Our Colours: Black & Yellow Jerseys, Black & Yellow Shorts
The club was formed at a public meeting on January 12th, 1877 in the
Argyll Arms Hotel with the first match taking place less than a month
later. This was lost 4-1 to Vale of Leven at Govan.
The club's home ground is the Winterton Park, which is used by kind
permission of His Grace the Duke of Argyll. Permission to play here was
given in 1878.
The club played from its formation in 1877 until 1935-36 when it was
banned from competition for eight years.
After World War II, the club joined with Furnace to become Loch Fyne-
side. In 1957, Inveraray then re-formed and continued until 1972. The
club was then wound up in 1979, but re-formed again three years later.
Up to 1879, the club took the field in blue knickerbockers and white
jerseys, but the club colours are yellow and black. This is one of the
club's nicknames, also being known as the Royal Burgh side and Aray
Despite its broken history, the club has experienced considerable
success on the field of play.
The club have also featured in some of the most famous administrative
wrangles involving the Camanachd Association, notably in 1903 when
the Camanachd Cup was awarded to Kingussie as Inveraray had
refused to travel to contest the replay of the final at Inverness, the first
meeting at Perth having resulted in a draw.
The Sutherland Cup victory of 1969 was one of the most important
modern victories in the club's fine history and the London Shield victory
has shown that the youth policy being adopted is bearing fruit.
The start of the new century saw the best year in the club's history, when
in the 2000-2001 Season they were winners of the National 1st Division
League Cup, The Glasgow Celtic Society Cup, The Balliemore Cup and
The Macauley Cup
In that season they were also presenting with the Marine Harvest Team
of the Year, the Marine Harvest Coach of the Year and the Marine
Harvest Player of the Year
One of the most famous characters in the club's history is Donald Ban
Maclntyre who featured in the 1930 team which won the Camanachd
Cup and is the only shinty player to have won the famous Powderhall
Sprint. Another is Hamish "Skinner" Stewart, a past chairman and
member of both the Camanachd Association's Executive and Disciplinary
Committee from 1966 to 1975.
Alex Blyth, one of the club's great modern players was captain of the
Scottish international side which played against Ireland in the 1970's.
The team reached the Camanachd Cup Final in 2002 after a 35-year gap
but were beaten 3-2 by Kingussie. Two years later in 2004 however the
team won the Camanachd Cup Final with a 1-0 win over Fort William, the
greatest day in Inveraray's recent history. This bridged a 74-year gap
since the club's previous Camanachd Cup success. Inveraray went on to
lose 3-1 to Fort William in the centenary Camanachd Cup Final in 2007.
The team has enjoyed great success in the Glasgow Celtic Society Cup
since the millennium, winning the trophy 9 times out of 10 between 2001
The MacAulay Cup was won for the first time in 2001. In 2008 Inveraray
defeated Newtonmore 3-0 to win the MacAulay Cup for the second time.
In 2009 the Cup was successfully defended as Inveraray came from 3-1
down against fancied Kingussie to win 4-3.
At the end of 2009, despite a successful season in the cups, where they
won the Celtic Society and the MacAulay Cup, Davie MacPherson retired
from his position as manager to be replaced by John Smylie.
MacPherson is the most successful manager in the history of the club.
Smylie's first success as manager was the 2010 Glasgow Celtic Society
Cup in which Inveraray overturned a two goal deficit to defeat Kyles
Athletic 3-2. This was Inveraray's fifth successive Celtic Society Cup
triumph and also saw Gary and Graeme MacPherson collect their twelfth
winners medal each, a new record for the competition. This was
Inveraray's 20th victory in the competition.[