Ross County F.C.

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Ross County
Ross County F.C. logo.png
Full nameRoss County Football Club
Nickname(s)The Staggies
Founded1929;92 years ago (1929)
Ground Victoria Park, Dingwall
Capacity6,541 [1]
ChairmanRoy MacGregor
Manager Malky Mackay
League Scottish Premiership
2020–21 Scottish Premiership, 10th of 12
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Ross County Football Club is a professional football club based in Dingwall, Scotland. They play all of their home matches at Victoria Park in Dingwall. The club currently play in the Scottish Premiership, after being promoted from the Scottish Championship in the 201819 season. Prior to the 1994–95 season they played in the Highland Football League, a competition they won three times. They have also won the Scottish First Division, Scottish Championship, Second Division, Third Division (once each) and the Challenge Cup on three occasions. In 2010, they reached the Scottish Cup Final, and in 2016 they won the Scottish League Cup. Nicknamed The Staggies, County's colours are dark blue, red and white.

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History

The club was formed in 1929 in what was then Ross and Cromarty after the previous local club from the North of Scotland Junior League, Dingwall Victoria United (the 'Dingwall Vics') successfully applied for Highland Football League membership. The club was subsequently renamed Ross County. Playing in the Highland League from 1929, they won the championship on three occasions, first in 1967, then in 1991 and 1992. They also gained a reputation for their good performances in the early rounds of the Scottish Cup, upsetting league teams on eight occasions. The most notable of these upsets came on 8 January 1994, when they won 4–0 at Forfar Athletic, and were elected to the Scottish Football League three days later.

At the beginning of season 1994–95 the Scottish Football League was restructured into four tiers, and, following a vote on 11 January 1994, County were allocated one of the two vacancies in the new 10-club Division Three. County gathered 57 votes. They were joined also by a new club, formed as a result of the proposed merger to form Inverness Caledonian Thistle, having amassed 68 votes.

In 1998–99 Ross County were crowned Champions of the Third Division and thereby won promotion to the Second Division, where they finished in third place. This resulted in promotion to the First Division thanks to a reorganisation of the League, with the Premier League being expanded from ten clubs to twelve. After seven seasons in the First Division Ross County were relegated back to the Second Division in 2006–07. They won the Second Division in 2007–08, and were promoted back to the First Division. Ross County finished their first season back in the First Division in 8th place.

Their manager for a very short spell until October 2005, was former Inverness and Hearts manager John Robertson. He left the club on 24 October 2005, due to differences of opinion on a number of fundamental issues with the chairman. Gardner Spiers, a former Aberdeen coach, was appointed caretaker manager, but he too left in April 2006 after being told he would not be considered for appointment on a permanent basis. Director of Football George Adams took temporary charge before former Motherwell player Scott Leitch was appointed on 18 April 2006. Ross County won their first ever nationwide trophy when they won the Scottish Challenge Cup in November 2006 on penalties with Jason Crooks scoring the deciding spot kick on his competitive debut. [2] Leitch, after winning the Challenge Cup but suffering relegation, stood down at the end of the 2006–07 season, almost exactly one year after his appointment. [3] Former Partick Thistle manager Dick Campbell was announced as his replacement in May 2007. [4] However, after a good run of results to start their Division 2 campaign, Campbell and the Ross County board decided to part company on 2 October 2007. Derek Adams (son of George Adams) took over as caretaker, and was confirmed as permanent manager a month later, after the side's good form continued. County again reached the final of the Scottish Challenge Cup in 2008. They played Airdrie United at McDiarmid Park. Unlike two years previously, County lost in a penalty shootout where four penalties were missed. Ross County also reached the Challenge Cup final on April 2011 in which they beat Queen of the South 2–0.

Chart of table positions of Ross County since joining the League. RossCountyFC League Performance.svg
Chart of table positions of Ross County since joining the League.

In November 2010 Derek Adams left to become Colin Calderwood's assistant at Hibernian. [5] Former Celtic player Willie McStay was appointed as his replacement in November 2010. [6] McStay's tenure was short – lasting only 9 games. [7] Jimmy Calderwood was then appointed until the end of the 2010–11 season. [8] In May 2011, it was announced that Derek Adams was to return as manager. [9]

On 23 March 2010, they defeated Scottish Premier League club Hibernian 2–1 in a Scottish Cup quarter-final replay at home at Victoria Park. [10] In the semi-final, they played Celtic on Saturday 10 April 2010. In one of the biggest upsets in cup history, Ross County won 2–0 at Hampden Park and reached the final of the Scottish Cup for the first time in their history. [11] More than 7,000 Ross County fans travelled to Glasgow to watch the game.

In the 2010 Scottish Cup Final on 15 May 2010, County lost 0–3 to Dundee United at Hampden Park. [12] The match was watched by more than 17,000 Ross County fans.

Ross County secured promotion to the Scottish Premier League on 10 April 2012 when their nearest rival to the title Dundee failed to beat Queen of the South. During this push to promotion, Ross County embarked on a 40-game undefeated run in league football, which continued into the Scottish Premier League. The run was ended by St Johnstone on 22 September 2012. [13] The Staggies parted company with George and Derek Adams on 28 August 2014 following a poor start to the 2014–15 campaign. Jim McIntyre was appointed manager on 9 September 2014, with Billy Dodds as his assistant. [14]

On 13 March 2016, Ross County won their first ever major trophy when they beat Hibernian 2–1 in the final of the 2015–16 Scottish League Cup. [15] [16] The team's fortunes declined after this success, and they were relegated at the end of the 201718 season. [17]

The club secured an immediate return to the Scottish Premiership after a 4–0 win at home to Queen of the South on 26 April 2019 saw them lift the 2018–19 Scottish Championship. [18]

Kit history

SeasonManufacturerSponsor
1929–1977UnknownNone
1977–1982 Flag of England.svg Admiral
1982–1984 Flag of England.svg Litesome
1984–1985 Flag of Scotland.svg MacLean Sports
1985–1987 Flag of England.svg Umbro
1987–1990 Flag of Scotland.svg Ken's Garage
1990–1991 Flag of England.svg Admiral
1991–1992 Flag of Scotland.svg MacGregor Industrial Supplies
1992–1993 Flag of Scotland.svg RCFC Collection Flag of Scotland.svg The Boutique
1993–1994Activity Flag of Scotland.svg MacGregor Industrial Supplies
1994–1996 Flag of Scotland.svg MacGregor Group
1996–1998 Flag of Scotland.svg Victoria Collection Flag of Scotland.svg MacLean Sports
1998–2000 Flag of England.svg Avec
2000–2004 Flag of the United States.svg Xara Flag of Scotland.svg Aberdeen Asset Management
2004–2007 Flag of Scotland.svg MacLean Sports
2007–2008 Flag of England.svg Crest Teamwear Flag of Scotland.svg Roxburgh
2008–2010 Flag of Germany.svg Adidas Flag of Scotland.svg Highnet
2010–2012 Flag of the United States.svg Nike
2012–2014 Flag of Italy.svg Diadora Flag of the United States.svg CRC-Evans
2014–2016 Flag of England.svg Carbrini
2016–2018 Flag of Italy.svg Macron
2018–2020 Flag of Scotland.svg McEwan Fraser Legal
2020–2021 Flag of Scotland.svg Ross-Shire Engineering

Rivalry

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Matchday at Victoria Park

Their main rivals are fellow Highlanders, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, with whom they contest the Highland derby. This, unlike many rivalries, is generally friendly as both sets of fans live and work together given their close geographic locations. Due to the geographical proximity of the clubs and despite the rivalry, Inverness CT have signed many former Ross County players over the years, including Barry Wilson, Stuart Golabek, Roy McBain, Graham Bayne, Richard Hastings, Steven Hislop, John Rankin, Andrew Barrowman, Lionel Djebi-Zadi and Don Cowie. Many former Inverness CT players have also "crossed the bridge" in the opposite direction, most notably Grant Munro, Michael Fraser, Ross Tokely and Coll Donaldson in recent years. Both Stuart Golabek and Andy Barrowman had two spells at County each, with the former also having two spells at ICT. A notable player is Iain Vigurs, who is one of (if not the first) few player(s) to cross the bridge more than twice, having spent two spells with both County and Caley Thistle.

Nickname

The Club's nickname is the Staggies, taken from their badge which is a Caberfeidh, or Stag's Head. This in turn was taken from the regimental badge of the Seaforth Highlanders, the regiment in which many locals had fought and died during the Great War.

Supporters and culture

Club anthem "Ross County FC Song" by composer Neil Grant is regularly played at the stadium before matches. The track gained national exposure as part of the BBC's successful football series A View from the Terrace and the hugely popular Off the Ball.

Mascot

Ross County's mascot, due to their affiliation with the stag crest of the Seaforth Highlanders, is a stag named Rosco, a play on the club's name.

Club records

[19]

Honours

League

Cup

Youth

Players

Current squad

As of 3 June 2021 [22]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Ross Laidlaw
2 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Connor Randall
8 FW Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Oli Shaw
12 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Tom Grivosti
15 DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Keith Watson
16 DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Alex Iacovitti
17 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Regan Charles-Cook
20 MF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Blair Spittal
22 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jordan Tillson
No.Pos.NationPlayer
24 MF Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN Harry Paton
25 DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Coll Donaldson
26 FW Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Jordan White
31 GK Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Ross Munro
41 GK Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Logan Ross
44 FW Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Matthew Wright
46 DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Ben Williamson
47 MF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Adam Mackinnon
MF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Ross Callachan

Managers

DatesName
1985–1987 Flag of Scotland.svg John Buchanan
1987–1996 Flag of Scotland.svg Robert Wilson
1 July 1996 – 11 November 2002 Flag of Scotland.svg Neale Cooper
27 November 2002 – 11 June 2005 Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Smith
21 June 2005 – 24 October 2005 Flag of Scotland.svg John Robertson
24 October 2005 – 3 June 2006 Flag of Scotland.svg Gardner Speirs (caretaker)
1 July 2006 – 17 June 2007 Flag of Scotland.svg Scott Leitch
2007 Flag of Scotland.svg Dick Campbell
2 October 2007 – 11 November 2010 Flag of Scotland.svg Derek Adams
11 November 2010 – 25 November 2010 Flag of Scotland.svg Craig Brewster (caretaker)
25 November 2010 – 12 February 2011 Flag of Scotland.svg Willie McStay
12 February 2011 – 17 February 2011 Flag of Scotland.svg George Adams (caretaker)
17 February 2011 – 15 May 2011 Flag of Scotland.svg Jimmy Calderwood
19 May 2011 – 28 August 2014 Flag of Scotland.svg Derek Adams
28 August 2014 – 9 September 2014 Flag of Scotland.svg Steven Ferguson (caretaker)
9 September 2014 – 25 September 2017 Flag of Scotland.svg Jim McIntyre
28 September 2017 – 1 March 2018 Flag of Ireland.svg Owen Coyle
2 March 2018 – 10 June 2020 Flag of Scotland.svg Steven Ferguson
Flag of Scotland.svg Stuart Kettlewell
10 June 2020 – 19 December 2020 Flag of Scotland.svg Stuart Kettlewell
21 December 2020 – 24 May 2021 Flag of Scotland.svg John Hughes
26th May 2021 – Present Flag of Scotland.svg Malky Mackay

Club staff

Coaching staff

PositionName
Manager Malky Mackay
Assistant Manager Don Cowie
First Team Coach Stuart Taylor
Goalkeeping Coach Scott Thomson
Performance & Recruitment AnalystEnda Barron
Head of PhysiotherapyWillie Nolan
Sports ScientistLiam Jukes

Backroom staff

PositionName
Chief Executive Officer Steven Ferguson
Club SecretaryFiona MacBean
Academy & Community ManagerGordon Duff
Academy & Community CoachesRyan Farquhar & Ryan Moreton
Kit ControllersJim Kelly & Susan Wilson
Head GroundsmanDavie Fraser
Commercial ManagerLorraine Christie
QPM Operations ManagerDavid O'Connor
Brand Development OfficerDale Pryde-MacDonald
Commercial AssistantsMinique Dearden & Eilidh Mackintosh

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