Club History

Club History


May 1962 Club Formed under the captaincy of John King.
1963-64 First full season of the Club.
1965 First Club Dinner held.
June 1971

Major-General R.G.S. Hobbs of Lerags becomes Club President. He was President of the Rugby Football Union in 1961-62 and Vice-President of the Army Rugby Union and a former England international.

1973-74 First game of League Rugby. Oban compete in the Glasgow District Leagues.
Jan 1974

First club tour to Pencoed, Wales. Combined Oban Lorne/Lochaber side beaten 48-0.

April 1974 Oban Lorne hosts first Seven-a-Side tournament at the Argyllshire Gathering Ground. 16 teams compete, with Watsonians becoming Champions.
Feb 1975 Largest defeat in the clubs history happens at the hands of Stewarts Melville. Oban are beaten 101-6.
1975 Pat Cadzow becomes the first Oban player to be recognised at District level, chosen for Edinburgh in their match versus Australia.
1976 Mini Rugby starts at Oban Lorne RFC under the guidance of Jim Moffat.
Feb 1977 Adam Robson, R.S.U. President in 1984, Scotland’s Grand Slam year, leads a President’s XV in a match against Oban Lorne. President’s XV includes ex-internationalists J. Frame, K. Houston, D. Chisholm, G. Young, F.Laidlaw, and B.Simmers and run out winners 48-14.
Jan 1979 Club tour to Paris for the France International and to play Stade Francais. Oban win by 24 points to 16.
1984-85 Colin Malone from Oban High School is capped as a Scottish Schoolboy International.
1986 Alistair Coates plays for Scottish Colleges.
1986-87 Oban Lorne 2nd XV enter Glasgow District 2nd XV League and are awarded the Wood Trophy for winning Division 4.
Mar 1987 Oban Lorne RFC assist Oban High School Rugby Club in hosting Bishop’s College School from Quebec, Canada.
Jan 1988 Stewart Cameron plays for Scottish Colleges.
1987-88 Oban Lorne celebrate their Silver Jubilee with a guest appearance at Edinburgh Borderers Sevens. The home team are captained by Andy Irvine. In a match versus and Argyll Select, with players from Kintyre, Cowal, Bute, Mid Argyll and Mull, they win 26-6 and a Silver Jubilee Dinner is held. The season ends with a match versus the Co-optimists whose team includes internationalist Matt Duncan and Norrie Rowan.
1989-90 1st XV return to Division 1 of Glasgow District League. Very first match programme is on sale at home matches.
Sep 1989 Principal agreement is given by Argyll and Bute District Council to develop and build a Clubhouse at Glencruitten.
Aug 1991 The Club is involved in the Rugby World Cup Message Relay by helping transfer the ball from Stirling to Fort William. A festival is held to launch the Club’s involvement in Youth Rugby.
Sep 1991 Official Club tour to Gorey in Ireland to participate in Gorey Rugby Festival as part of the “Guinness Olympics”.
Nov 1991 Planning permission granted for Clubhouse development.
Aug 1992 Under 16 player Derek Robertson attends training camp by invitation from S.R.U.
Jan 1994 Andrew Kerr selected for Scotland under 21 squad.
Mar 1996 Official opening of £300,000 Clubhouse by Councillor George MacMillan as his final duty as Chairman of Argyll and Bute District Council.
Sep 1997 Oban Lorne Under 18’s enter Glasgow and District League. Oban Lorne now manage all local rugby from mini to senior.
Oct 1999 Relaunch of Under 18 rugby in Oban.
April 2001 Donald Munro and Craig Nicholson selected for “Na Gael” Highlanders Under 16 squad to represent Scotland in Rovigo, Italy at the 27th Inter-nations Tournament, under the guidance of ex-Scotland internationalist and coach, Nairn MacEwan.
May 2001 Oban Lorne win Lenzie Sevens, the first time the club has won such an event., beating Cartha Queens Park, Edinburgh University, Hillhead/Jordanhill, and Dumfries.
May 2001 Oban Lorne promoted to National Division 5 West, the first time the club has competed in the National Leagues.
Aug 2001 Oban Lorne Colts enter the re-launched Glasgow and District League.
April 2002 Craig Nicholson and Chris MacDonald selected for the “Na Gael” Highlanders U16 squad.
June 2002 David Miller selected for Glasgow  U-18 Pathway squad.
Sep 2002 Hosted Trinidad Enthusiasts RFC touring side, invited to their annual 7’s tournament held  in December.
June 2003 Craig Nicholson and Chris MacDonald toured Italy with the “Na Gael” Highlanders.
April 2004 Alex Cadzow and Cammy Smith selected for Scottish Universities U-20 side. Cammy also selected for Caledonia District U-20 side.
April 2004 Hosted Instonians Junior Rugby Club with a tour match at Oban which finished 24-24. Plan to make this an annual tour running alongside the established Gorey tour.
Sep 2004 West Highland Schools League formed by Oban Lorne  with approval from the SRU and GDRU. Teams from Oban, Tobermory, Lochaber, Kinlochleven, Lochgilphead and Tarbert now competing at S1/S2 and U-16 level.
Oct 2004 Oban Lorne Ladies formed with Captain Lindsay MacDonald and Coach Andy MacDougall in charge. They won the Islay Beach Tournament Ladies section and the Best West Highland Ladies Team at the Mull 7’s in their first season.
March 2005 Greg McGill selected for Glasgow U-19 Development Team
April 2005 Cammy Smith selected for Scottish Universities U-20 Team.
April 2005 MacQueen Bros support for Oban Lorne was recognised when they were chosen as the Club Sponsor of the year by Glasgow District.
June 2008 Billy Thomson appointed Argyll & Bute Rugby Development Officer, the first time such a post has existed in the region. This was jointly funded between The SRU, SSC, Argyll & Bute Council and the Argyll Rugby Clubs.
February 2009 SHE Club of the Month. This was awarded for increasing the number of Youth Rugby teams and for successful team performances at all levels of the club.
April 2009 Obermory U-15 reached the Final of the Bell Lawrie Schools Bowl, losing 13-0 to Earlston. The combined Oban/Tobermory High School team had a tremendous cup run beating Boroghmuir and Jedburgh on the way to the final.
July 2009 Magnus Bradbury was selected to attend the Struan Summer Training Camp where he represented Glasgow at U-15 level.
July 2009 Julie Campbell and Emma Roxburgh were selected for the Glasgow North U-18 squad, this is a pathway towards the full Scotland U-18 squad.
February 2011 Angus MaCallum and Magnus Bradbury selected for the Glasgow U-17 team. Jen MacLennan and Donna Smith selected for the Glasgow Women’s team.Donna also invited to train with the Scotland Women’s team.
March 2011 Julie Campbell selected for the Scotland Women’s U-20 team.
April 2011 Magnus Bradbury selected for Scotland U-17 team.