Clachnacuddin - Club History
Inverness Clachnacuddin were established in 1885/86 after a meeting held in the late Donald Simpson's house, with the simple goal of becoming the best football team in Inverness. City clubs Inverness Caledonian and Inverness Thistle were already in existence, so Simpson had to set about creating a side that would quite simply be the best the town had seen. From there, Clachnacuddin FC were born.
The name Clachnacuddin is derived from Gaelic and simply means The Stone Of The Tubs. Many stories exist as to why this name was chosen, but the simple truth is that the stone is where the local "wifies" would rest their tubs full of washing after being at the nearby River Ness to clean their clothes.The Clach na cuddin stone now sits proudly outside the cities town house.
The club experienced most of their success in their early years, winning 15 of their 18 league championships before the Second World War.
Post war, if you ask any genuine "clacher" to name the best Clach side ever, the answer will simply come in 4 words.
The Clean Sweep Side
The Clach side of 1947-48 is considered by most to be the greatest side ever to be assembled at Grant Street Park. The team simply swept the boards that season winning every single competition they entered, achieving "The Clean Sweep". This particular team are held in such high regard that the club named the new enclosure at Grant Street Park "The Clean Sweep Enclosure".
Grant Street Park has been the home ground of the club since its inception and it too has seen its fair share of delight and disaster over the years. With a record attendance of 9000 people, in its heyday it was the largest and often the most feared ground in North football. Many a visiting player has had their nerve tested by friendly "banter" dished out by the home support from the often full "wine shed".
Over the years many sides and players have brought victory and celebration to the "Ferry San Siro" and the (currently closed) social club used to be the hottest ticket in town with locals queuing round the block to gain entry.
The club, however, won their hardest and most difficult battle in 1990. With crippling debts mounting, the club were literally minutes from being consigned to the history books, as liquidation looked inevitable. Thanks to the commitment of many, a group of local businessmen stepped in to secure the club's future and safety going forward.
Since then it has very much been an up and down period, but the club have added further trophies to the cabinet. Most recently, a memorable league and cup double was added by Robbie Williamson's side in 2003-04. It was nearly a case of history repeating itself, as the side were in fact one penalty kick away from sweeping the board.
Highland Football League:
1894–95, 1896–97, 1897–98, 1900–01, 1902–03, 1903–04, 1904–05, 1905–06, 1907–08, 1911–12, 1920–21, 1921–22, 1922–23, 1923–24, 1938–39, 1947–48, 1974–75, 2003–04
Highland League Cup:
1947–48, 1950–51, 1981–82, 2003–04, 2013–14
North of Scotland Cup:
1894–95, 1895–96, 1897–98, 1899–1900, 1902–03, 1903–04, 1905–06, 1906–07, 1919–20, 1920–21, 1922–23, 1937–38, 1939–40, 1946–47, 1947–48, 1948–49, 1949–50, 1953–54, 1964–65, 1979–80, 1992–93, 2001–02
1897–98, 1900–01 1903–04, 1904–05, 1906–07, 1909–10, 1919–20, 1921–22, 1923–24, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1936–37, 1951–52, 1952–53
Scottish Qualifying Cup (North):
1934–35, 1938–39, 1947–48, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1998–99
Inverness Charity Cup:
1896–97, 1897–98, 1903–04, 1904–05, 1920–21, 1927–28, 1932–33, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1947–48, 1948–49
Elginshire Charity Cup:
1896–97, 1897–98, 1899–00, 1905–06
Inverness Sports Bed Cup: