Shinty mourns the passing of a legend

Dougie MacIntyre Snr - The best of all time. Photograph courtesy of the Camanachd Association.

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The shinty world is mourning the death of Oban’s Dougie MacIntyre Senior, generally regarded within the game as one of one its greatest players and to some possibly the ‘best of all time’.

Dougie died on Friday February 19, aged 89.

Apart from his two years’ National Service with ‘The Argylls’, Dougie lived his entire life in Oban where he gained a reputation as an outstanding all-round sportsman excelling at fishing, badminton, golf and football.

But he will always be best remembered for his unique ability as a shinty player.

Over a long career in shinty, Dougie played for all three Oban teams – Lorn, Celtic and Camanachd – gaining the distinction of coming on as a substitute, aged 49, for the latter in the 1981 Camanachd Cup Final versus Newtonmore.

Although the game was beyond Oban when he came on, Dougie electrified the crowd with his dribbling skills against very experienced opponents so much so that one of his mazy runs was shown for many years by the BBC in their introduction to Match of the Day on Saturday nights.

Dougie passed on his talent to his two sons – Dougie and Gordon – who were outstanding shinty players in their day and he was proud to see them lift the Camanachd Cup in 1996 with Oban Camanachd.

Dougie was equally proud in his latter years to see his young grandson Robert become a professional golfer and watched him in his legendary laid back way win his first European Tour event in Cyprus at the end of last year. Young Robert is now ranked in the world’s top 50 golfers.

Dougie’s was a life well-lived, always supported by his late wife Jean who in her own right was a keen sportswoman. IM