Dave Mackay: Scotland and Tottenham legend dies aged 80

Former Tottenham, Derby, Hearts and Scotland midfielder Dave Mackay has died, aged 80.

He won 10 major honours as a player in British and European football.

The Edinburgh-born player also won 22 caps for his country and was named ‘Footballer of the Year’ in both Scotland and England.

Dave Mackay

Paying tribute, Spurs said: “He was one of our greatest ever players and a man who never failed to inspire those around him.”

After winning all three domestic honours in Scotland with Hearts, Mackay joined Spurs in 1959.

Dave Mackay and Billy Bremner

Dave Mackay confronts Leeds midfielder Billy Bremner in 1966. Mackay told the journalist Ian Abrahams in 2010 that he felt the iconic image “portrayed me as a bully”

He helped the north London club become the first post-war team to achieve the double of league and FA Cup in 1961, then won the FA Cup again in 1962 and 1967.

Spurs described him as “the heartbeat” of their double-winning side and said he played a “vital role” in their 1963 European Cup Winners’ Cup success despite missing the final through injury.

Dave Mackay

1958: Captains Hearts to the Scottish league title
1959: Joins Tottenham from Hearts in a £32,000 deal
1961: Wins the league and FA Cup double with Tottenham. He won two further FA Cups at Tottenham, in 1962 and 1967
1968: Sold to Second Division Derby County for £5,000, where he helped Brian Clough’s side gain promotion to the First Division in his first season
1969: Named joint winner of the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award
1971: Appointed player-manager of Swindon Town
1972: Becomes manager of Nottingham Forest
1973: Succeeds Brian Clough as manager of Derby County
1975: Leads Derby County to the league title
1977-1995: Manages Walsall, Birmingham City and Doncaster, and a number of clubs in the Middle East
2002: Made an inaugural inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame

Mackay joined Derby County in 1968 and was named joint ‘Footballer of the Year’ the following season.

He helped his new side, managed by a young Brian Clough, to the Second Division title before a player-manager spell with Swindon Town.

Mackay then managed Nottingham Forest before succeeding Clough at Derby and leading the Rams to the First Division crown in 1975.

He also managed Walsall, Doncaster and Birmingham as well as spending more than a decade leading sides in the Middle East.

The Scot was once described by Manchester United’s George Best as the “hardest man I have ever played against”.

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