Matthew McCombe (pictured left) had been missing since he left his hotel in the Dutch capital on March 14 (he was seen in the lift, right), during a holiday to celebrate his 21st birthday, Matthew McCombe was the grandson of Billy McNeill (pictured), the captain of the Celtic side which won the European Cup in 1967. "He passed away late last night (Monday, April 22) surrounded by his family and loved ones. His family urged people to look in the river and canals when they walked past, but people have been urged to stay at home because of the coronavirus pandemic. Sir Alex Ferguson, who played directly against McNeill in Old Firm derbies and succeeded his former opponent as Aberdeen manager, said he was “deeply saddened” by the news. Scottish League champion (9): 1965/66, 1966/67, 1967/68, 1968/69, 1969/70, 1970/71, 1971/72, 1972/73, 1973/74, Scottish Cup (7): 1964/65, 1966/67, 1968/69, 1970/71, 1971/72, 1973/74, 1974/75, Scottish League Cup (6): 1965/66, 1966/67, 1967/68, 1968/69, 1969/70, 1974/75, June 1983 - September 1986 Manchester City, Scottish League champions (4): 1978/79, 1980/81, 1981/82, 1987/88, Scottish Cup (3): 1979/80, 1987/88, 1988/89, Football League Second Division: Promotion 1984/85, We are sad to learn of the passing of Billy McNeill who managed the Club between 1983-86. Former Celtic, Sunderland and Motherwell football among other clubs. McNeill's death, at the age of 79, was announced in a statement released by his wife Liz and their five children, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. He suffered from dementia for a number of years and fought bravely to the end, showing the strength and fortitude he always has done throughout his life. We were even given doctorates from the University of Glasgow on the same day in 2008. As captain of the Lisbon Lions, McNeill held a unique place in the affections of Celtic supporters for more than half a century. Their statement announcing his death said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our father Billy McNeill. Among others paying tribute online were Rangers, Aberdeen and Hibs - the latter two clubs McNeill managed during his career. No one could have done any more. “Apart from being a great football player and a great captain for a great Celtic side, he was also a great guy, a real gentleman and I’ll miss him.”. Billy McNeill Birthday and Date of Death. We pay for your stories and videos! (13 June 1991 - 1 July 2019), Former four-weight world champion and Hall of Fame boxer (2 January 1964 - 15 July 2019), Former Leicester Tigers and Bath rugby player (18 September 1976 - 14 August 2019), Batley Bulldogs rugby league player found dead in his hotel room in Toulouse a day after making his club debut (Died 18 August 2019). The comments below have been moderated in advance. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. He made a successful return to Glasgow’s east end, winning three League Championships, a Scottish Cup and a League Cup. (17 October 1940 - 10 December 2019). Back to Paradise. Two years ago McNeill’s family announced he had been diagnosed with dementia. Ron Saunders, the former Aston Villa manager, died aged 87 (6 November, 1932 - 7 December, 2019), Jim Smith followed a modest playing career with an illustrious managerial career, featuring the likes Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and most famously Derby County. A … It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Birthday: January 26, 1936 Date of Death: August 31, 2007 Age at Death: 71. We played against each other on many occasions and, as anyone who played against him will testify, he was the fairest of players. He then had a brief and unhappy spell as Aston Villa manager before becoming reconciled with Celtic in 1987. After a two-week search which was hampered by the coronavirus outbreak, Matthew's body was found in a canal on Wednesday morning. (3 October 1944 - 26 May 2019). Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. Sky Sports pundit Nicholas added: "I don't mind crying for Billy because it sums up what he was.". For other inquiries Contact Us. Bitter rivals Rangers also sent their condolences, saying they were saddened by McNeill's death. Matthew's mother Paula and father Charlie travelled to Amsterdam to assist the search, but rescuers had to keep their distance from each other. Police had been searching the Amstel river since Matthew was last seen in the early morning of Saturday, March 14. Featherstone Rovers and England international forward Natalie Harrowell died, aged 29, on Tuesday 10 December 2019. At the age of 35, he hung up his boots and embarked upon a glittering management career. Fergie said: “I, like everyone in Scotland today, is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Billy McNeill. A statue of him holding the European Cup aloft was unveiled in 2016 in the approaches to Celtic Park.
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