Dave Mackay - The passing of an icon

Tue, March 03, 2015 - 9:48, News, Administrator,

Dave Mackay 14/11/34-02/03/15

Dave Mackay passed away yesterday at the age of 80, the day after Tottenham’s defeat in the League Cup Final against Chelsea at Wembley. Some 48 years earlier, Mackay proudly led Tottenham Hostpur to victory over Chelsea at the same venue in the 1967 FA Cup Final.

A natural leader of men, he had the respect of his team mates, opponents and fans alike. To be labeled a legend at three different clubs speaks volumes.

He joined Spurs from Hearts in 1959 after leading the side to a famous Scottish title win and was regarded as the missing piece of the jigsaw which resulted in the historic Double in the 1960-61 season.

He complemented the majestic Danny Blanchflower in midfield and was the natural successor to the captaincy when Danny left in 1964.

The photo that we all know and love of Mackay holding Billy Bremner by his shirt was a source of embarrassment to the great man. It was his first game after the second of his broken legs and the Leeds midfielder attempted what Mackay thought was a deliberate attempt to injure him again. Mackay reacted and it was captured on film forever. Speaking some years later, he said “It makes me look like a bully and I’ve always hated bullies. My whole life I’ve stood up against them.”

Mackay went on to make 318 appearances and scored 51 goals in our colours before going on to join Derby County in the summer of 1968 and he guided them to the League title as manager in 1975.

The term “Legend” is often over used but it is appropriate for a genuine Spurs hero. Dave Mackay will always be part of Tottenham Hotspur.

May he rest in peace.

Paul Gascoigne - The following statement was issued by TTT on Monday 24th November 2014

Fri, November 28, 2014 - 18:47, News, Administrator,

TTT has noted various press and social media comment today in respect of Paul Gascoigne.

TTT is bound by confidentiality and so never comments on the support we have provided (nor who we have provided it to) without the consent of our beneficiaries, for whom our help is often a deeply private matter.

This evening Paul has publicly acknowledged the longstanding support TTT, the Club and Gary Mabbutt have provided him over very many years.

Paul's appearance in the DC United friendly in 2002 helped boost attendance for that match which raised TTT's initial funding and has directly enabled us to help dozens of former players in the years since.

All at TTT wish Paul success in his journey back to sustained good health.

Andy Porter - The following statement was issued by TTT on Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Wed, October 22, 2014 - 18:44, News, Administrator,

Andy Porter - May he Rest in Peace.

It was with great sadness and a sense of devastation that the Trustees learned of the sudden death yesterday of our friend and colleague Andy Porter aged just 54.

Andy was a valued and popular colleague on the TTT Board and was an astute and considered contributor over his more than 9 years as a Trustee.

Andy will be sorely missed by each of us both personally and professionally. Our thoughts at this sad time are first and foremost with his family and friends but also with the wider Spurs community who have lost a much loved and respected man.

May he Rest in Peace.


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