English Premiership

Ferguson leads Mackay tributes

2015-03-25 08:56
Sir Alex Ferguson (Supplied)
Sir Alex Ferguson (Supplied)

London - Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was one of several prominent figures from British football to pay tribute to Dave Mackay at the former Tottenham Hotspur captain's funeral on Tuesday.

Edinburgh-born midfielder Mackay died in hospital earlier this month at the age of 80 and was laid to rest at a funeral in the Scottish capital, with hundreds of fans lining the streets to watch his cortege go by.

"Everyone talks about his courage and bravery, but he was a fantastic footballer (as well)," Ferguson told mourners.

"He was skilful, he could play anywhere and he proved that. He was a fantastic guy and it's a privilege to speak here today. I think we've seen the passing of a truly great legend."

Mackay, who won 22 caps for Scotland, lifted all three domestic trophies with his first club Hearts before moving south of the border to join Tottenham in 1959.

He helped Spurs win the league and FA Cup in 1961, making them the first English team to achieve the feat in the 20th century, and went on to win the FA Cup on two further occasions, in 1962 and 1967.

A tough-tackling midfielder, he also steered Derby County to the First Division title as a manager in 1975.

The current Hearts squad, who won the Scottish Championship on Sunday, attended the funeral, along with former Spurs players including Pat Jennings, Alan Gilzean, Steve Perryman and Clive Allen.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Saturday, 16 December 2017
Leicester City v Crystal Palace, King Power Stadium 14:30
Stoke City v West Ham United, Bet365 Stadium 17:00
Arsenal v Newcastle United, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Chelsea v Southampton, Stamford Bridge 17:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley, The American Express Community Stadium 17:00
Watford v Huddersfield Town, Vicarage Road Stadium 17:00
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Etihad Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 17 December 2017
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United, The Hawthorns 16:15
AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool, Vitality Stadium 18:30
Monday, 18 December 2017
Everton v Swansea City, Goodison Park 22:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.