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Lou Macari Autographs | Manchester United signed Memorabilia

Authentic Lou Macari Autographs | Manchester United signed Memorabilia. Signed football shirts from Lou Macari.

 

 

Luigi “Lou” Macari (born 7 June 1949) is a Scottish former footballer and manager. He began his playing career at Celtic where he was one of the Quality Street Gang, the outstanding reserve team that emerged in the late 1960s that also included Kenny Dalglish and Danny McGrain. He is best known for his time at Manchester United, where he played over 400 games. Helping them win promotion back to the First Division and then played in their FA Cup win of 1977. Furthermore, he then finished his playing career at Swindon Town.

Also, the manager of Swindon, West Ham United, Birmingham City, Stoke City (two spells), Celtic and Huddersfield Town.

 

Celtic

Lou Macari was the only child of Margaret and Albert; he was born in Edinburgh, and spent the first year of his life with his family in the village of Newtongrange, before the family moved to London. His father was in the catering industry, and had represented the British Army at football. The family moved to Largs in North Ayrshire when Macari was aged nine. He was spotted playing for Ayrshire county by Celtic, and signed schoolboy forms for the club at the age of 16. He turned professional at the club in 1968, on wages of £15 a week.

Quickly became part of the renowned reserve side known as the Quality Street Gang that also included the likes of Kenny Dalglish; Danny McGrain and David Hay. In August 1968, Celtic Reserves needed to defeat Partick Thistle Reserves; by at least seven goals to win their Reserve League Cup section over Rangers Reserves. Celtic won 12-0, with Macari scoring four goals. Macari scored 91 goals in two seasons for the reserves and in occasional first team games; having broken through into the Celtic first team in 1970. In 1971, he replaced Willie Wallace in the starting line up; for the replay of the 1971 Scottish Cup Final, and scored for Celtic in a 2–1 win over Rangers.

 

Manchester United

After a promising start to his playing career with Celtic; he moved south of the border in 1973 for £200,000 to sign for Manchester United, where he spent the bulk of his playing career. During his time with Celtic he had scored 57 goals in 100 appearances; since making his first team debut in 1970. He won three League titles and two Scottish Cups in his time at Celtic.

His first game for Manchester United came in January 1973 against West Ham United in which he scored a point-saving goal in a 2–2 draw. In 1977, his deflected shot off teammate Jimmy Greenhoff won Manchester United; the FA Cup final against Liverpool (and ultimately denied Liverpool autographs the European treble). He made 400 appearances for the club, scoring 98 goals.

Macari’s early career at Old Trafford was spent trying to lead an attack that struggled to achieve anything. Relegation to the Second division in 1974 was the low point but Macari blossomed as a midfielder; in the following seasons under Tommy Docherty, as United began to win back a large following with attacking football; in which Lou Macari signed memorabilia enjoyed popularity alongside players such as Gordon Hill, Steve Coppell and the Greenhoff brothers.

He helped United win the Second Division title in 1975. They finished third on their return to the top flight and were runners-up in the FA Cup before going one better and lifting the trophy a year later. On the losing side in the 1979 final against Arsenal, and also played in a string of European campaigns during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

 

Scotland

Macari won two Scotland Under 23 caps in early 1972, before making his debut for the full Scottish national team in May 1972 against Wales. A member of the Scotland squad for the 1978 World Cup tournament in Argentina. However, he attracted widespread criticism when it emerged that he had led complaints that the £20,000 bonuses the players would receive if they won the World Cup were too low, then made extra money by selling stories to the press about the disarray and tensions within the Scottish camp. As it turned out, the Scotland team lost their first match to Peru, and drew with Iran. They beat the Netherlands 3–2 but this was insufficient to proceed in the tournament; and the Scotland squad returned home without qualifying for the knock-out stage.

Additionally, Lou Macari autographs and his team-mates did not receive the bonuses which were the subject of contention. He won a total of 24 senior caps, scoring five international goals.

 

 

 

 

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