Norwich City top 100 appearances: Malky Mackay (50)

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:13 15 January 2020

Malky Mackay celebrates the first of his two goals in City's 3-1 win over Ipswich at Carrow Road in March 2004. Picture: James Bass

Malky Mackay celebrates the first of his two goals in City's 3-1 win over Ipswich at Carrow Road in March 2004. Picture: James Bass

Eastern Daily Press © 2004

232 appearances, 16 goals

To say Malky Mackay was a tower of strength at the heart of Norwich City's defence is perhaps an understatement.

Mackay always looked bigger than his six foot two inches: he was a man mountain at the back, imposing and dominant, a player whose career was built around the ethos "they shall not pass".

Mackay was born in Bellshill, Scotland, the town which also produced the likes of Sir Matt Busby, Ally McCoist and Billy McNeill as well as a couple of former City managers, Alex Neil and Peter Grant

His career began at Queen's Park before moving to Celtic in 1993, making 46 appearances before, five years later, moving south to Carrow Road, for £350,000, having had a loan spell which took in one game.

Mackay - who won five Scotland caps - formed a strong partnership with Craig Fleming at the heart of the defence. They played together in the 2002 play-off final defeat against Birmingham - Mackay had scored a vital 90th-minute goal in the 3-1 home semi-final win over Wolves which, ultimately, sealed their final place.

Two years later he helped the Canaries to promotion after winning the old Division One - in March of that season he scored twice in a 3-1 home win over Ipswich Town.

However, promotion was to signal the end of his City career - he was released by manager Nigel Worthington.

Mackay moved to West Ham and a year later was celebrating winning the Championship - but was then released. He joined Watford and, for the third season running, won promotion to the top flight. This time he stayed, and eventually became Watford manager. He moved to Cardiff in June, 2011, winning promotion to the Premier League in 2013, but left after a dispute with owner Vincent Tan.

In the background were allegations of text messages "of a racist, sexist and homophobic nature", although Mackay was never charged by the FA. He was appointed manager of Wigan in November 2014 but following a poor run of results was dismissed by the Latics in April 2015. He is now performance director with the Scottish FA.

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