Ross County v Inverness as it happened

The first Highland derby of the season is abandoned because of a half-time floodlight failure at Victoria Park.

25 October 2013 Last updated at 21:28

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As it happened

  1. 1910: 

    Having been banned from colleagues from referring to tonight's Highland derby as the oft-used El Kessocko, we'll move swiftly on...

  2. 1911: 

    Ross County host Inverness CT in the first derby of the Scottish Premiership season in Dingwall, and we're in for a cracker.

    The two sides have produced some pulsating derbies in the recent past, including a thrilling 3-3 draw in the Scottish Cup back in December 2012.

    And County are unbeaten in the last three derbies at Victoria Park.

  3. 1912: 

    Inverness, following some sparkling early season form, have lost three of their last four league games and will be aiming to narrow the gap on league leaders Celtic to a point with victory.

    Derek Adams's County side have stuttered somewhat through their opening 10 games of the campaign, conceding an eye-watering 19 goals along the way but have won their last two league games in Dingwall.

  4. 1915: 

    Speaking earlier this week, Inverness boss Terry Butcher said: "They are very close games, very tense games, very hard-fought games.

    "At the end of the game you are like, 'Phew, what a game that was', irrespective of whether it was 0-0 or 3-1 or whatever. The 3-3 game stands out in your mind more than anything else.

    "But they are wonderful spectacles of football. That intensity, you want to bottle it up and keep it in the Highlands because it's special.

    "Derby matches add spice to the season. We have had seasons where we haven't had to play Ross County and I wouldn't say it's been flatter but it's certainly great when you have the derby matches.

    "Six last season was a lot, but hopefully we can have four this year and both of us finish in the top six again."

  5. 1916: 
    Ross County boss Derek Adams

    "We're happy with the start we've had and we're on 10 points and with victory tonight we'd go six points off second place.

    "We've come from the Second Division in a short space of time and we've got to aim for a top six finish.

    "It's important to try to win matches - draws are great - but wins propel you up the league.

    "We're going to take the game to Inverness and try to win it."

  6. 1918: 

    How do you see tonight's derby going? Are you heading to the game? Get in touch via text to 80295, tweet the commentary using #bbcsportscot or message me @bbcthomasmcg with your pearls of wisdom.

  7. 1920: 

    Inverness make two changes to the side that lost at home for the first time this season against Partick Thistle. Midfielder Marley Watkins and left-back Carl Tremarco come in for the injured David Raven and Ben Greenhalgh, who drops to the bench.

  8. 1922: 

    Ross County: Brown, Kovacevic, McLean, Boyd, Gordon, Kettlewell, Sproule, Quinn, De Leeuw, Carey, Luckassen. Subs: Micic, Brittain, Mustafi, Maatsen, Steven Ross, Fraser, Saunders.

    Inverness CT: Brill, Shinnie, Meekings, Warren, Tremarco, Watkins, Ross Draper, Foran, Doran, Ross, McKay. Subs: Esson, Devine, Greenhalgh, Williams, Polworth, Pepper, Agdestein.

    Referee: John Beaton

  9. 1924: 

    There are also two changes for Ross County. Skipper Richie Brittain is on the bench, as is forward Steven Ross. Their places go to Dutch striker Kevin Luckassen and left-sided midfielder Graham Carey.

  10. 1926: 
    "You Talking To Me?"
    Ross County manager Derek Adams (left) and Inverness boss Terry Butcher

    Managers Derek Adams and Terry Butcher are preparing to lock horns in the first Highland derby of the season...

    Inverness CT

    "Terry Butcher getting the craic with the fans now...IT'S #HIGHLANDDERBY TIME!!!"

  12. 1935: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds

    "Even if the stadium isn't full, it's still going to be a cracking atmosphere..."

    Dingwall has been deluged by heavy rainfall and both keepers will be on guard for shots zipping in from distance over the sodden turf.

  13. 1937: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson

    "There looks roughly about 4,000 fans inside the stadium and I'm a wee bit disappointed..."

  14. 1939: 

    Tonight's derby is the first of six Premiership games this weekend.


    Dundee Utd v St Mirren

    Hibs v Aberdeen

    Kilmarnock v Hearts


    Partick Thistle v Celtic

    St Johnstone v Motherwell

  15. 1941: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson admits raised eyebrows over Derek Adams's decision to start with skipper Richard Brittain on the bench. No mention of any injury concerns over the County captain...

  16. 1943: 

    A slow rumble from the crowd inside a wet Victoria Park greets the two sides as they trot out onto the sodden pitch.

  17. 1945: 

    We're under way at Victoria Park!

  18. 1946: 

    Ross County have started brightly and Rocco Quinn feeds Ivan Sproule but the winger sees his effort blocked by the Inverness defence.

  19. 1948: 

    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson is purring over County's positive start as they take the game to Terry Butcher's men.

  20. 1950: 

    Inverness have been easy on the eye this season but early in this game goalkeeper Dean Brill is arrowing high balls towards Marley Wakins, who is winning every ball against the pint-sized Ben Gordon.

  21. 1951: 

    The first yellow card of the Highland derby has arrived before the first real chance! Inverness defender Gary Warren is booked for a cynical challenge on the lively Melvin de Leeuw.


    Ryan Heatly: "Can understand the low attendance at Dingwall tonight. Caley fans have quite a distance to travel...#bbcsportscot."

  23. 1954: 

    Ross County are doing their best to get the ball down and establish some rhythm to their passing but it's all a bit untidy in the opening 10 minutes in Dingwall.

  24. 1956: 
    BBC Sportsound commentator Rob Maclean at Victoria Park

    "Inverness are starting to grow into the game now..."

  25. 1957: 

    Inverness defender Josh Meekings tries to find predatory Inverness striker Billy McKay but the ball skids off the turf and out for a throw.

  26. 1958: 

    What a chance for the visitors to take the lead. Richie Foran heads on a long ball into the penalty area, allowing Nick Ross a clear effort on goal but he fluffs his lines and County earn a reprieve.

  27. 1959: 

    Inverness are warming to the task now; Aaron Doran whips in a corner kick but County repel the danger. Encouraging signs, though, for El Tel's troops who are beginning to enjoy more possession after a jittery start.

  28. 2002: 

    Inverness defender Gary Warren, booked by referee John Beaton for chopping down Melvin de Leeuw earlier, is still thundering into challenges and sliding all over the place on the wet pitch.

    He's like a holidaymaker whizzing down the Cresta Run...

  29. 2003: 

    Inverness CT keeper Dean Brill is forced into his first save of the derby, getting his body behind a low fizzing Melvin de Leeuw effort.

    The game is opening up and both sides are pushing for a goal; it remains goalless just shy of the 20-minute mark.

  30. 2005: 

    BBC Sportsound commentator Rob Maclean says it's been raining steadily in Dingwall since 10am this morning and it's proving tricky for the players to control the ball that's proving as slippy as a pickle in a fish supper!

  31. 2007: 

    Aaron Doran's corner kick causes fear and alarm in the Ross County defence before they manage to scramble it clear. The visitors are beginning to bare their teeth...

  32. 2009: 

    Inverness attack down County's right flank and the ball is played to striker Billy McKay 25 yards out but the normally reliable marksman blazes his shot high and wide.

    Captain Richie Foran shows his frustration as another Inverness attack fizzles out. It remains goalless with 20 minutes of the first half remaining.

  33. 2010: 

    Inverness have the ball in the net as Ross rifles the ball home after Shinnie's free kick is flicked on but they're disappointed by a flag for offside. That looked a marginal decision; tighter than Obelix's trousers after a hearty meal of wild boar...

    Inverness CT

    "Two poor decisions from the linesman, one after the other there. Derek Adams is seething."

  35. 2015: 

    Inverness look set to carve open the County defence with a lightning attack but the galloping Aaron Doran sends his cross harmlessly over the head of Billy McKay and the hosts breathe a sigh of relief.

  36. 2018: 

    It's Ross County's turn to threaten as Kevin Luckassen finds himself in space on the edge of the area but his effort drifts wide of goal.

    Inverness CT boss Terry Butcher emerges from his dugout, like a hungry bear rubbing his eyes after hibernation, to remonstrate with the fourth official. Not entirely sure what Terry's beef is but he's going bananas in the technical area.

  37. 2020: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson

    "It's been a very even game with just that one chance really that Nick Ross didn't take."

    Indeed Robbo, but that disallowed effort merits another look...

  38. 2022: 

    Inverness press again and quick thinking by County defender Michael Kovacevic prevents Billy McKay from getting a sniff in front of goal.

  39. 2024: 

    Inverness are forcing a blizzard of corners as they intensify their search for the opening goal before the break. The County defence, though, are remaining defiant in the face of incessant attacks.

  40. 2026: 

    It wouldn't be a derby without a melee/stramash on the halfway line... Ross Draper and Mervin De Leeuw clashed after the former's challenge with Kevin Luckassen.

    De Leeuw, Draper and Michael Kovacevic are all booked by whistler John Beaton who must've been working on his shorthand there to jot down those on his expanding rap sheet.

  41. 2028: 

    Referee John Beaton trots over to the touchline to offer some advice to Ross County boss Derek Adams who is going ballistic in the driving rain. Tempers are fraying on the cusp of half-time; a slice of orange and some soothing pan-pipe music or Chopin, Nocturne in E Flat Major required for everyone to calm down...

  42. 2031: 

    Ross County keeper Mark Brown does brilliantly to claw away Gary Warren's looping header to ensure the sides go in goalless at the break.

  43. 2032: 
    HALF-TIME- Ross County 0-0 Inverness CT

    Nick Ross spurned the best chance of a fiercely-fought first half in driving rain in Dingwall. And a chalked off effort for offside by the same player was close, very close.

  44. 2037: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit John Robertson

    "It can only get better. Quality has been sadly lacking but Inverness have controlled the game."

  45. 2038: 
    Aaron Doran (left) is challenged by Ross County's Stuart Kettlewell

    Santa won't be inundated with Christmas letters requesting DVDs of that first half, but hope springs eternal ahead of the second 45. We will have goals to enjoy: BELIEVE!

  46. 2042: 

    The lights have momentarily gone off at Victoria Park; maybe the low voltage was on account of a lack of spark in that first half.

  47. 2044: 

    Supporters inside Victoria Park are holding smart phones aloft, as if as one, imploring: "let there be light!"

    Here's hoping! The PA announcer inside the stadium has just asked fans for musical requests!

    What would you ask for?

    Anything from Dark Side Of The Moon?

    Bruce Springsteen's Dancing In The Dark? Ash's Guiding Light? Arcade Fire's Neighbourhood 3 (Power Out)?

    Let me know via 80295 or tweet using #bbcsportscot or message me @bbcthomasmcg


    Tom Watson: "What's happened to El Tel's pre-match teaser? Or is that what he wants us to work out? Cunning."

    With Victoria Park plunged into darkness, hopefully Tel will shed some light in more ways than one...


    Danny Alexander: "Perfect opportunity for a @official5ive reunion #WhenTheLightsGoOut #bbcsportscot"

    The floodlights are flickering into life in Dingwall, triggering cries of "oooh" and "aaah" among the fans. This is like the countdown to the bells at Hogmanay...


    James, who calls himself 'an old hippy': "How about 'Light up or Leave Me Alone' by Traffic?"

  51. 2055: 

    Terry Butcher is out on the pitch as he watches his players go through their stretches to keep their muscles warm. The fourth official says they have received guidance from police and we should see the second half get under way in 10 minutes.

  52. 2057: 

    Hold that thought, the lights have gone off again...

    It's like Christmas panto: "oh no they're not.." "oh yes they are..."

  53. 2059: 

    The game at Victoria Park has been abandoned. Terry Butcher wades through the gloom to applaud the visiting fans as the players make their way up the tunnel.

  54. 2102: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Billy Dodds

    "Really, really disappointed..."

    Supporters at Victoria Park have been told to retain their ticket stubs in order to attend the re-arranged fixture.

    Referee John Beaton

    "We gave it as long as we could but the third chance was the last chance and when the lights failed we couldn't wait any longer.

    "It was caused by an overload; the players enjoyed the first half, as did the match officials. We're all disappointed. It gets to the point: how long can we leave them sitting in the dark?

    "We'd have loved to have finished the game but we'll need to come back again."

  56. 2110: 
    Dancing In The Dark?
    Floodlight failure at the Global Energy Stadium

    Inverness CT fans remain in fine voice as the Highland derby at Global Energy Stadium in Dingwall is abandoned because of floodlight failure.

  57. 2111: 

    Inverness CT boss Terry Butcher has told BBC Sportsound he was in the toilet when the floodlights failed.

    "It's just one of those things. I'm not sure what the reason was but we live to fight another day and we'll come back and do it all again. It's disappointing of course.."

  58. 2113: 

    Despite the game being abandoned, the bookings incurred by both sides will stand. That little nugget didn't go down well with Terry Butcher....


    Edinburgh Tom: "No lights is a particular inconvenience in a place where there will be no daylight until next March."

    Stephen Moffat: "Should be a neutral venue for the rearranged match, given the precedent Ross County forced in 2012 #bbcsportscot"

  60. 2116: 
    Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor

    "We're really disappointed for all the fans, the officials and the players. And also for you guys, the BBC who've come up to the Highlands for the game.

    "With the rain today, something outwith the ground, with the water... I'm afraid we're not in control of that at all."

  61. 2117: 

    A pity that the Highland derby was cut short because of the floodlight failure. Everyone seems puzzled by what's happened; perhaps a rush of people sticking the kettle on at the same time?


    David Callan: "Ross County's stadium isn't very aptly named, is it? #bbcsportscot #nolikeynolighty"

  63. 2120: 

    I was hoping to bring news of a goal blizzard in the second half of the Highland derby at Victoria Park. Alas, we were plunged into darkness as the floodlight failure saw the game in Dingwall abandoned.

    Thanks for your company tonight. We're back tomorrow, light permitting, for three other Premiership games and the rest of the day's Scottish football.


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As It Stood Table

Last updated 25 Oct 2013 UK

Scottish Premiership summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Celtic 9 12 23
No movement 2 Inverness CT 10 6 19
No movement 3 Motherwell 10 1 19
No movement 4 Aberdeen 10 4 17
No movement 5 Hibernian 10 0 15
No movement 6 Dundee Utd 10 4 13
No movement 7 Partick Thistle 10 -1 13
No movement 8 St Johnstone 10 2 12
No movement 9 Ross County 10 -8 10
No movement 10 St Mirren 9 -7 8
No movement 11 Kilmarnock 10 -6 6
No movement 12 Hearts 10 -7 -7