is one of the oldest Camanachd clubs playing in the Shinty
Shinty is a team game played with sticks and a ball. Shinty is now played mainly in the Scottish Highlands, and amongst Highland migrants to the big cities of Scotland, but it was formerly more widespread, being once competitively played on a widespread basis in England and other areas in the...
leagues of Scotland
Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain, it shares a border with England to the south and is bounded by the North Sea to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the...
. they were relegated from the Premier League. They have a reserve team called Lochside Rovers.
Established in Oban, Argyll
Argyll , archaically Argyle , is a region of western Scotland corresponding with most of the part of ancient Dál Riata that was located on the island of Great Britain, and in a historical context can be used to mean the entire western coast between the Mull of Kintyre and Cape Wrath...
in 1889, the club has always enjoyed competition against its great local rival, Oban Celtic
Oban Celtic is a shinty team from Oban, Argyll, Scotland. The club plays South Division One.-History:The Club was founded in 1927 due to a plethora of players being available who could not get a game for either the senior or the junior side of Oban Camanachd...
The Club have enjoyed regular success in the regional and national leagues and cups. Possibly the best Camanachd team was the 1970-80's team with quality players such internationalists Bobby Galbraith, Dougie Macintyre, Neil MacDougal and Chukie Clark, and were widely expected to lift the Camanachd Cup but succumbed to a rampant Kyles Athletic
Kyles Athletic Shinty Club is a shinty team from Tighnabruaich, Argyll, Scotland. It is one of the sport's most illustrious names, presently playing in the Premier Division after recently being outwith the top flight of Scottish Shinty.-History:...
on four occasions. Chukie Clark also has the unique distinction of being attacked and bitten by a dog during a game at Strachur
Strachur and District Shinty Club is a Shinty team from Strachur, Argyll, Scotland. The club has one team which won South Division Two in 2011.-History:...
. This Camanachd side failed to live up to their true potential and the club went through a lean patch until Chukie Clark restructured the second team, Lochside Rovers, producing quality players for the senior team like Nonnie MacInnes, Ally MacInnes, Andrew Inglis and Damian Laird.
Oban Camanachd won the Camanachd Cup
The Camanachd Association Challenge Cup AKA the Camanachd Cup or Scottish Cup is the premier prize in the sport of shinty...
most recently with victory over Kingussie in the 1996 final. Nonnie Macinnes was Captain on the day, but the game was most notable for the performance of Gordon MacIntyre who had made a miraculous recovery from the loss of an eye that year to score the winning goal.
The club is proactive in trying to maintain shinty as the main sport in Oban. In 2008 the club made attempts to alter the structure of youth shinty to allow their youths to compete against 'North' teams. This was turned down at the Camanachd Association
The Camanachd Association is the World governing body of the Scottish sport of shinty. The body is based in Inverness, Highland, and is in charge of the rules of the game...
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but in late October 2008, secretary Daniel MacIntyre made his fears known to the press, stating that "If we get Camanachd Association support, in the next three to five years we could potentially grow into a club with three senior teams. If we don’t, in the next three to five years we will be a one-team club".http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/908154?UserKey=
In 2009, Lochside Rovers won South Division One, defeating several first teams. Their reserve status meant that they cannot be promoted to the Premier Division, where Oban Camanachd firsts play. This caused confusion regarding the ramifications for promotion and relegation to and from the Premier League, Glasgow Mid-Argyll were awarded the South's place in the Premier Division.
Recent years have seen the club suffer terrible discipline problems and internal strife.http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/other-sports-news/troubled-times-for-oban-camanachd-as-relegation-looms-1.1052895
In particular, Liam MacIntyre
Liam MacIntyre is a shinty player from Oban, Scotland. He currently plays for Fort William Shinty Club-Playing career:MacIntyre started out his career with Oban Camanachd, a club which his family has a long connection with...
was banned for the entire second half of the 2009 season.http://www.skyecamanachd.com/Default.aspx.LocID-087new0y8.RefLocID-087002002.Lang-EN.htm
He has now left the club and plays for Fort William.http://www.skyecamanachd.com/Default.aspx.LocID-087new1vi.RefLocID-087001001.Lang-EN.htm
In 2006, Fraser Inglis
Fraser Inglis is a retired shinty player who played for Oban Camanachd and Kingussie Camanachd.-Playing Career:Inglis started his career at Oban Camanachd. He was instrumental in the successes of the Lorn club thorughout the 1990s, winning the Camanachd Cup in 1996 and also picking up the Albert...
, one of the club's greatest players was forced out of the club and joined Kingussie.http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/sport/Inglis-finds-his-feet-and.4488923.jp
he is now involved with local rivals Taynuilt
Taynuilt Shinty Club is a shinty team based in Taynuilt, Scotland. The club has existed in several different forms most recently in junior form but has reformed and won South Division Two in 2009.-History:...
In 2010, the club president Nigel Evans slammed Argyll and Bute Council for their "unacceptable" increases in facility hire.http://www.skyecamanachd.com/default.aspx.locid-087new1o8.Lang-EN.htm
The club again started to hit the headlines in late 2010 as relegation to South Division One loomed, meaning a double relegation as Lochside Rovers would need to be relegated to South Division Two. Daniel Macintyre slammed the level of play in this league, painting a bleak picture for his own club.http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/other-sports-news/troubled-times-for-oban-camanachd-as-relegation-looms-1.1052895
Salvation from relegation came on the last day of the 2010 season when a 2-1 win over Bute
Bute Shinty Club is a shinty club from Rothesay, Isle of Bute, Scotland. The first team was relegated from the Premier Division in 2010 but romped to victory and promotion in an undefeated 2011 season back to the Premier Division...
saw the island team relegated instead.http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1956834/?UserKey=
Again in 2011, Oban were involved in the relegation battle and yet again the status of Lochside Rovers, despite another successful season which included the Bullough Cup, was unsure due to the implications of the first team's relegation. This was confirmed on 19th November 2011 when the club won their last game against Kilmallie but not by the required number of goals to overhaul Inveraray.http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/scotland/15808004.stm
Oban had been ever presents in the Premier Division since its creation.http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/scotland/15808004.stm