Ross County FC is a Scottish professional football club based in Dingwall, Scotland. The club currently plays in the Scottish Premiership, the country’s highest football league in Scotland.
Ross County FC Youth Development System
Ross County has a historic relationship with developing young players into Premiership footballers. Find out the most up-to-date information on all the happening within the Ross County FC Academy.
Ross County FC Academy
Ross County Academy has played a major part in the development of young players for over two decades. In 2017, the club joined the Club Academy Scotland national framework for youth development football. Our academy sits in the progressive performance category that aims to create a clear pathway for players between the ages of 8-18 years old to become first team prospects.
Our ambition is to create a positive, challenging and enjoyable learning environment that provides players with the freedom to express and develop their natural ability.
We will create an environment and culture which will challenge, inspire and encourage the ambitions for our aspiring young footballers, enabling them to reach their full potential. We intend to achieve this vision by selecting young footballers from across the Highlands and Islands who display the desired qualities and attitude.
We will always encourage the players development by providing them with a programme designed to emphasise and drive their personal growth.
Primary Schools Programme
RCFC Community team take pride in our thriving schools programme. In the 2019/20 school year we delivered to over 20 schools and over 2000 pupils per week. We aim to work with targeted pupils to close the poverty related attainment gap through our health and wellbeing interventions with the hook of football to achieve this. Our presence in schools has shown to increase pupil attendance, pupil engagement in their own education and participation in their local community beyond the school day.
Personal Development Programme S1-S3
Our PDP aims to encourage pupils to consider class attendance, time keeping, how to cope with behavioural or emotional issues and assist in engaging and delivering valuable life skills such as working together and communicating in and out of school. Pupils are asked to think about confidence and self-esteem through thought provoking classroom sessions that will discuss their future and life after school. Other topics that will be touched on are diet & nutrition, health & wellbeing, personal development through improving confidence and football.
Ross County Football Club has significantly increased football participation programmes in the area, catering for children aged 3 upwards, we aim to promote good relations and practices towards different minorities.
This extensive programme offers fun filled football coaching throughout Dingwall & Inverness during school term-time, for boys & girls aged 5-12.
Ross County FC Recruitment Trials
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Ross County FC History
The previous local club from the North of Scotland Junior League, Dingwall Victoria United (also known as the “Dingwall Vics”), successfully applied for membership in the Highland Football League in 1929, prompting the formation of the club in the area that was then known as Ross and Cromarty at the time. Following that, the club’s name was changed to Ross County. Since 1929, they have competed in the Highland League, and throughout that time they have won the league championship three times: first in 1967, then in 1991 and 1992. They also earned a name for themselves by upsetting league clubs on eight separate occasions when competing in the early rounds of the Scottish Cup. This contributed to the development of their notoriety. The most remarkable of these upsets occurred on January 8, 1994, when they won 4–0 against Forfar Athletic. Three days later, they were voted to the Scottish Football League as a result of this win.
The Scottish Football League was reorganized into four tiers at the beginning of the 1994–1995 season, and as a result of a vote held on January 11, 1994, County was given one of the two openings in the new 10-club Division Three. This change took effect at the beginning of the 1995–1996 season. The county received 57 votes in total. They were joined by a new club known as Inverness Caledonian Thistle, which had a total of 68 votes and was formed as a consequence of the amalgamation of two other teams.
In the 1998–1999 season, Ross County won the title of Third Division Champions and earned promotion to the Second Division. There, they played in the 1998–1999 season and finished in third place. This led to promotion to the First Division as a result of a reorganization of the League, which resulted in the Premier League expanding from ten clubs to twelve clubs as a direct result of the expansion. Ross County spent the previous seven years competing in the First Division but was demoted to the Second Division in the 2006–07 season. After claiming victory in the Second Division during the 2007–08 season, they were elevated to the First Division. In their first season back in the First Division, Ross County finished the year in eighth place overall.
John Robertson, who had previously managed Inverness and Hearts, served as their manager for a relatively brief period of time up to October 2005. On October 24, 2005, he handed in his resignation as a member of the club because he and the chairman had fundamentally divergent views on a variety of topics. Gardner Spiers, a former Aberdeen coach, was appointed caretaker manager, but he too resigned in April 2006 after being informed that he would not be considered for appointment on a permanent basis. Spiers was also given the news that he would not be considered for appointment as a permanent manager. Before former Motherwell player Scott Leitch was appointed on April 18, 2006, Director of Football George Adams stepped in to take temporary leadership of the team. The Scottish Challenge Cup was won by Ross County in November 2006 on penalties, and Jason Crooks scored the winning penalty kick on his first ever appearance in a competitive match. This victory was Ross County’s first ever national championship. After leading his team to victory in the Challenge Cup but ultimately leading them to relegation, Leitch resigned at the conclusion of the 2006–2007 season, which was almost precisely one year after he was appointed. In May of 2007, it was reported that Dick Campbell, a former manager of Partick Thistle, would take over for him. On the other hand, Campbell and the Ross County board made the decision to part ways on October 2, 2007, following a successful start to their Division 2 campaign with a string of victories. Derek Adams, the son of former manager George Adams, initially took over as caretaker before being named the permanent manager of the team a month later as the team continued its strong play. 2008 was the year that County once again advanced to the final of the Scottish Challenge Cup. They had a match at McDiarmid Park against Airdrie United. In contrast to the previous two years, County was defeated in a penalty shootout in which four opportunities were wasted. In April of 2011, Ross County also competed in and won the Challenge Cup final, which they did by defeating Queen of the South by a score of 2-0.
A chart showing Ross County’s place on the table since the team joined the League.
In November of 2010, Derek Adams resigned from his position to join Hibernian as Colin Calderwood’s assistant.
In November of 2010, Willie McStay, a former player with the Celtics, was selected to take over in his place.
McStay’s time with the team was cut short after only 9 contests.
After that, Jimmy Calderwood was given the job as interim head coach until the completion of the 2010–2011 campaign.
It was reported in May 2011 that Derek Adams will be returning to his position as manager.
In a Scottish Cup quarterfinal replay at their home field of Victoria Park on March 23, 2010, they overcame Hibernian by a score of 2–1 to advance further in the competition.
On Saturday, April 10, 2010, they competed against Celtic in the semi-final round. As a result of their victory at Hampden Park by a score of two goals to none, Ross County advanced all the way to the championship game of the Scottish Cup for the very first time in their club’s history. There were almost 7,000 Ross County supporters that made the trip to Glasgow to attend the game.
At Hampden Park on May 15, 2010, the Scottish Cup Final was played between County and Dundee United. County was defeated by Dundee United 0–3.
There were more over 17,000 Ross County supporters in attendance at the game.
On April 10, 2012, Ross County was granted promotion to the Scottish Premier League because their closest competitor, Dundee, was unable to defeat Queen of the South. This allowed Ross County to secure promotion. During this quest for promotion, Ross County began an undefeated run of 40 games in league football, which extended into the Scottish Premier League. During this period, Ross County did not suffer a single loss. St. Johnstone put an end to the run on September 22, 2012, putting an end to the streak. As a result of the Staggies’ shaky start to the 2014–15 season, George and Derek Adams were let go from their position with the team on August 28, 2014. On September 9, 2014, Jim McIntyre was given the role of manager, while Billy Dodds was selected to serve as his assistant.
In the final of the 2015–16 Scottish League Cup, which took place on March 13, 2016, Ross County defeated Hibernian by a score of 2–1, claiming their first major trophy with the victory.
Following this victory, the team’s fortunes went downhill, and at the end of the 2017–18 season, they were demoted to a lower division.
After defeating Queen of the South at their own stadium by a score of 4-0 on the 26th of April 2019, the club was crowned champions of the 2018–19 Scottish Championship, earning them promotion to the Scottish Premiership without delay.
Ross County FC Stadium
Dingwall, which is located in Highland, Scotland, is home to an all-seater football stadium that goes by the name Global Energy Stadium due to the fact that it is sponsored by Global Energy. Victoria Park. It is the home stadium of Ross County, a team that competes in the Scottish Premiership at the present time.
The population of Dingwall was 5,491 as of the census in 2011, however Victoria Park can accommodate a larger number of people than that. However, the population of the County of Ross and Cromarty, from whence a significant portion of the club’s support originates, is greater than 60,000. It was reported that 8,000 people saw the Scottish Cup match between Ross County and Rangers in February 1966 at Victoria Park, making it the match with the highest attendance in the history of the venue. The Jail End terrace was built with some of the money that was made during this match, which helped fund its construction.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Ross County were both promoted to the Scottish Football League Third Division in the same year, 1994. Prior to that, Ross County competed in the Highland League. The senior level of the Scottish football league system was not expanded to include Elgin City until the year 2000, at which point Victoria Park had become the most northerly ground in the system.
By virtue of their victory in the Scottish First Division during the 2011–12 season, Ross County earned a spot in the Scottish Premier League (SPL). In order to fulfill the requirements of the SPL, renovations were made to the stadium during the spring and summer of 2012. This required the construction of a new North Stand, the installation of undersoil heating, the addition of seating in the Jail End, and the provision of more parking spaces. After the refurbishment of Victoria Park was finished in July 2012, the venue was rechristened as the Global Energy Stadium, taking its name from the company that was created by Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor.