are they now?
Mackay at Derby County, c.1970.
people are more famous for breaking their leg than Dave
Mackay. During the Sixties and early Seventies, Dave
personified the image of the gritty, determined, iron
hard Scotsman, that battled to the very end, and often to
victory. A Scottish League and Cup winner with his home
team of Hearts, Dave moved to English football with Spurs
in 1959. At Spurs, Dave was a member of the teams that
won the Double in 1961, and the F.A.Cup in 1962 and 1967
But I knew him first as the player that came back from
breaking his leg twice ! Dave had already missed the Cup
Winners' Cup Final win in 1963 due to injury - the first
English team to win a European trophy. When, in the
second game of the defence of the cup , he broke his left
leg in two places. It was at Old Trafford versus
Manchester United in the second ... er ... leg of the
competition's First Round proper. It happened after only
8 minutes and almost certainly contributed to Spurs
losing a 2-0 advantage to be defeated 4-3 on aggregate.
Mackay as he is well remembered, breaking his leg.
nearly a year to get back to fitness. When the plaster
first came off after 16 weeks, the left leg was 4 inches
thinner than the right ! Then on 14 September, 1964 in a
match against Shrewsbury Reserves. He broke it again in a
tackle with Peter Colby.
Spurs, Dave moved to Brian Clough's up and coming Derby
County, where he again won much acclaim as the
experienced pro in the young side. Indeed he was the
Football writers 'Player of the Year' in 1968-69 (shared
with Manchester City's Tony Book) the year Derby won the
Second Division Championship.
missed Derby's First Division Championship as he had
moved on to Swindon Town, where he played out his career
as player- manager. When Clough left for his disasterous
spell in charge of Leeds United, Dave took over as
manager of Derby County, and joined an elite number of
people who have won Championship medals both as player
and manager, when Derby topped the League in 1975.
always a feeling that Dave had overseen Clough's team to
the Championship, and when the team split up Dave was
unable to sustain the success and he was sacked in 1976.
thanks to Martin Bates for some corrections in the
above, which also drew on Matt Allen's book on 'Jimmy
Greaves'. Virgin, 2001.
Edinburgh, 14 November, 1934.
MacKay at Derby County
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Scottish internationals :
For links on this site see...
are they now ? See Caught In Time
number did he wear for Scotland? April
Spurs' captain, Dave represented the 1967 FA Cup
Final in the new Wembley Stadium celebrations held
before the 2007 FA Cup Final, see 19 May 2007
on other sites see...
some original artwork at Art About Face Dave Makay
to Ian Corry for sending the colour picture of Dave