Former Northern Ireland and QPR footballer dies on golf course

The former Northern Ireland and Queens Park Rangers footballer Alan McDonald died yesterday at the age of 48.

McDonald, who managed Glentoran when they won the Irish League championship in 2009, collapsed while playing golf. The Belfast-born centre-half played in the Northern Ireland team that drew 0-0 against England in 1985 to qualify for the World Cup finals. McDonald was captain of QPR, for whom he made more than 400 appearances. He also won 52 international caps, scoring three goals.