FORMER York City midfielder Alan Woods has died at the age of 84.

Active for the Minstermen between 1960 and 1966, Alan made 259 appearances for City.

He was father to Neil, who played briefly at York between 1998 and 1999, and grandfather to current midfielder Michael.

Born in Dinnington, in South Yorkshire, on February 15, 1937, classy and hard-working midfielder Alan played alongside Manchester United star Duncan Edwards for England Schools and the England youth team.

He worked his way through the ranks at Tottenham Hotspur and made his League debut against the Red Devils in September 1954 but found himself confined to the reserve team when Danny Blanchflower arrived at White Hart Lane.

After three-and-a-half years at Swansea City, where he made 30 appearances, Alan joined York and made a goalscoring debut in a 3-2 win against Millwall in August 1960.

He missed just 21 games during the five seasons he was at York, scoring four goals for the Minstermen.

Alan went on to play for Boston United and Gainsborough Trinity before hanging up his boots and working as a dairyman in York.

Fans and friends on social media have paid tribute to "a lovely bloke" and an "excellent player".