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Gordon McQueen Dead at 70, Cause of Death

BY Salman Ahmed Jun 15, 2023. 07:03 pm

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Gordon McQueen, a former defender for Scotland, Manchester United, and Leeds United, passed away at the age of 70 from dementia.

McQueen began his professional career with St. Mirren before being traded to Leeds. He then helped Manchester United win the FA Cup in 1983 and the English league championship in 1974.

He participated in 30 games for Scotland and was selected for the 1978 World Cup, but he was unable to play due to injury. He later turned into a commentator before receiving laryngeal cancer treatment in 2011.

When McQueen was given a dementia diagnosis in 2021, his family stated that he would for “today’s generation of footballers to know there may be risks with persistent heading of the ball.”

A statement from his family read: “It is with the heaviest of hearts we announce the passing of Gordon, who died at home in the early morning today, leaving behind his wife Yvonne, daughters Hayley and Anna, son Eddie and his beloved grandchildren Rudi, Etta and Ayla.

“We hope that as well as creating many great football memories he’ll be remembered most for his character.

“Our house was always full of friends, family and football just as it was in his last few months as he fought so bravely in what became a very cruel battle against dementia.

“The disease may have taken him too soon but he definitely lived life to the full, the ultimate entertainer, the absolute heart and soul of every occasion, the most fun dad anyone could wish for.

“Huge thanks goes to the wonderful staff at Herriot Hospice Homecare for their outstanding care, the utterly incredible Marie Curie team who were there at the end with Gordon’s wife and daughters and Head for Change for the emotional support and respite care.

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“Also to our wonderful friends and family who rallied around at the worst of times, going above and beyond, for that we are so very grateful.”

After making his Scotland debut against Belgium in 1974, McQueen became a regular, scoring five goals for his nation, including two in the 1976–1977 season when Scotland won the British Home Championship.

His most well-known goal was a header that gave Scotland a 2-1 victory over England at Wembley, which led to the Tartan Army’s infamous pitch invasion.

Although McQueen scored three goals as Leeds advanced to the 1975 European Cup final, he was suspended for Bayern Munich’s victory.

He also scored in the 3-2 loss at Wembley for Manchester United against Arsenal in the 1979 FA Cup final.

 

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