September 25, 2018
We were saddened to hear that Diamonds legend Billy McPheat is in poor health, and would like to share his family's campaign to raise funds for Alzheimer Scotland.
Billy, who wore the jersey between 1966 and 1971, is in a care home in Cumbernauld after being diagnosed with the disease, and his daughter Norma explained: "Unfortunately he is now at the stage where he is unable to walk, talk or recognise us.
"He has lost weight, but honestly he is still as strong as an ox when he squeezes your hand!
"We have many photos of his footballing days, some of which are up on the walls at the home. I love to remember how he was, a big strong, proud man.
"Alzheimers is a horrible disease and any donations collected will be greatly appreciated."
You can visit Norma's JustGiving page if you wish to donate. JustGiving sends your donation straight to Alzheimer Scotland and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.
Billy played all of his five seasons with Airdrie in the top flight, making 161 appearances and scoring 34 goals. As inside-forward to Davie Marshall's spearhead role, he is remembered as one half of a very physical strike partnership who probably wouldn't be tolerated in today's game!
Billy had gone from Caldercruix to Sunderland as a teenager in 1959, and was making a name for himself in England's second tier alongside centre-forward Brian Clough, who was by then a goalscoring legend in the north-east through his exploits with Middlesbrough and Sunderland. A broken leg curtailed Billy's career in England, and he returned home to Airdrie after a lengthy battle to regain fitness.
We are sure that all Airdrie fans will share our sadness in hearing of Billy's condition, and we know that any donations made will be greatly appreciated by the family.