News – UK – McQueen diagnosed with dementia


Former Scotland, Manchester United and Leeds United defender Gordon McQueen has been diagnosed with vascular dementia, his family has confirmed

The 68-year-old whose career in St Mirren started, played 30 times for Scotland and won the English First Division with Leeds and FA Cup at Manchester United

McQueen ran Airdrie and Coach in Middlesbrough before working as a television expert

“As a family, we felt it was important to educate people, especially if raising awareness can help others in similar situations,” read a statement

“While we as a family have found it difficult to cope with the changes in Dad, he has no regrets about his career and has enjoyed life to the full

“He has had unforgettable experiences playing at Scotland, Manchester United and Leeds United and has taken away so much from his coaching and TV work more recently”

The NHS estimates that there are around 150 in the UK000 people affected by vascular dementia They say that it is caused by decreased blood flow to the brain and leads to gradual changes and damage to the organ

The family statement attributed to McQueen’s wife Yvonne, daughters Hayley and Anna, and son Edward states that McQueen “wants today’s generation of footballers to know that there can be risks associated with prolonged headers”

McQueen’s former Leeds teammate Jack Charlton died of dementia last year and Sir Bobby Charlton has been confirmed to have been diagnosed with the disease in recent months and three other members of the English squad that won the 1966 World Cup also developed dementia noted

Dr Willie Stewart, the neurosurgeon who led research into the links between football and dementia, warned the problem is “not just for older footballers, but also for modern footballers”

“Dad scored some important goals in his career and memorable headers, but kept on training and routing the ball to the goalkeeper to keep practicing,” said the McQueen family. “He wonders if this is a factor in his Dementia was when its symptoms began to appear in the mid-1960s

“He’s still fully aware of his friends and family, and his memory of anything football-related is sharp, but his cognitive functions are not the same

“We don’t want people to be surprised by his condition or to keep asking him for media interviews or autographs that he can no longer

“While he looks forward to seeing people again after the lockdown and regaining the social aspect of life, we know people will see a huge difference in his health, so they wanted to be transparent

“We thank everyone in advance for their understanding and hope that sharing this news will help Papa look positively into the future”

McQueen moved from Paisley to Elland Road in 1972, won the top English league two seasons later and reached the European Cup final in 1975, in which Leeds was beaten by Bayern Munich

He joined Manchester United in 1978 and won the FA Cup five years later before retiring from Seiko SA in Hong Kong

The defender has scored five goals in his 30 games in Scotland and was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2012

The football association is currently supporting two independently conducted research studies in which former professional players are examined for early signs of neurocognitive degeneration

The University of Nottingham’s FOCUS study is funded by the FA and Professional Footballers’ Association, while the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s HEADING study is funded by the Drake Foundation

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News – GB – McQueen diagnosed with dementia