Memories of a life before dementia

By Morag Lindsay

Published: 25/02/2013

In a small meeting room at Pittodrie Stadium, lined with framed photographs of great moments in Aberdeen FC history, Ian McNeill is reciting his favourite Rangers line-up.

He will repeat it several times before the afternoon is over. Not to deliberately wind up the Dons fans around the table – although his impish expression suggests that’s a bonus – but because dementia is eating away at his short-term memory.

Now 81, the ex-player, manager and scout, whose career included Ross County, Chelsea, Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers, probably couldn’t say how he got to the stadium that afternoon.

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