St Johnstone to play Dundee for Dave Mackay’s testimonial

August 29 2017, 9.00amUpdated: August 29 2017, 9.24am
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Dave Mackay on his career-defining day.

St Johnstone’s Scottish Cup winning captain Dave Mackay will be honoured by fans at a testimonial match against Dundee on Friday, October 6.

Tommy Wright’s side will face the defender’s first club in a Tayside derby at McDiarmid Park with a 7.30pm kick-off.

Testimonial committee chairman Scott Findlay welcomed the news.

He said: “We are delighted that Dundee and their manager Neil McCann have agreed to take part in this match to acknowledge Cuptie’s contribution to St Johnstone.

“It promises to be a memorable night and supporters will turn out in big numbers to honour one of the club’s most popular players of the modern era.

“Dave, of course, also has strong ties to Dundee and I’m sure Dark Blues supporters will be keen to take in the game.”

Mackay, now manager at Stirling Albion after being forced to quit playing last year with a hip injury, began his career at Dens when Jocky Scott was manager and was in a Dark Blues side bossed by Jim Duffy which lost out to Rangers in the 2003 Scottish Cup final. He made more than 100 appearances for Dundee before leaving for Oxford.

Mackay signed for Saints from Livingston in 2009 and went on to make 266 starts, including the historic 2014 Scottish Cup final victory over Dundee United.

On Saturday, the Dewars Centre in Perth hosts a testimonial dinner, also supported by Booker, with more than 300 tickets sold for the event.

Bids will be taken for Mackay’s cup final shirt and boots, along with other auction items donated by Gleneagles, broadcaster Tam Cowan, actor Colin McCredie, Morrison and Mackay, Castle Stuart and Aberdeen FC. A signed Gareth Bale Real Madrid shirt also goes under the hammer.

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