Swallie’s boys star for Hibs with a little help from Saints

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Siblings with a strong Oban connection have been shooting to success on the national soccer scene.

Oscar and Jacob MacIntyre are the grandsons of Oban’s well-known Iain ‘Swallie’ MacIntyre who was also an accomplished footballer in his youth with Oban Saints FC but was best known as a stalwart for Oban Camanachd for many years, despite living away from the town due to work.

Oscar, 16, and Jacob, 15, live in Edinburgh but train regularly with Oban Saints Youths while visiting their grandparents during school holidays.

Proud grandad Iain reckons this training has helped the boys on their way to national success.

15-year-old Jacob Mac Intyre (No15) before taking the field for Scotland against England in a recent under 16 schoolboy football international.

Jacob is part of Hibernian Football Club’s Youth Development Programme and attends Broughton Academy in Edinburgh under an Scottish Football Association scholarship. He recently represented his country in a Scotland v England Under 16 schoolboy football international. Unfortunately, Scotland lost 3-2.

Over the past few weeks, Jacob has also participated in the Victory Shield Home  Internationals held in the Danny Blanchflower Stadium in Belfast. Playing against Northern Ireland, The Republic of Ireland and Wales, Scotland retained the shield. England did not participate due to Covid issues. Jacob, who featured in all the games, was the Scotland captain.

Oscar MacIntyre, 16, making an appearance for Hibernian’s first team in a pre-season friendly v Dunfermline.

Older brother Oscar is also part of Hibs’ Youth Development Programme and recently signed a two-year contract with the Easter Road outfit and will go full time on completion of his schooling. He is the youngest player to make an appearance for Hibernian’s under 18s and their first team when turning out for a pre-season friendly against Dunfermline earlier this year.

Main photograph (NO_T45_IainMacIntyre_JacobMacIntyre_OscarMacIntyre): Iain Macintyre with grandsons Oscar, left, and Jacob and the Scotland jersey Jacob wore on his debut v England.