Dave McAdamDave McAdam was a very unlucky young man whilst at Leeds United. He was signed by Frank Major Buckley
who was renowned as a very hard task-master. Dave played twenty consecutive games for Leeds and showed great promise during this period, playing in the half-back line alongside, the Great John Charles and skipper Tommy Burden. In the last of these twenty games Dave sustained a severe injury after a spell out of the side on the injured list. he regained his position
and played just four more games only to suffer the recurring knee injury. In the end the manager told Dave if it didn’t clear up he would have to leave the club. The injury didn’t clear and Dave was transferrred to Wrexham.
His record at Leeds states: Half-Back. Born Hereford, 3rd April 1923. Debut v Tottenham Hotspur (a) Division Two, 13th September, 1948, Drew 2-2. He was 5’ 10” and weighed 10stone 4lbs (1949). McAdam was plucked from none League
football by Frank Major Buckley and enjoyed a brief spell with Leeds United. He attended Abingdon Council School,
Berkshire and went into the Army in 1941, serving with the 1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment, in India, Burma and the
North West Frontier. He played football at battalion level and on demob in September 1946 worked at the Branston
Ordnance Depot near Burton upon Trent. He joined Stapenhill WMC and was spotted by Major Buckley. Within months he was in the Leeds first team but due to injury moved to Wrexham in May 1950. After a year there, he spent ten years at
Burton Albion before joining Matlock for four years, helping to run the reserves before returning to Stapenhill.
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I have had the pleasure of knowing Dave for a few years now and the photographs on this page were given to me by him.
We have visited each others homes and I must say Dave is a really lovely bloke, his wife Lal and daughter Susan are just as nice and are a super family. There are photographs below of one of those meetings. At this particular get-together at
Dave’s home, my wife Jean and I took another great friend with us, Harold Williams who played over 200 games for Leeds United
and features in the photographs just mentioned.
The following amusing anecdotes were sent to me from Dave and are well worth an airing on these pages
On the Training Ground 1948/49 Dave McAdam
Dave McAdam 1948-49
Same as above. Dave McAdam
The caption was written on the back of the photo by Dave, it reads: Leeds United 1948-49, 1st. day. L to R Back Row: B Roxburgh, A Crowther, H Edwards, S Weaver, T Holley, J Milburn, J Dunn, J Twomey, K Chisholm, Major Buckley, I Ingham, B Heaton, A N Other, E Beanland, K Willinghams, D McAdam, A N Other, A Wakefield, E Bannister, R Depear, H Fearnley, L to R Front Row: E Taylor, Four Groundstaff Lads, W Hendley
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