Former Man Utd And Scotland Defender Gordon McQueen Dies Aged 70

Gordon McQueen, a former Scotland defender, has passed away at the age of 70.

The tragic news was revealed by the former defender’s family on Thursday afternoon.

McQueen, who was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2012, had valiantly fought vascular dementia for the previous two years.

A statement issued by the McQueen family reads: “It is with the heaviest of hearts we announce the passing of Gordon McQueen, 70, 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 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 go 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.

“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.”

The defender, who was born in Kilburnie in 1952, started as a goalkeeper before switching to centre-back as a student.

When he was 18 years old, St Mirren signed him, but Leeds promptly snatched him up for £30,000 in 1972.

He would go on to make 140 appearances for the club, where he won the 1973–74 First Division championship and finished second in the European Cup the following year.

After that, McQueen moved for £500,000 to Manchester United, where he stayed for seven years.

He played 184 times for the Old Trafford team during that time, winning the FA Cup and FA Charity Shield.

Following the news of McQueen’s passing, there was an outpouring of support, with Manchester United flying their flags at half-mast as a sign of respect and the entire football community joining together in sorrow.

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