Colin McAdam (footballer)

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Colin McAdam
Personal information
Full name Colin McAdam
Date of birth (1951-08-28)28 August 1951
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death 1 August 2013(2013-08-01) (aged 61)
Place of death Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Defender / Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969-1975 Dumbarton 70 (11)
1975-1978 Motherwell 62 (3)
1977-1980 Partick Thistle 70 (24)
1980-1984 Rangers 65 (15)
1984-1985 Adelaide City 2 (0)
1985-1986 Heart of Midlothian 6 (0)
1986-1988 Partick Thistle 23 (1)
National team
1978 Scottish League XI[1] 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Colin McAdam (28 August 1951 – 1 August 2013) was a Scottish professional football player, best known for his time with Rangers. He played as both a centre back and a striker during his career.

Football career[edit]

McAdam started his professional career as a defender with Dumbarton and had spells at Motherwell and Partick Thistle. He joined Rangers for £165,000 in June 1980. He made his debut for Rangers on 9 August 1980 in a Premier Division match against Airdrieonians which finished as a 1-1 draw. Under then manager John Greig, McAdam played mainly as a striker. His first goal came in his second appearance (against Partick Thistle) and set him on the road to an end of season tally of 21. The following season proved not to be quite as successful and McAdam found himself being played in defence to cover injuries. Gradually he became more of a squad player and found himself surplus to requirements when Jock Wallace took over the reins at the club for his second spell in charge. After 99 first team appearances and 32 goals he left Ibrox.

After a two-game stint with Australian side Adelaide City he returned to Scotland to sign for Hearts in September 1985.[2] He left Tynecastle in October 1986 having only played six times, all as a substitute.[1] He re-joined former club Partick Thistle for two seasons, who were now under the control of former teammate Derek Johnstone. After spells in the juniors with Irvine Meadow and Maryhill, McAdam retired in 1990.


McAdam died on 1 August 2013, aged 61.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Colin McAdam". London Hearts Supporter Club. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "McAdam, Colin". Australian Player Database. OzFootball. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Former Rangers and Partick Thistle player Colin McAdam dies aged 61". STV News. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 

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