At random with Martin Laing 16.05.19

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A valiant effort

What a cracking game of football the West of Scotland Cup final turned out to be.

Oban Saints were tantalisingly close to lifting their first major trophy, only eventually succumbing to Bannockburn in extra time.

Now, I previewed the match in this space last week with the footnote that I had once (a very long time ago) played for Bannockburn, where my loyalties still lie.

That remains the case but I wanted to sing the praises of the Saints team and their valiant effort against more experienced opponents. Indeed, the Saints club secretary, David Buchanan BEM, told me his team was populated with ridiculously young players, some only 16.

While the inexperience perhaps proved costly in the end, it bodes very well for the future at Saints. These teenagers will have learned valuable lessons from the club’s first ‘major’ cup final and will turn out to be better players as a result.

I know the team celebrated having reached Friday night’s final in considerable style the following day at Aulay’s pub (Aulay Dunn, the landlord, is a long-time sponsor along with D&K Lafferty Contractors).

It was a brilliant effort for which they deserve only praise.

In the dark over TV

I mentioned last week that as a rule I do not watch much television and would add that I have been somewhat bemused by the nationwide fervour over two programmes called Game of Thrones and Line of Duty.

Confession time: I have never seen a single episode of either (and I am unlikely to bother now).

I was under the misapprehension that I must have been the only person in the country to be mystified by their attraction.

Not so, apparently.

While enjoying a refreshment or two after work one evening last week, the subject if TV came up so I voiced my ignorance of either of these two so-called blockbusters.

Imagine my surprise to discover my companions, Pele and Pete, were the same. It was reassuring to say the least.

What do you think?

Write to me at or The Oban Times, Crannog Lane, Oban, PA34 4HB, or call 01631 568021.