The DAVE MACKAY thread

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    The stature of Dave Mackay in Tottenham folklore is vast and indisputable; indeed, to imagine Spurs' great sixties side without the vibrant Scot is to picture the Huns without Attila or the Alamo without Davy Crockett. Yet while it is right that so much is made of Dave's dynamic, warrior-like qualities - many have written that if Blanchflower was the brains of the team, Mackay was its heart - there is a danger of under-selling his sheer, unadulterated all-round talent.

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]In fact, his control was second to none, he was the cleanest striker of a ball at the club and he passed with the utmost precision. And how the mighty left-half reveled in his skill; in training he would astonish team-mates by volleying continuously against a wall from ten or even 15 yards - anyone who doubts the difficulty of this trick should attempt it for themselves - and later, as Spurs captain, he would run on to the pitch, kick the ball high in the air, then catch it infallibly on his instep, a subtle form of intimidation that demanded of his opponents. 'Can you do that?' [ar][​IMG][/ar][/FONT]​

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]All this is not to say, of course, that the traditional image of Dave Mackay is a myth. Despite standing just 5ft 8in, he exerted an awesome physical presence, muscular thighs and a barn-door of a chest topped by features that were positively piratical. The man tackled like a granite avalanche, exuding a passionate will to win and apparently consumed by a devilish, ruthless relish for his work. Colleagues leapt to do his bidding as he drove them on, invariably by stirring personal example, often by melodramatic gesture and abrasive Caledonian invective. [/FONT]​

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Though lacking in outright pace, he bustled tirelessly between attack and defence, typically winning the ball, flicking a pass, then surging forward to receive the return. On reaching enemy territory, he could finish venomously - as he proved with a hat-trick against West Ham in 1962- and another potent weapon was a prodigiously long throw.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Addicted as he was to winning at everything - Dave would pour his entire being into a casual game of snooker - it followed that he was devastated in defeat, a situation he strove so hard to avoid that in some 40 cup finals at all playing levels, he never finished on the losing side. [/FONT]​

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Such unquenchable spirit was never more evident than in recovery from a twice-broken left leg -the first fracture came in a clash with Noel Cantwell in a European tie at Old Trafford in December 1963, the second nine months later on his comeback against Shrewsbury reserves. Such calamity would have ended the career of lesser men; in his case, it merely added to the aura of indestructibility that had enveloped him since his indomitable contribution to Tottenham's early-sixties triumphs. Yet, unthinkably now, the Scottish international might never have arrived at the Lane. [/FONT]​

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][al][​IMG][/al]In March 1959, Bill Nicholson had been making overtures to Swansea's Mel Charles, and had the Welshman not opted for Arsenal he would almost certainly have joined Tottenham instead of Dave. Later Bill maintained that it was Mackay he wanted all along, and was delighted to pay Hearts £32,000 for his signature.[/FONT]​

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Come the mid-sixties, Dave had taken over as skipper and, his mastery over ball and men undimmed, led Spurs to FA Cup Final victory in 1967. By then, he was operating in a mainly defensive role but the earlier years of midfield effort had exacted a toll and injuries became more frequent. Perhaps, too, he needed a new challenge and he found it at Derby, whom he joined for £5,000 {a reduced fee in recognition of his services) in July 1968. [ar][​IMG][/ar][/FONT]​

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Under Brian Clough he played masterfully alongside centre-half Roy McFarland and in his first season helped the Rams lift the Second Division title, as well as sharing the Footballer of the Year award with Manchester City's Tony Book. Success in management followed, including a Championship at Derby, but it is to his fabulous achievements as a Spur that Dave owes his undying reputation. Nicholson called him his best signing, and he has been compared to the great Duncan Edwards. Nothing more need be said.[/FONT]​

    Dave played for Spurs between 1959 and 1968 making 318 appearances and scoring 51 goals.
    He won 22 caps for Scotland.​

    Other honours​

    Scottish League Cup 1954, 1958 (player) Scottish Cup 1956 (player) Scottish League championship 1957/58 (player) Division One championship 1960/61 (player), 1974/75 (manager) FA Cup 1961, 1962, 1967 (player) Division Two championship 1968/69 (player) FWA Footballer of the Year 1969 ​
     
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Discussion in 'Front Page Features' started by Archibald&Crooks, Feb 6, 2007.

  1. SpurSince57
    Mullers was a top player but not in the same class as Dave. People who weren't privileged enough to see him sometimes imagine he was just a hard bastard, but he was much, much more. As well as being a great inspiration he read the game fantastically well. There weren't many who could pick out and deliver a pass like he did. The nearest in the modern English game was Roy Keane, but Dave was never a dirty player who set out intentionally to injure someone.

    He hardly had a bad game—unfortunately, one of the very few off-days he had was the 1961 Cup Final, when the whole team was short of the full ticket for most of the game, and that's one of the very few records of him and that wonderful side. Still indispensable, though. (What? Did someone say they hadn't got it? :grin:)
  2. DC_Boy
    I think Greavesie rates him as the greatest of the Spurs players he played with

    He's certainly one of the greatest Spurs players ever and would be an integral part of any Spurs all time XI

    Trouble is because the game has moved on I'm not sure where'd he play

    probably the fashionable DM role these days - but of course there was so much more to him than a makele -

    fierce shot - excellent technique - terrifying (for the oppo) presence - will to win - etc etc just put him alongside Hod Gazza & Jones- and who needs the other 7 players to win every game :)

    Incidentally while I'm thinking about it

    I think my current all ime XI from past 50 years is

    Jennings; Perryman England Gough Knowles; Mackay Gazza Hod; Jones Smith Greaves

    We may in certain positions had more talented players - but that's a side full of winners and artists - and goals galore

    it's ridiculous I can't get players like Blanchflower and White in - but what can I do we've had toooooooo many great players for just one team
  3. greavesie
    i had a front row view of that incident i was right on the half way line on the shelf ,right throughout that game the Leeds scum bags were kicking Davie on his newly mended leg scumbag bremner went for tackle with davie 2yards from the ball threw himself up in the air like he had been poleaxed that is when Davie went ape shit bend down grabbed his shirt and pulled him up,and informed him of his human rights not one of the leeds scumbags helped their illustrious captain because they were too scared of Davie they don't make players like him anymore
  4. roons
    My dads uncle is les allen (61 team) at a family party yesterday and as I am going to bratislava je said he had been there- playing in the european cup for spurs. They were kicking the cack out of us- mackay pulled up one of their midfielders - dm-”you speak english”

    ”Yes”

    ”When you come over to england I am going to murder you”

    Had them at the lane 5-1 within first half
  5. greavesie
    that is excellent ha ha :clap::clap::hump::hump:that is true Davie ,has he got anymore tales like that it took me ages to find out why he always rolled the ball to the other team when they first walked out what he said to them was here is the ball make the most of it it will be the only time you will see it. you dads uncle Les weren't a bad player either
  6. AllSeeingEye
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  7. mackay59
    eee oop.....what was the date of that Leeds game ?
  8. TheChosenOne
    I just came across this statement...

    Mackay played in 40 cup finals during his career and was never once on the losing side.
  9. tinman
    One of the greatest players to wear a spurs shirt oh how we could do with him now
  10. TheChosenOne
    I asked A&C (bless him) to merge this with the DM appreciation thread...

    Hopefully the man says yes.
  11. remnmogy73
    High above the world, in a council chamber built for just this purpose, the gods sit and talk about the world and how to fix things that are wrong.In other words, discussion thread.

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