Dou­glas MacK­in­tosh, New­ton­more

The Oban Times - - Sport -

THERE was great sad­ness across the shinty world at the news of the pass­ing of Dou­glas MacK­in­tosh MBE on Tues­day Jan­uary 10.

Dou­glas, aged 86 years, died peace­fully at Raig­more Hos­pi­tal, In­ver­ness, with his beloved wife Ann and fam­ily mem­bers by his side.

A dec­o­ra­tor to trade, Dou­glas spent the vast ma­jor­ity of his life liv­ing and work­ing in New­ton­more.

A suc­cess­ful play­ing ca­reer for his na­tive club saw Dou­glas cap­tain the New­ton­more sec­ond team to Suther­land Cup vic­tory, be­fore pro­gress­ing to the first team where his hon­ours in­cluded cov­eted Ca­manachd Cup suc­cess in 1958 when they beat Oban Ca­manachd 3- 1 in In­ver­ness.

Af­ter his play­ing days were over, Dou­glas took up ref­er­ee­ing and of­fi­ci­ated at all the top matches. He took charge of all the ma­jor cup fi­nals in­clud­ing Ca­manachd Cup Fi­nals in 1962 when Kyles Ath­letic beat Kil­mallie 3- 1 in In­ver­ness and in 1973 when Glas­gow Mid Argyll beat Kin­gussie 4- 2 in Fort Wil­liam as well a shinty/ hurl­ing in­ter­na­tional be­tween Scot­land and Ire­land in Glas­gow in 1976.

In the pre- 1983 days of north and south teams meet­ing in the Ca­manachd Cup fi­nal, he ref­er­eed 11 suc­ces­sive south semi- fi­nals. In 1972, he ref­er­eed all Oban Celtic’s ties in their lead up to their Ca­manachd Cup fi­nal ap­pear­ance against New­ton­more. Dou­glas was not el­i­gi­ble to ref­eree the fi­nal that year as he was also New­ton­more Chief­tain.

At club level, Dou­glas served New­ton­more as com­mit­tee mem­ber, sec­re­tary and the pres­ti­gious po­si­tion of Chief­tain which he held from 1972 to 1975.

Dou­glas MacK­in­tosh’s ser­vice to shinty didn’t end there. In many ways, it was just be­gin­ning. He was in­volved in set­ting up the Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion Ref­er­ees As­so­ci­a­tion and was its found­ing pres­i­dent in 1974.

Dou­glas joined the Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion’s Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil and was made as­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent be­tween 1985 and 1990, at a time when the game’s first pro­fes­sional ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer was ap­pointed. He then had spells as vice pres­i­dent and vice chief be­fore be­ing elected Chief of the as­so­ci­a­tion, the game’s ‘ el­der states­man’ hon­orary po­si­tion.

A life­time’s com­mit­ment to shinty in­cluded a lead role in the Aviemore Sixes tour­na­ments and the growth of the shinty/ hurl­ing in­ter­na­tion­als, was recog­nised with the ac­co­lade of an MBE in 2000.

In 2002, Dou­glas was de­servedly awarded the Ma­rine Har­vest Cen­te­nary Award for be­ing the long­est serv­ing ad­min­is­tra­tor in the game. This par­tic­u­lar award is made ev­ery three years to recog­nise out­stand­ing ser­vices to shinty.

There won’t be a shinty com­mu­nity in Scot­land who didn’t know Dou­glas MacK­in­tosh and there have been many mes­sages of sym­pa­thy to his wife Ann, daugh­ters Ka­t­rina, Gillian and son David and the wider fam­ily which in­cludes seven grand­chil­dren, five great grand­chil­dren.

Dou­glas MacK­in­tosh’s fu­neral took place at St Brides Church of Scot­land, New­ton­more, on Wed­nes­day Jan­uary 18 with the in­ter­ment at Ban­chor ceme­tery there­after.

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