Skye mark Camanachd Cup anniversary

Memories of Skye shinty’s finest hour were rekindled at the weekend, as a celebration was held to mark 25 years since the club lifted the Camanachd Cup.

For the first time in many years, all the Skye Camanachd players who played in the famous victory against Newtonmore were reunited along with many supporters and club stalwarts.

During Saturday afternoon 11 members of the 1990 squad took on a side made up of veteran former players on the all-weather pitch at Portree High School. The cup-winning team enjoyed another triumph, running out 3-0 winners courtesy of a double from Peter Gordon and a strike from Willie Cowie.

After that, players and others returned to the Skye Camanachd clubhouse for some reminiscing – watching a re-run of the highlights programme shown on Grampian TV the day after the cup final.

In the evening a reception brought together the team, their families and many others involved with the club over the years. There was a charity auction which helped raise several hundred pounds for the club, while current cup-holders Lovat had kindly loaned the trophy for the weekend. This allowed all the players to come together for a souvenir photograph with the cup – something which, ironically, they were unable to do in the immediate aftermath of the 1990 victory.

With players now scattered all around the country – Shetland-based Duncan MacDougall was the furthest travelled – it’s likely to be some time before the 1990 heroes are in each other’s company again.

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Pictured (back row, left to right) are: John ‘Bodach’ MacKenzie, Andy MacLean, Donnie ‘Digg’ MacDonald, Duncan MacDougall, Willie Cowie, Ewen ‘Crossal’ MacKinnon, John MacRae, John Angus Gillies, Ross Cowie (manager), John MacKenzie (kit man). Front, Willie MacRae, Ally ‘Stenscholl’ MacDonald, Calum Murchison, Caley MacLean (captain), John ‘Slippy’ Finlayson, Willie MacKinnon, Peter Gordon and Ally Grant (who played during the 1990 campaign but not in the cup final)


And the side as they celebrate lifting the Camanachd Cup in 1990
Celebrating in 1990