RIP Dave Mackay

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Always remember the photograph of the confrontation on the pitch he had with Billy Bremner, where he is holding Bremner's shirt as they are head to head.
 

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What a player he was!
I had the privilege several times of seeing him play for that wonderful Spurs side of the early 1960's. And he was still bloody good 10 years later!
One of the very greatest of his era.
RIP Dave Mackay...
 

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A hard man - but I think I read that he was never sent off. A key part of that superb Spurs side in early sixties. RIP Dave.
 

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Remember reading this piece before on the internet (apparently it's originally from the Guardian):

"The night before Scotland played Spain in 1963, a talented squad sat in the Bernabéu watching Spain's training session. After 10 minutes they were looking at each other in disbelief and ruefully muttering expletives.

The target of their cursing was a move being practised by Juventus's Luis del Sol, who hit five corners in succession with the outside of his foot. Each cross was met by Real Madrid's great winger Francisco Gento, who ran into the box as fast as the Road Runner, dived forward, executed a perfect hand-spring and belted the ball past the goalkeeper with both his heels. They knew the Scotland players were watching and put on a show of such discipline, skill and arrogance that the Scots assumed, according to Frank McLintock, that it was "largely to make us crap our pants".

An hour before kick-off the following day, both teams were milling around on the pitch when Jim Baxter decided to show them not all British footballers were clod-kicking mugs. "We all knew Dave Mackay's party piece," says McLintock, "and Baxter decided now was the right time to unveil it. Jim called over to his injured captain and shouted, 'Hey Marquis, see if you can catch this!'"

With that he tossed a coin 15 feet up in the air and Mackay thrust out his right leg, bent at the knee, and caught the coin on his toe. He stood there for a second then flipped it back up in the air, caught it on his forehead, knocked it back up and caught it in his left eye socket then rolled it down his shoulder into his open blazer pocket and waltzed off back to the dressing room to thunderous applause. Scotland won the match 6-2, a victory put down to Mackay's ability to fight Spain's psychological warfare in kind."


Jimmy Greaves always said he was the greatest player in the great Spurs Double team and apparently Eusebio called him the finest wing-half he ever played against.
 

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A hard man - but I think I read that he was never sent off. A key part of that superb Spurs side in early sixties. RIP Dave.

It was quite hard to get sent off in those days. He wasn't even booked for the incident in that photo.

Second only to Norman Hunter as a 60s/70s hard man.
 

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Saw him at Highbury once in the local Derby, we were standing at the front by the touchline and he came over to take a throw-in. He was a tough looking bugger, his shoulders were as wide as anyone I've seen
playing and he had a barrel chest. Great player and perfect foil for Danny Blanchflower.

RIP Dave.
 

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It was quite hard to get sent off in those days. He wasn't even booked for the incident in that photo.

Second only to Norman Hunter as a 60s/70s hard man.

TBH IMO he'd have broken Hunter in two. George Best rated him the hardest player he'd faced and he played against Harris and Hunter. It should also be remembered that by the time Best was emerging, Dave MacKay was past his best years.
 
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It was quite hard to get sent off in those days. He wasn't even booked for the incident in that photo.

Second only to Norman Hunter as a 60s/70s hard man.

Sorry Bite yer legs very poor second to Dave Mackay, carved out of stone, built like an outhouse and forearms like Popeye
 

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Sorry Bite yer legs very poor second to Dave Mackay, carved out of stone, built like an outhouse and forearms like Popeye

And not to be forgotten that he was a bloody good footballer which most hardmen weren't.
 

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Saw him at Highbury once in the local Derby, we were standing at the front by the touchline and he came over to take a throw-in. He was a tough looking bugger, his shoulders were as wide as anyone I've seen
playing and he had a barrel chest. Great player and perfect foil for Danny Blanchflower.

RIP Dave.
The amazing thing is, he was only 5'7" - at least according to Jimmy Greaves who used to win bets that he was the taller of the two:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/jimmy-greaves-dave-mackay-tottenhams-5261980
 

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And not to be forgotten that he was a bloody good footballer which most hardmen weren't.
Yep, Footballer of the Year in both Scotland and England and won a League winners medal with both Hearts and Spurs - two teams who've only won their national league twice each in over a century of trying.

Also a rarity for having both played for (Spurs) and managed (Derby) a League-winning team in England.

(As you can probably guess, I've greatly enjoyed reading all the Obits of Mackay in the papers and on the net etc!)
 

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Mackay was about to retire and accept an offer to manage Hearts when Brian Cough and Peter Taylor approached him

Despite serious injuries, they wanted him to lead and organise their young Derby County side
and they were rewarded with almost immediate promotion

RIP Dave
 

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Sorry Bite yer legs very poor second to Dave Mackay, carved out of stone, built like an outhouse and forearms like Popeye

You're all right. I'm mistaking hard for dirty.

Lucky enough to see Mackay once, in the Spurs team along with Greaves and Gilzean. Never saw that Leeds team.
 
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