Gordon McQueen: Former Scotland, Man United and Leeds defender identified with dementia

Gordon McQueen, pictured in 2015, has been diagnosed with dementia

2021-02-23 23:45:00

Former Scotland, Manchester United and Leeds defender Gordon McQueen has been identified with vascular dementia.

Information of the soccer legend’s sickness was shared by his household, who mentioned he now needed present gamers to “know there could also be dangers with persistent heading of the ball”.

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Gordon McQueen loved a profitable time with Manchester United and acquired 30 caps for Scotland
File photo dated 23-02-1983 of Arsenal goalkeeper Pat Jennings punches clear from Manchester United's Gordon McQueen (centre left). Issue date: Tuesday February 23, 2021.
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Arsenal goalkeeper Pat Jennings punches clear from McQueen

A press release launched by his spouse Yvonne, daughters Hayley and Anna, and son Edward learn: “In January, Gordon McQueen, our dad was formally identified with vascular dementia.

“As a household we felt it was vital to let individuals know, significantly if elevating consciousness might help others in related conditions.

“While as a household we have discovered it exhausting to come back to phrases with the modifications in dad, he has no regrets about his profession and has lived life to the complete.

“However he desires different footballers of right this moment’s technology to know there could also be dangers with persistent heading of the ball.

“Dad scored some vital targets in his profession and memorable headers however used to remain again in coaching, heading the ball to the goalkeeper for apply again and again.

“He does surprise if this has been a think about his dementia as his signs appeared in his mid-60s.”

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The defender joined Leeds in 1972, successful the First Division two years later

McQueen’s daughter Hayley later posted on Twitter: “Heartbreaking to not be spending treasured time with dad of late however attempting to remain optimistic & additionally increase consciousness about vascular dementia as a household.

“It is a merciless illness however had lots assist just lately from each @PFA and @FA. Thanks for the messages of help on right here already.”

McQueen’s former Leeds team-mate Jack Charlton died with dementia final yr and it was confirmed in latest months that Sir Bobby Charlton has been identified with the illness.

The brothers’ 1966 World Cup-winning team-mate Nobby Stiles additionally died with dementia final yr.

Jack Charlton (centre) celebrates winning the World Cup
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Jack Charlton (centre) celebrates successful the World Cup

The Soccer Affiliation (FA) is at the moment supporting two independently led analysis research analyzing former skilled gamers for early indicators of neurocognitive degeneration.

The FOCUS research by the College of Nottingham is being funded by the FA and Skilled Footballers’ Affiliation, whereas the HEADING research by the London Faculty of Hygiene & Tropical Medication is being funded by the Drake Basis.

Nobby Stiles (L) and Bobby Charlton during England's successful 1966 World Cup campaign
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Nobby Stiles (L) and Bobby Charlton throughout England’s profitable 1966 World Cup marketing campaign

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McQueen, 68, began his profession at St Mirren earlier than transferring to Elland Highway in 1972, successful the First Division two years later and taking part in an vital function of their run to the 1975 European Cup closing.

He went onto get pleasure from a profitable time with Manchester United and represented Scotland on 30 events, scoring 5 targets.

Having managed Airdrie throughout a training profession that included time at Middlesbrough, the ex-centre-back went on to turn into a well-liked TV pundit with Sky Sports activities.

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