FORMER York City goalkeeper Mick Granger has died at the age of 85.

Granger, who was a member of the Minstermen's famous Happy Wanderers squad that reached the 1955 FA Cup semi-finals, has been suffering from Alzheimer's and passed away at the Amarna House Care Home on Rosetta Way during the early hours of this morning.

The former Cliftonville shot-stopper played during the first two ties of City's best-ever Cup run against Scarborough and Dorchester, as club legend Tommy Forgan was sidelined by injury.

He made 81 appearances during a ten-year spell, from 1952 to 1962, with the Minstermen and would have played many more matches, had it not been for the form of Forgan who remains the club's all-time, clean-sheet record holder and is the only member of the '55 squad still alive.

Granger made his debut at the age of 21 during a 2-1 FA Cup first round defeat to Barrow and his last appearance for the club came during a 1-0 loss at Oldham in the old fourth division.

Unusually short for a goalkeeper at 5ft 10in, Leeds-born Granger was renowned for his agility and, after leaving City, he went on to enjoy brief spells with Hull City and Halifax Town, before joining Scarborough.

During his spell in the Forces, meanwhile, he was elected Hong Kong's Footballer in the Year.