Willie MacFadyen - Manager Profile

Full Name: William MacFadyen
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: Saturday, October 20th, 1945 vs. Stenhousemuir (7-0)

Last Match In Charge: Saturday, August 28th, 1954 vs. Ayr United (1-3)

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 GD
340 127 55 158 705 760 -55
(37.4%) (16.2%) (46.5%)

At Home

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against GD
168 92 21 55 433 296 +137
(54.8%) (12.5%) (32.7%)

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.