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MetiNews.Com - The 68-year-old's diagnosis comes amid fears years of heading the ball may have had an affect.
Breaking News ! Scotland legend Gordon McQueen has been diagnosed with vascular dementia – amid fears years of heading the ball may have caused the devastating illness. His wife Yvonne, daughters Hayley and Anna and son Edward revealed yesterday that the 68-year-old has the illness. And they told of his concerns that heading the ball may be the cause, saying: “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 wonder if this has been a factor in his dementia as his symptoms appeared in his mid-60s.” 1980, International Match, Scotland v Northern Ireland, Scotland's Gordon McQueen fires on a shot, Gordon McQueen won 30 Scotland international caps between 1974-1981 Read More Related Articles Get Scottish news that matters to you sent to your inbox with our newsletters Read More Related Articles Key lockdown dates in Scotland's routemap - including shops and hairdressers No Scotland fan will ever forget McQueen’s majestic header in the 2-1 win against England at Wembley in 1977. Gordon, 68, from Kilbirnie in Ayrshire, had a glittering playing career with Leeds United, Manchester United and Scotland. Last night, his brother Iain, 70, said: “Gordon scored about 30 or 40 goals in his career and the bulk of them were headers. But when you think of the Wembley game now you say to yourself, ‘Was it worth it?’ “During a game, Gordon would maybe head the ball 15 times. But when training for corners or free kicks he would maybe do it three or four times that amount.” “At the moment it is the onset of dementia. I can still speak to him two or three times a week and he still knows everyone but his short-term memory isn’t good at all. He can remember things which happened years and years ago. “I was watching a programme about golden oldie games a couple of months ago and it was Derby v Leeds United and it was Gordon’s debut. “I phoned him afterwards and he started telling me when it was and who played in it.
.” Iain, a former Scottish Junior FA official, said people meeting Gordon now would notice a difference.
Gordon McQueen in 1977.
He added: “There is a slowness about him now in his actions and in his speech. “Gordon was a gregarious person. He loved company and going to the pub for a pint and a chat about football. “But there is still life in him yet and I know however he can he will fight it. But it is a battle long-term he cannot win.” In a joint statement yesterday the family said: “In January, Gordon McQueen, our dad, was formally diagnosed with vascular dementia. As a family we felt it was important to let people know, particularly if raising awareness can help others in similar situations.
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“Football has allowed him to travel the world and experience things he could only have dreamed of. But he wants other footballers of today’s generation to know there may be risks with persistent heading of the ball.” Last night, his Sky Sports TV presenter daughter Hayley tweeted: “Heartbreaking not to be spending precious time with dad of late but trying to stay positive & also raise awareness about vascular dementia as a family. It’s a cruel disease but had plenty help recently from both @PFA & @FA.”
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