Principal Partners
Finlay Calder

Finlay Calder.

One tour, 3 Tests, 1989

One tour, 3 Tests, 1989

Captain 1989

Finlay Calder holds a unique place in Lions history as the only 20th century captain to lead the team to a series victory after losing the opening Test.

In 1989, the Scotland flanker was a crucial influence on the second international against Australia, the winning of which squared the series and gave the Lions the momentum to clinch overall victory in the decider.

As well as driving his troops on verbally and controlling the direction of the fury with which they started that ill-tempered match, Calder's support play and hard yards in the loose were crucial in building the platforms from which the Lions scored their two tries.

Having made his international debut in 1986, Calder made history three years later by following his brother Jim, a 1983 tourist, into the red jersey, making them the only twins to have played for the Lions.

Finlay travelled to Australia as captain but was soon under pressure to justify his place in the Test team due to intense competition from England openside and future member of the 2001 and 2005 coaching staff Andy Robinson .

A hamstring injury had hampered the skipper's early form but he proved his value to the side with a dynamic, destructive display against Queensland more in keeping with his reputation and record.

The full measure of Calder's worth was seen not only on the pitch but also off it as he and coach Sir Ian McGeechan had to take the brunt of an orchestrated media campaign against the tourists over alleged foul play, particularly after the second Test.

Calder's steely gaze rebuffed all attempts to unsettle his men and he and his side had the final word in Sydney when they coolly dismantled the Walllaby pack to lay the foundations of their historic series victory.

© 2015 British and Irish Lions Limited Privacy & Cookies delivered by Sotic powered by OpenText WSM