Willie MacFadyen
Manager Profile

Manager Details

  • Full Name: William MacFadyen
  • Born: June 23rd, 1904 (Overtown, Lanarkshire)
  • Died: January 20th, 1971 (Birmingham, England)
  • First Appointed: October 15th, 1945


Managerial History


Oct 15th, 1945 to Aug 31st, 1954

Most Appearances Top Scorers
1. Peter McKay - 241
2. George D Grant - 238
3. Frank Quinn - 200
4. Bobby Ross - 198
5. George Cruickshank - 186
6. Doug Berrie - 185
7. Ian Smart - 122
8. Bob Wyllie - 109
9. Alex Jardine - 108
10. Andy Dunsmore - 104
1. Peter McKay - 203
2. Frank Quinn - 109
3. George D Grant - 50
4. Emilio Pacione - 35
5. George Cruickshank - 32
6. Willie Crothers - 28
7. Andy Dunsmore - 27
8. Alex Lister - 21
9. Ian Smart - 13
10. Neil McKinnon - 12

First Match In Charge
Oct 20th, 1945 7 - 0 vs. Stenhousemuir, League (Southern 'B')

Last Match In Charge
Aug 28th, 1954 1 - 3 vs. Ayr United, League Cup

Total Players Used:
171

Biggest Win(s)
Mar 24th, 1951 10 - 1 vs. Alloa Athletic, League (B Division)

Heaviest Defeat(s)
Jan 23rd, 1954 1 - 12 vs. Motherwell, League (B Division)

Overall Record

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
340 127 55 158 705 760
(37.4%) (16.2%) (46.5%)

At Home

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
168 92 21 55 433 296
(54.8%) (12.5%) (32.7%)

Biography

As a player, MacFadyen spent 15 years at Motherwell, where as a centre forward he scored 52 goals during the Fir Park club's League Championship winning season in 1931/32. Picking up two Scottish Cup runners-up medals, he also collected an FA Cup runners-up medal during a spell at Huddersfield Town.

MacFadyen appeared for several English clubs as he served in the RAF in the Second World War, and in 1945 MacFadyen was appointed secretary/manager at Tannadice at the age of 41.

MacFadyen held the position for nine years, in which he built a memorable attack minded team, spearheaded by the legendary Peter McKay. But a lack of finances and a defence that shipped as many goals at the forwards could score hampered the Club's chances of promotion to the top Division.

During his time as manager, United pulled off an amazing Scottish Cup shock by beating Celtic 4-3 at Tannadice in 1949 - a match that saw the team nicknames the Terrors' - but he also oversaw the Club's worst ever score, with the 12-1 defeat to Motherwell in 1954. After four straight defeats at the start of the 1954/55 season MacFadyen resigned, and stepped away from football altogether.


Players Signed

New Players Transferred In
Player Date Signed Fee
1. Leslie Young Oct 17th, 1945
2. John Tivendale Oct 26th, 1945
3. Emilio Pacione Nov 1st, 1945
4. Alec Stewart Nov 10th, 1945
5. Willie Martin Nov 16th, 1945
6. Neil McKinnon Nov 19th, 1945
7. George Mudie Nov 23rd, 1945
8. Benny Yorston Nov 23rd, 1945
9. Harry Smith Dec 20th, 1945
10. Percy Steele Dec 27th, 1945
11. Bill Harrow Dec 29th, 1945
12. Ed McInally Dec 29th, 1945
13. Devon Reid Jan 7th, 1946
14. Martin Buchan Jan 18th, 1946
15. John Cruickshanks Jan 18th, 1946
16. Alex Jardine Mar 5th, 1946
17. Lloyd Hull Mar 21st, 1946
18. Len Rae Mar 22nd, 1946
19. Bob Collins Mar 29th, 1946
20. Alec Miller May 27th, 1946
21. Doug Berrie May 29th, 1946
22. Sammy Ross Jul 3rd, 1946 £350
23. Jake Davidson Jul 6th, 1946
24. Bobby Simpson Aug 3rd, 1946
25. Ian Smart Aug 18th, 1946
26. George Jeffrey Aug 27th, 1946
27. Peter MacKay Sep 4th, 1946
28. Tommy Muir Sep 19th, 1946
29. Tom Wyllie Oct 8th, 1946
30. John Stewart Oct 11th, 1946
31. Alex Lister Oct 17th, 1946
32. George D Grant Dec 6th, 1946
33. John Brannan Jan 2nd, 1947
34. Lou France Jan 2nd, 1947
35. Willie Crothers Jan 11th, 1947
36. Johnny Kerr Jun 27th, 1947
37. William Dalling Aug 2nd, 1947
38. John Boyd Aug 14th, 1947
39. Frank McKee Aug 16th, 1947
40. Alec Malcolm Aug 23rd, 1947
41. Peter McKay Sep 8th, 1947
42. Jimmy Jones Sep 10th, 1947
43. Malcolm Sinclair Oct 14th, 1947
44. John Barr Nov 14th, 1947
45. Jimmy Dickson Dec 25th, 1947
46. Gibby McKenzie Jan 24th, 1948
47. John McCormack Feb 1st, 1948
48. Jimmy Craig Feb 6th, 1948
49. Jack Dewar Mar 16th, 1948
50. George Henderson Mar 16th, 1948
51. Ralph McKenzie Mar 16th, 1948
52. Willie Hume May 5th, 1948
53. Duncan Ogilvie Aug 5th, 1948
54. Frank Quinn Aug 8th, 1948
55. Fred Watson Aug 23rd, 1948
56. George Cruickshank Sep 10th, 1948
57. Kinnaird Ouchterlonie Sep 11th, 1948
58. George Mitchell Jan 1st, 1949
59. Alec Edmiston Jan 3rd, 1949
60. Jimmy F Cameron Feb 21st, 1949
61. Andy Dunsmore Mar 1st, 1949
62. Bob Sherry Jun 23rd, 1949
63. Bert Hood Aug 12th, 1949
64. Andy Donaldson Aug 12th, 1949
65. Jimmy Colgan Aug 12th, 1949
66. Jim Elliot Aug 12th, 1949
67. Dave Stratton Sep 1st, 1949
68. Bob Wyllie Sep 9th, 1949
69. Earle Downie Sep 13th, 1949
70. Willie Guthrie Nov 24th, 1949
71. Charlie Campbell Dec 5th, 1949
72. George Morrison Jan 26th, 1950
73. Alec Shaw Feb 15th, 1950
74. Davie Johnstone Aug 3rd, 1950
75. Archie McIndewar Aug 5th, 1950
76. Johnny Coyle Sep 9th, 1950
77. Matt McIlwain Sep 30th, 1950
78. David Kinnell Oct 7th, 1950
79. Hugh Ormond Nov 10th, 1950
80. Jimmy McMillan Dec 2nd, 1950
81. Bobby Swan Dec 9th, 1950
82. Dicky Grieve Jan 25th, 1951
83. Jimmy Knight Jul 20th, 1951
84. George McMillan Aug 20th, 1951
85. Tommy Dunlop Sep 1st, 1951
86. Neil Fleck Sep 14th, 1951
87. Johnny McIvor Nov 10th, 1951
88. Jimmy Irving Mar 27th, 1952
89. John Scott Mar 28th, 1952
90. Jimmy Guy May 12th, 1952
91. Alex Arnold Aug 2nd, 1952
92. George Munro Aug 2nd, 1952
93. Charlie McMullan Aug 11th, 1952
94. Jimmy Timmins Oct 2nd, 1952
95. Sam English Nov 10th, 1952
96. Jim Temple Nov 22nd, 1952
97. Johnny Laird Dec 1st, 1952
98. Jim Lovie Feb 28th, 1953
99. Henry Morris May 30th, 1953
100. Johnny Samuel Jun 13th, 1953
101. Phil Gormley Jul 31st, 1953
102. Archie Smith Aug 3rd, 1953
103. Des McLean Aug 3rd, 1953
104. Jimmy Forbes Aug 6th, 1953
105. Willie Westwater Aug 6th, 1953
106. Jimmy Ward Aug 21st, 1953
107. Bert McCann Aug 31st, 1953
108. James McKee Sep 8th, 1953
109. Andy Tait Sep 18th, 1953
110. Ernie Doig Oct 7th, 1953
111. Jimmy Hamilton Oct 7th, 1953
112. Alex Stenhouse Nov 26th, 1953
113. John Shearer Dec 12th, 1953
114. Frank Callaghan Dec 17th, 1953
115. Joe Locherty Jan 22nd, 1954
116. Jimmy Murphy Jun 7th, 1954
117. Danny Bell Jun 7th, 1954
118. Davie Cross Jun 7th, 1954
119. Vince Halpin Jun 7th, 1954
120. Ian Irvine Jun 7th, 1954
121. Alf Scrimgeour Aug 1st, 1954
122. Tommy S McLeod Aug 10th, 1954
123. Jimmy Robertson Aug 11th, 1954
124. Alex Anderson Aug 18th, 1954

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