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About Our Shinty Club


There had been several teams on the island before the formation of the present Bute Shinty Club in 1946, the first  of these being established in 1906. North Bute were the most successful having been runners-up in the 1923 Sutherland Cup.

Bute have had a great deal of success over the years winning many cups and league titles. Between 2004 and 2013 Bute have won the South Division 1 twice, were four times Balliemore Cup winners including 2013 and reached 3 consecutive Celtic Cup finals, this being the most successful period in the clubs history.

We have our own clubhouse which has a newly refurbished and enlarged bar, an extensive catering kitchen and  a large function room catering for up to 120 guests. We can host all types of social occasions such as weddings, birthdays, retirement, fundraising, etc. and welcome all enquiries.  

In 2014 our first team were relegated from the 
newly formed National League and although due to League reconstruction we are still eligible for that division for 2015 we have decided to play in South Division 1 to further enable the development of our younger players. We also hope to welcome several players returning to the fold,  this together with the core of last seasons team should make us more competitive in 2015.


Our second team remain in South Division 2 and will be looking to improve even more on last seasons fine performances, again with the aid of our young stars of the future.

James Craig, Duncan Cowan, Iain McDonald and several others continue to be very active in training and coaching youngsters up to the age of 14 years having approx. 50 involved at present, the club has already benefited by several of the under 14`s 
having played for the First and Second Teams, the hard work of these coaches will ensure the future of our club in the years to come. Shinty is now being introduced into the curriculum of Rothesay Academy to provide competitive sport to their pupils and all our youth teams, including Primary School age groups, are now involved in a competitive shinty environment which is greatly aiding their development.   

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Further information on our club can now be viewed at Argyllsportshubs.com  
2015 Season
On Saturday 3rd. October our first team were at home to Taynuilt in South Division 1 fixture and ran out winners by 7-1. Although Bute dominated the early stages and had several good chances bad finishing combined with good goalkeeping kept the score level. Taynuilt then game into the game and for a while it was end to end stuff before a fine strike by James Craig put Bute ahead.
The introduction of Robert Walker to the forward line immediately gave more threat to our play and he soon made his mark with a fine solo effort to leave us 2-0 ahead at half time.
Bute continued to dominate in the second half and Duncan Davidson, thriving on his partnership with Robert Walker, fired in three goals including a penalty, Robert Walker also completed his hat trick before being substituted. Manager Ted McDonald then took the opportunity to field some of his younger players, none of whom looked out of place at this level.
This was another very good win and improves our goal difference, the league title will be decided by this if both Bute and Lochside Rovers win all their remaining matches.      
Our second team were due to welcome Glasgow Mid Argyll in a South Division 2 fixture, however our opponents were unable to field a team and we have been awarded a 5-0 win. This is another disappointment following the failure of Oban Lorn to send a team last week, if only other clubs would make the same effort that manager David Kilpatrick and his squad put in to fulfil fixtures then it would be a much better league to take part in.
Come along and support your team on what promises to be a feast of shinty.   
Youth Shinty  

Congratulations to Ryan Craig, Aaron McKirdy and Craig McKay for making the South of Scotland playing squad, well done also to Cameron McMillan who made the final trial narrowly missing out on the squad. You are all a credit to the club, your coaches and your families, well done to you all.
In the Marine Harvest South of Scotland  under 14 9 a side league we are in the same section as Kyles, Oban Camanachd, Glasgow Mid Argyll, Glasgow Gaels and Aberdour. We are in third position having won three, drawn won and lost one of our games to date.   

Training for all senior players has been switched to the Meadows from 17th. March on Tuesdays and Thursdays, both nights from 6-30 to 7-30pm. Please make every effort to attend. 
The membership fees of £40 for senior players and £10 for juniors are now due and we will accept payment in stages. We would also like to stress the importance of our Club Lottery in contributing to our income and would ask you all to play this weekly, its a way of supporting your club and an opportunity to win some money.    
To all Members
 It is not only the players and coaches who contribute to the success of our club, a lot of work goes on behind the scenes that we sometimes take for granted . A team on the park depends on the hard work and efforts of all club members. 
George McNeish works tirelessly in keeping our clubhouse up to standard ably assisted by many of our players who also give freely of their time to make repairs to the property. George can also be found behind the bar on match days and other occasions dispensing great cheer to all.     

We turn up on match days to a clean clubhouse and the away teams are treated to excellent meals prepared and served by Nancy Gourlay and Margaret Whitelaw, the soup is always delicious as is Nancy`s home baking. Margaret ensures our playing strips are washed and ready for each match. Sincere thanks to you both.
It takes a great deal of money to run our teams and maintain our clubhouse, in David Herriot we have a treasurer who looks after our finances with great skill, he ensures money is made available whenever necessary and also that we have funds in the bank.
This money comes from three other main sources of income, we receive a payment from Argyll and Bute Council for providing changing facilities for other local clubs, however it is the efforts of two other club members who provide a constant income stream.
Our Chairman Barry Martin puts a great deal of effort into gaining and arranging various lets for our clubhouse including weddings, birthday parties etc. as well as dog training lessons and fitness classes for adults all providing good monetary income, this takes up a great deal of his time and often goes without notice, our thanks, well done Barry.     
Last but not least we have Tommy Howat ably running our Club Lottery, he goes round the various outlets every Monday collecting the tickets and money, supervises the draw and pays out the winnings. Without this source of income we would struggle financially. Thank you Tommy. We would ask once again for your support by buying tickets for this lotto draw, it offers good prize money to those who participate.     
Once again my apologies to anyone I have omitted from this list, the fault will be entirely mine.   

Bute Shinty Lotto
Bute Shinty Club run a weekly 3 number lottery with a £100 rollover jackpot (Max £2000).
The numbers are drawn on Monday, with winners (if any) announced on Tuesday.
Ticket can be purchased at several local shops on the island.