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Born: 26 May 1902
Came from: Lovell's Athletic Went to: Southend United
First game: 28 January 1928 Last game: 05 May 1934
Appearances: 241 (241/0) Goals: 14
Born in Edinburgh, Mackay began his career in his native Scotland, playing for Edinburgh Royal and Broxburn before joining Blackburn Rovers in 1921, although he did not make a League appearance. He then returned to Scotland to sign for Hibernian before moving south again to join Aston Villa. After just two first team starts at Villa Park, he dropped into non-league football with Lovell's Athletic, whilst also having a trial with Clydebank and playing junior football with Yoker Athletic. When he was signed by Argyle in 1927 for a fee of £200, he was combining playing for Lovell's with a job selling the toffees that the company produced.
A hat-trick on his debut against Coventry was the perfect start, but proved to be a false dawn. He was never really a goal-scorer, but developed into an energetic, tough tackling half-back, and became a key part of the 1929-30 Division Three (South) winning side. After nearly seven years with Argyle, he joined Southend United in 1934, for whom he played 32 times, before moving back north of the border to play for his last club, Clydebank.
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From Steve Dean in Plymouth on 21/02/2014 ...
Browsing through a copy of the Western Morning News from 1931 - as I'm sure we all do from time to time - I came across this report from Plymouth Magistrates Court:
19 SEPTEMBER 1931
FOOTBALLER IN COURT
"He is a good driver but a poor lawyer," remarked Mr. Elliot Square at Plymouth yesterday, when he defended Norman Mackay, of Connaught-avenue, Plymouth, the Plymouth Argyle half-back. The case was taken out of its turn in the list to enable Mackay to catch the train for Leeds, where Argyle are engaged today.
Mackay pleaded "Guilty" to not reporting a slight collision between his car and a stationary vehicle in George-street on the night of August 8, and further to not having in force a third-party risk insurance.
The Chief Constable (Mr. A. K. Wilson) said just after 11 o'clock Mackay was driving his car, and a slight collision occurred, but he failed to report it, as required by law. ... More
APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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