On Saturday 2nd October at An Aird Fort William, Newtonmore won the Premier Division title for the first time in 25 years, defeating their hosts 1 – 0, courtesy of a superb solo goal by captain Danny Macrae.
Newtonmore’s win saw them take the title by three points, They scored 65 goals and only conceded 10 in the 18 games played during the season, which we believe is a record.
Coach and Club President Norman 'Brick' Macarthur was chuffed to bits at winning the trophy. He played in the last team to win the league in 1985, his son plays in the team and his son in law is in the first team squad. A number of other players in the squad are sons or nephews of former winners.
Sports journalists have been describing the Newtonmore team as the best on their day for some five years now, but inconsistency, particularly against weaker teams, and self inflicted problems due to a poor disciplinary record had caused them to stumble in the past. Last year Newtonmore only lost the title on goal difference and the players were confident that they would break that run of ill fortune.
The West Highland Free Press summed up the victory ''On Saturday Norman Macarthur’s victors were a team of precocious young players abetted by some exceptional individuals in their mid 20s and early 30s. In shinty terms this is a team that can grow and win together and seems as good a platform as any on which to build a quest for prolonged success.''