Inverness CT 1 - 1 Alloa Athletic

League Match
Saturday, December 21st, 2002, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 1,639
Referee: I Frickleton
Inverness CT  Alloa Athletic

Goalscorers
Bobby Mann (5)
Hutchison (44)

Team Managers
Unknown.

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Bobby Mann
Stuart Golabek
Charlie Christie
Barry Robson
Roy McBain
Richie Hart
Dennis Wyness
Paul Ritchie
Hogarth
Walker
Seaton
Valentine
Thomson
Fisher (Watson 38)
Hamilton
Ferguson
Crabbe (G Evans 88)
Hutchison
Little

Substitutes
Michael Fraser
Graeme Stewart
David Bagan
Anthony Low
Liam Keogh
Watson
G Evans
Cowan
Gillan
J Evans

Substitutions
Liam Keogh for Paul Ritchie (88)
David Bagan for Richie Hart (88)
Watson -> Fisher (38)
G Evans -> Crabbe (88)

Bookings
Grant Munro (60)
Ross Tokely (60)
Valentine
Ferguson
Little

Red Cards
Grant Munro (71)
None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 23 apps -
Grant Munro 55 apps1 goal
Stuart Golabek 102 apps1 goal
Bobby Mann 154 apps14 goals
Ross Tokely 218 apps15 goals
Roy McBain 103 apps5 goals
Barry Robson 148 apps21 goals
Richie Hart 21 apps6 goals
Charlie Christie 293 apps33 goals
Paul Ritchie 66 apps31 goals
Dennis Wyness 138 apps71 goals
Liam Keogh (sub) 16 apps -
David Bagan (sub) 60 apps11 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (23 years 294 days)
Oldest Player:Dennis Wyness (2004 years 142 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 102 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (23 years 294 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Ritchie (2004 years 142 days)
Average Player Age:30 years 102 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

In the opening game of the season Alloa came north, defended resolutely and went home with a point – this was more of the same. It may have been the lack of a permanent manager or just an off day but things did not go well for the home side. It started brightly with a Bobby Mann goal in five minutes direct from a 22 yard free kick but the rest of the game was just frustrating. When they did find the way to goal it was blocked by an inspired Myles Hogarth. He saved in nine minutes from Paul Ritchie then again five minutes later from Dennis Wyness. At the other end a Jim Fisher corner came off the top of the bar in 11 minutes then Mark Brown saved from Gareth Hutchison in 16 minutes. Hogarth dived to save from Ritchie in 22 minutes then moments later Wyness hit low and past. Wyness had a good chance in 28 minutes with only Hogarth to beat but the angle was too tight and he slid it past the post. Alloa soaked up all the pressure then scored in 44 minutes – a Hutchison header following an Andrew Seaton corner. In 53 minutes Wyness charged down a Hogarth clearance and the ensuing scramble ended when Barry Robson’s cross was cleared. Brown had to be alert to save with his feet in 64 minutes when Little was through then bizarre refereeing led to a red card for Grant Munro in 71 minutes. He had been harshly booked for a foul a minute earlier and when he was late tackling Scott Crabbe the red card came out. The crowd were incensed and Mr Frickleton was booed at every turn thereafter. Hogarth saved brilliantly from Wyness in 79 minutes then Brown did the same from Hutchison in 85 minutes. The inconsistent refereeing was highlighted a minute from time when play was waved on despite a foul on substitute Liam Keogh. Time ran out and Alloa were delighted with a point. With Falkirk’s game falling victim to freezing weather a point was enough to make Caley Thistle the Christmas number one.

None.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Inverness CT 19 12 4 3 44 18 26 40
2. Falkirk 18 12 4 2 37 16 21 40
3. Clyde 18 9 4 5 30 17 13 31
4. St. Johnstone 18 8 5 5 19 12 7 29
5. Queen of the South 18 6 5 7 24 27 -3 23
6. Ayr United 18 6 5 7 18 21 -3 23
7. St. Mirren 18 6 4 8 24 39 -15 22
8. Ross County 19 5 6 8 22 20 2 21
9. Arbroath 19 3 4 12 16 35 -19 13
10. Alloa Athletic 19 2 5 12 12 41 -29 11