Lou Macari player profile

Although Lou Macari has always under­played his Italian roots, many people have regarded him as an icon for the Scot­tish Italian com­munity. During a pro­fes­sional playing career which lasted from 1967 to 1986, the attack minded mid­field play­maker provided ster­ling ser­vice to Glasgow Celtic, Manchester United and Swindon Town.
Born and growing up in the noble city of Edin­burgh, Lou Macari started out with Scot­tish giants Glasgow Celtic where he ulti­mately estab­lished him­self in the all con­quering side of the early 1970´s and went on to win the Scot­tish Foot­ball League Cham­pi­on­ship on four occa­sions and the Scot­tish FA Cup twice under the stern and wise lead­er­ship of legendary Park­head supremo Jock Stein.

Con­ceiv­ably, his greatest moment as a Celtic Park player arrived when The Bhoys decon­structed Eddie Turnbull´s Hiber­nian to the over­whelming tune of 6–1 in the Scot­tish FA Cup Final in front of more than 100,000 people at Hampden Park on the 6th of May 1972. Exper­i­enced Celtic cap­tain Bill McNeil put Jock Stein´s team into an early lead already after a mere two minutes of action only for Hiber­nian fron­trunner Alan Gordon to equalise for the Easter Road club just ten minutes later. John Dixie Deans then struck his first goal of the encounter in the 23rd minute of the play and the pre­vious Mother­well central attacker fol­lowed up with goals in the 54th and 74th minute to com­plete a tre­mendous treble before Lou Macari man­aged to add two more in the 83rd and 87th minute respect­ively to make the score­board at Hampden Park reflect a 6–1 advantage for The Hoops streamfodboldlive.dk. Macari would start off the fol­lowing cam­paign in sim­ilar excel­lent fashion and his goal scoring qual­ities soon attracted the keen interest of a number of leading Eng­lish Foot­ball League clubs. Much impressed with the con­sistent per­form­ances delivered by the free flowing frontman, newly appointed Manchester United Head Coach Tommy Docherty even­tu­ally signed Lou Macari for a transfer fee estim­ated to be some­where in the region of £200,000 midway into the 1972–73 season in order to strengthen his ageing first team squad.

A hard working and ded­ic­ated per­former, he was given his Eng­lish First Divi­sion debut for Manchester United in a tough fought 2–2 draw against West Ham United at Old Traf­ford in January 1973 and he became an imme­diate hit with the home sup­porters. The Scotsman, who was quickly con­verted into an offensive ori­ent­ated mid­field admin­is­trator by fellow coun­tryman Tommy Docherty, would then make a habit of coming for­ward from deep pos­i­tions to score important goals for The Red Devils. Even though Lou Macari´s first years with Manchester United were spent in a strug­gling team that even­tu­ally found them­selves releg­ated to the Eng­lish Second Divi­sion at the end of the day, the dynamic mid­field war­rior nev­er­the­less enjoyed his foot­ball under the able and sound guid­ance of Old Traf­ford man­ager Tommy Docherty and he became one of the key players in bringing the famous club back to the Foot­ball League Divi­sion One in the 1974–75 cam­paign. With tal­ented players like Martin Buchan, Gerry Daly, Alex For­syth, Brian Green­hoff, Stewart Hou­ston, Sammy McIlroy, Willie Morgan, Stuart Pearson and Alex Stepney, Manchester United settled down well in unfa­miliar sur­round­ings and the awaken giant won the Foot­ball League Divi­sion Two title and pro­mo­tion back to the top flight at the first attempt. Then on the opening day of the 1975–76 cam­paign, Lou Macari scored both of the goals in a 2–0 suc­cess against Wol­ver­hampton Wan­derers in front of a 32,000 strong home crowd at Molineux Sta­dium.

The Man­cunians ended the season in a respect­able third pos­i­tion, just three points behind runners-up Queens Park Rangers and four points shy of First Divi­sion Cham­pions Liv­er­pool, and they also reached the FA Cup Final at Wembley Sta­dium only to suffer a humi­li­ating and painful 1–0 defeat against Second Divi­sion Southampton. The Edin­burgher finally won an FA Cup Win­ners medal the fol­lowing cam­paign, though, when Manchester United defeated old foes Liv­er­pool by a 2–1 score thanks to goals from Stuart Pearson and Jimmy Green­hoff. As a Manchester United player, Lou Macari appeared in well over 300 Foot­ball League matches for The Manchester Reds before he ulti­mately left the Old Traf­ford club to become the new man­ager at Fourth Divi­sion team Swindon Town in the summer of 1984. A Scot­tish inter­na­tional, the mid­field man pulled on the famous dark blue shirt of Scot­land on twenty-four occa­sions and he was a vital member of Ally MacLeod´s squad for the 1978 World Cup tour­na­ment in Argen­tina. After hanging up his foot­balling boots, Lou Macari man­aged a number of clubs, including Swindon Town, West Ham United, Stoke City and Glasgow Celtic.Lou Macari: “Glasgow Celtic was the biggest job of all for me, but it never got off the ground. It was a job that I was never even given an oppor­tunity to get near suc­ceeding at.

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