English football mourns FA Cup legend who died at 80

Dave Mackay was a former Tottenham player who helped the club to the 1961 titles double, winning the league as at then and the FA Cup; becoming the first and only Spurs side to do so.

Members of the English football community, especially those of the 1960 era send in tributes following the death of Dave Mackay who died on Monday evening at the Queen’s Medical Centre.

Dave was a former Tottenham player who helped the club to the 1961 titles double, winning the league as at then and the FA Cup; becoming the first and only Spurs side to do so.

The Scot was instrumental at every side he played.

After helping Spurs to a double, he left for Derby County in 1968 and helped them gain promotion to the firs division.

He retired as an active footballer in 1971.

Old clubs and players who followed the path of Mackay pay tribute to him.

A statement on Tottenham's website read: "We were saddened to hear of the death of our former captain Dave Mackay who passed away at the Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, this evening (Monday, March 2). He was 80.

"He was a superb player who possessed all the technique, passing ability and talent to be the complete footballer," the statement continued.

"He was the heart-beat of our 1961 'Double' side, was then a key member of the team that retained the FA Cup the following season and, although injury kept him out of our 1963 European Cup Winners' Cup final triumph, he had played a vital role in getting us there.

"He formed a marvellous midfield combination with Danny Blanchflower and, when the Northern Ireland international left us in 1964, Mackay took over as Spurs captain and led us to another FA Cup triumph in 1967. He twice broke the same leg in our cause but, each time, came back stronger than ever."

Scottish club, Hearts where he played and won four titles before moving to England wrote on its website: "Heart of Midlothian FC was deeply saddened to learn of the death of legend Dave Mackay earlier this evening.

"Dave lost his long battle with illness at the age of 80 with his family at his bedside in Nottingham.

"A fearless defender regarded as the club's greatest-ever player, Dave won the league title, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup (twice) with Hearts before going on to star for Tottenham Hotspur and Derby County.

"Our sincerest condolences go to his family at this extremely sad time."

Gary Lineker who played for Tottenham shares his message of condolence on twitter:

"Sorry to hear that Dave Mackay has passed away. He was a wonderful footballer, and a winner, both North and South of the border,"

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