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Dave Mackay
Dave Mackay
Personal information
Full name David Craig Mackay
Date of birth 14 November 1934 (1934-11-14) (age 75)
Place of birth    Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Playing position Left-half; later, Sweeper
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Heart of Midlothian
Tottenham Hotspur
Derby County
Swindon Town
135 (25)
318 (51)
122 0(5)
026 0(1)   
National team
1957–1965 Scotland 022 0(4)
Teams managed
Swindon Town
Nottingham Forest
Derby County
Al-Arabi Kuwait
Al-Arabi Kuwait
Doncaster Rovers
Birmingham City

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

David Craig Mackay (born 14 November 1934) is a former Scottish footballer and football manager. He represented Scotland at schoolboy level, won four caps at under-23 level and 22 full caps. He also played three times for the Scottish Football League representative side. He tied with Tony Book of Manchester City for the Football Writers' Association's Footballer of the Year award in 1969 and was recently listed among the Football League 100 Legends.



Mackay was born in Edinburgh, and began his playing career with the club he supported as a boy, Heart of Midlothian. He won all three Scottish Domestic honours with the club. He captained the side in 1957-58 when they broke the senior British league goal scoring record with 132 goals for with only 29 against. He was signed by Tottenham Hotspur for £32,000 in March 1959. In 2003, football managerial legend Brian Clough described him as Tottenham Hotspur's greatest ever player. During the 1960s his fierce determination and skill contributed to the team which won the Double in 1961, further FA Cup victories in 1962 and 1967, and the Cup Winners Cup in 1963. In 1968 he was transferred to Derby County for £5,000, after Clough persuaded him to sign. In his first season at the Baseball Ground, in which the club gained promotion to the First Division, he was chosen FWA Footballer of the Year, jointly with Manchester City's Tony Book. When he was a player at Derby County, Clough made Mackay play in a sweeping role and used his influence on the team to encourage them to turn defence into attack through a passing game.

In 1971 he was appointed player-manager of Swindon Town but left after just one season to take charge of Nottingham Forest. He remained at the City Ground until October 1973, when he returned to Derby as manager following Clough's resignation. In his first season Derby finished third in the table.

In his second season in charge of Derby, he guided the team to the 1975 league title. The following season, he managed the club to a respectable fourth-place finish in the league, the semifinals of the FA Cup, and an unfortunate extra time second-round exit to Real Madrid in the 1976 European Cup. At one stage the side had been in the running for the Double. Mackay was sacked in November 1976 after a poor start to the season. A newspaper headline reading "Mackay sacked" was used as a visual prop in the British television situation comedy Porridge, which featured a prison officer named Mackay.

He then had an uneventful spell as Walsall manager from March 1977 to August 1978. He then spent nine years coaching in Kuwait. He returned to the UK and was appointed manager of Doncaster Rovers in 1987. Mackay's reign at Belle Vue lasted two seasons before he moved to Birmingham City, who had just been relegated to the third tier of the league for the first time in their history. His task was simple – to get Birmingham promoted to the Second Division. But he was unsuccessful in trying to achieve this and resigned in 1991. He then returned to the Middle East for two years managing Zamalek, a Cairo club team, and then a further three years in Qatar before retiring from football altogether in 1997.


In 2004 The Real Mackay was published, an autobiography written with Martin Knight. Mackay had previously published Soccer My Spur in the early 1960s.

Mackay was made an inaugural inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002 in recognition of his impact on the English game as both a player and manager, and in 2006 became an inaugural inductee of the Heart of Midlothian Hall of Fame in recognition of his success as a player in the 1950s.


As Player

Heart of Midlothian

Tottenham Hotspur

Derby County

As manager

Derby County

Al-Arabi Sporting Club

  • Kuwait Premier League: 1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1987–88
  • Kuwait Cup: 1980–81, 1982–83,

El Zamalek




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