Lochaber RFC coach laments early end to anniversary season but looks to the future

The Lochaber RFC team of 1969. NO F17 Lochaber RFC team of 69 (1)
The Lochaber RFC team of 1969. NO F17 Lochaber RFC team of 69 (1)

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In common with sports across the country, rugby players and fans had their season cut prematurely short due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For those involved with Lochaber RFC it was especially disappointing, with the Banavie club’s 50th anniversary season seeing the team playing well and in contention for honours.

Head coach Gary Hendrie told the Lochaber Times: ‘We have now had to have our season ended due to the COVID-19 virus, although disappointing, it is totally understandable to keep everyone safe.

‘Like all sports clubs around the country, we are thankful for the work and support of our NHS, not just with this pandemic but with the care taken for injuries throughout the season.

‘In our anniversary season, things were shaping up nicely on and off the pitch. We had a successful and entertaining 50th anniversary dinner dance with friends attending from all over the country, the icing on the cake being the Calcutta Cup in attendance.

‘On the playing side, we were in contention in the league with a possible play off place up for grabs. We were also having a great run in the Bowl competition winning the West Regional Bowl and with a home draw we would have been disappointed not to make the final of the National Bowl Final at Murrayfield – although I’m sure Kinross would have had other ideas!

‘We have a good young squad that should be around for many years to come and are only going to get better each season they play together, so we are looking forward to getting back to playing rugby when safe to do so.’

As a way of some light-hearted relief, Gary sent the Lochaber Times a selection of photographs from the club’s 50 years and we will publish these over the next few weeks.

First up is a team shot from 1969. Does anyone recognise any of the faces from the earliest days of Lochaber RFC?


The Lochaber RFC team of 1969.

NO F17 Lochaber RFC team of 69 (1)