North derby

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The term, North derby, is sometimes used to emphasise their relative geographical proximity, when matches are played between Scottish football clubs Aberdeen and Inverness Caledonian Thistle.[1] The clubs first met in a Scottish League Cup tie played on 8 August 1998. Inverness first entered the Scottish Football League in 1994 alongside fellow Highland side Ross County, forming the Highland derby. However, Inverness progressed over the next 10 years to form a rivalry with Aberdeen, after winning promotion to the Scottish Premier League in 2004.

The match is considered to be a derby despite the fact that the two cities are over 100 miles apart. Aberdeen have no immediate rival geographically, although they have longstanding rivalries with both Rangers and Dundee United, who have frequently competed with them for Scottish major trophies.

Before Ross County were promoted to the SPL in 2012, the lack of an alternative derby opponent for both clubs led to the development of the rivalry. Due to the redevelopment of the Caledonian Stadium to meet SPL standard, Inverness had to share Pittodrie Stadium with Aberdeen during the first half of the 2004–05 league season.

Initially, the match has also been given an edge by Aberdeen enjoying a long unbeaten record against Inverness, partly thanks to a remarkable number of very late goals. This record was finally ended on the opening day of the 2008–09 league season when Inverness won 2–0 at Pittodrie. Other notable matches between the two clubs include a Scottish Cup tie in 2000. Aberdeen beat Inverness after a replay in the round after Inverness had caused a great shock by beating Celtic.[2]

The clubs met on 16 March 2014 in their most high profile game to date, the 2014 Scottish League Cup Final, with Aberdeen winning on penalties after a 0–0 draw (aet).[3]

Matches played[edit]

Season Date Venue Competition Score[4] Home Scorer(s) Away Scorer(s) Attendance Report
1998-99 08.08.1998 Caledonian Stadium League Cup
0–3
Dodds (1, 66, 70) 5,164 Sunday Mirror
1999–2000 20.02.2000 Caledonian Stadium Scottish Cup
1–1
Mann (50) Guntveit (81) 6,290 BBC Sport
29.02.2000 Pittodrie Scottish Cup
1–0
Stavrum (75) 18,451 Sporting Life
2004–05 16.10.2004 Pittodrie[5] SPL
1–3
McBain (36) Adams (28, 64 pen.), Mackie (90 pen.) 9,530 BBC Sport
27.12.2004 Pittodrie SPL
0–0
18,250 BBC Sport
05.02.2005 Pittodrie Scottish Cup
2–1
Mackie (15, 34) Brewster (24) 10,595 BBC Sport
02.04.2005 Caledonian Stadium SPL
0–1
Whelan (38) 7,026 BBC Sport
2005–06 15.10.2005 Caledonian Stadium SPL
1–1
Bayne (73) J. Smith (55) 6,809 BBC Sport
31.12.2005 Pittodrie SPL
0–0
12,266 BBC Sport
01.04.2006 Caledonian Stadium SPL
0–1
Lovell (83) 7,368 BBC Sport
2006–07 05.08.2006 Pittodrie SPL
1–1
Crawford (29) Wilson (89) 11,955 BBC Sport
06.11.2006 Caledonian Stadium SPL
1–1
Bayne (78) Lovell (90) 5,744 BBC Sport
13.01.2007 Pittodrie SPL
1–1
Lovell (90+3) Rankin (86) 10,300 BBC Sport
2007–08 21.10.2007 Caledonian Stadium SPL
1–2
Wyness (58) Young (8), Tokely (68 o.g.) 6,023 BBC Sport
31.10.2007 Pittodrie League Cup
4–1
Nicholson (10 pen. 21 pen. 78), Miller (45) Bayne (68) 7,270 BBC Sport
02.01.2008 Pittodrie SPL
1–0
Nicholson (83 pen.) 13,372 BBC Sport
29.03.2008 Caledonian Stadium SPL
3–4
Bus (21 o.g.), Duncan (40), McBain (57) Aluko (7), Nicholson (45), Miller (53), Maguire (90+3) 5,655 BBC Sport
2008–09 29.08.2008 Pittodrie SPL
0–2
Barrowman (27), McBain (90) 12,659 BBC Sport
20.12.2008 Caledonian Stadium SPL
0–3
Mulgrew (6), McDonald (51), Mackie (56) 5,862 BBC Sport
11.04.2009 Pittodrie SPL
1–0
McDonald (79) 11,114 BBC Sport
2010–11 02.10.2010 Caledonian Stadium SPL
2–0
Hayes (19), Rooney (61) 6,144 BBC Sport
09.11.2010 Pittodrie SPL
1–2
Velicka (49) Rooney (34 pen.), Munro (81) 5,917 BBC Sport
26.01.2011 Caledonian Stadium SPL
0–2
Jack (44), Blackman (49) 4,468 BBC Sport
30.04.2011 Pittodrie SPL
1–0
Pawlett (75) 6,280 BBC Sport
2011–12 20.08.2011 Pittodrie SPL
2–1
Milsom (12), Vernon (27) Foran (79) 7,989 BBC Sport
24.12.2011 Caledonian Stadium SPL
2–1
Golobart (64), Tade (69) Fallon (76) 5,888 BBC Sport
24.03.2012 Pittodrie SPL
0–1
Tade (10) 8,939 BBC Sport
21.04.2012 Caledonian Stadium SPL
0–2
Golobart (46 o.g.), Gillet (89 o.g.) 3,487 BBC Sport
2012–13 15.09.2012 Caledonian Stadium SPL
1–1
Foran (67 pen.) Smith (84) 4,499 BBC Report
27.11.2012 Pittodrie SPL
2–3
Magennis (45, 50) McKay (36, 82), Warren (58) 9,193 BBC Report
19.01.2013 Caledonian Stadium SPL
3–0
Shinnie (53), McKay (61, 78) 4,734 BBC Report
2013–14 21.09.2013 Pittodrie Premiership
1–0
Vernon (81) 11,251 BBC Report
21.12.2013 Caledonian Stadium Premiership
3–4
McKay (47, 57), Shinnie (90) Robson (22 pen., 32), Pawlett (37), McGinn (44) 4,810 BBC Report
18.01.2014 Pittodrie Premiership
0–1
Williams (22) 12,021 BBC Report
16.03.2014 Celtic Park League Cup
0–0 (aet)
51,143 BBC Report
18.04.2014 Caledonian Stadium Premiership
0–0
4,224 BBC Report
2014–15 27.09.2014 Pittodrie Premiership
3–2
Rooney (24), Logan (40), Hayes (59) Meekings (16), Watkins (50) 11,414 BBC Report
28.12.2014 Caledonian Stadium Premiership
0–1
Pawlett (12) 6,614 BBC Report

Head-to-head summary[edit]

As of 28 December 2014
Competition Aberdeen wins Draws Inverness CT wins Aberdeen goals Inverness CT goals
SPL / Premiership 16 8 8 41 32
Scottish Cup 2 1 0 4 2
League Cup 2 1 0 7 1
Overall 20 10 8 52 35

Goalscorer records[edit]

Players with 3 or more goals in the North derby.

As of 28 December 2014
Scorer Team(s) League Scottish Cup League Cup Total
Northern Ireland Billy McKay Inverness Caledonian Thistle 6 6
Scotland Barry Nicholson Aberdeen 2 3 5
Scotland Darren Mackie Aberdeen 2 2 4
England Steve Lovell Aberdeen 3 3
Scotland Roy McBain Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3 3
Scotland Peter Pawlett Aberdeen 3 3
Republic of Ireland Adam Rooney Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Aberdeen
2
1


3
Scotland Graham Bayne Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2 1 3
Scotland Billy Dodds Aberdeen - 3 3

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Inverness CT v. Aberdeen". RedWeb, Aberdeen FC. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Caley's minnows slay Celtic". BBC Sport website. 8 February 2000. 
  3. ^ "Aberdeen win Cup on penalties". BBC Sport website. 16 March 2014. 
  4. ^ The home team's score is shown first.
  5. ^ Inverness played a "home" game against Aberdeen at Pittodrie because the Caledonian Stadium was being redeveloped to meet SPL standards.