Edinburgh East Lothian

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Edinburgh East Lothian Shinty Club" was a shinty club which played in the South Division 2 Shinty League. They were formerly known as Musselburgh Camanachd until 2000. In 2007 they withdrew from the league due to team-raising difficulties. The club can now be assumed to be defunct.


The sport arrived in East Lothian during the mid-1990s, principally at the instigation of Dougie Hunter (a shinty playing graduate of St Andrews University) and Ian Watt- a fellow resident of Musselburgh. The team played originally as Musselburgh Camanachd Club, in royal blue and white stripes, at Levenhall Links.

The club (in all its forms) has played in the South Divisions of the Marine Harvest League and associated cup competitions. After a particularly difficult season in the upper division, Musselburgh found itself in a perilous state - it was at this juncture that the club was reconstituted.

Reforming in 2000 as Edinburgh East Lothian Shinty Club, (to broaden its catchment area) the club underwent dramatic redevelopment. EELSC were narrowly pipped to the league title during the two years after reformation - the latter amidst controversy over match cancellations/walk-overs. Read more about this period in an extract from the Shinty Yearbook, 2002.

Successes were also achieved at the St Andrews sixes (1999) and the Inverness sixes Rosedean Shield (2002 & 2004). The club sporadically contested the Hunter Eccles Trophy against St Andrews University.

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