Maroon Heart: the Gary Mackay StoryAuthor: Gary Mackay with Mark Donaldson
224 pp hardback plate section
The Herald Scottish best-seller
The autobiography of Hearts legend Gary Mackay, who played 737 times for the club - more than anyone else in history - becoming a Scotland international in the process. In 2006 he was one of the first inductees into the Hearts hall of fame, which he describes as the proudest moment of his life in relation to Hearts. It was the culmination of his love affair with the club. You will not find a more committed Jambo anywhere; indeed some have speculated that if you cut him he would bleed maroon. During his time at Tynecastle, Mackay was at the centre of many dramatic events at this great club. He describes the 1980s renaissance under the inspirational leadership of Alex MacDonald, explaining how Hearts regained their rightful place at the top of Scottish football. He charts with some relish the astonishing number of victories he racked up against city rivals Hibs. He is frank about the heartache caused by narrowly missing out on so many trophies, particularly in 1985/86 when the league championship was lost on goal difference. Mackay also gives us an insight into the larger-than-life personalities he has encountered in Gorgie, men like Vladimir Romanov, Wallace Mercer, Joe Jordan, Sandy Clark, Tommy McLean, John Robertson and Craig Levein. After his career came to an end he became, if anything, even more passionate about all things Hearts and he was a leading light in the Save Our Hearts movement, which helped to prevent the proposed move away from the club's spiritual home of Tynecastle.
Passionate, provocative, committed, this is a book that will delight everyone with an interest in this most eminent of Scottish clubs.