Tributes from fans flood in for player whose name will live on in nation’s football history

‘Cup-tie McKay’ dies on holiday in Thailand, aged 59

By Stephen Christie

Published: 21/04/2008

The man whose crucial goals brought the Scottish Cup back to Pittodrie in 1970 has died, aged 59.

Warm tributes were last night paid to Derek McKay who netted four goals in three Scottish Cup ties during the same season helping the Dons to victory. His exploits earned him the nickname “Cup-tie McKay” and his triumphant record is still revered by Aberdeen supporters today.

Mr McKay died on Saturday after a suspected heart attack while on holiday in Thailand. Following his sporting career he emigrated to Perth, Australia, where he worked as a hospital porter.

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