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Ex QPR Legend Alan McDonald Dies

PostPosted: June 23rd, 2012, 11:34 pm
by The GFP

Alan McDonald, former Northern Ireland and QPR captain, dies at only 48.

McDonald, who spent 16 years at QPR making more than 400 appearances, collapsed while playing golf on Saturday morning.

The Belfast-born centre back earned 52 caps for Northern Ireland and captained his country.

McDonald played in the team which drew 0-0 against England to qualify for the World Cup in 1986, and scored his one international goal in the same year against Denmark.

McDonald joined QPR as a youth prospect in 1979 and played in the side which reached the League Cup final in 1986.

After retiring as a player in 1998 following a season with Swindon Town, McDonald moved into coaching, serving as an assistant coach of Northern Ireland's Under-21 side.

He managed Glentoran to the Irish League championship in 2009.

John O'Neill, who played with McDonald for Northern Ireland and QPR, said he had fond memories of his friend.

"When he came into the Northern Ireland team he had a cockiness about him, but he carried it so well because out on the pitch he was prepared to listen to the experienced players," he told the BBC.

"He put in a tremendous performance in his debut against Romania and matched it in that second appearance against England at Wembley.

"Alan will be badly missed because he was a character and there are not many of them around these days."

Yet another ex player dies far too young, i remember Alan playing for QPR against Arsenal a few times and always thought he was a player you would not want to fuck with

RIP big man