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Dave Mackay dies aged 80: Football legend hated iconic image portraying him 'as a bully'

03 March 2015 12:46 AM David McCarthy

IN the famous photograph, Mackay has Leeds captain Billy Bremner's shirt in his hands, almost lifting him right off his feet.

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Dave Mackay of Tottenham Hotspurs confronts Billy Bremner of Leeds during the First Division Football match at White Hart Lane

IT was the most famous photograph ever taken of Dave Mackay. And the Hearts and Scotland legend, who died last night at the age of 80, hated it.



The iconic image showed two of Scottish football’s greatest midfielders, Mackay and Leeds captain Billy Bremner, locked in combat. Mackay, then the Spurs captain, had Bremner’s shirt in his hand and was almost lifting him off his feet.



But Mackay always insisted the photo did not accurately portray the player he was. And anybody who saw him play would agree.



Mackay was an iron foot in a velvet boot. A teak tough footballer who possessed a range of passing that would have made him a superstar in the current era.





In a magazine interview three years ago, he spoke of the infamous photograph, taken moments after Bremner had fouled him.



“I get asked to autograph that photo all the time,” he said. “But I don’t like it because it portrays me as a bully – he’s smaller than me and I’m picking him up. I’m not a bully and don’t like bullies.



“He was a brilliant little player but a dirty little b******. He kicked me in the leg I’d just come back from breaking twice. If he’d kicked the other one, I could have accepted that. But he kicked the broken one and that really annoyed me. I could’ve killed him that day.”



News of Edinburgh-born Mackay’s death has plunged Scottish football, and Hearts in particular into mourning. Dave started his career at Tynecastle in 1953 and five years later captained his boyhood heroes to the Scottish title. He also led Hearts to a Scottish Cup triumph and two League Cup victories and was a Hearts player when he played for Scotland at the 1958 World Cup.



A year later, Mackay signed for Tottenham Hotspur and became an integral member of the famous Spurs team who won the league and FA Cup double in 1961 and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1962. Two further FA Cup wins followed and the Scot was as revered at White Hart Lane, where he was inducted into the Tottenham Hall of Fame, as he was at Tynecastle.



Mackay left Spurs after nine glorious years to sign for Brian Clough’s Derby County and the managerial genius converted the Scot from midfield general to sweeper, where his reading of the game further enhanced his reputation as one of the finest footballers Britain has produced.



Yet by the time he hung up his boots in 1972 after a season with Swindon Town - where he took his first steps in management - Mackay had been capped only 22 times for Scotland.





Scotland's captain and wing-half Dave Mackay at his best

Serious injuries had curtailed his international career but Mackay, who spent his later years living in Nottinghamshire, was inducted into Scottish football’s Hall of Fame.



His halycon days were on the pitch but Mackay managed Derby County to the English title in 1975 and he spread his wings by coaching in Kuwait for nine years before spending two years in Egypt, where he won the championship in Zamalek. He managed for a further three years in Qatar before retiring from the game in 1997.



He may have spent most of his life in England and abroad but Mackay remained a Hearts man to the end and quote from him is proudly emblazoned upon a wall inside Tynecastle.



It reads: “For as long as I can remember, all I wanted in my life, nothing else, was to play for Hearts, which is my dream team.
A great footy man



RIP
Remember him playing against us a few times along with Greaves and Venables and in particular one match when he and John McPhee came close to blows.

I have no doubt our own Jimmy Armfield will have a good few memories of him having played against him on more than a few occasions.

A good solid player from that era, very sad to hear the news.

RIP Dave Mackay.
Great "old school" player. R.I.P.
RIP to one of football's "hard men".

Realisation of one's mortality kicks in when a player you considered indestructible when watching football on the telly as an impressionable youngster in the 60's is no longer with us.
Although a Glasgow Rangers fan for as long as I can remember my Dad used to take me to other games. I had the privilege of seeing Dave MacKay play for Hearts at Tynecastle in the 50's.
RIP Dave MacKay.

I can't honestly say I'm familiar with the name but going by the comments above, he was obviously held in regard.
There is a wonderful picture of him grabbing Billy Bremner by the scruff of the neck during a very hard game between Spurs and Leeds. Hard as he was BB looks scared
RIP ... today's players would be diving as he approached.
rangers1945 wrote:

There is a wonderful picture of him grabbing Billy Bremner by the scruff of the neck during a very hard game between Spurs and Leeds. Hard as he was BB looks scared





Did some reading up on him. That pic was due to a BB tackle on an already twice broken DMc leg, DMc said if BB had caught the other leg, he would have let it go.
Lancashirehotpot wrote:



Did some reading up on him. That pic was due to a BB tackle on an already twice broken DMc leg, DMc said if BB had caught the other leg, he would have let it go.







Just look at what the softees go down for now. I know sometimes it got out of hand but somehow that type of player and these kind of games made it worth going for. Now it is socks pulled up over the knees, go down at the slightest touch [cheating in my book] and then of course the real dive.
RIP Dave Mackay.
What a great game football was then