Gary McFadden

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Gary McFadden
Personal information
Sport Gaelic football
Position Defender
Born 1980s
County Donegal, Ireland
Nickname Copper[1][2]
Years Club
? - present
Club titles
Donegal titles 2
Ulster titles 0
Years County
2011 - present

Gary 'Copper' McFadden (born 1980s) is a Gaelic footballer. He plays for the Donegal senior football team, and plays his club football for Glenswilly. He normally plays as a midfielder or half forward.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

McFadden was educated at Saint Eunan's College in Letterkenny.[5] Manus McFadden, so crucial in the foundation of Glenswilly's GAA club, is his uncle.[6]

Playing career[edit]


McFadden captained Glenswilly to their first Donegal Senior Football Championship in 2011, with a 1-8 to 0-9 victory over Naomh Mícheál.[7] He was also captain when the team reached the 2007 County Final and lost.[1] McFadden won his second Donegal Senior Football Championship with Glenswilly in 2013 (he was not captain then).[8] His team progressed to the final of the Ulster Senior Club Football Championship, which they lost to Ballinderry.[9][10]


McFadden was first called up the Donegal senior team in December 2007, he made his debut in a home victory against the 2007 All Ireland champions Kerry in a league match played in Ballybofey in early 2008.

He was called into the panel again ahead of the 2012 Dr. McKenna Cup.[11] He was a member of the Donegal panel that won the 2012 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final against Mayo.[12][13][14] He made a substitute appearance in the 2013 National Football League game against Kerry, an easy win in Ballybofey.[15]

Three days after the 2014 National Football League Division 2 Final against Monaghan at Croke Park, it was confirmed that McFadden was one of four players to have left the Donegal county panel, less than a month before the county's Ulster Championship game against Derry.[16] In December 2014, it was reported that McFadden had returned to the Donegal set-up after opting out in 2013.[2]




  1. ^ a b Comack, Tom (29 September 2011). "Gary hoping to copper-fasten a win for Glenswilly". Donegal Democrat. Johnston Press. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b Walsh, Harry (23 December 2014). "Gary McDaid joins Donegal backroom team". Donegal News. Archived from the original on 31 October 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Rory to lead Donegal". Donegal News. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Strong comeback seals win for Donegal". Donegal News. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Twitter feed". Saint Eunan's College. EunansFootball Best of luck 2our past pupils who r in Donegal panel v Cork in All Ire Semi-Final on Sun @neilgerardgalla @murphm95 @AntoinMcFadden @Tommyk_91 @BrickMolloy @123kav @kevin_raff @gmacfadden14 @mdboyler24 +Mr McFadden #TheCollege
  6. ^ Foley, Alan (24 January 2012). "Founding father McFadden goes back to his roots". Donegal Democrat. Johnston Press. Archived from the original on 27 January 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012. “Glenswilly had reached their first ever senior championship final and were due to play St Eunan's,” McFadden said. “I flew from Kerry to Dublin on the Sunday morning and picked up a car and drove to Ballybofey. So I just landed having not seen Glenswilly play in a number of years but there they were in the county final. At the time, St Eunan's had lost a couple of successive finals but had that experience to get over the line. Of course, two years beforehand, I was thrilled to hear Glenswilly had won the Intermediate Championship and things were going well but it was a proud moment for me to see Glenswilly in a senior final with two of my nephews (Gary and Kealan McFadden) on the team.”
  7. ^ "Murphy magic proves key as Glenswilly secure first Donegal crown". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  8. ^ "Murphy follows up Ireland heroics by firing Glenswilly to county glory". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Ballinderry 1-13 Glenswilly 2-06". RTÉ Sport. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Live: Glenswilly v Ballinderry Shamrocks Ulster senior club final". Donegal Now. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  11. ^ "New faces for Donegal in McKenna Cup". Donegal Democrat. Johnston Press. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011. There are also recalls for Peter Witherow (St Michael's), Mark McGowan, (St Eunan's) and Christopher Murrin (Killybegs) while there are first call-ups for Glenswilly captain Gary McFadden and Kilcar's Conor McManus.
  12. ^ "Live updates from the All-Ireland finals at Croke Park". RTÉ Sport. RTÉ. 23 September 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  13. ^ "Sams World Tour of Donegal". Donegal Daily. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  14. ^ "Gary McFadden lifts Sam Maguire Trophy". Sports File. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  15. ^ McNulty, Chris (10 March 2013). "Report: Murphy shoots Donegal to comfortable win". Donegal News. Retrieved 10 March 2013. Donegal used the chance to send in some players from the fringes. ‘With next week’s game in mind,’ McGuinness confirmed, Kavanagh and Gallagher were withdrawn while Gary McFadden was given game time and Killybegs man Matthew Smyth was given a first senior appearance.
  16. ^ "Donegal stunned by shock departure of Mark McHugh". BBC Sport. BBC. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014.