The Melbourne Knights Football Club sadly marks the passing of former player, captain and coach Duncan MacKay.
MacKay began his career with Glasgow Celtic in 1955 and was with the club until 1964 during which time he was part of the squad which won the Scottish League Cup back to back in 1956 and 1957.
As a player Duncan MacKay had fantastic pace and stamina and he was a wonderful attacking full-back who was one of the first players in that position to use the over-lap as a regular feature of his game.
With fine control and a pin-point accurate pass, Duncan MacKay would always attempt to play the ball out of defence rather than just rely on the long clearance up the park. He was not overly physical in his defending either, preferring to win the ball through quick thinking and anticipation rather than just brute strength. He was regarded by many as ahead of his time.
This refined approach to the game made him a popular player among the Celtic support and the Scotland selectors who capped him 14 times.
He became the captain of Celtic in 1961 and led the first team to two Scottish Cup finals against Dunfermline.
Duncan MacKay arrived to Croatia SC in 1965 after having agreed terms with Frank Burin during his famed European scouting tour to strengthen the Croatia squad. He helped the club to the treble in 1968, the club’s maiden State League title, Dockerty Cup and Ampol Cup. MacKay was with the club until its expulsion in 1972 upon which he returned to Scotland briefly. He would later return to Essendon Lions-Croatia in 1977 as player-coach.
Duncan MacKay’s record with Croatia is impressive. Captain and coach in 1965, 1966 & 1977 as well as club best and fairest winner in 1965.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family.
The funeral service for the late Duncan MacKay will be held on Tuesday December 31st 2019 from 10:00am at the Bethel Chapel (2D Cochrane St. Mitcham)