Dave Mackay

David Craig Mackay, born in Edinburgh, began his career with Heart of Midlothian before joining Tottenham Hotspur at the age of 24.

He went on to make 268 appearances for Spurs, winning one league championship, three FA Cup, one European Cup Winners Cup and two FA Charity Shields and made 22 appearances for Scotland.

Aged 33, Brian Clough and Peter Taylor persuaded Mackay to join Derby County at the start of the 1968/69 season. Mackay, who went on to make 122 appearances for the Rams, lead the club to promotion to the first division. He joined Swindon Town as player-manager in 1971, where he made the last of his 601 senior club appearances.

In October 1973, Mackay returned to Derby County, this time as manager. Leading the Rams to the first division championship before finally leaving in November 1976 to continue a managerial career that would span 24 years.

In March 2015, Mackay died aged 80, with the statue at Pride Park Stadium being unveiled shortly after his death by his widow Isobel, who described the honour as “brilliant and well deserved”, saying: “I am very proud and I am sure he would have loved it [the statue] and given it a thumbs up.”

Date installed: 2012
Location: Pride Park Stadium, Derby

Materials used: Reconstituted concrete
Commissioned by: Derby County Football Club

Brilliant and well deserved. I am very proud and I am sure he would have loved it [the statue] and given it a thumbs up.
Isobel Mackay, wife of Dave Mackay

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