MALCOLM MACKAY

Son of the former player of the same name, Malky MacKay is arguably the most successful product of the Queen's Park youth system in recent times.

Promoted with three different teams to the English Premiership in consecutive seasons as a player, he has now gone on to take Cardiff City to the Premiership as a manager.

As a youngster Malky played for the Under 16 and Under 18 teams at Queen's, before making his debut in the first team in December 1990. He became a regular fixture in the team over the next two and a half years, playing mainly at centre half, although there were a few appearances at right back.

His departure from Queen's was rather abrupt, coming at the start of the 1993/94 season, as an offer from Celtic of full time football was too good to turn down, and he was released from the contract he had signed for the 93/94 season, leaving with75 starts and 8 goals to his name in his time at Hampden.

His stay at Celtic lasted 5 years and saw 46 appearances in their first team, with an SPL winner's medal for the 1997/98 season, before a 350,000 transfer to Norwich was agreed in September 1998.

A six season stay at Carrow Road saw over 200 appearances (and 15 goals) for the Canaries, and culminated in the side winning promotion to the Premiership at the end of the 2004/05 season.

His time at Norwich also saw Malky make his Scotland debut against Denmark in April 2004, becoming the oldest Scotland debutant for 37 years, and he went on to win further caps against Estonia, Trinidad & Tobago, Spain and Slovenia, the first former Queen's Park player to win full international honours for almost thirty years.

In September 2004, without having played for Norwich in the Premiership, the Norfolk club accepted a bid from West Ham for Malky's services, and Malky made 17 starts for the London club as they won promotion to the Premiership through the play offs.

Lightning was to strike twice for Malky however, as West Ham sold him to Watford in August 2005, again denying him the opportunity to play in the Premiership. 

However, it was third time lucky as he made 38 starts for Watford as they won promotion through the play offs, and season 2006/07 saw Malky become the only former Queen's Parker to play in the English Premiership since its formation in 1992/93.

Making 13 starts in the 06/07 season, Malky took his first steps on the coaching ladder when he was appointed a first team coach at Watford midway through the season. Having by now finished playing, in November 2008 Malky took over as caretaker manager at Vicarage Road following the departure of Aidrian Boothroyd, returning to his previous coaching role when Brendan Rodgers took over as manager.

Following Rodger's departure to Reading the following summer, Malky took over as manager in June 2009, but took up the offer of Cardiff manager in the summer of 2011 as over the course of the previous season Watford had gone into administration and were taken over by new owners. 

His first season as Cardiff manager saw him take the club to the League Cup Final, where they lost on penalties to Liverpool, as well as the semi-finals of the play-offs, and in 2012/13 he led the team to the title and promotion to the Premiership.  

After a being sacked by Cardiff in December 2013 he became embroiled in a controversy with the Cardiff owner over texts on his club phone and was charged, but cleared, by the FA.

There followed a brief spell as manager of Wigan Athletic, but after five wins in 24 league matches, his employment there was terminated in April 2015.   

Although Scottish journalists, always keen to crowbar an Old Firm reference into any story, refer to his time as a Celtic player, Malky is always quick to remind them that he is a Queen's Park supporter and has been since he was a youngster.

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