B.C. Gadney (1909-2000)

posted Jan 22, 2016, 4:38 AM by Tim Birdsall   [ updated Feb 28, 2016, 10:34 AM ]
Bernard Gadney - England
B.C. Gadney (1909-2000). Headmaster of Malsis 1938-1962. Educated at the Dragon School, Oxford and Stowe, where he shared a room with the actor David Niven.

He began the move that culminated in Obolensky's great try against the All Blacks in 1936.  He was an outstanding scrum half for England in the 1930's, winning 14 international caps and captaining the side eight times.  Under him, England won the Triple Crown in 1934 and beat New Zealand for the first time in 1936.  Much of Gadney's authority on the field came from his height of 6ft 2 inches.  He was a ferocious tackler and an early proponent of the reverse pass.

 He started teaching at Winchester House School, Brackley and played for Leicester Tigers from 1929.  He played 170 games for them, scoring 63 tries and 189 points when a try was worth only three points.  His debut for England was against Ireland in 1932.  He also captained the Barbarians and led a successful British Lions tour to Argentina when all ten games were won with Obolensky scoring 17 tries.