The Camanachd Association Challenge Cup a.k.a. the Camanachd Cup or Scottish Cup (known for sponsorship reasons as the SSE Scottish Hydro Camanachd Cup) is the premier prize in the sport of shinty. It is one of the five trophies considered to be part of the Grand Slam in the sport of shinty.
At present the tournament is contested by the eligible teams in North and South Division 1 (and from 2014, National Division One), together with the teams in the Orion Premiership, who join the competition at the second round stage. There was formerly a Qualifying Cup.
Traditionally, the trophy was competed for on a North/South basis with the best team from the North facing the best team from the South only in the final. In 1983 the open draw was introduced which resulted in the first, and until 2012, only all-South final, between Kyles and Strachur. 1984 saw the first ever All-North final and first ever final clash between heated rivals Kingussie and Newtonmore.
Four teams have won the trophy three times in a row, Newtonmore, Kingussie, Kyles Athletic and Fort William.
In 2006, the Cup had its first ever televised draw on BBC Scotland sports programme Spòrs, with the final also being broadcast live.
The trophy itself was made after public donation in 1896 and, as befits such a Blue Riband event, the cup is designed and constructed by Hamilton and Inches, Edinburgh. The player on the lid was modelled from Jock Dallas who played for Kingussie and whose great grandson, Ally Dallas, still plays for Kingussie.
Due to the rumbunctious nature of the celebrations of victorious teams leaving the trophy in a fragile state,(drinking whisky from the bowl is a traditional ritual and on one occasion the trophy was abandoned and then found in Somerled Square, Portree, after Skye Camanachd's 1990 victory, as everybody had assumed somebody else was looking after it), the board of directors at the Camanachd Association took the decision to have the trophy renovated and a replica of the trophy made for presentation after finals. The replica was to be ready for the centenary final in 2007 in Inverness but the cost of a replica were considered prohibitive and therefore the original trophy is still used.
The final is usually played on a rotation system, with An Aird in Fort William, the Bught Park in Inverness and Mossfield Park in Oban hosting the final. In recent years the final has also been held in Dunoon and at Old Anniesland in Glasgow.
The 2011 final was the first ever to go to extra time; no final has ever required penalties.
Between the years of 1990 (when Skye defeated Newtonmore) and 2012 (When Kyles Athletic defeated Inveraray) there was not a final which did not feature either Kingussie or Fort William.
Kyles Athletic won the Cup in 1994, the match refereed by John Henderson of Caol. Captain David Taylor received the trophy from Peter Cullen of sponsor Glenmorangie Distillery Co. Mr Cullen died on 7 December 2011 in Edinburgh.
Oban Camanachd won the trophy in 1996, The Centennial Final, under the management of Colin MacDonald. Ron Millican (Kiltarlity) refereed. BBC Radio Scotland provided live coverage with commentary by Iain Anderson. This was a repeat of the 1993 final.
The 2009 final was held at Mossfield Park, Oban between Kyles Athletic and holders Fort William on 19 September. An exciting final saw Fort William take a 3-0 lead before being pegged back to 3-3 by a Kyles comeback with 10 minutes to go. Fort William achieved a three in a row streak however thanks to a late goal by James "Big Jim" Clark and won the game 4-3. The match was shown live on BBC 2 & BBC Alba. Ronnie Campbell refereed with the assistance of Billy MacLeod, Billy Witherspoon, Euan FS Pearson, Robert Baxter Jnr, Graham Irving and Dougie Cameron.
The 2010 final was played at the Bught Park on 18 September 2010  between holders Fort William and Kingussie, who have not won the trophy since 2006. Fort William won 3-2 with a last minute goal. Billy Wotherspoon refereed.
The 2011 final was played at the Bught yet again as An Aird is undergoing repair work. Newtonmore won the game 4-3 with an extra time goal. Derek Cameron refereed, assisted by John Crawford, Gus Campbell, Graeme MacMillan, Jock Matheson, Kevin Cheeseman and Iain Kennedy.
The 2012 final was played on 15 September at Mossfield Park, Oban. Kyles Athletic defeated Inveraray. The match was televised (BBC Two) with commentary from Gary Innes.
In 2013, Newtonmore lifted the trophy for the 30th time without conceding a goal the whole tournament.
The 2014 Camanachd Cup Final saw Kingussie win it for the 23rd time. This win also marked 100 years since Kingussie won 6-1 against Kyles at Possil Park in Glasgow. Four months after this final Britain declared war on Germany. By the end of 1918, six players of the winning team were dead, two had been shot and wounded, and one had been badly gassed. To commemorate this, the 2014 winning team wore specially-made shirts which included a remembrance poppy and the names of the 1914 players, including those who gave their lives.
The final of the Camanachd Cup gets shown live on BBC Two Scotland.
1915-19 No competition owing to Great War
1940/46 No competition owing to Second World War
Wins by club
|Kingussie||23||1896, 1900, 1902, 1903, 1914, 1921, 1961, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2014|
|Beauly||3||1897, 1898, 1913|
|Ballachulish||3||1899, 1911, 1912|
|Kyles Athletic||21||1904, 1905, 1906, 1920, 1922, 1924, 1927, 1928, 1935, 1956, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1980, 1983, 1994, 2012|
|Newtonmore||30||1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1936, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 2011, 2013|
|Inveraray||4||1925, 1926, 1930, 2004|
|Oban Camanachd||3||1933, 1938, 1996|
|Oban Celtic||5||1937, 1949, 1954, 1960, 1963|
|Glasgow Mid Argyll||1||1973|
|Fort William||6||1992, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010|
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