Former Scotland, Manchester United and Leeds defender Gordon McQueen has been diagnosed with vascular dementia, his household have confirmed.
The 68-year-old began his profession at St Mirren earlier than shifting to Elland Road in 1972, profitable the First Division two years later and taking part in an necessary position of their run to the 1975 European Cup remaining.
McQueen went on to take pleasure in 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 develop into a preferred TV pundit with Sky Sports.
A press release launched by his spouse Yvonne and youngsters Hayley, Anna and Edward learn: “In January, Gordon McQueen, our dad, was formally diagnosed with vascular dementia.
“As a household we felt it was necessary to let individuals know, significantly if elevating consciousness might help others in comparable conditions.
“Whilst as a family we’ve found it hard to come to terms with the changes in dad, he has no regrets about his career and has lived life to the full.
“He had unforgettable experiences in his taking part in days with Scotland, Manchester United and Leeds United, and additionally took a lot from his teaching and TV work in newer instances.
“Football has allowed him to travel the world and experience things he could only have dreamed of.
“But he desires different footballers of at this time’s era to know there could also be dangers with persistent heading of the ball.
“Dad scored some important goals in his career and memorable headers but used to stay back in training, heading the ball to the goalkeeper for practice over and over.
“He does marvel if this has been a consider his dementia as his signs appeared in his mid-60s.
“The last year in and out of lockdown has been tough as dad is such a sociable person and thrives off company.
“Social interplay is vital for somebody with dementia and he has been disadvantaged of this for therefore lengthy. He is totally conscious of his mates and household nonetheless and his reminiscence of all issues soccer is sharp, however his cognitive capabilities should not the identical.
“We don’t want people to be surprised by his condition or continue to ask him for media interviews or autographs which he is not able to do any more.
“Whilst he’s trying ahead to seeing individuals once more after lockdown and getting the social side of life again, we all know individuals will see an enormous distinction in his well being so needed to be clear.
“We thank everyone in advance for their understanding and hope sharing this news will help dad to face the future in a positive way.”
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 diagnosed with the illness.
The brothers’ 1966 World Cup-winning team-mate Nobby Stiles additionally died with dementia final yr.
The Football Association is at present supporting two independently-led analysis research inspecting former skilled gamers for early indicators of neurocognitive degeneration.
The FOCUS research by the University of Nottingham is being funded by the FA and Professional Footballers’ Association, whereas the HEADING research by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is being funded by the Drake Foundation.