Former Leeds, Manchester United and Scotland defender Gordon McQueen dies, aged 70

Former Manchester United and Leeds United defender Gordon McQueen has died, aged 70.

McQueen, who was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2021, played 30 times for Scotland and won the League and FA Cup during his football career.


McQueen signed for Man United from Leeds in 1978Credit: Getty

McQueen made his debut at St Mirren before moving to Leeds in 1972, winning the league two years later and playing in the 1975 European Cup final.

He joined Man United in 1978 and won the FA Cup in 1983, beating Brighton.

The centre-half also scored five times for his country, including one against at Wembley in a 2-1 win.

In later life, he managed Airdrie and also worked as a coach at Middlesbrough before working as a pundit at Sky Sports.

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A statement on behalf of the McQueen family read: “It is with the heaviest of hearts we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather.

“We hope that as well as creating many great football memories for club and his country, he will be remembered for the love, laughter and bravery that characterised his career and his family life – not least during his recent battles with ill health.

“Our house was always a constant buzz of friends, family and football and this constant support sustained him as he fought bravely against the cruel impact of dementia.

“The disease may have taken him too soon and while we struggle to comprehend life without him, we celebrate a man who lived life to the full: the ultimate entertainer, the life and soul of every occasion, the heart and soul of every dressing room, the most fun dad, husband and papa we could ever have wished for.

“The family would like to express our huge thanks to the wonderful staff at Herriot Hospice Homecare for their outstanding care; the utterly incredible Marie Curie team who were there with us all until the end with; and Head for Change for the emotional support and respite care.

Tributes have been paid to McQueen, who has died at the age of 70


Tributes have been paid to McQueen, who has died at the age of 70Credit: Getty

“Finally, to our wonderful friends and family who a constant source of support we send our utmost love and gratitude.

“You will remain in our hearts always, Yvonne, Hayley, Anna, Eddie, Rudi, Etta and Ayla.”

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