..R.I.P. Dave Mackay… a fine professional footballer and a tough exponent of the beautiful game…

…one of my latter-day footballing heroes has passed away at the age of 80… Dave Mackay, who played for the then Scottish First Division side, Heart of Midlothian (Hearts), and latterly for the great Tottenham Hotspur side of the nineteen-sixties, as well as for his country… he played in an age when hard, tough, uncompromising play was expected, given and taken on the field, in a manner that would put most of the current soccer prima donna wimps to shame… I thought it appropriate to rerun this blog piece I posted during the World Cup in July last year, in which the former Scottish international featured…enjoy…

…Look What They’ve Done To The Beautiful Game, Ma…

…I’m at severe risk of being labelled ‘old-fashioned’ with my views in this particular post, but hey, I’m well past the age for caring about such compliments… more years ago than is decent to remember, this ol’ Jurassic actually played professional football in the then Scottish First Division (now the Scottish Premier Division)… I LUV the game with a passion when it’s played the way it’s supposed to be played… it’s a hard, fast, contact sport with tons of skill and teamwork… today’s batch of the very best of the breed of players can stand reasonable comparison with the guys I used to watch decades ago… Dave Mackay, Chopper Ron Harris, Billy Bremner, Norman Hunter, Tommy Smith, were all acknowledged as excellent practitioners of the ‘thou-shalt-not pass’ brigade… but they were ‘tough’ men, not ‘dirty’players…

mackay and bremner



Dave Mackay and Billy Bremner having a ‘friendly’discussion on the finer points of football… hunter


…and Norman Hunter, another ‘persuader’ on the pitch…



….the ‘football dribbling’ geniuses and flying wingers were led by Georgie Best, Kevin Keegan, Denis Law, Chris Waddle, Paul Gascoigne, and dozens of others, too numerous to mention… yeez’ll all have yer favourites if yeez were around in those days… but seldom did yeez observe these ‘flyers’ crumple to the turf at the merest touch or tackle…





…the incomparable footballing genius,Georgie Best… they really haven’t found one better than him yet …


…one of his playing partners, another incredibly gifted goal-scorer, Denis Law…  law




…but now, just look what they’ve done to The Beautiful Game, Ma… granted, the nasty stuff’s been building for many years but notably, the more I watch the WURLD Cup matches, the less I like what I see… Cynicism, Petulance, Cheating… blatant body-checking and hacking down of players… the talking heads on television call it‘taking one (a yellow card booking) for the team’ as if that condones the thuggery… to my mind, it’s downright cheating… and the automatic ranting at the referee when the official gives any decision whatsoever against  them… yeez don’t see that at the highest levels in Rugby… and that sport’s a great deal more physical than football will ever be… other nonsense, the real sickness in the game, is the prima donna ballerinas who collapse in apparent agony, clutching their faces, when all they may have received was a tap on the shoulder… add in the waving of imaginary cards at the referee when an opponent tackles them, trying to get a man sent off… the stealing of up to twenty yards at throw-ins… the blocking of a free-kick until yer mates are lined up to defend it, without immediately retreating the required ten yards… it really isn’t the same Beautiful Game any more… ah, Mabel, I think they call it progress’… well they can stick their ‘progress’ where the Brazilian sun don’t shine… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!



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6 responses to “..R.I.P. Dave Mackay… a fine professional footballer and a tough exponent of the beautiful game…

  1. Well said, Sumas. Overpaid prima donna ballerinas…

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  2. I remember watching him in ’61 and ’62 when the Spurs won the cup. Tough as nails but, from what I heard, a decent chap and splendid leader.

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  3. Sorry ’bout that spelling, Seumas. I’ve finally switched off that text button.


  4. I’m not familiar with the game, Seumas, but it sounds even to me, like there are problems with the way it’s now being played.


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