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O/T Dave Mackay

Discussion in 'Spurs News & Views' started by Denmark Spur, 8 Mar 2012.

  1. Denmark Spur

    Denmark Spur Jermaine Jenas

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    From Mickey Hazards twitter:

    Guys can we all send our best wishes to one of our GREATEST LEGENDS MR DAVE MACKAY He is very ill at this moment and hes in all our thoughts

    http://twitter.com/#!/1MickyHazard


    Get well soon - absolute Spurs legend
     
  2. punk_is_back`

    punk_is_back` Ilie Dumitrescu

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    obviously being in my twenties I have never seen our double winning side in action; but I think of Mackay and I think of this photo

    mackaydave2.jpg

    If only we had a Battler like him on the pitch who stood up to people
     
  3. yiddo2786

    yiddo2786 Steed Malbranque

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    He said he never liked that photo but I think it's fudging brilliant. Get well soon Dave.
     
  4. Bullet

    Bullet Christian Ziege

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    That.

    A true legend.
     
  5. monkeybarry

    monkeybarry Dean Richards

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    probably because it makes it too easy to forget how good a footballer he was (from what i gather) as well as being tough as nails (Bremner on the other hand.......)

    hope Dave is ok
     
  6. Crawley

    Crawley Board Legend

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    He tried to nick the burger off my son outside the ground a few years back.
    Love him.

    C'mon Big Dave........pull through this fella.
     
  7. mick cooper

    mick cooper Neil Sullivan

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    Bremner was no shrinking violet, but he was sneaky dirty. McKay was just tough and uncompromising, but not a dirty player. I think he hated the photo because it looks like he was a nasty bully. IIRC he had just recovered from a second broken leg in the same season and Bremner went in studs up over the top and caught him. DM was tinkled that a fellow Jock would try to do him,like that and so soon after coming back from his second injury.

    Recently I read a quote from Jimmy Greaves, where he said Bremner kicked him whilst they lined up in the tunnel at Elland road, when jimmy I asked him why he didi it, he said "Because I can" whilst standing there with Norman Hunter and jack Charlton at his back. Great footballer Bremner, no idea why he bahaved like such a coont.
     
  8. Mulletperm

    Mulletperm Tim Sherwood

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    Get well soon Dave, hope you're on the mend soon.
     
  9. mick cooper

    mick cooper Neil Sullivan

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    I'll double that.
    Great man
     
  10. thfcsteff

    thfcsteff Colin Calderwood Staff Member

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    Trebeled.
    A mainstay and vital figure in our club's history. Best wishes Dave...
     
  11. Charliedup

    Charliedup Allan Nielsen

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    Best wishes to him. Epitomised a true footballer in my eyes
     
  12. wn7ian

    wn7ian Guy Butters

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    Get well soon Dave...A true Spurs legend.
     
  13. tractorspur

    tractorspur Carlo Cudicini

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    Get well soon big man
     
  14. Nutter-Naylor

    Nutter-Naylor Tony Parks

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    A legend at three different clubs
    Not many can say that.

    His Bio is a very good read as well (The Real Mackay).

    Get well soon.
     
  15. totman

    totman Steve Hodge

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    Dave Mackay

    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.

    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?'

    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. 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.

    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. 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. 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 ?ú32,000 for his signature.

    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 ?ú5,000 {a reduced fee in recognition of his services) in July 1968. 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 Emirates Marketing Project'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.

    BORN: Edinburgh, 14.11.34.
    GAMES: 318. GOALS: 51.
    HONOURS: League Championship 60/1; FA Cup 60/1, 61/2, 66/7



    Get well soon =D>
     
  16. the fox in the box

    the fox in the box Øyvind Leonhardsen

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    Get well soon Dave

    True Spurs Legend
     
  17. Danishfurniturelover

    Danishfurniturelover Paul Walsh

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    My dads favourite player, i never got to see him play.

    Get well soon yiddo.
     
  18. parklane1

    parklane1 Andy Thompson

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    The word legend is used to many time in todays football, but Dave was one and he has always been one of my favourite players. Get well soon big man.
     
  19. jimmyb

    jimmyb Milija Aleksic

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    Wish I'd seen him play. Just have take the word of all those who did that he was possibly the greatest Spurs player of them all.

    Micky Hazard suggesting that Mackay has got Alzheimers and Parkinsons, though. If true, from what little I know of those two conditions, there's no getting better. Mostly, it's just a case of doing whatever can be done to stave off the worst of the effects for as long as possible.
     
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    Jurgen the German Andy Thompson

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    Without doubt the most iconic photograph in the history of the club!
     

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