FORMER Barnsley goalkeeper Roy Ironside has died aged 89.

Ironside joined the Reds in 1965 after almost a decade at Rotherham United and made almost 130 appearances for the Oakwell club.

He was part of the side that were promoted to the third tier of English football in 1968.

His son Ian also became a goalkeeper at professional level.

Although he did not manage to make a breakthrough at Barnsley, he went on to represent Scarborough and Middlesbrough.

His grandson Joe currently represents Doncaster Rovers.

A spokesperson for Barnsley FC said: “Described by teammate Barry Murphy as ‘the gentle giant’, Roy would join the Reds in July of 1965, racking up 128 appearances in goal and helped us to promotion from the fourth tier in 1968.

“Roy’s son, Ian began his career as a goalkeeper with the Reds too but never made the first team here but did make the grade with the likes of Scarborough and Middlesbrough in the Football League.

“While grandson, Joe, currently plays for Doncaster Rovers, continuing to make sure the Ironside name makes its mark on football.

“Our thoughts as a club are with the Ironside family as well as Roy’s friends and former colleagues at what is a very difficult time.”