February 23, 1924
A lamentable blow.
How the Liverpool official is faring.
I am sorry to state that Mr. Matt McQueen, the Liverpool Football Club manager, has had have his leg amputated as a consequence of septic poisoning arising through a broken leg sustained at Barnsley in November. It is a sorrowful fate, and all the Liverpool officials and players staying at Winchester are grieved beyond words that their revered manager should suffer such a blow.
It will be remembered that in November Mr. McQueen went to Barnsley on a scouting expedition, and when returning from the match with a colleague of mine he was knocked down by a taxi and was found to have a broken leg. He was taken to the Sheffield Royal Hospital after rather considerable delay, the delay arising through the fact that Mr. McQueen waited to see the Liverpool chairman, Mr. William Robert Williams, who was that day at Sheffield.
In fact, Mr. George Patterson, the secretary of the club, says that Mr. McQueen must have gone through agony when he went to meet the chairman in a two-seater car. Mr. McQueen has been in hospital ever since, and this week it was found necessary to amputate the leg above the knee, as a consequence of septic poisoning arising in the region of the silver plate that had been inserted.
All the players say that they will this afternoon make a special effort to win the tie with Southampton, because it will be such a tonic to their manager.
Mr. McQueen has been in turn a goalkeeper, a half-back, a referee, a director, and when a new manager was required for the club a year ago Mr. McQueen was the unanimous selection of the board. He has many friends in Scotland and Ireland, and the whole football world to-day will lament that amputation has been necessary.
Mr William Robert Williams, chairman of the Liverpool Club, received the following on Friday morning: –
“Sheffield Royal Hospital.
Dear Mr. Williams. – I am writing to you for manager Matt McQueen. Yesterday we had a talk to McQueen, and as his leg was making such very slow progress and there was no certainty about ultimately being able to walk (I feel he could not have done so under twelve to eighteen months) it was decided to amputate the leg. This was done at 5 p.m. to-day (Thursday). Matthew is now coming round from the anesthetic, and we are all praying for no further setbacks and being able to get him back to Liverpool in four to six weeks. He will be able to go with his beloved Liverpool lads to Wembley in April. His amputation is just above the knee and he should be able to have an artificial leg fitted, yours faithfully, H.B. Yates, resident surgical office.
P.S. – Tell Chambers and Co. the best tonic Matt can have is a win at Southampton. May they give him that tonic.”
(Liverpool Echo: February 23, 1924)
March 15, 1924
Our opening note must be one of deep sympathy with the unfortunate and regrettable accident which occurred to Mr. Matt McQueen a little time ago, and which has led to the amputation of a limb. We are certain that all our readers will hope that the popular manager of the Liverpool club will speedily regain health and vigour and that his physical disability will not preclude him from enjoying many years of activity in the football world.
Mr. McQueen, who hails from Lanarkshire, was a prominent player even as a lad, and at the age of sixteen, he earned his first medal. Beginning his serious career with West Benhar, he subsequently played for several clubs until he joined the Heart of Midlothian, and after that Leith Athletic.
In 1892 both the subject of this sketch and his brother Hugh McQueen, were signed on for Liverpool, and his association with the Anfield Road club as a player remained unbroken until 1901. Mr. McQueen’s position in the field was that of a right half but as a matter of fact, he has played in every position and gained his greatest fame as a goalkeeper.
It is interesting to recall, that he was associated with Liverpool when there were no fewer than nine “Macs” and it may truthfully be said that he was by no means the least prominent of these notable performers. On quitting active service as a player, McQueen took office as a referee, and his judgment in this capacity was generally admired. In the matter of International honours it should be stated that he was capped for Scotland against Wales as far back as 1890.
After a period of rest from actual participation in the game or its management, Mr. McQueen was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Liverpool club, and we need not say how useful his services have been.
Last season he resigned his office as director, in order to take up the duties of Manager. In addition to practical knowledge, he has brought to bear a keen discrimination, not only of men, but of methods, and we repeat that everyone will desire to see him back in harness when next season comes round.
(Joint Everton and Liverpool Programme: March 15, 1924)