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Boleskine Shinty Club left shocked by sudden death of Inverness-based player from Fort William

By Alasdair Fraser

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Scott Knox, front third from left, with the Boleskine squad at Bught Park, Inverness
Scott Knox, front third from left, with the Boleskine squad at Bught Park, Inverness

A local shinty club has been left shocked by the sudden death of one of its players.

Boleskine Camanachd announced on social media this morning that forward Scott Knox had passed away.

The cause of the “shinty daft” 29-year-old’s death yesterday has not yet been disclosed.

Mr Knox (pictured above front, third from left), was a father and originally from Fort William, but was living in Inverness.

He previously played for Fort William Shinty Club, but had spent the last couple of seasons with Inverarnie-based Boleskine.

Employed as a carpet fitter by the Inverness firm Gavin MacDonald flooring, Mr Knox was a very popular team-mate and renowned for his goalscoring prowess with the North Division Two outfit.

Mr Knox’s brother Alan, a paramedic, is Fort William shinty club’s co-manager.

Boleskine’s Facebook page posted a message of condolence, saying: “It is with much sadness that the club has to announce the sudden passing of Scott Knox.

Scott Knox (top) celebrating one of his many goals.
Scott Knox (top) celebrating one of his many goals.

“Everyone at the club is devastated and shocked at the loss of such a talented shinty player.

“Our sympathy and condolences go to all of Scott’s family and friends, and everyone who knew him in the shinty world, at this sad and difficult time.”

Heartfelt messages condolence poured into the club’s page in response.

A number of fellow Camanachd Association clubs expressed sorrow, while Lyndsay Hogg wrote: “So very sorry – I only met Scott a couple of times but a lovely boy. Sending love to all Scott’s family and friends.”

Sarah Anderson said: “Such a talented player and character.”

Alex Duncan recalled taking a young Mr Knox to work with him as a parental punishment, adding: “ You couldn’t give him into trouble with that big smile and his laugh. He was a good guy and will be missed more than he would ever know.”

And Angie Ross added: “Thinking of all Knox’s family and loved ones. So sad, I’ll miss his cheeky smile passing me in the van and giving silly voice notes on Snapchat! Rest easy, Scotty boy.”

Team-mate Jack Craig, in a recent online Q&A, was asked who was the joker in the Boleskine pack.

He responded: "Scott Knox, definitely. He is full of quick jokes and the life of the party for away days."

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