The shinty world was deeply saddened on learning of the passing last Friday at aged 89 of Dougie Mac Intyre Snr who was generally regarded within the game as one of it’s greatest players, and to some possibly the best “ of all time”.
Dougie, apart from his two years of national service with “The Argylls” lived his entire life in Oban where he gained a reputation as an outstanding all round sportsman excelling at fishing, badminton, golf and football but he will always be best remembered for his unique ability as a shinty player. Over a long career in shinty Dougie played for all three Oban teams Lorn, Celtic and Camanachd gaining the distinction of coming on at age 49 as a substitute for the latter in the 1981 Camanachd Cup Final versus Newtonmore. Although the game was beyond Oban when he came on Dougie electrified the crowd with his dribbling skills against very experienced opponents so much so that one of his mazy runs was shown for many years by the BBC in their introduction to “ Match of the Day” on Saturday nights.
Dougie passed on his talent to his two sons - Dougie and Gordon - who were outstanding shinty players in their day and he was proud to see them lift the Camanachd Cup in 1996 with Oban Camanachd. Dougie was equally proud in his latter years to see his young grandson Robert become a professional golfer and watched him in Dougie’s legendary laid back way win his first European Tour event in Cyprus at the back end of last year. Young Robert is now ranked in the first 50 of the world’s golfers.
Dougie’s was a life well lived, always supported by his late wife Jean who in her own right was a keen sportswoman.
The funeral of the late Dougie Carmichael MacIntyre will take place at Pennyfuir Cemetery on Tuesday 2nd March 2021. Family flowers only please, the srvice will be private following Government Guidlines.