Statue Unveiled for Dave Mackay
The family of former Derby County player and manager Dave Mackay gathered last night for an emotional celebration at The iPro Stadium also attended by many of his teammates and friends. A granite statue of the Edinburgh born midfielder was revealed next to the players' entrance.
Mackay captained Derby under Brian Clough and later managed the club, leading the Rams to the Division One title in 1975 He died earlier this year aged 80 after suffering from both dementia and Parkinson's disease.
His widow Isobel who unveiled the two metre tall memorial said the honour was "brilliant" and "well deserved". She said: "I am very proud and I am sure he would have loved the statue and given it a thumbs up. It’s a tremendous job and it’s also it so lovely to sit in the Dave Mackay Lounge."
John Vicars, Derby County's chief operating officer, said: "I'm delighted that we have been able to pay tribute to Dave Mackay and, as such, remember his contribution to Derby County in this way."
Mackay joined Derby in 1968 and helped the side win promotion to the top flight the following year. He returned in 1973, replacing his former boss Brian Clough in difficult circumstances, and guided the team to the Division One title.Mrs Mackay said: "He was so proud to achieve that after all the turmoil that was there when he joined as manager. He was the only person then that could have done the job and got the ship out of stormy waters." Mackay also played for Hearts and Tottenham.
Teamate Roy McFarland said, "He was fearless. Whatever was in front of him he would just walk straight through it and handle it. But he was also a gentleman. This brashness in terms of what he was like on the football field belies what a great man he was. He was unique as a person and a great friend."