John Crawford, Ardrishaig

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Shinty in Mid Argyll has lost one of its great stalwarts with the passing of John Crawford of Ardrishaig after a short illness.

John, aged 79, died in Mid Argyll Hospital on the evening of Thursday February 21.

John was born and brought up in Minard in Argyll. He was a former member of shinty’s South of Scotland area executive council and did a lot of work for the Referees’ Association.

He was probably best known for his work with young players in Mid Argyll, organising qualifying tournaments of the Aviemore Indoor Sixes tournament for many years. His work for that competition was recognised by the organisers when he was given a special award at Aviemore along with his friend Donnie MacKenzie of Lochaber.

John helped reform Kilmory shinty club in the mid 70s along with Ian MacPhee, the late Kenny MacRae, Roddy Munro and Alex Campbell. He also served on their committee for many years.

John had served as a policeman for a short time before working in the quarry at Furnace, then going on to be a very well-known driver with Gleaner Oils, which supported many of his shinty activities with young players in Argyll.

John was a great organiser and acted as goal judge in a number of senior shinty finals including the Glasgow Celtic Society Cup and notably the Camanachd Cup Final in Inverness when Gordon MacIntyre of Oban Camanachd scored his famous winner at the Bught Park.

John apparently retrieved the ball from the net and lobbed another onto the park for the re-start before presenting the goal-scoring ball to Gordon after the match.

John is survived by his brother Jim who played for Glasgow Police and he was pre-deceased by his wife Donella. As a couple they were permanent fixtures at most shinty events in Argyll and well beyond, particularly at events involving young players.

Tribute reproduced courtesy of the Camanachd Association