Inverness Citadel F.C.

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Inverness Citadel
Full nameInverness Citadel Football Club
Nickname(s)The Del
GroundBught Park Park

Inverness Citadel Football Club was a football team from Inverness, Scotland. Formed in 1883, they were members of the Highland Football League from 1893 to 1935, before closing down in 1937.

Despite the club's demise, the Citadel name has since returned to Inverness, with an amateur team using the name since 2010.


Inverness Citadel was formed in the mid-1880s and were initial members of the Highland Football League when it was formed in 1893.[1] Their traditional colours were maroon shirts with white shorts and maroon socks and their home ground was at Shore Street Park.[2] They were league champions on only one occasion, in 1909,[3] although they regularly participated in the North Caledonian Football League as well, winning it five times.[4] The side became the first Highland League side to defeat a Scottish Football League side in the Scottish Cup when in the 1921–22 season they beat Clackmannan 5–3 in the first round.[5]

Citadel withdrew from the Highland League in 1935 due to financial problems, but initially attempted to continue in football. The club committee, however, voted to wind up the club in 1937 due to "the apathy of the supporters".[6] The team's colours were maroon and white.


  1. ^ Highland Football League. "History". Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  2. ^ Scottish Football Historical Archive. "All-time Scottish Football Club Directory". Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  3. ^ Highland Football League. "League Champions by date". Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  4. ^ Scottish Football Historical Archive. "North Caledonian Football League". Archived from the original on 24 September 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  5. ^ Abbin, Dinant (2 May 2007). "Scotland – Cup Results 1873/74-1877/78 and 1889/90-1995/96". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.
  6. ^ "Citadel F.C. is finished". Aberdeen Journal. 23 July 1937. Retrieved 2 September 2014 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).