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AS we celebrate the life of the late, great Alan McDonald on the second anniversary of his tragic death, www.qpr.co.uk looks back on what the ex-R’s defender meant to those who played the game he loved.

“If I were going into the trenches I'd take Alan McDonald every single time, but apart from that, he was a fantastic, much-loved person who is greatly missed” - Steve Wicks

“Macca was born a man. He was as rugged and as honest as they come. He gave you everything he had. A legend who will always be adored” - Paul Parker

“He was an amiable guy. A very pleasant bloke, who loved the club, and always had time for everyone or anyone connected to it” - John Gregory

“There was always laughter and happiness when he was around. He was such a spirit. Such a character” - Martin Allen

“He would put his body on the line every time he stepped over the white line. He was wholehearted and would give his absolute everything whenever he pulled on the QPR shirt” - Marc Bircham

“Alan always gave 100 per-cent. He was a man of honesty and integrity and someone I always respected, on and off the pitch. When I played alongside Alan with Northern Ireland, I knew I was playing behind someone I could trust and rely on.” - Tommy Wright

“He was not only a great player, but a great person too. The word legend gets used too much, but Macca was a real legend. He’s right up there with the finest players QPR have ever had” - Gary Waddock

“We were both apprentices at QPR and knew each other from the age of 14. We always had such a laugh – there was great banter – but he was also a top professional” - Warren Neill

“Nobody was more committed to Northern Ireland football than Alan. That green jersey and the IFA badge meant everything to him” - Jimmy Nicholl