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 Dave MACKAY 1959-1963 
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Name: David Craig Mackay

Nickname: Dave


Country: :SCO: Scotland
Club: Tottenham Hotspur
Position: *DMF, CMF, CB
Side: LF/BS
Age: 25-29 years (14/11/1934)

Height: 173 cm
Weight: 69 kg

Attack: 75
Defence: 81
Balance: 85
Stamina: 89
Top Speed: 78
Acceleration: 78
Response: 83
Agility: 80
Dribble Accuracy: 80
Dribble Speed: 78
Short Pass Accuracy: 83
Short Pass Speed: 80
Long Pass Accuracy: 79
Long Pass Speed: 79
Shot Accuracy: 76
Shot Power: 88
Shot Technique: 76
Free Kick Accuracy: 68
Curling: 69
Header: 82
Jump: 81
Technique: 82
Aggression: 76
Mentality: 95
Goalkeeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 90

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition/Fitness: 7
Weak Foot Accuracy: 6
Weak Foot Frequency: 7
Consistency: 8
Growth type: Standard/Lasting

P08 - Box To Box
S08 - Slide Tackle
S13 - Long Throw

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Sliding - Long Throw - Centre

Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Balanced


A fantastic player and an even better man, Dave Mackay holds legendary status at both Hearts and Spurs as the heartbeat of both teams' most successful eras. One of the most professional and hard working players Britain has ever produced, Mackay was a formidable midfielder that combined bravery and tenacity with brains and skill. Although he is unfairly remembered as a hard man on the pitch, he was never sent off in his entire career and could play the ball as well. Mackay had excellent awareness and always supported his teammates, after every ball recuperation he would immediately play the ball forward with alarming consistency. He was also known for his tackling ability, tough but fair. His partnership with Danny Blanchflower at the centre of the Spurs midfield was the cornerstone of the team and as strong and balanced as any midfield in the world at the time.

With Bill Nicholson at the helm, Spurs won a league title, three FA Cups and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup during the period Mackay played for them, although he unfortunately missed the final of the Cup Winners Cup through injury. One of the greatest testaments to Mackay's determination was the fact that he broke the same leg twice in one year and still fought back. Despite the injuries, he continued playing regularly well into his late 30s, even managing to play all 42 league games at age 37. He was described by the great Brian Clough as Tottenham's "greatest ever player", and by George Best as the "hardest player he ever faced - and certainly the bravest". A true legend of British football.

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Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:07 am
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Did you see him playing? Or is a set based in text?

Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:21 pm

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I watched both matches that were on Footballia and also looked at any articles I could find. If there’s anything that looks wrong let me know, I guess two matches isn’t a lot...

Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:33 pm
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Do you think he was as good as Roy Keane?

Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:12 pm

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I think they were on a pretty similar level to be honest, Keane was more tireless and mobile around the pitch, overall more dynamic, but Mackay was a calmer presence and a cleaner defender (hence him playing as a sweeper later at Derby County). Without the two leg breaks, I'm sure Mackay would have won more titles, and possibly had a run in the European Cup which would have boosted his legacy. Of course, it's obviously difficult to compare players that played 40 years apart. Funny, I actually forgot to look at Keane's set while making this one, bit of a coincidence that I gave him such similar stats...

Maybe I could decrease Mackay's BB a bit, comparing the two players.

Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:56 am
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I'd reduce many things here, he may deserve such combo in stats like BB, STA, RES, TW if he played nowadays, but back then having a player like this is, with all respect because i actually like this kind of players in real life, not very realistic.

In the other hand, i think he may deserve *Center.

Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:32 pm

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BB: I can put it down to 85, even though he was quite small he looked much bigger on the pitch, maybe 87 would make him too dominant though.

STA: The furthest down I'd go is 89, one point above Zito and Masopust, he was one of the fittest players in Britain at the time and was ahead of his time in terms of professionalism. I'd prefer him in orange tbh, but maybe combined with his MEN that would make him unstoppable.

RES: fair enough, comparing him with other players of the time I can go to 83, I mostly gave him 85 for the timing of his tackles which was excellent, although that number makes him more proactive than he was in real life.

TW: this is always a tough stat for me, because it's kind of vague what it refers to: he didn't participate in passing moves regularly, but he was always helping out defensively, and his partnership and understanding with Blanchflower was almost telepathic (think of something like Pirlo and Gattuso). Again I would like to keep it in orange, since similar players like Varela and Pluskal both currently sit on 90...

Centre: 100% agree, overlooked it somehow.

Maybe Gurkenjoe has seen this player and could add something, since he posted the Spurs team in the clubs section.

Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:24 pm

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BB from 87 to 85
STA from 91 to 89
RES from 85 to 83
TW from 91 to 90
Added Centre special ability

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