Garay in 1962
|Full name||Jesús Garay Vecino|
|Date of birth||10 September 1930|
|Place of birth||Bilbao, Spain|
|Date of death||10 February 1995(aged 64)|
|Place of death||Bilbao, Spain|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Bilbao, Biscay, Garay joined local Athletic Bilbao in 1950 from neighbouring SD Erandio Club. He was immediately cast into the team's starting XI, making his La Liga debut on 8 October 1950 in a 9–4 home win against RC Celta de Vigo and scoring his first goal in the competition on 17 December of the same year also at the San Mamés Stadium, against FC Barcelona (4–3 success).
In summer 1960, after 292 official appearances for Athletic and five major titles won, including the 1955–56 national championship and three Copa del Generalísimo trophies, one of them conquered against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Garay signed for Barcelona for 5,5 million pesetas, a fee that would later be used to build the Mercy stand at San Mamés, dubbed by club fans Jesús Garay. He retired at the age of 35 after a further five seasons in the top level, four with the Catalans and one with CD Málaga, suffering relegation with the latter; he died on 10 February 1995 at 64, in his hometown.
Garay earned 29 caps for the Spanish national team for eight and a half years, making his debut on 19 March 1953 in a 3–1 friendly win over Belgium in Barcelona. He was part of the squad that competed at the 1962 FIFA World Cup, featuring in the 0–1 group stage loss to Czechoslovakia.
|1.||30 January 1957||Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain||Netherlands||1–0||5–1||Friendly|
- At. Bilbao, 9 – Celta, 4; Mundo Deportivo, 9 October 1950 ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
- At. Bilbao, 4 – Barcelona, 3; Mundo Deportivo, 18 December 1950 ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
- Leyendas del Athletic Club de Bilbao – Garay (Athletic Club de Bilbao legends – Garay); at El Correo ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
- Jesús Garay Vecino – International Matches; at RSSSF