Gary Mackay

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Gary Mackay
Personal information
Full name Gary Mackay
Date of birth (1964-01-23) 23 January 1964 (age 53)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1997 Heart of Midlothian 516 (45)
1997–1999 Airdrieonians 44 (1)
Total 560 (46)
National team
1987–1988 Scotland 4 (1)
Teams managed
1999–2000 Airdrieonians
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gary Mackay (born 23 January 1964 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish former footballer, who made over 500 league appearances for Heart of Midlothian and also played for Airdrieonians and the Scotland national team. After retiring as a player, Mackay managed Airdrie for a year. Mackay is now an SFA–registered agent.[1]


Mackay played for Heart of Midlothian for most of his career, and he holds the record for the most competitive appearances for the club, with 640.[2] Mackay won international recognition in the late 1980s, winning four caps for Scotland. His most significant act as a Scotland player was to score the winning goal in a UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying match against Bulgaria in Sofia.[3] Although this goal did not substantially benefit Scotland, who had already been eliminated, it was of great significance to Ireland, who qualified for the finals as a result of this strike.[3]

Kevin Harper alleged that he had been racially abused by Mackay during a match in November 1996. The Scottish Football Association failed to investigate the incident.[4][5] Mackay has since been involved in work for 'Show Racism the Red Card' which primarily aims to prevent racism in football.[6]

Mackay left Hearts in 1997 to play for Airdrie. After retiring as a player in 1999, Mackay then managed Airdrie for a season, but the club suffered severe financial problems[7] and he was sacked to make way for Steve Archibald during July 2000.[8]

Mackay has since worked as an agent, representing players including Garry O'Connor,[9] Christophe Berra[10] and Lee Wallace.[11] Mackay was criticised by his former club Hearts in June 2011 on the official Hearts website. "Over a short space of time 4 players at our club have been on the wrong end of the law. We note that 3 of them are represented by the same agent – Gary Mackay – who has been so vicious in his attacks against Mr Romanov".[12]


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