Former Liverpool and England midfielder Terry McDermott has announced he has been diagnosed with dementia. McDermott, 69, announced on the Liverpool website that he is in early-stage Lewy body dementia.
“I have to keep doing it and I will. That’s how I was brought up. Nothing came to my mind easily. ” McDermott said. “I’m not afraid to take it and as we’ve seen there are a lot of former players in worse shape than me.
“The fight is natural. Worst of all, you don’t know what is going on until my condition is diagnosed. The number of ex-players diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease is terrifying. “
McDermott made 329 appearances and scored 81 goals for Liverpool between 1974 and 1982. With that, the Reds won four championship titles and three times the European Cup as well as twice the UEFA and the League Cup. 1979-80 he was the first to win major awards from the Football Writers ‘Association and Professional Footballers’ Association in the same season; His goal this season in the FA Cup quarter-finals in Tottenham also won the goal of the season.
He played for Newcastle on both sides of his time at Anfield and later served two stages as assistant manager at St James’ Park, particularly under Kevin Keegan. McDermott won 25 caps for England.
McDermott’s diagnosis came shortly after news that the great Denis Law of Manchester United and Scotland had Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia. The football association supports two research studies that screen former professionals for early signs of neurocognitive degeneration.
English champions Nobby Stiles, Jack Charlton, Ray Wilson and Martin Peters are among those who have died of dementia while former players treated for related conditions include Sir Bobby Charlton, Gordon Cowans, Dave Watson, Chris Nicholl and Gordon McQueen are.
“Many thanks to everyone for the messages of support, I am touched and overwhelmed by everyone.” McDermott tweeted shortly after his diagnosis was published. “Everyone is valued and will help me fight it. Special thanks to @LFC for supporting me. “