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Boleskine Camanachd

This page is dedicated to players of sublime ability or long service to the club over the years . It is intended to have four section, prior to 1914, Between the war years, post war 1946 till 1970  and 1970 till present day. We also include a list of the known Shinty players of the area who died during the two World Wars .

 

 

The best periods in the area for shinty seems to have followed a pattern of a few years of success followed by a gap before the next successful team appeared . The earliest period was just before and after the first war, Foyers featuring in three consecutive Strathdearn Cup finals 1912-14 winning two of them . Stratherrick in the twenties their senior team reaching four Mactavish Cup finals, winning the Macgillivray League and winning the Strathdearn Cup twice, once with the junior team .Whilst Foyers lifted the Strathdearn cup twice in the same period . The joining of the two clubs forming Boleskine and the success in reaching the Camanachd Cup final on their first attempt in 1928. The next period of success was after the second world war with the Strath's Athletic team reaching two Sutherland Cup finals, winning the Macgillivray Junior League and also the Strathdearn Cup in the late forties and very early fifties. After a gap of over ten years a Boleskine team emerged that had  successful period  between 1964-66 winning two Sutherland Cups, one Macgillivray League and the Strathdearn Cup  . The next success period was in the early nineties winning the League Div 4 and lifting the Glenmore Cup in successive seasons . The last success was in 2003 wining League Div 3  and reaching the Sutherland Cup Final .

 

 

 

 

James Fraser  (Swallow) :- Was one of the stalwarts of the Foyers team prior to the first war  played in the two Strathdearn cup winning teams. Still turning out in the early thirties Crops team in the Leddingham Cup at full back, when in his fifties and playing a capable game in front of a thirteen year old Willie Batchen in goals.
Tommy Fraser  Lochbran :-A player with Stratherrick prior to WW1 and played in the Stratherrick, Strathdearn Cup winning and Mactavish Cup final teams of 1920 . Played for the next couple of seasons then retired was a keen supporter of shinty in the area.

Duncan  Macdonald (Birch) :- Winning captain of the 1912 & 13  Foyers Strathdearn Cup winning teams team. Duncan was captain of the club up to WW1 and also captain when the club reformed in 1919 . Continued playing for the club till until the mid twenties, was thereafter involved with the Foyers Club in various capacities including team selector.  Duncan was a local poet of note, one of his odes "Burial of the Foyers Shinty team " is featured in the Odes and Airs page .

 

 

  Archie Macfarlane :- A notable player with the Stratherrick team prior to WW1 Was part of the Stratherrick Strathdearn cup winning  team in 1920 and retired from playing shortly afterwards . His grandson Alistair Forbes played in the sixties for Boleskine. 
Alistair Dow :- An excellent player for Foyers in the winning Strathdearn Cup teams before WW1. One of the victim's of the World War.

 

 

 

 

Alister Gow :- was born in Dallmally, brought up in the Lochaber area and played for SpeanBridge in their successful 1907 inaugural Glenmore cup winning team. He also known to have played for them when they won the same competition in 1914, keeping goals on both occasions. He was by occupation a game keeper, some time about 1916 he came to work at Dell, Whitebridge. When Stratherrick entered area competition after the War in 1920, he played at full back for Stratherrick and latterly Boleskine and was rated one of the top backs in the country, he was  part of  the first  Macgillivray league winning team, Stratherrick in 1925 at the age of 37 and three years later played in the Camanachd Cup Final in Glasgow with Boleskine . Retired from playing at the age of forty two in 1930. 

John Kennedy (Drumtemple)  :- First played for Stratherrick in1920 and finally hung up his stick in1948, after coming back to help start Strath’s Athletic in 1947. Rated probably the greatest ever player from the area. When Stratherrick were unable to raise a team in 25-26 season played for Foyers in their Strathdearn Cup winning team and also for Speanbridge in their unsuccessful attempt in the final of the Camanachd Cup at Oban against Inveraray. Was the first winning captain of the Macgillivray league in 1925 with Stratherrick and captained Boleskine in their valiant attempt to lift the Camanachd Cup in 1928 . His two sons Johnny & Charlie played in the successful Boleskine team of the sixties.

Roddy MacIntosh  :- A member of the Strathdearn winning Stratherrick second team of 1922 who soon graduated to the senior side along with his contemporary’s John Cameron, Murdo Macleod and the Macdonald brothers. Roddy was an accomplished forward but was equally at home in the back division, his playing career almost mirrored John Kennedy’s with Stratherrick, Boleskine and finally Strath's Athletic till 1948 when he also retired from playing and them took over management of the team. Roddy also played in the unsuccessful Caberfeidh Camanachd Final team of 1935 when he deputised at full back for the injured Kenny Macmaster, Cabers lost by six goals to one but Roddy managed to score their consolation goal.

W J Campbell :-  A defender and latterly played in goals played for Stratherrick before the first war also featured in Foyers Strathdearn final team of 1914. Formed the backbone in the formidable defence of the successful Stratherrick team of the twenties along with his brother Ian, Alister Gow and Jock Cameron .Played in the Boleskine, Camanachd Cup Final team and was part of the Boleskine team till their demise in 1934. For a period whilst still playing was involved in the refereeing of games.

A J Mackay  (Jackie Inch):-  member of Foyers Strathdearn Cup winning teams of the mid twenties  and played in Boleskine',s Camanachd Cup Final team. Jackie a prolific goal scorer played generally at full forward ,the commencement of the Second World War brought down the curtain on his shinty career.

Hugh Gray (Horner):-  started playing for Foyers just after WW1 and  featured in Foyers Strathdearn Cup winning teams of the mid twenties. But was one of the reserves for the Camanachd Cup Final team, when controversially a player from outside the area was picked for the team . Hugh who played forward for Boleskine and Foyers continued playing till around 1939. 

Jimmy Fraser (Dicky Bird):-  Son of the old Swallow ,was another member of the Foyers Strathdearn Cup winning teams and Boleskine',s Camanachd Cup Final team . Jimmy played at the back or in the centre line, and was involved with shinty in the area as a junior player who won the Mactavish Juvenile cup in 1923 till the early thirties.

Wattie Dunbar:-played for Boleskine in the  late twenties early thirties and for Foyers till they ceased to exist in 1951. Wattie played forward but latterly made his name in defence, full back, generally his preferred position.  Always a larger than life character Wattie was well know for his sayings ( I will tell you on former days to come, later on)

 

 

 

 

William (Teep)  Macdonald :- Played for Foyers just prior to Second World War and was a player with Foyers team when it reformed in 46-47 season . When the Foyers club folded in prior to season51-52 Teep played for Straths Athletic for the year the following season he turned Senior and played for  Inveroich .  Reverted to junior status  to play with the new reformed Boleskine  in 1953-54 season, and played till the  early sixties till he retired . Was persuaded to resume his shinty career at age 43 in 1965-66 season and picked up his first winners medal in shinty when Boleskine won the Sutherland cup, with Teep scoring three goals in the final .

 

 

Willie Cooper :-Played for Stratherrick before the Second World War and when shinty resumed in the area during  47-48 season was one of the successful Strath's Athletic team. Played in various positions, but noted positions was full back or full forward were swapping positions late on the game with Fachie MacDonald often assures success.    Willie was one of the prisoner's of war who played shinty in the Stalag IXC camp after capture during the fall of Dunkirk.

Bobby Maclean  :-Player with the successful Straths Athletic team, Bobby described by a contemporaries as a master of the caman, was the general of the of the forward line in that team, making and scoring many decisive goals. 

 

 

Fachie Macdonald  :-First played for Strath's Athletic when they formed in 1947 and finished playing in 1984 with Boleskine. Played full back or full forward, and ended his shinty playing career in goals . Was one of the movers in reforming Boleskine in autumn 1953 when there was no Foyers or Strath's Athletic shinty clubs the previous season due to shortage of players.   Fachie, along with Jim Chisholm was instrumental in reforming the club in 1976 after it had been in abeyance for a year. Over the years Fachie fulfilled a lot of roles within the club he was President for many years, served on the committee and was also team manager  .
Jim Muir :- One of the best goalkeepers in the North during his playing career that was interrupted by the war. Played for Foyers and when they folded turned out for near neighbours Inveroich .
Willie Batchen :- One of the most influential  people within the club over the piece, playing career began as goal keeper for Foyers Strathdearn Cup winning team in 1934 continued to play shinty for Foyers till 1938, that year being selected as goalkeeper for the North against the South . He then played football for Inverness Caledonian till 1944, thereafter with Clachnacudden and Nairn for a further three years  . Returned to for Foyers intermittently at Shinty after the war, then turned his hand to refereeing. By 1950 he refereed Strath's Athletics Strathdearn Cup success and the following year the Mactavish final . Though he turned out as a forward for Strath's Athletic in the 1952 Strathdearn cup final team, from then on he concentrated on refereeing which brought its own rewards, in refereeing three Camanachd Cup finals, Mactavish, Strathdearn, Macgilivray, MacAulay Cup's  and the first International match against the Irish in over forty years.   In 1963-64 season Willie returned to manage the Boleskine club through its most successful period in Junior shinty till 1967. He was Secretary and Treasure for the governing body for twelve years.  
Alistair Forbes :-The courageous and inspirational captain of Boleskine's 1964 Sutherland cup team, who could play in any position on park. Capped for Scotland against the Irish. Alistair was an integral part of the 1973 Glasgow Mid Argyle Camanachd cup winning team at fullback that day, in the wettest final in memory at Fort William. The only player born in the area to have won a Camanachd Cup winners medal.
Billy Mackay :- Goalkeeper of the 1962 Strathdearn six a side team, also was a vital member of the Sutherland Cup team era in the central line. Played senior shinty with Glenurquhart after Boleskine folded in 1975, was capped for Scotland on two occasions against the Irish in the mid seventies. Returned to play for the club in the late seventies and retired in 1987, during his final season once again played in goals.
Kenny Ross :-  Possibly the greatest goal scorer Boleskine ever had, was a late developer only getting a regular game in the team when he was 21. Another player of the successful Sutherland Cup era.  Over the years Kenny was always the club top scorer and in season 78/79 was the north leading scorer with 34 goals in a league of sixteen games . Kenny played regularly up till he retired in 1987.

Hugh Fraser :-The first Boleskine captain to win a trophy, when he led the U16 in the Strathdearn Juvenile Cup six a sides in 1962 . A player in the Sutherland Cups era and continued playing for the club till the mid seventies then injuries finished his career in competitive shinty.

Alfie Fraser :- Full back in the 1964 Sutherland winning team, his never say die spirit albeit with his moaning streak made him a tremendous competitor on the field. Alfie played for the club from the early sixties through till 1986, filling most positions in the team. 

 

 

 

Joey Smith :- Made his début for the club as a 13 year old in the Sutherland cup second round in 1967 and over forty years later he occasionally when required is still playing for the club. Joey was the club fullback for many years. Joey is probably the only player singularly ever to have caused the rules of play to be amended, when the Camanachd Association, controversially banned the sliding tackle which he perfected over the years to an art form.  Joey has been a great club servant over the years fulfilling almost every position within the club from player, manager down to grounds man.

Leslie Stoddart :-  Goalkeeper in the Sutherland winning team of 1966, played for many years as fullback for the club and was captain of the team that won the Dewars Shield .

Jim Chisholm. :- First played for the club in 1973 and retired in 2004 ,was instrumental in reforming the club in 1976 after it had been in abeyance for a year, Jim main position over the years was full forward where his dogged determination and skill won the respect and admiration of his opposite number. For a couple of seasons Jim played in goal were he proved to be as good a goal stopper as goal scorer. Jim had a life long commitment to the club serving on the committee for many years was also  Club secretary and Vice President.  

Duncan MacDonald  :- Full centre or forward player, played for the club from as a fourteen year old in 1976 till 2003 Was for many years secretary and filled most other committee rolls including President.
Alan Sumner :-Played for the club from 1985 till 2004 where he excelled at centre or buckshie back, a great long hitter of the ball,

Andy Cameron (Cammy) :- Played centre or buckshee back for the team, was also a Glenmore Cup winning captain in 1991, Andy who would have won district honours as an U21 if he had attended trial matches, played from 1979 till he retired in the late nineties

 

 

 

 

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