Family confirm former Leeds United defender Gordon McQueen diagnosed with dementia

Gordon McQueen in 2015 Credit: Press Association

The family of former Leeds United defender Gordon McQueen have announced he has been diagnosed with vascular dementia.

The 68 year old spent six years at Elland Road where he struck up a defensive partnership with the late Norman Hunter.

Gordon McQueen at Leeds United in 1976 Credit: PA

McQueen helped the Whites win the old the First Division in 1974 and played an important role in their run to the European Cup final a year later.

Gordon McQueen (Back row) Leeds United photocall 1973-74 Credit: Press Association

His family said McQueen wonders if his extensive heading of the ball is a factor in his diagnosis.

The family added: "We thank everyone in advance for their understanding and hope sharing this news will help dad to face the future in a positive way."

His daughter Hayley later posted on social media that it was 'heartbreaking not to be spending precious time with dad of late' but they were 'trying to stay positive & also raise awareness about vascular dementia as a family.'

McQueen's former Leeds team-mate Jack Charlton died with dementia last year and it was confirmed in recent months that Sir Bobby Charlton has been diagnosed with the disease.

The Football Association is currently supporting two independently led research studies examining former professional players for early signs of neurocognitive degeneration.