Jimmy Mackay

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Jimmy Mackay
Personal information
Full name James Birrell Mackay
Date of birth (1943-12-19)19 December 1943
Place of birth Scotland
Date of death 11 December 1998(1998-12-11) (aged 54)
Playing position midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic
1964–1965 Airdrie 5 (1)
1965–1972 Melbourne Croatia
1973–1974 Hakoah Eastern Suburbs 22 (0)
1975–1976 South Melbourne Hellas
1977 South Melbourne 1 (0)
1979 Shepparton United
National team
1970–1975 Australia 52 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 July 2007
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 July 2007

James Birrell Mackay (19 December 1943, Scotland – 11 December 1998[1]) was an Association football player. He was a member of the Australian 1974 World Cup squad in West Germany.

In late 1973, he scored the decisive goal against South Korea which sent Australia to its first ever World Cup.[2] Socceroos defender Doug Utjesenovic described the goal emphatically, "that was one of the freakiest goals. You could try a million times to score the exact goal (and never do it). There was a free kick, the ball was knocked back and he ran onto the ball. It was a real thunderbolt."[3]

Mackay died of a heart attack in 1998.[4]


  1. ^ "1974 - Group A - West Germany v Australia match report". 1974-06-18. Retrieved 2009-01-28.
  2. ^ "Australia's 10 best moments". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2006-06-14. Retrieved 2009-01-28.
  3. ^ "Vale Jimmy Mackay". 1998-12-18. Retrieved 2009-05-28.
  4. ^ "World Cup lessons from the class of '74". The Age. Melbourne. 2006-05-16. Retrieved 2009-01-28.