding weight to their winning margin, Bunillidh rounded the afternoon off with a fourth scored by Darren Sheppard, against a tired and disoriented defence eight minutes from time.

    Team: Nimmons, S Ross (K Ross), Farquhar, D Wood, MacGruer, Cowie, Goller (Durrand), Brand (S Wood), Mitchell, D Christie, Burry. Not used: Swanson, Cameron

    Scorer: Burry 30

    Referee: G Dearie

    Assistants: B Murray & S Taylor
  • Committee exhibition match postponed

    Posted on Monday, August 18, 2008


    The much anticipated Players vs Committee XI game due to take place on Wednesday 20th August has been placed on hold due to much needed training time for the players ahead of their crunch debut match against Bunillidh Thistle.

    The match will take place at a later date in the year.
  • David Wood crowned new Tain Thistle FIFA Champion

    Posted on Sunday, August 17, 2008


    David Wood was named the first ever Tain Thistle FIFA Gaming Champion on Saturday night, following an eight man elimination tournament, sponsored by the Games Room in Cadboll Place, Tain.

    Chairman Niall Harkiss lost to Wood in the semi final, after defeating club stopper Barry Nimmons 3-1 on aggregate in the quarter-final.

    Wood, 19, won a meal for two at Anisha Indian Cuisine. The tournament is scheduled to be held again later in the year.
  • Thistle hammer the Blacksmiths

    Posted on Saturday, August 16, 2008


    Tain Thistle took care of the visiting Blacksmiths FC, from the Inverness & District Amateur league, with ease in a 3-1 win at Grant Park today, without moving out of second gear.

    In goal once again was Barry Nimmons, with a back four of Dave MacGruer, Scott Innes, Martyn Farquhar and Stuart Ross.

    The midfield was comprised of Michael Brand, Vinnie Wood, Arron Christie and Colin Burry with forwards Daniel Christie and Greig Mitchell on hand up front. In a last minute switch, Thistle winger Darran Goller was drafted to the Blacksmiths side to play a full 90 minutes.

    Blacksmiths stunned the North Caledonian side with an early goal through their pacey forward Charlie Fonweban, but it wasn't long before the Tain side pulled a goal back. A goalmouth scramble saw Greig Mitchell notch his second goal of the pre-season, leveling the scores at 1-1.

    Thistle went in at half time 2-1 ahead, thanks to a confident long range effort from midfield workhorse Michael Brand. The candidate for player of the year took advantage of a clever layoff from new signing, centre half Scottie Innes.

    In the lead, the Grant Park men struggled to make their domination count further, as several chances went begging. But in the latter stages of the game Arron Christie had a clear opportunity to add to his pre-season tally, but the ball made its way across the face of goal for substitute Dickie Durrand to make it 3-1.
  • Thistle put four past Brora youngsters

    Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2008


    Tain Thistle coasted to a 4-1 win at home to Brora Rangers U19s tonight, thanks to a professional performance for 90 minutes, putting the club's depth to test.

    Thistle were missing no fewer than five of the side that started in Evanton on Saturday, with only Scott Innes, Dave MacGruer, Arron Christie, Brian Cameron, Dickie Durrand and Craig Swanson remaining. Re- introduced to the team were keeper Barry Nimmons, full back Stuart Ross, Michael Brand, Kenny Ross and Vinnie Wood.

    Despite being caught on the hop by Brora's youngsters in the opening stages of the match (leading to a 1-0 goal deficit), Thistle controlled most of the game, with a solid defensive display. The Tain side equalized on the twenty minute mark with a well worked move. Arron Christie looped a left footed ball across the Brora box for an oncoming Stuart Ross to hammer the ball home.

    Thistle took the lead soon after when a mistake in the Brora defense allowed Christie to score the home side's second. With almost half an hour gone, Tain found the net for a third, with in-form Dickie Durrand scoring, with a postage stamp placed shot from the edge of the box.

    Thistle went into cruise control for the remainder of the match, with occasional chances to extend the lead going astray.

    Late in the second half, the greatest of chances came when referee Eric Robertson awarded Tain a penalty. Thistle full back Stuart Ross took up the position of penalty taker but on this occasion placed the ball a yard over the bar.

    Substitutes Darran Goller and Scott Morrison were given some time on the park toward the end, and it was the latter who rounded off the evening's scoring to make it 4-1.

    Capitalizing on a loose ball following a Dave MacGruer effort, Morrison pounced on a rebound to open his scoring account for Tain Thistle.
  • Players versus Committee match confirmed

    Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2008


    The much anticipated Players vs Committee XI game will take place on Wednesday 20th August, 7.30pm, Grant Park.

    The Committee XI will be made up of our dedicated committee, featuring such stars as Norman MacAngus, Brian Patullo, Niall Harkiss, Alan Forsyth, Ian Christie as well as aspiring hopefuls Robbie Ross, James Rice and Arron Christie.

    Referee for the night will be Mike Stankie.
  • Tain Thistle FIFA'08/PRO EVO night arranged

    Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2008


    The first Tain Thistle FIFA’08 / Pro Evo competition night will run on the evening of August 16th, after the club's friendly against Blacksmiths FC. The event will be held at 7pm in The Games Room, Cadboll Place, Tain.

    The competition is open to Thistle players, committee and supporters as an "open invitation" but please use the CONTACT button in the top right of the screen to book your place.

    Competition entry is £5 a head, with prizes to be won.
  • Tain Thistle awards night planned

    Posted on Monday, August 4, 2008


    The annual Tain Thistle awards night will take place in the Railway Hotel, after the club's opening North Caley game against Bunillidh Thistle. Saturday 23rd August, from 6/7pm.

    The night will also involve a quiz, raffle (and possible karaoke!).
  • Club welcomes new players for North Caley campaign

    Posted on Sunday, August 3, 2008


    The club today welcomed a host of new players to the club for their upcoming North Caledonian campaign, including:

    Scott Morrison

    Ross Henderson

    Jodie Campbell

    Craig Swanson

    Gordon Duff

    Stewart Ross

    Vinnie Wood

    Kenny Ross

    Daniel Cunningham

    The players offer a wealth of past experience and playing history, with previous clubs ranging from Ross County, to Forres Mechanics to Culloden Academy to the dizzy heights of Inver and Balintore.
  • Charity Shield: Black Rock 5 Tain Thistle 3

    Posted on Saturday, August 2, 2008


    The Welfare season ended in bitter fettle as Black Rock Rovers took yet another controversial victory in the Charity Shield.

    As the match was an exhibition, Thistle opted to field their North Caledonian squad for the tie, introducing new players Scott Innes, David MacGruer and Rob McCormack for the first time.

    Midweek goal scorer Greig Mitchell started up front alongside Ewen Thain again as the Jags dominated the first half. Taking an early lead through MacGruer, Thistle controlled the game and before long they were two ahead, thanks to a well taken Dickie Durrand drive.

    Black Rock managed to pull a goal back, but a bullet header from Colin Burry put Thistle 3-1 ahead on the hour mark.

    Rolling substitutions and rampant changes to the Black Rock side brought them back into the game, and before long they had pulled level. A late goal amidst tired defending and an injury to Thistle keeper Ross Henderson put Black Rock ahead and two minutes from time the Culcairn Park side notched a fifth.
  • George expected to be out for 2-3 weeks

    Posted on Friday, August 1, 2008


    Pre-season casualty Stevie George is expected to miss Thistle’s pre-season friendlies with Brora Rangers and Blacksmiths FC due to a bruised foot.

    The defender was absent for Thistle’s bounce game with Inverness City. George, 23, played 15 games during the summer Welfare season, scoring 2 goals in the process.
  • Thistle crush the Sutor

    Posted on Monday, June 30, 2008


    A rejuvenated Tain Thistle easily disposed of league rivals Sutor Inn, at Recreation Park this evening. Manager Arron Christie returned to the dugout, along with holiday maker Dickie Durrand.

    Meanwhile, June absentee Garry Perks made a welcome return to the first team.

    Perks opened the scoring in the latter stages of an even first half, getting on the end of a classy James Rice back heel.

    The returning manager pulled a "rabbit out of the hat" switch in the starting line-up, fielding pacey forward Jason Hill for only the second time this season. Having dominated full backs Andy Murray and Kevin Black, Hill grabbed Thistle's second goal early in the second half after a high speed race into the Sutor box.

    Not one to be out done, Garry Perks scored again with a mazy run of his own, dribbling the ball calmly round the Sutor defence for Thistle's third and final goal of the evening.