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Dave Mackay's funeral to celebrate Scotland and Tottenham legend

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Image caption Sir Alex Ferguson and Denis Law were among the mourners

Footballers past and present have attended the funeral of former Hearts, Tottenham and Scotland captain Dave Mackay.

The Edinburgh-born midfielder died in hospital earlier this month at the age of 80 after a long illness.

A cortege left from Hearts' Tynecastle Stadium in Edinburgh for a remembrance service in the city.

Those paying their respects included footballing legends Sir Alex Ferguson, Denis Law and Pat Jennings.

Hearts described Mackay as their greatest-ever player, while Tottenham called him the "heartbeat" of their 1961 side.

The tough-tackling star won all three Scottish domestic honours with Hearts in the 1950s and was a key part of Tottenham Hotspur's famous 1961 double-winning team.

He was named Footballer of the Year in both Scotland and England and also starred for Derby County, where he won the first division title as manager.

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Image caption Dave Mackay was described as the "heartbeat" of Tottenham Hotspur
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Image caption The cortege left from Hearts' Tynecastle Stadium in Edinburgh
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Image caption Goalkeeping legend Pat Jennings, centre, paid his respects

"Dave lost his long battle with illness at the age of 80 with his family at his bedside in Nottingham," a Hearts statement read.

"A fearless defender regarded as the club's greatest-ever player, Dave won the league title, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup (twice) with Hearts before going on to star for Tottenham Hotspur and Derby County.

"Our sincerest condolences go to his family at this extremely sad time."

Mackay won 22 caps for Scotland and began his career with Hearts in 1953.

He captained the Edinburgh side to the Scottish League title during the 1957-58 season and joined Spurs in 1959, helping the north London club become the first English side to win the league and FA Cup double during the 1960-61 season.

He joined Derby in 1968 and helped Brian Clough's side win promotion to the top flight the following year before taking up a player-manager role at Swindon Town in 1971.

A year later Mackay left to manage Nottingham Forest for a brief spell before succeeding Clough as Derby manager in 1973. He then led the Rams to the league title in 1975.

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