|Birth name||James Crawford Findlay|
|Date of birth||2 June 1871|
|Place of birth||Govan, Scotland|
|Notable relative(s)||Graham Findlay, brother|
|Rugby union career|
|53rd President of the Scottish Rugby Union|
|Preceded by||John Sturrock|
|Succeeded by||John MacGill|
Rugby Union careerEdit
For the season 1895-96 Findlay started refereeing. He was refereeing in the Scottish Unofficial Championship. Reports state he gave 'every satisfaction' as a referee. He was still refereeing that league in 1898.
When refereeing the England versus Wales match in 1904, after Findlay gave numerous penalties for scrum infringements, the Welsh scrum half, Swansea player Dicky Owen, gave the ball to the English scrum half to feed the scrum on Welsh put-ins.
Some Welsh felt that Findlay carried 'social prejudice' against them: Findlay had previously made a comment about the number of Welsh working men playing rugby union instead of rugby league. The Welsh centre Rhys Gabe said that Findlay told him that he was surprised that the Welsh picked the working class of miners, steelworkers and policemen and felt they should join the Northern Union instead.
On a particularly foggy day when it was difficult to see the posts, Findlay was refereeing the match between Oxford University and Cambridge University at the end of the 1907–08 season. The match was tied at the end of the game and the Scots centre K. G. MacLeod, playing for Cambridge, tried a last-gasp drop kick to win the match. Findlay could not see the posts or where the ball went. He asked MacLeod how his kick went. MacLeod replied 'No goal'. He felt the ball swerved just outside.
- Crawford Findlay | Rugby Union | Players and Officials | ESPN Scrum
- 1903-04 Season – SWANSEA RFC
- Wales Defeated England - Lynn Davies - Google Books
- The Red & The White: A History of England vs Wales Rugby - Huw Richards - Google Books
- A Game for Hooligans: The History of Rugby Union - Huw Richards - Google Books
- Then Came a Cloud - John W Keddie - Google Books
- University of Glasgow :: Story :: Biography of James Crawford Findlay