TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United player who has died.

Blackburn Rovers' former forward Frank Mooney was aged 89.

Mooney arrived at Ewood Park from Manchester United in February 1954 and scored three goals in 13 appearances as Rovers finished third in the 1953-54 Second Division season.

A club spokesman said: "He was then an ever-present the following campaign, in which he would form part of one of the most famous forward lines in the club’s history.

"Operating in the outside-right role, Mooney netted 16 goals in 42 league starts in 1954-55 and was the youngest member of a formidable frontline that also included Tommy Briggs, Eddie Quigley, Eddie Crossan and Bobby Langton, who scored a staggering 108 league goals between them that season!

"Following the emergence of rising star – and future club legend – Bryan Douglas, Mooney left Rovers for Carlisle United in May 1956, having scored 19 goals in 59 appearances for the club.

"He later ended his career with a spell north of the border with Berwick Rangers.

"The thoughts of everyone at Blackburn Rovers are with Frank’s family and friends at this difficult time."