Colin William McFadyean
was born on 11th March
and started his club rugby at
while still at School in 1962. A story, from a friend, from his time at Bristol
was flyhalf for the First XV at BGS, and I first saw him play at Golden Hill. I
remember him collecting the ball behind his own posts and accelerating so
quickly that he collided with a post and snapped it at its root clean out of the
ground as he continued running clearing the ball to touch.
Playing scrum half with him was the legendary Dave Polly Perkins, a friend to
the world itself, who has lead a distinguished life as has Colin both in rugby
Colin played flyhalf for BGS against St Brendans School, opposite him was
Brendan Perry, father of Matt Perry, who also played for
. The master in charge of the first XV, Mr David Trott said to me,
"Rees", for it was I, "you are watching the future fly halfs of
He was almost right, as it took another generation for Matt Perry to fulfil that
side of the equation, be it from full back and for Bath RFC.
made his debut for
against the French 1st Division club Stade Marmande of
while on a tour of
in 1962, and scored two tries in a 16-11 win.
and Marmandise sides that played on 22nd April 1962. Colin McFadyeans debut for
. He scored 2 tries in an 18-12 win for
. He is standing third from the left.
McFadyean was captain of the 1965
team that lost the final of the Middlesex Sevens to London Scottish 15-8.
(L-R): ?, Norman Barker, Alan Dobbins, Dave Rollitt, Ron Tennick, ?. Crouching:
Geoff Davies, Colin McFadyean, Gerald Davies.
the Loughborough Colleges side captained by Clifton RFC player Colin McFadyean
which lost to London Scottish 15-8 in the final of the Middlesex 7's.
Loughborough did win the Middlesex 7's the following season although it was
without Colin McFadyean.
won eleven caps for
, the last two as captain. His caps were won in succession while a club player
. He scored a drop goal against
on 19th March 1966, and tries against
on 11th February 1967, a brace against
on 18th March 1967 and another in his first match as captain against
on 20th January 1968.
Colin McFadyean's final try for
on his debut as captain v
on 20th January 1968.
toured with the British Lions in 1966 to
. A disappointing tour saw four tests lost to the All Blacks, the highlight of
the tour being the 31-0 win against Australia in Brisbane on 4th
Row (L-R): D.Rutherford (England), A.R.Lewis (Wales), D.K.Jones (Wales),
D.L.Powell (England), K.W.Kennedy (Ireland), S.J.Watkins (Wales), D.Grant
(Scotland), C.M.H.Gibson (Ireland), C.W.McFadyean (England), S.Wilson
(Scotland), F.A.Laidlaw (Scotland). Middle Row: K.F.Savage (England), H.Norris
(Wales), D.Williams (Wales), R.A.Lamont (Ireland), W.J.McBride (Ireland),
B.Price (Wales), W.D.Thomas (Wales), F.P.K.Bresnihan (Ireland), G.Prothero
(Wales), A.J.W.Hinshelwood (Scotland). Front Row: D.Watkins (
), D.I.Bebb (
), R.J.McLoughlin (
), J.W.Telfer (
), Mr D.J.O'Brian (hon. manager), M.J.Campbell-Lamerton (capt.) (
), Mr J.D.Robins (hon.assistant to manager), A.E.I.Pask (
), M.P.Weston (
), N.A.Murphy (
), R.M.Young (
). Absent: J.C.Walsh (
the 1966 Bristol Lions with ex Clifton RFC player Colin McFadyean.
team that played
on 20th January 1968, Colin McFadyean’s first match as
captain. (L-R) Back Row: D.W. Brown (touch judge), B.W. Redwood (
), B. Keen (
), D.H. Prout (
), R.H. Lloyd (Harlequins), B.R. West (
), M.J. Parsons (
), D.J. Gay (
), R.B. Hiller (Harlequins), M.J. Coulman, D.P. d'Arcy (referee). Seated: P.J.
), J.F. Finlan (Moseley), C.W. McFadyean [captain] (Moseley),
J.V. Pullin (
), P.J. Larter (
), K.F. Savage (
1991 he became head coach at
and then Cleve, until sidelined by a knee replacement in 2000. In 2001
McFadyean was Deputy Head of
the launch of the book For College, Club & Country – A History of Clifton
Rugby Football match last year I met Colin. He got out of his pocket a trivial
pursuit he had kept. “I can’t believe I found this question”, he said,
“Which England captain has never won or lost a game in charge”. I’d never
thought about it before. Colin must be the only
captain to hold this honour unless someone knows otherwise.