’More win Sir Tommy Macpher­son Tro­phy

The Oban Times - - Sport -

A BIG shinty night out in Bade­noch last Fri­day saw New­ton­more win the Marine Harvest Premier­ship derby match 1- 0 against Kin­gussie and lift the inau­gu­ral Sir Tommy Macpher­son Me­mo­rial Tro­phy.

Fri­day night’s match also cel­e­brated the 125th an­niver­sary of the two most suc­cess­ful clubs in the game. The fact these clubs are both from Bade­noch and come from com­mu­ni­ties only three miles apart and with pop­u­la­tions num­ber­ing less than 1200 each, makes this all the more re­mark­able.

In 1889 a Bade­noch Shinty team was raised to play Brae Lochaber in a chal­lenge match. Fol­low­ing the in­ter­est in this game, Bade­noch Ca­manachd Club was formed in early 1890. Less than six weeks later, Bade­noch Ca­manachd Club was dis­banded with­out ever hav­ing played a match, as the Kin­gussie and New­ton­more men in the team could not agree. In the fol­low­ing weeks at sep­a­rate meet­ings in the two com­mu­ni­ties, New­ton­more and Kin­gussie Ca­manachd Clubs were formed and so would be­gin one of the great­est ri­val­ries in Scot­tish sport­ing history.

Fifty three Ca­manachd Cups and nu­mer­ous MacTav­ish Cups, Macau­lay Cups and League ti­tles later, the Kin­gussie and New­ton­more clubs cel­e­brated 125 years of hap­pily liv­ing apart by play­ing Fri­day night’s Marine Harvest Premier­ship fix­ture as a ‘dou­ble header’; not only were vi­tal league points at stake, but also the inau­gu­ral Sir Tommy Macpher­son Cup. Sir Tommy, who died re­cently, was an honorary Vice-pres­i­dent of New­ton­more Ca­manachd Club, Chief­tain of the Clan Macpher­son and had an out­stand­ing mil­i­tary record in World War 2.

His fam­ily home was at Glen­truim, near New­ton­more.

Photo: Neil Pater­son

PRE­SEN­TA­TION: Lady Macpher­son presents the Sir Tommy Macpher­son Me­mo­rial Tro­phy to Cameron Bin­nie, cap­tain

of New­ton­more.

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