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    Mackay one of the greatest names in Derby County's history

    Post by RRC on Mon 08 Oct 2018, 8:15 am



    Here's a good read about Dave Mackay as our player and manager--

    Probably the most imaginative, brilliant, inspired thing that Brian Clough ever did was to sign Dave Mackay for
    Derby County. Probably the most surprising thing that Dave Mackay ever did was in agreeing to join the Rams.
    The football world was astonished when the man who was already a football legend in two countries threw in his
    lot with Clough’s developing team at the Baseball Ground in July 1968.

    Consider Mackay’s pedigree at that point: Born in Edinburgh in November 1934, he had won Scottish League,
    League Cup and Scottish FA Cup winners’ medals with Heart of Midlothian – no mean feat in a game usually
    dominated by Glasgow’s Old Firm.

    In March 1959, Bill Nicholson signed Mackay for Tottenham Hotspur for £30,000, which equalled the British
    transfer fee record for a wing-half. With Spurs he was a member of the team that won the first League and FA
    Cup double of the 20 century, helped them to retain the Cup the following year, 1962, and win it for a third time
    in 1967. Twice he suffered a broken leg, and he missed the 1963 European Cup-winners’ Cup Final because of a
    stomach injury. But each time he fought back and when Brian Clough described signing Mackay as “the best day’s
    work of my life”, no one would disagree with him.

    Rams fans certainly found it almost impossible to grasp that such a great player – how on earth he was capped
    only 22 times for Scotland will forever remain one of football’s great mysteries – would be wearing a Derby
    County shirt for 1968-69.

    But he did, and for the next two seasons as well, conducting a master class, now as a central defender. Mackay
    was then 33 years old. He had never possessed great pace, but then he didn’t need to. Once the inspiration of
    Tottenham’s midfield, now he patrolled the Rams’ back line, a mere clap of the hands and a nod telling young
    players where to stand and what to do. He tidied up loose ends. And led.

    The barrel-chested Mackay, who stood only 5ft 8ins tall, still had his tackle. That fine football writer, Bryon Butler,
    said that it could have earned Mackay “a living felling trees, demolishing walls or breaking up tanks”. Another
    writer likened it to “a clap of thunder”. Derby County’s opponents would soon taste it.

    Clough had arranged a pre-season trip to Scotland. Mackay remembered: “Our first game was at St Johnstone.
    Going up on the coach I was looking at John Robson and thinking that he was so slight, he had to be a winger. I
    didn’t like to ask him where he played but I was looking around, trying to build a picture in my mind so that when
    the team was picked I’d have an idea of who everyone was.”

    Thirteen thousand spectators saw Mackay made his Rams League debut, in a 1-1 Second Division draw at Ewood
    Park in August 1968. Four days later, more than 21,000 turned out to see his Baseball Ground bow in a routine
    Football League Cup match against Chesterfield.

    The Rams won 3-0, and Mackay strolled around at the back, organising a defence that included the young Roy
    McFarland, John Richardson and John Robson. That Saturday afternoon, 24,000 saw Blackpool draw 1-1 at Derby,
    and when Chelsea arrived for a League Cup third-round replay in early October, more than 34,000 roared on the
    Rams to arguably the most memorable victory in the club’s history. Mackay was at the centre of it, lion-hearted,
    urging, inspiring.

    read the rest at Derbyshire Live



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    Re: Mackay one of the greatest names in Derby County's history

    Post by rob on Tue 09 Oct 2018, 7:04 am

    that photo shows what a legend Mckay was - and what a wanker biller bremner was - probably kicked the shit out of someone but has got the "who me" expression

    one of the dirtiest of the dirty leeds bastards
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    Re: Mackay one of the greatest names in Derby County's history

    Post by MadAmster on Tue 09 Oct 2018, 8:32 am

    rob wrote:that photo shows what a legend Mckay was - and what a wanker biller bremner was - probably kicked the shit out of someone but has got the "who me" expression

    one of the dirtiest of the dirty leeds bastards

    I always said the worst of the DYS was "gentleman" (now there's a misnoma) Johnny Giles. Bremner and the rest were up front and just "did it", they should have been sponsored by Nike. Giles was a sneaky little sod who did some of his "best work" off the ball and behind the ref's back. Hated the little prat with a vengeance.

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