FORMER York City winger Wally Gould has died at the age of 79.

Rotherham-born Gould, who made 138 appearances and scored 27 goals for the Minstermen from 1961 to 1963, passed away following a short illness and a long battle with dementia.

Having joined City from Sheffield United, Gould made his debut during a 1-0 win against Oldham in February 1961 and moved on to Brighton after making his final appearance for the Bootham Crescent club in a 4-2 defeat to Darlington.

His speed on the flanks for City caused countless defences problems and he went on to make just under 200 outings for Brighton, who he helped pip his former team to the old fourth division title by a single point in 1964/65.

Later, Gould played and coached under ex-England and West Ham striker Johnny "Budgie" Byrne in South Africa with Hellenic before moving on to Cape Town and East London United, where he became player-manager.

Returning to these shores, Gould played for Folkestone and Chelmsford before hanging up his boots in 1977 when he started work as a coach under England's 1966 World Cup-winning squad member George Eastham at Stoke.

After Eastham's departure, he also took charge of the Potters' reserve team for two years between 1980 and 1982.