Dave Mackay

03 Mar 2015

DAVE MACKAY: 1934-2015

The LMA is deeply saddened at the news that former Nottingham Forest and Derby County manager Dave Mackay has died at the age of 80.

Dave managed Nottingham Forest after a spell as player-manager with Swindon Town. He then succeeded Brian Clough at Derby and led the Rams to the First Division title in 1975.

He also managed Walsall, Doncaster and Birmingham, as well as spending more than a decade leading sides in the Middle East.

As a midfielder, he won 10 major honours in British and European football and won 22 caps for Scotland.

After winning all three domestic honours in Scotland with Hearts, Mackay joined Spurs in 1959.

He helped the north London club become the first post-war team to achieve the double of league and FA Cup in 1961, and then won the FA Cup again in 1962 and 1967.

Mackay joined Derby County as a player in 1968 and was named joint 'Footballer of the Year' the following season.

The Scot was once described by Manchester United's George Best as the "hardest man I have ever played against".