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Dave Mackay

3 March 2015

The Football League are saddened to hear of the passing of Dave Mackay, at the age of 80.

Mackay spent his playing career with Hearts, Tottenham Hotspur, Derby County and Swindon Town, where he won several major honours, most notably the European Cup Winner’s Cup, a Football League Division One title and three FA Cups in the 1960s.

He appeared a total of 318 times for Spurs and scored over 50 goals in a nine-year spell at White Hart Lane, before switching to Derby in 1968, where he played 122 times.

Mackay also won 22 caps for Scotland between 1957 and 1965, scoring four times.

Edinburgh-born Mackay ended his playing days at Swindon, who he later went on to manage in 1971. He then returned for a second spell at Derby, this time in the dugout, and guided the Rams to the 1974/75 First Division title.

In England, Mackay went on to manage at Nottingham Forest, Walsall, Doncaster Rovers and Birmingham City throughout an illustrious career in football, which spanned more than 40 years.


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