We are saddened to hear of the death of legendary Scottish footballer Gordon McQueen, who was born in Kilbirnie in 1952.
Gordon enjoyed successful spells with Leeds Utd and Manchester Utd. McQueen made 140 appearances for Leeds before, in February 1978, Gordon moved to Manchester Utd, fierce rivals of Leeds Utd, for £495,000. McQueen had made 140 appearances for Leeds and said that “99% of players want to play for Manchester United and the rest are liars.” He spent 7 years at the club, winning the 1983 F.A Cup and playing 183 games for the club.
He also earned 30 caps for Scotland, representing his country at the 1978 and 1982 World Cup finals before retiring at the age of 33 in 1985.
He was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
Since his retirement he served as a pundit for Sky Sports and as a scout for Middlesbrough. He also recovered from cancer of the larynx and a stroke.
In January 2021, he was diagnosed with vascular dementia.
Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
If you’d like to read more about his life and career, you can read his profile in our Stories Section: Gordon McQueen.