Born in Scotland in 1943, Jim Mackay's first taste of top-flight football came with Scottish side, Airdrie, where he made 10 appearances. Embarking on a two-year working holiday in 1965, Mackay came to Australia and was quickly snapped up by Melbourne Croatia. Instead of returning to Scotland, Mackay married and decided to carve out a career in Australia.
He made his Australian debut on the 1970 Asian Tour against the Kowloon Bus Company club side and finished with 52 appearances, scoring five goals. Melbourne Croatia was his home from 1965 to 1972. Mackay spent two seasons at Eastern Suburbs (Hakoah) in Sydney before returning to Melbourne, where he signed for South Melbourne in 1975 until his retirement in 1977.
A gentleman both on and off the field, it was Mackay's enormous work rate in partnership with Jimmy Rooney that was a hallmark of the 1974 Socceroos. Whether in attack or defence Mackay was creative and often brilliant with his ability to read the game and be in the right place at the right time.
Mackay will be remembered for his wonder strike in Hong Kong, which sent the Socceroos to their first FIFA World Cup: a 30-yard screamer. After two draws in Sydney and Seoul, the match in neutral Hong Kong was to be the decider and it was Mackay who literally made the game his own.
Former Socceroos defender, Doug Utjesenovic, described the moment as "one of the freakiest goals" he has seen. He said, "You could try a million times to score the exact goal [and never do it]. There was a free kick, the ball was headed back by the Koreans, won by Ray Richards and played perfectly for Mackay to run onto the ball. It was a real thunderbolt."
In November 1997, the 1974 Socceroos were rewarded with a lap of honour around the Melbourne Cricket Ground prior to the World Cup qualifier between Australia and Iran. In front of 85,000 people, a grateful public were finally able to pay their respects to a side that had put Australia on the international football map. It was a fitting reward for a man who had given everything for the green and gold.
With one strike, he became an immortal.
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