- RIP: Alan McDonald Aged 48. 400+ Games for QPR. 50+ Caps for Northern Ireland - Flashbacks and Tributes (Fans and Players)
QPR Official Site - ALAN MCDONALD - R.I.P
Queens Park Rangers Football Club is desperately saddened to learn of the passing of former Captain and Assistant Manager Alan McDonald.
The 48 year-old - who made nearly 500 appearances for the Super Hoops spanning over a 17-year period - died suddenly this morning (Saturday) while playing golf in his native Northern Ireland.
Belfast-born McDonald, who would go on to be crowd favourite at Loftus Road, originally signed for Rangers as a schoolboy.
He gained valuable experience in a loan spell at Charlton Athletic in 1983, before returning to W12 to eventually hold down a regular starting spot.
In his time as a player, McDonald led the R's to the 1986 Milk (League) Cup Final, in what was a memorable run to Wembley.
He scored an extra-time goal in our replay win over Chelsea in the quarter-finals, before QPR beat Liverpool in the semis. Rangers were unfortunately beaten by Oxford United in the Final.
McDonald also featured in a number of other famous R's victories, including a certain 6-0 win over Chelsea on Easter Monday of 1986, as well as a 4-1 drubbing of Manchester United at Old Trafford on New Year's Day in 1992.
He was part of the Rangers side which finished as the Premier League's top London Club at the end of 1992/93 campaign.
The Northern Ireland skipper also won 52 international caps for his country. He is the most-capped player in the history of QPR.
After finishing his playing career at Swindon Town, McDonald would eventually return to football - and Loftus Road - when he joined the Club as then-boss Gary Waddock's assistant in 2006.
He would later lead Glentoran to the Irish League championship in 2009.
The Club would like to extend its deepest condolences to Alan's family and friends at this sad time.
May he rest in peace. Reaction to follow on www.qpr.co.uk in the coming days. QPR
February 2006 - McDonald Returns to QPR
March 2006: McDonald Extends his QPR stay
Sept 2006: Terminated by QPR
October 2006: McDonald Interview - No hard feelings
January 2007: McDonald for Newry?
Feb 2007 McDonald appointed Coach Glentoran
May 2007 - McDonald Set to be Appointed Glentoran Manager
May 2007: McDonald at Glentoran
May 2007 - McDonald to stay under new manager as Coach
SEE ALSO: RON NORRIS/QPRNet 2002 Interview with McDonald
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