My favourite game of the McInnes era
As we just reached the five year anniversary of the Derek McInnes era at Pittodrie, I thought I’d share the memory of my favourite game.
We were playing Inverness Caley Thistle, in Inverness. It was McInnes’s first full season. My elderly father had difficulty walking, so the best place for us for accessibility was the Main Stand, with the ICT supporters. Very respectfully, in their area, not letting on we weren’t really neutral…
We go one nil up. Brilliant. We then cotton on, seeing your team score, and not being able to scream ‘yes!’ is a bit uncomfortable. Still, we are winning, and playing some great football. We score another, then another, and another, all before half time. Aberdeen are cutting through ICT like a hot knife through butter. Sensational to watch, but incredibly frustrating when you can only raise an eyebrow and share a glance with your Dad, jealously looking over at the Aberdeen end going absolutely ballistic.
At half time we can at least talk about it, talk about how difficult it is to contain your emotions, and laugh at the moaners we are surrounded by. Expectations are high for the second half.
We then discover there is something more uncomfortable than watching your team score while in with the opposition supporters. The opposition scoring. Inverness score, then get another, inside ten minutes. While chasing their third, they hit the bar twice. Neutrals would be loving this game, we are not neutrals. The supporters around us are going berserk. You can’t even get upset when you are around the wrong people. In the ninetieth minute Inverness get their third goal from that bastard Graeme Shinnie.
Somehow Aberdeen hold on for the victory, Barry Robson managing to take the ball to the corner flag for the eternity of the six minutes of time added on.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3 Aberdeen 4, 21 December 2013 BBC match report.