Dave Mackay…would you have tackled him?

It’s always sad to hear of the passing of a football legend and the news that Dave Mackay, most famously remembered for being part of the Tottenham double side of 1961, was just that. Amid the many tributes that will be paid to the man in the coming days and weeks, there are five things that I will remember about David Craig Mackay. Football’s most famous barrel chest Today, Dave Mackay’s chest-first figure would struggle to get into the slim-fit technical shirts of the Premier’s finest. Mackay was strong, formidable, scary and determined. When Bill Nicholson signed left half Mackay … Continue reading Dave Mackay…would you have tackled him?

Edinburgh final can lift Scottish football

It’s not been a great season for Scottish football. The pathetic story of Glasgow Rangers and the continued malaise around the national team underline how far Scotttish football has declined. But the Scottish Cup Final today at Hampden Park has a special ring about it. We’ve become accustomed to old firm cup finals, but  the Edinburgh  derby Hearts v Hibernian has really divided the Scottish capital. It’s the first time since 1895-96 that the two clubs have met in the final. Hibernian don’t have a brilliant record in the competition, having won it just twice, the last time in 1902. … Continue reading Edinburgh final can lift Scottish football