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    Hearts Legend Dave MacKay dies aged 80

    Former Tottenham and Scotland midfielder Mackay dies aged 80
    By talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) | Tuesday, March 3, 2015




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    Tributes have been paid to former Tottenham, Hearts and Scotland midfielder Dave Mackay, who has died aged 80.
    Mackay, who was part of Spurs' 1961 double-winning team, passed away in hospital in Nottingham on Monday evening, the club announced.
    The 22-cap Scotland international began his career with Hearts in 1953 and captained the Edinburgh side to the Scottish League title during the 1957-58 season.
    Mackay moved south of the border to join Spurs in 1959 and helped the north London club become the first English side to win the league and FA Cup double during the 1960-61 season.
    The Edinburgh-born player helped them retain the FA Cup the following season and was captain when Spurs lifted the trophy in 1967.
    "We were saddened to hear of the death of our former captain Dave Mackay who passed away at the Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, this evening [Monday, March 2]. He was 80," a statement on the club's website read.
    "He was a superb player who possessed all the technique, passing ability and talent to be the complete footballer.
    "He was the heart-beat of our 1961 'Double' side, was then a key member of the team that retained the FA Cup the following season and, although injury kept him out of our 1963 European Cup Winners' Cup final triumph, he had played a vital role in getting us there.
    "He formed a marvellous midfield combination with Danny Blanchflower and, when the Northern Ireland international left us in 1964, Mackay took over as Spurs captain and led us to another FA Cup triumph in 1967. He twice broke the same leg in our cause but, each time, came back stronger than ever."

    Mackay left Spurs to join Derby in 1968 and helped Brian Clough's side win promotion to the First Division the following year before taking up a player-manager role at Swindon Town in 1971.
    A year later Mackay left the Robins to manage Nottingham Forest for a brief spell before succeeding Clough as Derby manager in 1973, with the Rams winning the First Division title in 1975.
    Hearts also paid tribute to Mackay, who won four trophies in six years with the Tynecastle side.
    "Heart of Midlothian FC was deeply saddened to learn of the death of legend Dave Mackay earlier this evening," a statement on the Scottish Championship club's website read.
    "Dave lost his long battle with illness at the age of 80 with his family at his bedside in Nottingham.
    "A fearless defender regarded as the club's greatest-ever player, Dave won the league title, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup (twice) with Hearts before going on to star for Tottenham Hotspur and Derby County.
    "Our sincerest condolences go to his family at this extremely sad time."
    Walsall, whom Mackay managed from March 1977 to August 1978, said: "Former Walsall FC manager, Dave Mackay, has passed away at the age of 80. Our thoughts go out to his family at this sad time. RIP."

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    ^Why here and not in the RIP thread?

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    He was from an era when football was still a working mans gamem for supporters and players. Mackay was hard as nails but a skilful player all the same with a big heart and a great engine.
    Maybe his contribution to the game was greater than all the overpaid prima donnas that play today.
    His unique contribution deserves a special mention I reckon.

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    Mackay was hard as nails





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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    Mackay was hard as nails



    That's the dirty ginger twat Bremner, from dirty Leeds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    ^Why here and not in the RIP thread?
    British sporting hero mate, probably best understood and appreciated in this thread I thought.

    That picture of him sorting out Bremner was a classic. Bremner was a nasty little wanker, but wouldn't go near him again after that, he was too scared of getting filled in in the tunnel.


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    wash your mouth out with soap.

    leeds were never dirty.

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    ^^Fair enough; just wondered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui
    ginger
    What's the colour of his hair got to do with it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic
    What's the colour of his hair got to do with it?
    Matched his fiery temper.
    There were a few others who could be described as dirty or hard depending on who you supported. Hunter, Charlton, Reaney and Cooper spring to mind.
    Always enjoyed watching Bobby Collins on the ball though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    wash your mouth out with soap.

    leeds were never dirty.
    Brian Clough called them dirty cheats and they all pouted and refused to play any kind of football for him after that.

    But he wasn't wrong.

    It's a source of constant amusement seeing them fumbling around in the lower leagues.

    Karma.


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    they werent all bad


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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    he was too scared of getting filled in in the tunnel.
    Certainly sounds like a fate to be avoided at all costs

    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    Brian Clough called them dirty cheats and they all pouted and refused to play any kind of football for him after that.
    Good movie that was.

    The Damned United (2009) - IMDb

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    ^Why here and not in the RIP thread?
    British sporting hero mate, probably best understood and appreciated in this thread I thought.

    That picture of him sorting out Bremner was a classic. Bremner was a nasty little wanker, but wouldn't go near him again after that, he was too scared of getting filled in in the tunnel.

    Was a classic photo at the time, akin to the famous photo of Vinnie Jones grabbing Paul Gascoigne's knackers.

    Mackay didn't particularly revel in a "hardman" image though. He said that photo was taken after Bremner kicked him (on purpose) on the leg he'd broken and just come back from injury..

    Most of his British peers of the time have later admitted that Mackay was the best (and probably hardest) player of his era though. RIP.

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